Saturday, June 14, 2014

Merger of DA with Pay and sanction of Interim Relief for the Central Government Employees.

Merger of DA with Pay and sanction of Interim Relief for the Central Government Employees.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

13-C, Ferozashah Road. New Delhi – 110001

Dated: June 12, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary
Chairman National CounciI(JCM),
Government of India, North Block, New Delhi
Resp. Sir,
Sub: Merger of DA with Pay and sanction of Interim Relief for the Central Government Employees.
I take this opportunity to bring to your kind notice that, while Government of India have appointed 7th Central Pay Commission for the Central Government Employees to make recommendations in regard to revision of wages and other allowances, merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay and payment of Interim Relief have neither been considered by the government itself nor included in the Terms of Reference(ToR)
of the VII CPC.
It may be recalled that the two issues, viz. Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay and Interim Relief have been the subject matter with the government at the time when the Staff Side was called upon to present their views while finalizing the ToR of the VII CPC by the Secretary(PersonneI, DoP&T), in his capacity as Chairman, Standing Committee, National CounciI(JCM). Although, the Staff Side pleaded for the specific reference of the above two issues to the VII CPC, the final version of the ToR, as approved by the government, did not find place for our views.
It would not be out of context to mention here that the methodology adopted for compensating the erosion in the real value of wage on account of price hike refiected in the rate of Dearness Allowance paid to Government Employees. The merger of DA to partially compensate the erosion in the real wages was done in pursuance of the report of Gadgil Committee in the post 2“ Pay Commission. This has, thereafter, been continued in the successive Central Pay Commissions also, wherein up to 50% of DA has been merged with the Pay when Dearness compensation exceeded 50%.
Dearness compensation has already reached 100% as on 01.01.2014, and it is further likely to exceed w.e.f. 01.07.2014, therefore, it would be grossly justified that, at least 50% DA be merged with Pay to compensate the erosion of the real value of the wages immediately.
The 7th CPC, appointed by the Government of India, has though started its functioning, nevertheless its report is expected to be available not earlier than 1 and 1/2 years time and because of uncontrolled skyrocketing price hike of essential commodities in the market, the real value of the wages is eroding the greatest extent, which is in no way being compensated even by sanction of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief.
It would, therefore, be imperative that, at least 25% of the Basic Pay of Central Government Employees, but not less than Rs.2000 should be sanctioned as “lnterim Relief” with immediate effect to compensate the sharp erosion in the real value of the wages.
We request your early intervention in the matter so as to provide necessary relief to the Central Government Employees.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Government’s Travel Allowances for the MPs

Government’s Travel Allowances for the MPs
Recently, there were controversies regarding the travel allowances of Members of the Parliament. Let’s take a look at the actual travel allowance granted by the Central Government to the MPs:
Members of the Parliament are given concessions to travel to attend the Parliament sessions and to participate in the meetings. These to-and-from travel concessions are given from the usual place of residence of these members to the Parliament or to the place where the meeting is going to be held.
Via Train/Airplane: In case of train journey, charges for one First Class ticket and one Second Class ticket are given. The concession is given for whatever class the MP travels in.
For travel via air, 1.5 times the fare is given to the MP. For travel via road, the member is paid up to Rs. 13 per kilometre. If there is no direct air-route from the MP’s place of residence to the place where the Parliamentary session is being held, then the member is given the option to choose the travel mode that could get him/her to the destination within a day. The member’s spouse is entitled to accompany him/her once during the general session and twice during the budget meetings – adding up to not more than 8 times in a year – to New Delhi and back, via air/train or by road, from the place of residence.
Free Train Travel: Each MP and his/her spouse are given special identity cards that entitle them to travel free of cost, to any part of the country, by train, in First Class air-conditioned coach. His/her personal assistant is given identity cards that qualify them for free travel in Second Class air-conditioned railway coaches. These cards are valid for the entire tenure of the Member of Parliament.
8 trips via Air: Each year, the Member of Parliament is entitled, either with his/her spouse, assistants, or with relatives, to make 34 trips by airplane to any part of the country. The spouse or assistant can make 8 trips by air to meet the Member of Parliament. In case of physically challenged Members of Parliaments, the personal assistant is allowed to travel with him/her constantly. Members of Parliament are entitled to many such benefits and allowances.

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