Friday, February 28, 2014

Expected DA from Jul 2014 - AICPIN for Jan 2014

Expected DA from Jul 2014 - AICPIN for Jan 2014

All-India CPI-IW for January, 2014 declined by 2 points and pegged at 237
Consumer Price Index Numbers For Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) January 2014

According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for January, 2014 declined by 2 points and pegged at 237(two hundred and thirty Seven). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by 0.84 per cent between December and January compared with the rise of 0.91 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing -2.78 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Groundnut Oil, Onion, Brinjal Cabbage, Carrot, Gourd, Palak, Peas, Potato, Tomato and other Vegetable items, Sugar etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Housing Index and the prices of Rice, Wheat, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry, Cooking Gas, Electricity Charges, Petrol etc. putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.24 per cent for January, 2014, as compared to 9.13 per cent for the previous month and 11.62 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.94 per cent against 11.49 per cent of the previous month and 14.08 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Bhilwara recorded the highest decline of 8 points each followed by Kodarma (7 Points), Bokaro and Surat (6 Points each), Varanasi and Munger Jamalpur (5 Points each). Among others, 4 points decrease was registered in 8 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 12 centres and 1points in 9 centres. On the contrary, Amritsar and Quilon centres reported an increase of 4 points followed by Jharia (3 points). Among others, 2 points increase was observed in 6 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 14 centres’ indices remained stationary.

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

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of February, 2014 will be released on Monday, 31 March, 2014. The same will also be available on the official website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

7th Central Pay Commission Terms of Reference - Cabinet approved ToR of 7th CPC

7th Central Pay Commission Terms of Reference - Cabinet approved ToR of 7th CPC



7th Central Pay Commission


The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the Terms of Reference of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) as follows:-

a) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:-

    i. Central Government employees-industrial and non-industrial;
    ii. Personnel belonging to the All India Services;
    iii. Personnel of the Union Territories;
    iv. Officers  and   employees   of  the   Indian  Audit  and   Accounts Department;
    v. Members of regulatory bodies (excluding the Reserve Bank of India) set up under Acts of Parliament; andvi. Officers and employees of the Supreme Court.


 b) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, as well as retirement benefits of personnel belonging to the Defence Forces, having regard to historical and traditional parities, with due emphasis on aspects unique to these personnel.

c) To work out the framework for an emoluments structure linked with the need to attract the most suitable talent to Government service, promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture, and foster excellence in the public governance system to respond to complex challenges of modern administration and rapid political, social, economic and technological changes, with due regard to expectations of stakeholders, and to recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.

d) To examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus, keeping in view, among other things, its bearing upon performance and productivity and make recommendations on the general principles, financial parameters and conditions for an appropriate incentive scheme to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity.

e) To review the variety of existing allowances presently available to employees in addition to pay and suggest their rationalization and simplification, with a view to ensuring that the pay structure is so designed as to take these into account.

f) To examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits, including revision of pension in the case of employees who have retired prior to the date of effect of these recommendations, keeping in view that retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on and after 01.01.2004 are covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS).

g)  To make recommendations on the above, keeping in view:

i. the economic conditions in the country  and need for fiscal prudence;

ii. the need to ensure that adequate resources are available for developmental expenditures and welfare measures;

iii. the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications;

iv. the prevailing emolument structure and retirement benefits available to employees of Central Public Sector Undertakings; and

v. the best global practices and their adaptability and relevance in Indian conditions.

h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above.

The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution.  It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised.

The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Background
Central Pay Commissions are periodically constituted to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required.

PIB

Cabinet Approves Merger of DA with Basic Pay

Cabinet Approves Merger of DA with Basic Pay

The Cabinet today approved merger of 50% dearness allowance of Central government employees and pensioners with their basic pay.

However, it has deferred a decision on anti-corruption ordinances and Forward Contract Regulation (Amendment) Act. A special Cabinet meeting is likely tomorrow to take call on these ordinances.

Source: www.business-standard.com

Whether Cabinet Approved Merger of DA with Basic Pay today(28.2.2014)..?

Whether Cabinet Approved Merger of DA with Basic Pay today(28.2.2014)..?

One of the leading news media ‘IBN Live‘ reported that “the Union Cabinet approved a hike in dearness allowance (DA) to 100 per cent from existing 90 per cent benefiting 50 lakh Central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners. The DA hike though, will not be merged with the basic pay“.

On the other side, one of the popular media news agency, ‘Business standard‘ said that the “Cabinet today approved merger of 50% dearness allowance of Central government employees and pensioners with their basic pay. However, it has deferred a decision on anti-corruption ordinances and Forward Contract Regulation (Amendment) Act. A special Cabinet meeting is likely tomorrow to take call on these ordinances“.


Which is correct…?

Source: www.centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/02/whether-cabinet-approved-merger-of-da-with-basic-pay-today/]

CABINET COMMITTEE APPROVED 10% DEARNESS ALLOWANCE HIKE FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS

CABINET COMMITTEE APPROVED 10% DEARNESS ALLOWANCE HIKE FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS


The Union Cabinet today approved to increase in  Dearness Allowance by 10% to Central Government employees.

The rate of Dearness allowance shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 90% to 100%.

Revised rates effective from 1.1.2014.

Finance Ministry will publish detailed orders regarding this issue within this month.

Government approves Rs 1,000 min monthly pension under EPS-95

Government approves Rs 1,000 min monthly pension under EPS-95
Government today approved the proposal to ensure Rs 1,000 minimum monthly pension under a scheme of retirement fund body EPFO that would immediately benefit 28 lakh pensioners.

The decision to provide the entitlement under Employees' Pension Scheme-95, run by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation, was taken by the Union Cabinet in its meeting held here.

The move will immediately benefit about 28 lakh pensioners including five lakh widows. There are 44 lakh pensioners.

Source: PTI
[http://www.ptinews.com/news/4451151_Govt-approves-Rs-1-000-min-monthly-pension-under-EPS-95-.html]

Cabinet likely to accept minimum pension Rs.1000 per month

Cabinet likely to accept minimum pension Rs.1000 per month

According to media news, Union cabinet may accept the proposal to ensure Rs.1000 minimum monthly pension under the pension scheme run by retirement fund body EPFO.

Acceptance of this agenda, immediately benefit goes to more than 28 lakh pensioners and 5 lakh widows in India.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Centre may raise age of retirement by 2 years to 62

Centre may raise age of retirement by 2 years to 62
General elections' dates may be notified on March 5
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is likely to take a major decision of increasing the retirement age of Central government employees by two years, from 60 to 62 this week. This would be applicable from March 1.

It would be one of the major decisions to be taken by the Cabinet before the model code of conduct for the general elections kicks in. In the Thursday meeting, the Cabinet is also likely to recommend dates for the elections. These could be notified on March 5.

"The government may clear the increase in age this week," said a source. It is likely to be a part of the terms of reference of the Seventh Pay Commission, expected to file its report in 2017. The panel, however, can recommend an interim relief through the move.

The increase in retirement age would be happening after 15 years. In 1998, it was increased to 60 from 58 following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission. Experts said it would defer payment of retirement benefits. However, sources confirmed this would not be applicable for employees retiring on February 28.

The cabinet is expected to discuss a proposal to increase the dearness allowance by 10 per cent from January 1, to make it 100 per cent and merge 50 per cent of the increased dearness allowance with basic pay. The terms and conditions of the panel include a proposal to merge 50 per cent of dearness allowance with basic pay.

The move to increase the retirement age may pressure the states to follow. The department of personnel and training was working on the proposal for quite some time. The Budget estimate on the pension outgo for 2014-15 is Rs 80,982 crore, 0.6 per cent of the gross domestic product.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com
[http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/centre-may-raise-age-of-retirement-by-2-years-to-62-114022600007_1.html]

Voluntary retirement under FR 56(k), etc. and amendment of Rules.

Voluntary retirement under FR 56(k), etc. and amendment of Rules.

Dopt issued amendment orders on Voluntary retirement under FR 56(k),

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-n0 001
Dated : 27th February, 2014

Subject : Voluntary retirement under FR 56(k), etc. and amendment of Rules.

The provisions of Fundamental Rule 56(k), 56(m) and Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 relating to acceptance of request of voluntary retirement have been revisited as per the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench judgement dated 4th August, 2010 in 0.A.No.1600/2009 filed by Shri Gopal Singh Purohit Vs U01 & Others to bring them at par with each other.

2.     The matter has ‘been examined in consultation with Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare and the Ministry of Law. FR 56(k) and 56 (m) have been amended vide Extra Ordinary Gazette Notification No.GSR.27(E) dated 17 th January, 2014. It shall be open to the appropriate authority to withhold permission to a Government servant who seeks to retire under FR 56(k) or 56 (m) in the following circumstances:

(i) If the Government servant is under suspension ; or

(ii) If a charge sheet has been issued and the disciplinary proceedings are pending; or

(iii) If judicial proceedings on charges which may amount to grave misconduct, are pending.

Explanation: For the purpose of this clause, judicial proceedings shall be deemed to be pending, if a complaint or report of a police officer, of which the Magistrate takes cognizance, has been made or filed in a criminal proceedings.

3.     Copy of the Gazette Notification No.G.S.R.E.(27) dated 17.1.2014 amending FR 56(k) and FR 56(m) is enclosed.

4.     All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all concerned.


MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training )

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 17th January, 2014

GS.R. – 27(E) In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, and in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General in relation to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rule further to amend the Fundamental Rules, 1922, namely :-

I. (1) These rules may be called the Fundamental (First Amendment) Rules, 2014.
(2) They shall came into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Fundamental Rule, 1922, in rule 56, –
(a) in clause (k), in sub-clause ( I), for item (c), the following, shall be substituted namely :-

"(c) it shall be open to the Appropriate Authority to withhold permission to a Government servant, who seeks to retire under this clause, if,-
(i) the Government servant is under suspension: or
(ii) a charge sheet has been issued and the disciplinary proceedings are pending; or
(iii) if judicial proceedings on charges which may amount to grave misconduct, are pending.

Explanation :– For the purpose of this clause, judicial proceedings shall be deemed to be pending, if a complaint or report of a police officer, of which the Magistrate takes cognizance, has been made or filed in a criminal proceedings.";

(b) for clause (m), the following shall be substituted, namely : –

"(m)A Government servant in Group ‘C’ post who is not governed by any pension rules, may, by giving notice of not less than three months in writing to the Appropriate Authority, retire from service after he has completed thirty years service :

Provided that it shall be open to the Appropriate Authority to withhold permission to a Government servant, who seeks to retire proceedings."
(i) the Government servant is under suspension: or
(ii) a charge sheet has been issued and the disciplinary proceedings are pending; or
(iii) if judicial proceedings on charges which may amount to grave misconduct, are pending.

Explanation :- For the purpose of this clause, judicial proceedings shall be deemed to be pending, if a complaint or report
of a police officer, of which the Magistrate takes cognizance, has been made or filed in a criminal proceedings.";

[No.25013/3/2010-Estt. (A-IV)]
MAMTA KUNDR A, Jt. Secy.

Source : www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/25013_3_2010-Estt-A.pdf]

Government Committed to Provide Required Fund to Implement One Rank, One Pay (OROP)

Government Committed to Provide Required Fund to Implement One Rank, One Pay (OROP): Antony 

Ministry of Defence
27-February, 2014 09:55 IST

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has assured the Services that the Government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pay (OROP) Policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation. Chairing a meeting of the top brass of the Services and senior officials of MoD, here, last evening, Shri Antony said the Finance Minister had clarified that the figure of Rs 500 crores made available to implement the scheme was only ‘indicative’.

The meeting was convened by Shri Antony to discuss the modalities for implementation of OROP. It was attended among others by the Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh, the Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary Ex- Servicemen’s Welfare Smt Sangita Gairola, Secretary Defence Finance Shri Arunava Dutt, the three Service Vice Chiefs and AG from the Services Headquarters.

It was noted that “OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”.

Shri Antony directed that the Controller General of Defence Accounts should initiate immediate necessary steps in consultation with the three Services, MoD Finance and Department of ESW to give effect to the decision. He also emphasized that family pensioners and disability pensioners would be included. Ex-Servicemen may also be appropriately consulted by the Services, Shri Antony said.

It may be recalled that improvements in the pension for Defence Services have been effected by the Government on three occasions in recent times – in 2006, 2010 and 2013. As a result of these changes, the gap in pension amount between pre-2006 and post-2006 retirees has been bridged substantially. However, keeping in view the long- standing demand, the Government has accepted the principle of OROP for Defence Services.

Source: PIB

Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards – reg.

Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards - CGHS Orders

The Department of Health and Family Welfare issued orders about the renewal of CGHS plastic cards.
S 11011/1/2014-CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
CGHS (Policy) Division
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: the 10th February, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M No.S.11012/3/2011-CGHS (P) dated 29.12.2011 laying down the guidelines for issue of individual plastic cards to CGHS beneficiaries. CGHS Plastic Cards were introduced in September, 2008 in Delhi NCR and the cards were initially issued with a validity period of 5 years. The CGHS Plastic Cards completing their validity period are due for renewal and accordingly fresh cards with renewed validity period are being issued by the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the city concerned. With a view to further streamline the process of renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards, it has been decided to issue the following guidelines supplementing the existing instructions on issue of CGHS Plastic Cards:


Serving beneficiary
a) Application for renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards in the prescribed proforma (Form AA) alongwith requisite documents (current photographs, copy of pay slip and address proof of residence, if changed), should be submitted through their Administrative Office to the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the respective CGHS city following the same procedure as prescribed for issue of fresh CGHS card.

b) Fresh CGHS Plastic Cards with same beneficiary ID nos. shall be issued with a validity period of 5 years.

c) Applications for renewal of old plastic cards can be made 3 months in advance prior to its expiry.


Pensioner beneficiary
a) Application for renewal of Pensioners’ CGHS Plastic Cards in the prescribed proforma (Form BB) alongwith requisite documents (current photographs, PPO or LPC, address proof, if changed) should be submitted to the parent CGHS Wefiness Centre where his /her card is registered. He / she can also submit the application to the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the respective CGHS city for renewal of CGHS cards.

b) Fresh CGHS Plastic Cards with same beneficiary ID nos. shall be issued with validity for lifetime or up to the date for which the contribution has been made by the beneficiary.

c) Applications for renewal of old plastic cards can be made 3 months in advance prior to its expiry. This issues with the approval of Additional Secretary and Director General, CGHS.

End: Specimen Form AA and Form BB.
sd/-
(V.P.Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Retirement Age 62 and 10% DA from Jan 2014 - Cabinet expected to clear on Friday (28.02.2014)

Retirement Age 62 and 10% DA from Jan 2014 - Cabinet expected to clear on Friday (28.02.2014)

As per media news, Union cabinet is going to meet on Thursday or Friday(27th or 28th Feb. 2014) and the Cabinet is expected to clear two main agenda points in the meeting as follows...

One is Retirement Age 62: Retirement age of Central Government employees will increase by two years from 60 to 62 with effect from 1.3.2014.

Additional 10% DA from 1.1.2014 : 10% of Additional Dearness allowance from 1.1.2014 to all Central Government employees and pensioners, may be declared in the meeting.

Source: 90paisa.blogspot.in
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/02/retirement-age-62-and-10-da-from-jan.html]

LDC-UDC Grade Pay Issue – Demanding upgradation of the grade pay of LDC & UDC to Rs. 2400 & 2800 – Letter forward to MOSPI

LDC-UDC Grade Pay Issue – Demanding upgradation of the grade pay of LDC & UDC to Rs. 2400 & 2800 – Letter forward to MOSPI
 
YET ANOTHER MILESTONE…..!!


DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE DIRECTS THE MINISTRY OF STATISTICS & PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION TO SEND PROPOSAL FOR UP-GRADATION OF GRADE PAY OF LDC & UDC TO THEM
 
Dear members/friends,
 
Department of Expenditure (DoE) vide OM No. 58(2)/E.III(B)/2014 dated 18th February, 2014(enclosed) has forwarded the letter/documents demanding upgradation of the grade pay of LDC & UDC to Rs. 2400 & 2800 respectively, to the Financial Adviser, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation(MoS&PI) with a direction to examine the representations and forwarding the same to DoE for consideration in the form of a proposal, through IFD. 
 
In this respect, this Association has already made it clear that the LDC & UDC issue is a clear anomaly aroused due to the discriminatory recommendation/implementation of the 6th Pay Commission and the same is to be rectified as an anomaly and not as a cadre restructuring. As has already informed you that this Association has decided to file a case in the CAT by 1st week of March for getting implemented the upgradation from the date of implementation of the 6th CPC and the preparation for the same is in full swing. However, since the DoE has directed the MoS&PI in favour of upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC and UDC, a letter demanding implementation of the upgradation from 1.1.2006 is being sent to the Joint Secretary, MoS&PI before filing the case.
 

Yours Sincerely
TKR Pillai
General Secretary
Mob No. 09425372172

 
No. 58(2)/E.III(B)/2014
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E.III-(B) Branch
****

New Delhi, the 18th February, 2014.
 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 
Subject: Forwarding of letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from All India Association of Administrative Staff.
 
The undersigned is directed to forward herewith letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from Shri T.K.R. Pillai regarding upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC and UDC in administrative branch of Government of India offices and to state that this Department does not consider the representations received from individuals or Associations and they are forwarded to the concerned administrative ministries/departments. 
 
The Administrative Ministry/Department concerned is required to examine the representations and if merit is found, the same may be forwarded to this Department for consideration in the form of a proposal, through IFD. The letter was earlier forwarded to DOPT, who in turn have returned it stating that LDCs and UDCs in the Administrative Branch of Government of India does not come under the CSCS cadre.
 

Sd/
(Manoj Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

 
To
FA(Statistics & Programme Implementation),
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation,
Sardar Patel Bhawan,
New Delhi.
 
Source: www.aiamshq.blogspot.in
[http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/02/yet-another-milestone.html]

Withdrawal of New Pension Scheme- NFIR submitted Justification report to Railway Board

Withdrawal of New Pension Scheme- NFIR submitted Justification report to Railway Board

Following the All Indian Railwaymen's Federation(AIRF), National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) has now submitted the justification report of withdrawal of New Pension Scheme in the Ralways to Railway Board.

The complete text of the justification report has been reproduced and given below for your ready reference...
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
 
No. IV/NPS/PFRDA Bill 
Dated: 21/02/2014
The Executive Dircetor/IR
Railway Board
New Delhi.

 Madam, 
Sub:- Withdrawal of New Pension Scheme - reg.
 
Ref:- Minutes of the Meeting held by Railway Board with the Federations on 07/2/2014 Circulated vide letter No.2013/E(LR)II/1/17 dated 18/02/2014.
 
With reference to the minutes of the meeting circulated vide letter dated 18/02/2014. it is informed that NFIR furnishes inputs justifying withdrawal of New Pension Scheme in the Railways vide annexure to this letter.
 
NFIR trusts that a cogent case shall be made out by the Railway Ministry duly incorporating the inputs contained in the "Annexure” to be sent to the Finance Minister by the Railway Minister, proposing withdrawal of New Pension Scheme in the Railways.
 
 
DA/As above
 

Yours faithfully,
sd/- 
(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

 
Why Liberalised Pension is required
Indian Railways is one of the largest Railway systems in the World and is fully owned and operated by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), Government of India. It plays a significant role in driving economic growth of the country. offering highly affordable, environment-friendly transportation of passengers and freight specially bulk commodities across the country and also for rapid movement of Army, para-military forces and their connected artillery and military hardware to the Nation’s borders. The role of Indian Railways thus cannot be undermined under any circumstances.
 
Ministry ol Railways (Railway Board) introduced Pension System exclusively for Railway employees who entered Railway service on 16th November 1957. These rules were subsequently modilied as Railway Services (Pension) Rules 1993 and Railway Services (Extraordinary) Pension Rules 1993. It is also worth-mentioning that the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of DS Nakara and Others Vis Union of India (AIR-1983-SC-I30) gave following verdict:
“Pension is neither a bounty nor a grace bestowed by the sweet will of the employer but is a payment for the past services rendered. It was construed as a right step towards socio-economic justice and a concrete assurance to the effect that the employee in his old age is not left in the lurch.”
2. The New Pension Scheme introduced by the Government of India has not been made applicable to the following:
 
(a) Peronnel in Armed Forces.
 
(b) Personnel working in Para-Military establishments.
 
(c) The State Governments of West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura through their executive instructions consciously decided to continue with the liberalized pension scheme to their employees and not to adopt new pension scheme.
 
3. Justification for scrapping the New Pension Scheme:
 
3.1 Unique RaiIways working:
 
3.1.1 Federation wishes to invite attention to the fact that the working of Indian Railway is totally different and distinct as compared to other Departments of the Central Government. Even during the colonial period, the Railways was conceived and operated as an auxiliary wing of the Army, primarily because of its nature of work rendered round the clock, 365 days in the year facing extremely tough working conditions in all seasons may be extreme hot, cold or torrential rains and its well-defined role in rapid movement of troops across the Indian sub-continent, more particularly on the borders when the Railway employees are exposed to the peculiar situations. It is also worth-mentioning that though the Indian Army fights war once in two/three decades. Railway employees are required to face war-like conditions/situations in their day to day work - may be due to derailment, accidents breaches, bandhs. civil disobedience movements besides providing back up support for Army by ensuring speedy rail movement.
 
In support of the above contention, NFIR wishes to bring to the notice following excerpts from the Report of “The Railway Safety Review Committee. l998” (Part-I) headed by Retired Judge of the Supreme Court (Justice HR Khanna) where the Committee has observed as under:
 
‘During the colonial period, the Railways was conceived and operated as an auxiliary wing of the Army, primarily because it provided the transport muscle that enabled rapid movement of troops across the Indian sub continent. There was, however, another less visible but important reason for the close linkage with the Army. The colonizers realized that the Railways, by virtue of its complex nature, required a high degree of discipline and efficiency to be able to perform its role as the prime transport mode. This, in turn, meant a system of working more closely allied to the Armed Forces than the sometimes lax civilian forms. Thus historically, Indian Railways (IR) has functioned differently from other Government Institutions.”
 
Justice Khanna has therefore observed in the report that it is not only unrealistic but also dangerous to treat the Railways and its problems on par with other Government departments which has unfortunately been the case with the Indian Railways post 
independence.
 
3.1.2 Indian Railways is quite unique in its working and distinctive in character. A lot of challenges are required to be faced to make the railway system safe, reliable, efficient and capable of fulfilling the needs of not only of common public through transportation of passengers and other products like Iron ore, minerals, food-grains etc. but also ensuring safety of the country by reaching the border areas. During the course of performance of duties a number of Railway employees lose their lives and also sustains injuries like Military and para-military forces. The report submitted by the High Level Safety Review Committee, comprising of  Technocrats and Specialists in the field led by eminent scientist Dr Anil Kakodkar had highlighted following figures in respect of railway employees vis-à-vis passengers/general public killed and injured during the year 2007/08 to 2011 :- 
 
 KilledInjured
(a) Railway employees16008700
(b) Passenger/Public10192110
(c) Unmanned Level crossing723690
 
The above position is sufficient to prove that the working of Railway staff cannot be treated as less arduous than the Military and Para-military personnel and there is need that Railway employees are exempted from the application of New Pension Scheme, presently called National Pension System and the Railway employees should continued to be governed by the Liberalized Pension Scheme called as Railway Services (Pension) Rules. 1993 and or Railway Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1993.
 
3.2 Uniqueness of Indian Railways and the crucial role of railway employees for providing efficient services:
There are only two things which moves uninterruptedly, one is ‘Wall Clock’ and the other is Indian Railways. There are certain factors which epitomizes Indian Railways as Unique such as
 
- hazards induced by job environments, sorking conditions and capital health which are totally uncommon. These conditions prevail only in Armed Forces. 
 
- Rigorous medical standards, periodic updating of skills, workforce to prepare itself to match with changed technological upgradation-Unique to Railways. 
 
- Railway employees job profile have built in integration of performance-cum-safety, execution-cum-self certification besides extended duty hours demanded by critical operational regime.
 
- Like Armed Forces, the Railway employees are expected to remain at their Headquarters/Stations even while availing periodic rest and they should report to duty in emergency and in the event of any untoward eventuality. Without prior permission 
they cannot leave Headquarters even during Rest Day. This system is not prevailing in any other Central Government Organization.
 
- Even when they avail lease, they are expected to give the address on leave facilitating the Railway management to summon them to take up duty at a short notice. This is akin to that of Armed Forces.
 
- Railway employees are expected to rise to the occasion in the event of any crisis like accidents, floods. sabotage etc even while on leave and assist the system. 
 
The above provisions are in-built in various Rules laid down by the Railways.
 
3.3 Uniqueness in the duties:
The uniqueness in performing the duties of railway employees which are unmatched & second to none, is that the employee has to continue on duty and to wait for his reliever to Lake charge and he is not expected to leave the post al though duty hours are complete unless and until his reliever reports and takes charge, e.g. Train Controller, Station Master, Electric Signal Maintainer, Technical staff Loco Pilots, Guards etc. Thus their nature of duties are akin to that of defence personnel.
 
3.4 Exposed to Risks :- 
While performing duties whether running the trains, maintaining Tracks/S&T assets. attending to under-gears of the rolling stock the staff sneak in between two rails for ensuring train formations fit to run.
 
Continuously work under open Sky. in remote/jungle areas facing inclement weather conditions, susceptible to air pollution and high decibel noise which are unique so far as hazardous working conditions faced by vast majority of railway employees similar to the conditions faced by army personnel during war time.
 
Vast majority of Railway employees work at remote places, jungle areas and road side stations where number of amenities do not exist — this is similar to that of Defence forces.
 
Nature of Railwaymen’s working is against cultural harmony, biological clock i.e. round the clock working in shifts, continuously night duties resulting into irregular living like that of military/para-milìtary personnel.
 
Railway employees are exposed to anti-social elements in the course of performing duties which is also unique to the Railway System similar to the situations faced by para-military staff;
 
Railway employees are liable for criminal prosecution in case if accidents as their nature of duties are connected with the movement of trains round the clock with high safety standards while ensuring punctuality - a peculiar situation which is not faced by the staff of any other Ministry/Department of Central Government.
 
The duties of Railway employees are strenuous as Indian Railways is an operational transportation network. Continuous stress and strain in the course of performing duties has been resulting in health hazards like Hyper-tension, diabetes, Ulcer, Cardiac problems leading to premature deaths, medical invalidation at a scale larger than Armed para-military forces. It is reported that the number of deaths while on duty or in service or on leave/sick is nearly 10000 per annum. This alarming number of deaths is due to various difficult working conditions.
 
Rail work force are expected to possess quick reflexes like that of armed forces for ensuring best services to the customers.
 
4. Indian Railways’ Resources
Indian Railways have their own budget. Dedicated and devoted services of Railway employees is a real contributing factor for running this important transportation system. The earnings generated by the Indian Railways due to continued efficient services of all the categories of employees have not only resulted in substantial earnings but also made I.R., to meet the expenditure towards staff wages, allowances, pension liabilities etc.. thus capable to absorb these commitments from its own resources.
 
5. Healthy Industrial relations
The country as well as the Indian RaiIways should feel proud of its work force which has been working relentlessly for providing satisfactory services to the Customer. Healthy Industrial Relations have been built by pursuing mutual trust and co-operation among the staff of all categories as well as the management during the last 39 years. Not a single man-day has been lost on employees account during the period of four decades in the Railways due to disciplined work culture in bulk among the employees. The New Pension Scheme has unfortunately resulted into disappointment and frustration among railway employees. This needs to removed for ensuring equal justice to all employees irrespective of their date of appointment whether they are pre 01/01/2004 or post 01/01/2004. Withdrawal of New Pension Scheme in Railways would generate good industrial relations and contribute for improved efficiency and best operating ratio.
 

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(M.Ragavaiah)
General Secretar
NFIR 

 
Source: NFIR

Cabinet likely to set 7th Pay Commission terms this week

Cabinet likely to set 7th Pay Commission terms this week

The Cabinet is likely to set the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission this week, paving the way for salary revision of over 50 lakh central government employees.

The matter will be finalised at the proposed meeting as the government wants to settle the matter before model code of conducts are notified ahead of the general election, scheduled in April-May this year.

The government has already approved the composition of the commission for revision of salaries of central government employees, including Railways and Defence. It would also revise the remuneration for 30 lakh pensioners.

Former Supreme Court Judge Ashok Kumar Mathur, who also headed the Armed Forces Tribunal, will head the 7th Pay Commission. It has been mandated to submit its report in two years and its recommendations are to be implemented from January 1, 2016.

The other members of the Commission include Oil Secretary Vivek Rae (full time Member), NIPFP Director Rathin Roy (part- time Member) and OSD in Expenditure Department Meena Agarwal (Secretary).

In September, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved the setting up of the Commission.

The government constitutes Pay Commission almost every 10 years. Often the revisions are adopted by states as well after some modification.


The 6th Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and fourth from January 1, 1986.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/cabinet-likely-to-set-pay-commission-s-terms-this-week-114022501003_1.html

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dearness allowance likley to be hiked by 10% on Friday in Cabinet Meeting

Dearness allowance likley to be hiked by 10% on Friday: Zee News

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet is likely to approve hiking dearness allowance to 100 percent from existing 90 percent benefiting 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners in it meeting scheduled on Friday.

"The Union Cabinet will take a proposal to hike Dearness allowance for its employees and dearness relief for its pensioners to 100 percent this Friday as per agenda listed for the meeting," a source said.

This increase in the dearness allowance by the UPA-2 government comes ahead of the imposition of the model code of conduct by the Election Commission.

The model code of conduct is likely to come into force with the announcement of the schedule for the forthcoming general elections in a week or so.

Also it would be the second double digit DA hike in a row. The government had announced a hike of 10 percent to 90 percent in September last year, effective from July 1, 2013.

The hike in DA would be effective from the January 1 this year.

As per practice, the government uses Consumer Price Index- Industrial Workers data of the past 12 months to arrive at a quantum for the purpose of any DA hike. Thus, the retail inflation for industrial workers between January 1 to December 31, 2013 would be used to take a final call on the matter.

According to the provisional data released by government on January 31, the retail inflation for factory workers for the month of December stood at 9.13 percent. The revised retail inflation data for January would be released on February 28.

An official said that the preliminary assessment suggests that DA hike will not be less than 10 percent and would be effective from January 1 this year.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com
[http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/dearness-allowance-likley-to-be-hiked-by-10-on-friday_95123.html]

Estimation of Basic Pay and DA after 50% DA Merger

Estimation of Basic Pay and DA after 50% DA Merger


What will be the difference in Basic Pay and DA after 50% DA Merger ?

An Estimation in respect of entry level pay in pay band applicable to Four Grade Pay which will fall in to each of four 6CPC revised Pay Scales PB-1, PB-2, PB-3, and PB-4

While all Central Government Employees across India are eagerly awaiting 50% DA Merger with Pay, we have attempted to estimate the difference in basic pay and DA after 50% DA Merger for entry level pay in pay band applicable to Four Cadres with Grade Pay Rs.2400, Rs. 4200, Rs.5400 and Rs. 8700/-

Basis for Estimating difference in Basic Pay and DA after 50% DA Merger

In 2004, when 50% DA Merger was made before implementation of 6th Pay Commission Report, applicable DA prior to DA merger was 61%. Then a new pay called Dearness Pay was created by taking 50% of basic pay and new DA @ 11% was calculated on basic pay and dearness pay as detailed below
Basic Pay (Rs)DPTotal BPDA @ 11%
6500325097501073
Calculation of Difference in Basic Pay and DA for proposed 50% DA Merger

Note: 1. This is only an estimation. Order for DA merger is yet to be issued by Government. Applicability and actual benefit will be known only after issue of formal orders for 50% DA merger.

2. We have taken in to account only the pay in pay band and grade pay for additional benefit out of DA merger. The impact of DA merger can also be calculated in respect of HRA and TA.

3. As DA eligibility as on 01.01.2014 is 100%, we have estimated the DA after 50% DA merger as on 01.01.2014 as 50%. The actual DA granted by Government from 01.01.2014 will be known only after issue of DA orders with effect from 01.01.2014.

4. We have estimated difference in Basic Pay and DA in respect of entry level pay in pay band applicable to Four Grade Pays Viz., Rs.2400, Rs.4200, Rs. 5400 and Rs. 8700, which will fall in to 6CPC revised Pay Scales PB-1, PB-2, PB-3, and PB-4 respectively. Similarly, in respect of other grade pay in 6CPC revised pay scales also difference in Basic Pay and DA on account of 50% DA merger can be calculated

6CPC Pay Scale PB-1 Rs.5200-20200

Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 7440

Grade Pay -Rs. 2400

Total Basic Pay – Rs. 9840
DA 100 %Total BP + DA before Merger (Rs)
984019680
Total Pay After 50% DA Merger
Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 7440
Grade Pay – Rs. 2400
Dearness Pay (50% of pay in pay band and Grade Pay) – Rs. 4920
Total Basic Pay – Rs. 14760
DA 50%Total BP + DA after Merger (Rs)
738022140

Additional Basic Pay and DA on account of DA Merger as on 01.01.2014 – Rs. 2460/-

6CPC Pay Scale PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800

Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 9300/-
Grade Pay – 4200/-
Total Basic Pay – Rs. 13500/-
DA 100 %Total BP + DA before Merger (Rs)
1350027000
Total Pay After 50% DA Merger
Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 9300/-
Grade Pay – Rs. 4200/-
Dearness Pay (50% of pay in pay band and Grade Pay) – Rs. 6750/-
Total Basic Pay – Rs. 20250/-
DA 50%Total BP + DA after Merger (Rs)
1012530375
Additional Basic Pay and DA on account of DA Merger as on 01.01.2014 – Rs. 3375/-

6CPC Pay Scale PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100

Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 15600/-
Grade Pay 5400
Total Basic Pay – Rs. 21000/-
DA 100 %Total BP + DA before Merger (Rs)
2100042000
Total Pay After 50% DA Merger
Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 15,600/-
Grade Pay – Rs. 5400/-
Dearness Pay (50% of pay in pay band and Grade Pay) – Rs. 10,500/-
Total Basic Pay – Rs. 31500
DA 50%Total BP + DA after Merger (Rs)
1575047250
Additional Basic Pay and DA on account of DA Merger as on 01.01.2014 – Rs. 5250/-

6CPC Pay Scale PB-4 Rs. 37400-67000

Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 37,400/-
Grade Pay Rs. 8700/-
Total Basic Pay – Rs. 46,100/-
DA 100 %Total BP + DA before Merger (Rs)
4610092200
Total Pay After 50% DA Merger
Pay in Pay Band – Rs. 37400/-
Grade Pay – Rs. 8700/-
Dearness Pay (50% of pay in pay band and Grade Pay) – Rs. 23,050/-
Total Basic Pay – Rs. 69,150/-
DA 50%Total BP + DA after Merger (Rs)
345751,03,725
Additional Basic Pay and DA on account of DA Merger as on 01.01.2014 – Rs. 11,525/-

Source: Gconnect.in
[http://www.gconnect.in/orders-in-brief/pay-allowances/pay/basic-pay-da-50-da-merger-estimation.html]

50% DA Merger, Retirement Age 62 and Interim Relief – Cabinet is likely to clear some of these demands..!

50% DA Merger, Retirement Age 62 and Interim Relief – Cabinet is likely to clear some of these demands..!

 This week may bring cheer to central employees and pensioners

Central Government employees and pensioners will find reasons to celebrate this week. The union cabinet is likely to clear some long awaited demands for it’s staff in the next meeting later this week The F.M., currently on foreign tour, likely to return India on 26th February and after which cabinet meeting is likely to take place.

According to information available with us, merger of 50% D.A., an additional hike of 10% D.A. from 01.01.2014, granting of Interim Relief and enhancing retirement age to 62 years are under the consideration of Govt. and some of these are to be approved in the next cabinet meeting.


As the notification of loksabha poll may be issued in the first week of March, this would be the last cabinet meeting before the code of conduct comes into force.

So the central employees and pensioners may definitely hope for some bonanza to be announced this week.

Source: www.paycommissionupdate.blogspot.in
[http://paycommissionupdate.blogspot.in/2014/02/this-week-may-bring-cheer-to-central.html]

CONFEDERATION OF CG EMPLOYEES CONDUCTED MASS DHARNA AT JANTAR MANTAR, NEW DELHI ON 24.2.2014

CONFEDERATION OF CG EMPLOYEES CONDUCTED MASS DHARNA AT JANTAR MANTAR, NEW DELHI ON 24.2.2014

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
CENTRAL HEADQUAERTERS
DHARNA AT JANTAR MANTAR NEW DELHI
ON 24.02.2014 GRAND SUCCESS
POLICE REFUSE PERMISSION TO CONDUCT DHARNA ON THE SECOND DAY.
As per the decision of the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers a mass dharna was conducted at Jantar Mantar (Parliament Street) New Delhi, to protest against the negative attitude of the UPA Govt. and Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram towards the 15 point charter of demands of the Central Government Employees, including DA merger, Interim Relief, inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC, Date of effect 01.01.2014 etc. Even in the Budget (Vote on account) presented by the Finance Minister in Parliament there is no mention about any of the Central Govt. Employees demands.
 Even though the dharna was scheduled for two days; it was concluded in the first day evening itself, as the Delhi Police denied permission for the Second day.(See Police Order below)Com. KKN Kutty, National President of the Confederation inaugurated the dharna. He declared that Confederation has decided to go fo an indefinite strike, immediately after election, if the Govt. is not ready to concede our demands. He congratulated all the Central Govt. Employees who made the Feb 12th & 13th two days strike a thundering success. National Convention of  the Confederation scheduled to be held at Nagpur on 4th April 2014, will decide the future course of action and also strike programme.

Com. S.K. Vyas, Advisor, Confederation, Com. M S Raja , Working Chairman, Com. Narasimhan, Vice President,Com. M. Krishnan. Secretary General,Com. Giri Raj Singh, Vice President, Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee, Financial Secretary and General Secretary C-O-C Delhi, Com. R N Parashar, Asstt. Secretary, Com. R. Seethalaxmi G/S P-IV, Com. P. Suresh G/S R-IV, Com. A.K. Kanojia (ITEF), Coms. Harender Singh, Tirath Prakash (R-IV),  K.P. Singh (R-III),  Ami Chand , Rajesh Kumar Gautam (R-III), Balwinder Singh (P-III),  N. Subramaian (P-III),Com. K. Ragavendran, Ex, S.G., NFPE, Com. K.V. Sridharan, Ex. GS-P-3 , Com. D.K. Rahate, Ex. President, NFPE ,Com. Gita Bhattacharjee (Convernor , Women Sub Committee) and so many other Comrades from C-O-C Delhi  participated in the day long dharna.

50% DA MERGER - Impact of Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay

50% DA MERGER - Impact of Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay

Any possible to convert 50% of dearness allowance to dearness pay..!

Everyone's pointing fingers at "Parliament Election"...!

50% DA MERGER
50% of dearness allowance had been merged with basic pay for Central Government Employees and Pensioners with effect from 1.4.2004. This was followed the recommendation of 5th Central Pay Commission and the Union Government had decided to merge 50% of dearness allowance with baisc pay and issued orders on 1.3.2004.  (61% - 50% = 11%) 50% of dearness allowance merged with basic pay and remaining 11% had been issued as normal dearness allowance with effect from 1.1.2004.
Example : An employee's Basic Pay had revised as under on 1.1.2004 after 50 % DA merged with basic pay...

Basic PayDearness allowance 61%TotalBasic PayDearness PayRemaining percentage of Dearness allowance 11%TotalDifference

4000

2440

6440

4000

2000

660

6660

220


[And the next instalment of additional dearness allowance from 1.7.2004 declared as 3%, then the total dearness allowance went up to 14%. When implementation of 6th CPC, the above employee's basic pay was 4200 as on 1.1.2006, it just multiply with 1.86 and add with corresponding grade pay.]

Everybody thinking as more benefit on 50% of DA merge with basic pay...not like that..!

It is essential to CG Employees, of course for others, getting from some other way in hike in regular income...

For Example, an employee's basic pay Rs.10000 as on 1.1.2011, after merging of 50% dearness allowance the calculation is clearly shows the difference only 50 rupees per month...

Basic PayDearness allowance 51%TotalBasic PayDearness PayRemaining percentage of DA 1%TotalDifference

10,000

5100

15100

10000

5000

150

15150

50


"Note that the 50% of Dearness allowance will not merged with basic pay, instead of the amount showing only as 'Dearness Pay'. This amount will pay upto only the date of implementation of 7th pay commission. 

This is only as a advance hike for all employees before the implementation of 7th CPC. 

When fixation of pay on the recommendations of 7th CPC on 1.1.2016 according to the revised pay rules, the amount of ‘basic pay’ will be taken without dearness pay. 

For example, approximately basic pay of the above employee will be 12,250 as on 1.1.2016 . This amount only will be taken as Basic Pay for the calculation of pay fixation against the amount of 18,375. 

The enhanced amount will be given for us as Interim Relief for the period between announcement and implementation...It is not at all merged with ‘Basic Pay’..!
We can hear, what about hike in HRA and other entitlements...

The rate of HRA is provided according to the cities, like 10, 20 and 30%. Don't think all Central Govt Employees are getting 30%. And one more important points is the percentage hike in HRA will not applicable to those who are living in Government Quarters. In major metropolitan cities, thousands of employees are residing with Government Accommodation. They will pay more as HRA to Government and they don’t bother about increasing in HRA. 
Transport Allowance is providing according to their GP and classified cites, the amount is vary from 400 to 3200 plus DA thereon. The TA amount may decrease when 50% of DA merged with basic pay. 
So, ultimately hike in Basic pay only the factor is more beneficial in DA Merger.

But in 6th CPC there was no recommendation to convert dearness allowance as dearness pay each time the CPI increase by 50% over the base index recommended in pay commission report. 
All Central Government employees federations are showing maximum effort to achieve the demand of "Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay" at this time. 
 Federations sources said, there will be chance to announce before March...!

Source: CGEN.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/50-da-merger/]

Monday, February 24, 2014

‘Rounding off’ instructions given by Ministry of Finance as per 6th CPC

‘Rounding off’ instructions given by Ministry of Finance as per 6th CPC

Once again the ’rounding off’ issue has been raised in some defence accounts departments...

CGDA clearly said that the instructions issued by Ministry of Finance vide their office memorandum dated 29th Jan 2009 to round off any amount of a rupee or more to the next multiple of ten is to be implemented only for calculation of Increment under revised pay structure granted on or after 1.7.2009.

“The increment is an increase in pay for each year in a particular date. As per 6th CPC the annual increment has been granted on 1st July of every year and the qualifying period for earning an increment is six months on 1st July. One increment is equal to 3% (three per cent) of the sum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay will be computed and rounded off to the next multiple of ten.

As per the Rule No.13 of CCS(Revised Pay) Rules 2008, “In the case of calculation of increments under the revised pay structure, paise should be ignored, but any amount of a rupee or more should be rounded off to next multiple of 10. To illustrate, if the amount of increment comes to Rs.1900.70 paise, then the amount will be rounded off to Rs.1900; if the amount of increment works out to be Rs.1901, then it will be rounded off to Rs.1910.”

Creation of NFSG in CSCS for UDC in 4200 GP

Creation of NFSG in CSCS for UDC in 4200 GP

The below information was submitted as a written reply in the Parliament to a question on 20th Feb 2014 as follows:

The Government decided to create a grade of UDC ‘Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG)’ in Central Secretariat Clerical Services (CSCS) in the grade pay of Rs.4200/- in Pay Band-2 vide O.M. No. 20/49/2009-CS-II(B) dated 22.6.2011. As per the O.M. mentioned above, UDCs of CSCS with 5 years of approved Service are eligible for grant of Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- (NFSG) subject to the condition that the total number in the grade will be restricted to 30% of the sanctioned strength. The NFSG grade came into being from the date of issue of the said O.M.

Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme came into operation w.e.f 1.9.2008. The Scheme ensures three Financial up-gradation in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised pay bands as given in CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service subject to the provisions of Scheme issued vide DOP&T O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19.5.2009. MACP benefits are granted with effect from the actual date of completion of 10 years of regular service in any grade since its inception from 1.9.2008 by the concerned cadre units. The benefit of NFSG could not be availed of by the beneficiaries as the Select List 2003(extended) of UDCs of CSCS is sub-judice.

Source: Centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/02/creation-of-nfsg-in-cscs-for-udc-in-4200-gp/]

BSNL Employees Union: Central Government employees may get 50% DA merger

BSNL Employees Union: Central Government employees may get 50% DA merger

BSNL Employees Union published a message about the merger of 50% Dearness allowance to Central Government Employees and Pensioners.

The Central Government has already formed the 7th Pay Commission for it’s employees. The Commission will recommend wage revision for the 50 lakh Central Government employees, as well as pension revision for the 30 lakh pensioners.

As per media reports, the Government may merge 50% DA with the basic pay, for which the unions are hard pressing the Government. As of now, the Central Government employees are getting 90% DA. They are going to get another 10% DA increase from next month, which will take their total DA to 100% of pay. The normal practice is that DA will be merged with pay, when it reaches 50%. Merger of 50% DA with basic pay was done by the 5th Pay Commission, while the 6th Pay Commission refused to do so. Now, as per media reports, the Government is likely to make a proposal in this regard to the terms of reference for the 7th Pay Commission.

In respect of the BSNL employees, the BSNLEU has already raised the demand that 50% IDA should be merged with the basic pay. The recently held Rajkot CEC meeting of BSNLEU has passed a resolution, strongly demanding 50% IDA merger.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Central Government to pay the Dearness allowance for state government employees

Central Government to pay the Dearness allowance for state government employees
Centre should pay DA of state govt employees as well: Mamata
Kolkata, Feb 22 (PTI) Centre should come forward and pay the dearness allowance of state government employees as well, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded today.

"Whenever the Centre announces DA, state government employees should be given the same on a par (with central government employees).

"They (Centre) give it (to central government employees) before elections. Will others (state government employees) suck their thumbs?" Banerjee asked.

"We want the Centre to pay the DA for (state government) employees," Banerjee said.

Source: PTI
[http://www.ptinews.com/news/4432201_Centre-should-pay-DA-of-state-govt-employees-as-well--Mamata-.html]

Pensioners Portal issued orders on simplification process for pensioners

Pensioners Portal issued orders on simplification process for pensioners
Amendment to CCS (Pension) Rules. 1972 – Notification regarding
No. 1/19/2013-P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
(Desk E)
3rd Floor. Lok Nayak, Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
the 20th February, 2014
To
The Manager,
Govt. of India
Press Mayapuri. Ring Road,
New Delhi-110064

Subject :    Amendment to CCS (Pension) Rules. 1972 – Notification regarding

Sir,
I am to forward herewith a copy of Notification in duplicate (English & Hindi version) on the above subject and to request that the same may be published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) Part II, Section 3. sub-section (i).

2.    It is further requested that 100 spare copies of the Printed version of the Notification may kindly be sent to this Department.
Encl: As Above.

Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary
Source: www.pensionerportal.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/Amendment_CCS_PensionRule-English.pdf]

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Merger of 100% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2014 and Merger of 50% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2011

Merger of 100% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2014 and Merger of 50% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2011 demanded by Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisation

Central gazetted officers finalise demands
A workshop organised by the Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisations, Tamil Nadu region, has finalised the common minimum demands to be placed before the 7 Central Pay Commission, including a just and equitable pay at the entry level of Group ‘B’ officers.

It was also agreed upon at the workshop here on Saturday to demand a joint consultative machinery to redress their grievances and a minimum of five promotions during their tenure — from entry to Group ‘B’ level either by promotion or direct recruitment.

The workshop for the constituents of the Confederation sought merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance for all purposes with effect from January 1, 2011 or 100 per cent DA with effect from January 1, 2014 for the serving officers. Other demands included free and hassle-free medical facilities to Group ‘B’ officers and adequate travel entitlements.

Source : www.thehindu.com
[http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/central-gazetted-officers-finalise-demands/article5490705.ece]

Merger of Dearness allowance: AIRF Demanding Merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay

Merger of Dearness allowance: AIRF Demanding Merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay

 All India Railwaymen's Federation publishes the press statement regarding the merger of Dearness allowance with basic pay. The federation demanding merger of 100% Dearness allowance with basic pay for all purposes with effect from 1.1.2014.

The text of the press release has been reproduced and given below for your information...
Press Release of AIRF on Merger of Dearness Allowance and Announcement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f 01.01.2014.

PRESS RELEASE

New Delhi: February 21, 2014 - All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) has addressed the issue of merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay for all purposes w.e.f. 01.01.2014 to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the Finance Minister, Government of India, as Dearness Allowance will cross 100%. Unfortunately, there is no heed to this issue despite agitations at length over the Indian Railways by the AIRF.

It is also unfortunate that due 10% Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1st

January, 2014 has still not been announced by the Government of India.

AIRF earnestly requests the Government of India to immediately announce Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1st January, 2014 all along with merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay.

For General Secretary
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
Source: AIRF
New Delhi: February 21, 2014 - All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) has addressed the issue of merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay for all purposes w.e.f. 01.01.2014 to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the Finance Minister, Government of India, as Dearness Allowance will cross 100%. Unfortunately, there is no heed to this issue despite agitations at length over the Indian Railways by the AIRF.

It is also unfortunate that due 10% Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1st

January, 2014 has still not been announced by the Government of India.

AIRF earnestly requests the Government of India to immediately announce Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1st January, 2014 all along with merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay.


For General Secretary
All India Railwaymen’s Federation


Source: AIRF

Friday, February 21, 2014

Grant of compensation in lieu of rent free accommodation – Finmin Orders

Grant of compensation in lieu of rent free accommodation - Finmin Orders

No. 2/1/2014-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 21st February, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Grant of compensation in lieu of rent free accommodation.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M No 2(7)/1997-

E. 11(8) dated 14.03.2008 on the subject mentioned above and to say that consequent upon revision of rates of licence fee for residential accommodation under Central Government all over the country w.e.f. 01.07.2010 and also w.e.f. 01.07.2013 vide
Government of India, Ministry of Urban Development (Directorate of Estates) 0M.No.18011/1/2009-Pol.III dated 28.04.2011 and 0.M No 18011/1/2013-Pol.III dated 21.11.2013 respectively, the question of revision of the amount of compensation in
lieu of Rent Free Accommodation in so far as it relates to the component of licence fee has been under consideration of the Government for some time.

2. The matter has been considered and the President is pleased to decide thatthe Central Government employees who are entitled to the facility of rent free accommodation in accordance with the Ministry of Urban Development (Directorate of Estates) 0M. No.12/11/60-ACC-l dated 02.08.60 and who have not been provided with such accommodation, will be entitled to compensation in lieu of rent free accommodation as under:-

(i) the lowest amount charged as licence fee for the entitled type of accommodation as fixed w.e.f. 01.07.2010 & w.e.f. 01.07.2013 in terms of Government of India, Ministry of Urban Development (Directorate of Estates)’s above mentioned OMs dated 28.04.2011 and 21.11.2013 respectively; and

(ii) House Rent Allowance admissible to corresponding employees in that classified city in terms of this Ministrys 0M. No.2(13)/2008-E.ll(B) dated 29.08 2008 as amended from time to time.

3. These orders take effect from 01 .07.2010 & 01 .07.2013 with reference to Dte. of Estate& 0.Ms. ibid dated 28.04.2011 and 21.11.2013 respectively, ie. the dates from which the flat rates of licence fee were revised.

4. All other conditions, laid down in this Ministry’s 0.M. No 11015/4/86-E.ll(B) dated 19.02.87, 22.05.87 and 04.05.88 shall continue to be applicable, while regulating grant of compensation in lieu of rent free accommodation under these orders.

5. In so far as the persons serving under the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India .

sd/-

(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/misc/Grant_Comp_rent21022014.pdf]

Housing facilities to the teachers working under Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS)

Housing facilities to the teachers working under Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3455
ANSWERED ON 12.02.2014


HOUSING FACILITIES TO TEACHERS
3455 . Shri TUFANI SAROJ

Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether housing facilities have been provided to the teachers working under Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) all over the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof, State-wise;
(c) whether the teachers of Kendriya Vidyalayas are facing hardships on account of having no housing facility in the metropolitan cities; and
(d) if so, the steps being taken by the Government to address this problem of teachers?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (DR. SHASHI THAROOR)

(a) and (b) Yes, Madam. The Government accommodation is provided to the staff including teachers working under the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) wherever it has its own staff quarters or the accommodation has been provided by the sponsoring agencies. The State/UT-wise details of 14,747 staff quarters are given in Annexure-I.

(c) and (d) The construction of staff quarters is a continuous process. These are constructed on the basis of demand and estimates received from the Regional Offices of KVS/Kendriya Vidyalayas and subject to local by-laws and the availability of funds.
Sl. No.Name of State/UTNumber of staff quarters constructed by KVS(As on 31.01.14) including KVs/ROs/ZIETs.
Type-IType-IIType-IIIType-IVType-V
1Jammu & Kashmir427267141
2Himachal Pradesh20403670
3Punjab60252205291
4Chandigarh12202562
5Haryana46124120210
6Rajasthan79303314521
7Gujarat85209102302
8D&N Haveli00000
9Daman&Diu00000
10Uttar Pradesh191502498702
11Uttarakhand58140134221
12Bihar42148197181
13West Bengal86216227341
14Sikkim48810
15A & N Island6162020
16Assam32174230288
17Meghalaya14564661
18Mizoram00000
19Manipur18810
20Tripura6121620
21Odisha44199219271
22Jharkhand218492152
23Madhya Pradesh155381390634
24Chhattisgarh268696101
25Maharashtra131526370753
26Karnataka58163191281
27Goa15363660
28Andhra Pradesh60170192260
29Tamilnadu42142139145
30Pudducherry24410
31Kerala39131138273
32Lakshdeep00000
33Delhi33851073215
34Arunachal Pradesh231045050
35Nagaland24410
TOTAL 14354415428167356

Sl. No.Name of State/UTNumber of staff quarters provided by the sponsoring agencies
(As on 31.01.14) including KVs/ROs/ZIETs.
  Type-IType-IIType-IIIType-IVType-VType-VI
1Jammu & Kashmir625913200
2Himachal Pradesh1011045500
3Punjab65623910
4Chandigarh5182200
5Haryana16111000
6Rajasthan32442114110
7Gujarat4713737700
8D&N Haveli046100
9Daman&Diu003100
10Uttar Pradesh123143422100
11Uttarakhand28148731600
12Bihar96313100
13West Bengal3013381900
14Sikkim01111000
15A & N Island000000
16Assam61182671900
17Meghalaya464610
18Mizoram010000
19Manipur0378000
20Tripura383300
21Odisha306713200
22Jharkhand3098815410
23Madhya Pradesh12119010517110
24Chhattisgarh8519312400
25Maharashtra518849600
26Karnataka216373910
27Goa000000
28Andhra Pradesh82246400
29Tamilnadu000000
30Pudducherry000000
31Kerala101814400
32Lakshdeep041000
33Delhi41222111
34Arunachal Pradesh211101 0
35Nagaland7172100
TOTAL  8051954881219271

Source: http://164.100.47.132/Annexture/lsq15/15/au3455.htm

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