Monday, March 16, 2015

Punjab government employees to protest for arrears DA on Mar 17

Punjab government employees to protest for arrears DA on Mar 17

Chandigarh: About five lakh employees will hold a state level rally here on March 17 to protest against the alleged failure of Parkash Singh Badal government to fulfil their demands.

State government had failed to provide Dearness Allowance (DA) at the rate of 10 per cent of arrears from January 2014 to September 2014 and 8 months of arrears at the rate of 7 per cent from July 2014 to February 2015, several conveners of Mulazam Sangarsh Committee, an apex body consisting of six employees federation and 14 independent employees Unions, said today.

The protest will be held under the banner of ‘Punjab and Union Territory Mulazam Sangarsh Committee’ against the state government’s “failure” to implement 10-point written agreed demands.

Badal government had failed to notify 6th Punjab Pay Commission agreed to on April 15, 2014, regularise the services of contract employees with three years service, introduce cashless Health Scheme, Remove anomalies in pay scales of various categories of employees, provide uniforms to various sections of employees, organisers said.

PTI

Central Government Employees: Cabinet may approve 6% dearness allowance (DA) hike next week

Central Government Employees: Cabinet may approve 6% dearness allowance (DA) hike next week
Cabinet may approve 6 percent DA hike next week
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet is likely to approve hiking dearness allowance (DA) to 113 per cent from existing 107 per cent benefiting 30 lakh central government employees and 50 lakh pensioners in its meeting scheduled in next week.


“The Union Cabinet will take a proposal to hike Dearness allowance for its employees and dearness relief for its pensioners to 113 per cent in next week as per agenda listed for the meeting,” a source said.

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

As per practice, the government uses Consumer Price Index- Industrial Workers ( CPI-IW) data of the past 12 months to arrive at a quantum for the purpose of any DA hike.

Thus, the CPI-IW from January 1 to December 31, 2014 would be used to take a final call on the matter.

The CPI (IW) of the months January, February, March, April, May, June and July were 237, 238, 239, 242, 244, 246 and 252 respectively.

The consumer price index -industrial workers (CPI-IW) remained stationery at 253 for last five months August to December, 2014.

“The average of the consumer price index -industrial workers (CPI-IW) from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 works out to be 6.3 per cent. Thus the Central government will hike dearness allowance for it employees by 6 per cent,” the source added.

However, the employees’ bodies are pressing hard to merger of 50 percent DA with basic pay but it has not been given heed by the seventh Pay Commission as well as the government.

The merger of 50 percent DA was discontinued in the Sixth Pay Commission but the Fifth Pay Commission had recommended that if the DA crosses more than 50 percent then it should be clubbed with the basic pay.

TST

Meeting of National Council JCM (Staff Side) with 7th Pay Commission on 23, 24 March 2015

Meeting of National Council JCM (Staff Side) with 7th Pay Commission on 23, 24 March 2015

Meeting of 7th pay commission with NC JCM will be held for two days

The sources close to the 7th pay commission said, a Meeting of the National Council JCM (Staff Side) with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled to be held on two successive days ie on 23rd and 24th March 2015, at New Delhi.

The 7th pay commission held series of Meetings with various Associations, Ministries and Departments for the past 9 Months from June 2014

The Commission has had the occasion to interact with the National Council (Staff Side) and its constituents in May 2014. After it finished the series of Meetings held as scheduled with Associations and Ministries/Departments, the 7th pay commission invited National Council JCM to discuss the Major issues before it firms up its views. A meeting was held on 25 February 2015 with the National Council where it was agreed that the 7th Pay Commission would accord time to the National Council for their deposition before the Commission.

The Sources said that accordingly now the 7th pay commission has decided to allot two days for the Meeting with National Council JCM (Staff Side) on 23rd and 24th March 2015. Earlier the NCJCM has sought 7th pay commission to allot three days’ time slot to discuss the serving employee’s issues and one separate day for discussing Pensioners Issues.

Anyway, This will be a crucial meeting, as this may be considered as the last chance for the National council to know the views of seventh pay commission and put their demands on various issues pertaining to central government employees to convince the pay commission.

It is expected that the outcome of the Meeting will however reveal the matters of what can be considered in the recommendation of 7th pay commission.

Source: GServants.com

CGHS withdraws the OM dated 25-08-2014 regarding issue of Medicine/ reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices

CGHS withdraws the Office Memorandum dated 25-08-2014 regarding issue of Medicine / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants and other medical devices

No. 2-2/2014/CGHS(HQ)/PPTY/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: the 13th March, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Clarification regarding issue of Medicine under CGHS

With reference to the above mentioned subject the under signed is directed to state that the situation arising out of issue of office memorandum NO 2-2/2014/CGHS(HQ)/PPTY/CGHS(P) dated the 25th August, 2014 has been engaging the attention of government for quite some time. Although the guidelines were modified subsequently vide Office Memorandum of even number date 01.10.2014 and 23.12.2014, this Ministry is in receipt of representations seeking clarifications. The matter has been reviewed and it has now been decided to withdraw the OM of even no. dated 25.08.2014.
(Sunil Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File953.pdf

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