Wednesday, July 22, 2015

7th Pay Commission contemplates to recommend the Compensatory City allowance again

7th Pay Commission contemplates to recommend the Compensatory City allowance again

Sources said that the 7th CPC may recommend the Compensatory City allowance in its report for Central Govt employees. Upto 5th Pay Commisson, CCA has been granted to all CG Employees and we all know that the 6th CPC has abolished. The NC JCM Staff Side strongly suggested in its memorandum to introduce again the CCA to submitted to 7th Pay Commission earlier. The unconfirmed sources said, the CCA will come with two criteria as granting in the 5th CPC.

The Compensatory City allowance has been granted to Central Government employees since the First Central Pay Commission. This allowance was sanctioned to compensate for the high cost of living in bigger cities classified as such for grant of house rent allowance. Upto 3rd CPC it used to be certain percentage of pay for different pay ranges and different classified towns. The 4th and 5th CPC, however, recommended lump sum amounts as CCA. 5th CPC in para 106.10 (Pge 1582) of their report has commented that :

“We also do not support the demand for making CCA a percentage of basic pay because this amounts to admitting a firm and casual relationship between CCA and income.”
When it is admitted that CCA is essentially an allowance given to offset the imperfection in Dearness allowance as a measure of relative expensiveness of classified Cities, it really becomes an additional DA. When the DA is at a percentage of Pay, how can CCA not be fixed as a percentage of pay. The basis on which the lumpsum amount of CCA was recommended by the 4th and 5th CPCs had also not been disclosed and therefore, it appears to be an arbitrary decision.

The 6th CPC on the other hand recognised that the only two factors viz. accommodation and transportation contribute to high cost of living in classified towns. They, recommended the revised HRA and Transport allowance to adequately compensate for relative expensiveness of the classified cities. In view of that contention, they stated that the CCA stands subsumed in Transport allowance. We are unable to agree with the idea of subsuming CCA in Transport allowance as recommended by the 6th CPC on the consideration that the relative expensiveness in bigger cities is only on account of problems of accommodation and transportation. There are various other factors due to which the expensiveness of a particular city either increases or decreases. CCA was a component in determination of overtime allowance prior to the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations. By allowing this to be subsumed in the transport allowance, it became difficult to factor the CCA component in the computation of over time allowance.
For these reasons, we propose the Commission to recommend the following rates of City Compensatory allowance.


Filling up of backlog vacancies

Filling up of backlog vacancies

The complaints/references relating to non-filling up backlog reserved vacancies in various Departments of the Government, as and when received, are forwarded to the concerned Department for appropriate action. The respective Departments/Ministries are required to take action for filling up of backlog vacancies identified from time to time.

As per information received from Ministries/Departments, 48,034 backlog reserved vacancies for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes were filled up during the Special Recruitment Drive concluded on 31.3.2012. After the conclusion of the Drive, 19,676 backlog reserved vacancies were filled up.

The Government constituted a Committee in July, 2013 under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to make an in depth analysis of the reasons for backlog of filling up of reserved vacancies and suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. The Committee submitted its report and based on the recommendations of the Committee, deliverables to constitute in-house expert committee to identify backlog reserved vacancies, study the reasons for non-filling up of backlog reserved vacancies, review of educational qualifications and to conduct Special Recruitment Drive were communicated to the Ministries/ Departments to reduce the backlog vacancies for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in posts and services in the Central Government.

Apart from the Special Recruitment Drive to be launched after the identification and review of backlog reserved vacancies as described above, it was also decided that each Ministry/Department should initiate Special Recruitment Drive from the very beginning of the constitution of the Committee till the launch of the Drive from October, 2015 in respect of the backlog reserved vacancies in the Secretariat, attached/subordinate offices, Central Public Sector Enterprises, etc. as a concerted and continuous effort to reduce the gap of backlog reserved vacancies.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Shivkumar Udasi in the Lok Sabha today.

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Para Military Service pay only under consideration not OROP

Para Military Service pay only under consideration not OROP – Minister said in Parliament

While answering to a question in Parliament today (22.7.2015) on the demand of OROP to Paramilitary Forces, the Minister of State for Home Affairs said there is no proposal under consideration by the Ministry.

Demand of One Rank One Pension by paramilitary forces
There have been some requests demanding One Rank One Pension on the line of demand in Defence Forces. There is no proposal under consideration of the Ministry on the issue.
Proposals regarding granting of Para Military Service pay and enhancement of casual leave at par with Army have been received in this Ministry. The same have been referred to the 7th Central Pay Commission for consideration.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by Smt. Rajani Patil and Shri A.K. Selvaraj in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

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