Monday, February 11, 2019

Maternity Benefit Act - Creche Facilities for Employees

Maternity Benefit Act - Creche Facilities for Employees

Ministry of Labour & Employment
Creche Facilities for Employees
11 FEB 2019
The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 is enforced and implemented by the respective State Governments in all sectors except in the Mines and Circus Industries. As per the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, it has been made mandatory for the establishments employing 50 or more employees to provide creche facility, either separately or along with common facilities within a prescribed distance. Time to time, advisories are issued to State Governments for strict enforcement and compliance of the provisions of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. Government does not maintain data of defaulters centrally. Implementation of provisions relating to nursing breaks are also enforced by State Governments, except in case of mines and circus.

This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Revised minimum wage recommended by the respective pay Commission after negotiation with the Staff Side JCM

NJCA Circular dtd. 09-02-2019

NJCA

National Joint Council Of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi- 110055
No.NJC/2019/7th CPC
February 9,2019
To
All Constituents of NJCA

Dear Comrades,
A delegation of the National JCA consisting of Com. M. Raghaviah, Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Com. Guman Singh, Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Com. Ashok Singh, Com. L.N. Pathak, and Com. R.N. Parasar met the honourable Home Minister on 8th February, 2019 at 9.30 Am. The delegation conveyed to the honourable Home Minister, the discontent and anger of the central Government employees over the dishonouring the assurance held out by the group of minister headed by him on 30 th June, 2016 in the matter of the upward revision of the minimum wage and fitment formula.
They pointed out the honourable home minister that on all previous occasions, the Government had revised the minimum wage recommended by the respective pay Commission after negotiation with the Staff Side JCM. The growing concern of the Central and state Government employees manifested in large scale mobilisation of the newly recruited employees over the new contributory Pension scheme was also brought to his notice.

The employees and officers who are recruited in Central Government service after 1.01.2004 are extremely agitated over the meagre amount of annuity they are entitled to receive even after paying huge amount of subscription to the scheme devoid of cost indexation. Family pension protection ect. The delegation also brought to the notice of the honourable Minister that the number of employees and officers who are presently covered by the new scheme has crossed over 50% of the total strength and the demand for bringing back the old Pension scheme has gained momentum. It unfortunate
that the Government did not heed even to the modest suggestion made by the Staff Side before the pension committee to the effect to guarantee a minimum amount of annuity to those who are covered under the new scheme. The delegation also stated that they are constrained to belive of a concerted effort on the part of the Government to kill the negotiating forum JCM as repeated pleading made to revive the joint consultative Machinery has not been responded.

They pointed out that the National Council of the JCM met about 9 years back and the meetings of the Standing committee and national Anomaly Committee has been few and far between . Since no meetings are convened at the apex level, the departmental Councils had also become defunct, they added. In other words, they said that there has been virtually no interaction worth the name between the Government and the employees organisation , which has proliferated the litigation and in most of the cases, the Government has lost out in the Courts. They also pointed out that the official side had been taking extremely nugatory attitude and had not been acting upon even on the verdicts of the Supreme Court.

The Honourable Home Minister gave a patient hearing and recalled the interaction he had with the Staff side earlier, when an assurance to revisit the quantum of minimum wage and fitment formula had been held out . He assured the delegation that he would cause a discussion of the matter with the Honourable Prime Minister.

The National JCA met later at the Staff side office when Com. M.S. Raja and Com. Giriraj Singh joined the meeting. The issues were discussed at length, especially taking into account the ensuing general Election in the country. The meeting finally decided to organise the following programme of actions.

13th March 2019

A massive demonstration cum dharna will be organised under the auspices of the National JCA to highlight and focus the demand for the withdrawal of the new Pension scheme and restoration of the old Pension scheme for Central Government employees. The National JCA will simultaneously write to all Political parties to make their stand clear on the issue of the New Pension scheme in their respective manifesto. The National JCA will spcarhead a campaign amount the employees for the acceptances of the demand by the political parties. The dharna will be at jantar Mantar and the same will be participated by the employees working in and around Delhi besides the NJCA leaders. On the same day, similar dharna and demonstrations will be held in front of all Central Government offices throughout the country. The employees will also be requested to wear black badges projecting the demand for the withdrawal of the NPS.

28th MARCH 2019

A protest day long dharna will be organised at jantar Mantar on 28.03.2019, in which all the National council members will take part. A huge demonstration will also be organised on the same day in front of the dharna venue in which the employees working in and around Delhi will take part. The dharna will highlight the need to revive the JCM forum and thus constant and continuous inter action between the Government and the employees. It will also focus the intolerable attitude of the official side even in issuing orders, where the supreme Court has given the verdict in favour of the employees. The Cabinet Secretary will be informed of this decision well in advance.

Copy of the letter addressed to the Cabinet Secretary is enclosed. All participating organisations are requested to make the programme a grand success. The NJCA will meet again on 28.03.2019 to discuss of the future course of action to be mounted in the days to come.
With greetings,
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener
Source: Confederation

National Joint Council Of Action (NJCA) Circular Dated 09.02.2019

National Council will sit on Dharna on 28.3.2019 at New Delhi
National Joint Council Of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi- 110055
No.NJC/2019/7th CPC
February 9, 2019
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India & Chairman,
National Council/JCM
Rastrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
We invite your kind reference to the representations made by the staff side both in writing and orally during discussions bilaterally and otherwise on innumerable occasions over the need to convene the National Council meeting of the JCM, which met last about 9 years back.

Since there had been no meeting of the National Council the directive issued by the Department of personnel to various Ministries of the Government of India to convene the Departmental Council meeting had also not been dwindled. We regret to write that inspite of our persistent persuasion you have unfortunately no found time for holding the meeting.

There had been no reason whatever for such inordinate delay in convening the meeting. This apart, the periodicity with which the National Standing committee used to meet has also been dwindled. The National Anomaly Committee set up in the wake of the 6th CPC is still to finalise its business.
The Staff Side, which met on 8th February, 2019 at New Delhi, has come to the inescapable conclusion that it must tread the path of struggle to get the negotiating forum revived we are therefore, constrained to take recourse to agitational programmes and have decided that all the Staff Side members of the National Council will sit on dharna on 28th March, 2019 at New Delhi.
We hope you will take note of the growing. discontent in the matter and take corrective steps to revive the JCM and to convene the meetings immediately.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener
Source: Confederation

Dr Jitendra Singh to present Certificates of Appreciation to 9 ministries/departments for implementation of e-Office tomorrow

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Dr Jitendra Singh to present Certificates of Appreciation to 9 ministries/departments for implementation of e-Office tomorrow
11 FEB 2019

The MoS (PP) Dr. Jitendra Singh will confer Certificates of Appreciation to 9 Ministries/Departments of Government of India tomorrow (12.02.2019) here, to appreciate the sincere efforts made by them and giving recognition of the commendable work done by them in implementation of e-Office. In 2018, 34 Ministries/Departments were awarded Certificate of Appreciation.

The e-Office is a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan and is being implemented by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) to improve efficiency in Government Process and Service Delivery Mechanism.

The e-Office is a Digital Workplace Solution that replaces the physical files and documents with an efficient electronic system. Being an electronic system, it has its inherent advantages such as data is stored digitally with audit trails for every transaction being done. Regular backups and Disaster Recovery Systems are in place which ensures that Government files are not damaged in case of any mishap. In addition, this being a web based application; people can access it from anywhere through VPN.

The e-Office system contains the following packages:-

1) File Management System (FMS)
2) Knowledge Management System (KMS)
3) eFile MIS Reports
4) Personnel Information Management System (PIMS)
5) Employee Master Details (EMD)
6) Leave Management System (LMS)
7) Leave MIS Reports
8) Tour Management System (TMS)
9) Master Data Management

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) has coordinated with all Central Ministries/Departments to expedite the implementation of the e-office. The Department has taken various steps to accelerate the implementation in the various Ministries/Departments. This includes, conducting review meetings and visiting Ministries/Departments to understand the specific problems. As a result of these efforts, till date, 43 Ministries/Departments are completely on e-Office platform. Department of Health Research is the latest to achieve complete e-Office implementation. 75 Ministries/Departments are actively using the e-office platform. Ministry of AYUSH is the most recent Ministry to go live on the e-office platform.

The main outcomes generated by the e-Office are as follows:-

Transparency and Accountability has been brought by e-office. File notes cannot be changed or undone and the file cannot be kept pending as the system is designed to give feedback and monitoring mechanism.

Quick Disposal of files and timely monitoring of pending files has been the other advantage of e-office Instant file exchange: The file can be received within fraction of seconds.

Knowledge Repository: Knowledge is wealth and now using KMS (Knowledge Management System) knowledge can be preserved in a centralised and easily accessible repository for employees.

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Revision of the rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance/pay fixation on appointment in the Personal Staff of Ministers

Revision of the rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance/pay fixation on appointment in the Personal Staff of Ministers
 
No. 2/8/2018-Estt.(Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 7th February, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Revision of the rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance/pay fixation on appointment in the Personal Staff of Ministers- regarding.

Consequent upon the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide that in supersession of this Department’s order No. 2/23/2008-Estt.(Pay–II) dated 28th May, 2009, the pay of employees who are appointed in the personal staff of Ministers will be regulated in the following manner :-

I. OFFICERS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT/AUTONOMOUS BODIES APPOINTED IN THE PERSONAL STAFF OF MINISTERS:

(i) When the officers of the Central Government/Autonomous bodies holding posts at lower levels, or those who are not cleared for appointments at levels at which the posts in the Personal Staff of Ministers exist, are appointed to higher posts, in addition to their basic pay in their parent cadre, they may be allowed Deputation (Duty) Allowance at the rate of 15 % of their basic pay, subject to a maximum of Rs.9000/- per month.

(ii) As regards the officers who go on deputation to equivalent or analogous posts in the Personal Staff of the Ministers, in addition to their basic pay, they may be allowed Deputation (Duty) Allowance in accordance with this Department's OM No. 2/11/2017- Estt.(Pay-II) dated 24th November, 2017.
(iii) The officers of All India Services and Organized Group 'A' Central Services who are appointed in the Personal Staff of Ministers under the Central Staffing Scheme, may be allowed Central Secretariat (Deputation on Tenure) Allowance in accordance with this Department's OM No.2/10/2017-Estt. Pay.II dated 24th April,2018.

II. OFFICERS FROM STATE GOVERNMENTS/PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS APPOINTED IN THE PERSONAL STAFF OF MINISTERS:

In the case of the officers from State Governments/Public Sector Undertakings, their terms of appointment may be governed by the orders contained in this Department’s OMNo.6/8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17th June, 2010. The rate of Deputation (Duty) allowance payable in their case will be in accordance with this Department’s OM No.2/11/2017-
Estt. (Pay-Il) dated 24th November, 2017.

III. OFFICERS FROM PRIVATE SECTOR APPOINTED IN THE PERSONAL STAFF OF MINISTERS:

In the case of officers from Private Sector appointed in the Personal Staff of Ministers, their pay shall be fixed at the minimum pay or the first Cell in the Level applicable to the post to which such employees are appointed, as per Rule 8 of the CSS(RP) Rules, 2016. However, where it is proposed to fix their pay by granting advance increment (s), the approval of this Department will have to be obtained.

IV. APPOINTMENT OF RETIRED PENSIONERS IN MINISTER's PERSONAL STAFF:-

In the case of persons retired from Defence Forces or Civilian Organizations and appointed in the personal Staff of Ministers, their pay shall be fixed in accordance with the provisions contained in OM No.3/3/2016-Estt.( Pay-IT) dated 01.05.2017.
  1. Basic pay in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level of Pay Matrix.
  2. These orders shall come into effect w.e.f 01.07.2017.
  3. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Account Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
(A. K. Jam)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
To
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Source: DoPT

7th CPC Grant of special increment in the form of personal pay to central government servants for participation in sporting events and tournaments of national or international

7th CPC Grant of special increment in the form of personal pay to central government servants for participation in sporting events and tournaments of national or international

F.No.13-04/2017-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi -110001
Dated:07th February 2019
To
1.All Chief Postmasters General/Postmasters General
  1. Chief General Manger, BD Directortate/Parcel Directorate / PLI Directorate
  2. Director RAKNPA/ GM CEPT/ Directors of All PTCs,
  3. Addl Director General, Army Postal Service, R.K. Puram, New Delhi
  4. All General Managers (Finance)/ DAP/ DDAAP
Subject: Grant of special increment in the form of personal pay to central government servants for participation in sporting events and tournaments of national or international importance, in the 7th CPC Scenario case of Shri Avinash Srivastava Umpire.

This Directorate had received a communication from General Manager (Finance), Postal Accounts Office, Lucknow in respect of grant of Special increment in the form of personal pay to the Government Employees for participation in Sports evens and tournaments of National /International importance in the 7th CPC Sceneario.
  1. In this regard, the advice of the Nodal Ministry was sought for on the following:
i) Whether any official is entitled for any enhancement of the increment in the light of Para No. 8 (I)(i) 'e' to 'g' of DoP&T OM no. 14034/01/2013·Estt (D) dated 03.10.2013.

ii) Also whether the Dop&T ON No. 6/1/2017-Estt. (Pay) dated 11th June 2018 will be made applicable in the case of Shri Avinash Srivastava Umpire.
  1. The Nodal Ministry has advised that:
a) Para 2 of DoPT's OM No. 6/1/2013-Estr(Pay-I) dated 19.09.2013 inter alia states that the personal pay will be related to the Grade Pay corresponding to the post against which the employees or will earn the personal pay. From the words ” had initially earned or will earn” it may be understood that the intention of the OM dated 19.09.2013 was not only to revise the rates of the then existing rate of personal pay for those who will earn it after 01.09.2013, but also for the employee concerned who had already earned it prior to 01.09.2013.

b) Further, it is stated that the subject of DoP&T's OM 6/1/2017-Est. (Pay I) dated 11.06.2018 states as under "Grant of special increment in the form of personal pay to Central Government Servants for participation in sporting events and tournaments of National or International importance, in the 7th CPC Scenerio". From the subject itself it may be inferred that it is for Central Government Servants and it does not distinguish between players, umpires, referees, coaches etc.

c) In view of the position at 3(a) and 3(b), it is clarified that DoPT's OMs dated 19.09.2013 and 11.06.2018 are applicable in the instant case and they may examine the instant case accordingly.
  1. Taking into account the advice of the Nodal Ministry in this regard, action may kindly be taken in similar case only on the basis of the above advice and in any case of deviation from the above, the advice of the Directorate may be sought for.
  2. This issue with the approval of competent authority.
(D.K.Tripathi)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

DoPT: 3-days Orientation Programme to be held from 18th-20th March 2019 for Directors and Deputy Secretaries joining the Central Secretariat under the Central Staffing Scheme

DoPT: 3-days Orientation Programme to be held from 18th-20th March 2019 for Directors and Deputy Secretaries joining the Central Secretariat under the Central Staffing Scheme
 
No-17025/5/2014-Trg (ISTM Section)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Training Division
Old JNU Campus, Block 1V, 3rd Floor,
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-1 10067
Dated: 8th February, 2019
OFFICE-MEMORANDUM

Subject: 3-days Orientation Programme to be held from 18th-20th March 2019 for Directors and Deputy Secretaries joining the Central Secretariat under the Central Staffing Scheme at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), New Delhi - regarding

The undersigned is directed to say that 3-days Orientation Programme for Directors and Deputy Secretaries joining the Central Secretariat under the Central Staffing Scheme is scheduled to be conducted at the institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), New Delhi during 8th - 20th March, 2019.
  1. The programme is designed for officers of the rank of Director and Deputy Secretary joining the Ministries/Departments for the first time under the Central Staffing Scheme. List of such officers, who have joined various Ministries / Departments is attached. The course would cover Machinery of Government, Office Procedure, Noting and Drafting, Parliamentary Procedure, Budget Procedure, Purchases Procedure and Right to Information.
  2. There is no course fee payable and the period of the training will be treated as 'on duty'. Respective Ministries/Departments are requested to nominate the officers as per the list attached and to relieve them to join the programme at ISTM, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi -110067 at 9.00 A.M. on 18t1 March, 2019. The Ministries/Departments are also requested to relieve the officers whose names are not mentioned in the list but are eligible as per para no. 2 of this O.M. The Institute is also being requested to send relevant information outlining the objects, course contents of the programme directly to the officers.
  3. Participants are requested to fill in the online nomination form available in the link: https://www.istm.gov.in/home/online nomination form by 8th March 2019. The Course Code is OCD- 16.Difficulty, if any, in locating and/or filling the form may be brought to the Notice of the Course Director Shri Brahmareddy Desireddy, Deputy Director, ISTM (E-mail: dbreddy-tfc@nic.in Tel. No. 011-26185314, Mobile- 91-9910581367)
(A.N.Narayanan)
Deputy Secretary
Download: List of the participants nominated for 3-day Orientation Course scheduled from 18th 20th March, 2019 in the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM)

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