Friday, December 30, 2016

7th Pay Commission: Income Declaration Scheme II Will Fund CPC Recommendations While Reviving PSU Banks

 The government will ensure that the massive sums of money garnered by the Income Declaration Scheme II, or IDS II, funds the recommendations made by the 7th Central Pay Commission as well as recapitalising Public Sector Banks which have been suffering over the years due to NPAs and issues relating to liquidity. An estimated Rs. 1,00,000 crore of additional taxes under the Income Disclosure Scheme II (IDS II) will be raised which in turn will also help in containing the 2017-18 fiscal deficit besides catering to these two important goals of the central government. This figure was quoted in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch report and is the equivalent of 0.7% of the country’s GDP.

In a research note of the BofA-ML cited by the Economic Times, the report stated,”We continue to expect the government to raise about Rs 1,000 billion/0.7 per cent of GDP of additional taxes under Income Disclosure Scheme II. This should allow Finance Minister Jaitley to hold the FY18 fiscal deficit at 3.5 per cent of GDP — same as FY17’s — and at the same time fund the 7th Pay Commission and recapitalise PSU banks, without cutting back on public capex.” Capital expenditure or capex is the total investment required in any venture and is especially high when it comes to such massive projects. Readers will remember that on December 16, the second IDS was introduced and the scheme will continue till March 31 next year. The IDS II will seek to prosecute black money hoarders with fines and even prison sentences. Such hoarders have time till March-end to come clean by paying 50 per cent tax on bank deposits of legally void currencies post demonetisation in November. Other measures include the provision of parking a quarter of the total sum collected in a non-interest bearing deposit for four years.

Some other points were also highlighted in the same report. The study by BofA-ML also shed light on how much the government would get through a special dividend from the RBI. It was estimated at about Rs. 1,000 billion or 0.6% of GDP, although the report did state that the RBI should reduce the 2017 OMO (Open Market Operation). An OMO is a market operation conducted by RBI by way of sale/ purchase of government securities to/from the market with an objective to adjust the rupee liquidity conditions in the market on a durable basis.

The report added that the additional funds would help the centre to step up social sector spending. If implemented, the decision to aid in the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendation will be made easier. The decision affects  47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the armed forces. We have reported earlier how the 7th pay Commission recommendations were bringing joy for some while others were not too happy as the implementation was being delayed. We can confirm that the Centre is planning to pay the higher allowances without arrears. Sources in the Finance Ministry have also stated that the Centre is considering hiking allowances for its employees. No official word has been received from any sources.

Source::http://fabnewz.com/2016/12/30/7th-pay-commission-income-declaration-scheme-ii-will-fund-cpc-recommendations-while-reviving-psu-banks/

7th Pay Commission: Federation of railwaymen writes to Modi on pension scheme, multiplier factor, salary

Railway employees want exemption from National Pension Scheme and implementation of "assurances" on multiplier factor in context of 7th pay commission proposals.

Railway employees have reiterated their demand for exclusion from the National Pension Scheme (NPS) applicable to all Central government employees who joined service on or after January 1 2004.

 This, and other demands, are part of a letter written by the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) in the context of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

There are about 13 lakh railway employees in India, which has the world's fourth-largest rail network ferrying about 23 million passengers every day.

In its letter, the NFIR also reminded the government of its commitment to revisit the multiplier factor and increasing the minimum wages from the level recommended by the 7th CPC. The pay panel had prescribed a multiplier factor of 2.57 and entry level salary of Rs 18,000 per month.

"NFIR also beings to your kind notice that even though the successive Railway Ministers have sent proposals to Finance Minister that Railways should be exempted from National Pension System (NPS) in view of complexities, unique nature of working of Railway employees and their arduous working conditions, the Government has not given its approval till now, resultantly, the Railway employees who had joined from 01/01/2004 are extremely agitated as there is no social security to them and their families in the form of guaranteed pension at par with those appointed prior to 01/01/2004," the union said in its letter addressed to Modi.

The NPS envisages contribution from both the employee (10 percent of basic pay) and the government. On retirement, an employee gets 60 percent while the balance is "invested in an annuity (from IRDA regulated insurance company), which will provide pension for the lifetime of the employee and his/her dependant spouse/parents."

Also, "those who leave the scheme before attaining 60 years it is mandatory to invest 80% of the pension in such scheme," according to an update on Indian Railway Employee website.

While the government implemented the salary hike component as recommended by the 7th CPC, it is yet to take decision on the allowances part. It had said in June this year that a high-level committee will go into the proposals pertaining to allowances and submit its view within four months.

The CPC examined 196 allowances and gave its recommendations on abolishing or raising some of them while recommending others to be subsumed with other perks.

Read at:http://www.ibtimes.co.in/7th-pay-commission-federation-railwaymen-writes-modi-pension-scheme-multiplier-factor-salary-710378

Clarification on withdrawal and acceptance of notice of Voluntary Retirement

No.24012/04/2016-AIS (II)
Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
(Department of Personnel & Training)
AIS II(Pension)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 27/12/2016

To
All Chief Secretaries of States/UTs

Subject: Amendment of All India Service (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 in terms of the provisions in CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

Sir,

I am directed to state that this Department is proposing to insert provision for withdrawal and acceptance of notice of Voluntary Retirement in the All India Service (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 under Rules 16(2) as 16(2-B) and 16(2-C), as provided in the relevant rules of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 i.e. under Rule 48 & 48-A as
under:

16(2-B) A notice of voluntary retirement given by a member of the service under subrule 2 and 2-A above, may be withdrawn by him, provided the request for such withdrawal shall be received within the intended date of his retirement by the Competent Authority.

16(2-C) Where a notice of voluntary retirement is given by a member of the service under sub-rule 2 above and the appointing authority does not refuse to grant the permission for retirement before the expiry of the period specified in the said notice, the retirement shall become effective from the date of expiry of the said period.

Provided that in cases, where no order is issued by the State Government, then after the expiry of the notice period, the Central Government may issue orders to give effect to this sub-rule.

2. All the State Governments/UTs are requested to convey their comments on the proposed amendments as required under Clause 3 of the AIS Act, 1951 latest 07/01/2017 positively. If no comments are received by the stipulated date, it would be assumed that the concerned States/UTs are in agreement with the proposed amendments.

Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to Govt. of India

Source : http://darpg.gov.in/

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30th DECEMBER IS A “BLACK DAY” FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS.

ON 30th DECEMBER 2016, SIX MONTHS WILL BE COMPLETED AFTER THE “GREAT” ASSURANCE GIVEN BY THREE HONB’LE CABINET MINISTERS OF NDA GOVERNMENT TO NJCA LEADERS.

30th JUNE 2016 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS “BETRAYAL DAY” BY 33 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND 34 LAAKHS PENSIONERS.

30th DECEMBER IS A “BLACK DAY” FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS.

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS ARE NEVER CHEATED LIKE THIS BY ANY PREVIOUS GOVERNMENTS AFTER INDEPENDENCE.

7th CPC Report — Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers-reg

No. IV/NJCA (N)/2014/Part III

Dated: 27/12/2016

Shri Narendra Modiji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, South Block,
Raisina Hill,
New Delhi-110011

Respected Sir,

Sub: 7th CPC Report — Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers-reg.

*********

NFIR brings to your kind notice that the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) —consisting JCM constituent organizations of Central Government employees have deferred the Indefinite Strike action on the assurance of Senior Cabinet Ministers on 30th June 2016 that a High Level Committee will be constituted to consider the demands of JCM (Staff Side) within four months for improving the minimum wage and applying revised multiplier factor for pay fixation in 7th CPC Pay Matrices to the Central Government employees which include over 1.3 million Railway employees.

Pursuant to the assurance of Group of Ministers as mentioned above, the decision to go on indefinite strike by Railway employees has been deferred, hoping that there shall be a negotiated settlement on the Charter of demands already submitted to the Cabinet Secretary by the JCM (Staff Side).
NFIR however expresses its deep sense of disappointment over breach of commitment as more than five months passed from the date of assurance given to the Leaders of JCM (Staff Side) by the Group of Ministers (Hon’ble Finance Minister, Home Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways). The Railways specific issues on which agreement was reached between the Railway Board and the Federations have also not been implemented till date.

Also Read:Cash Payment of wages for the month of December, 2016-reg
Also Read:Expected higher allowance this financial year or next year ?
The Railway employees of all categories are greatly disappointed over non-fulfillment of assurances, consequently, there has been a feeling among Rail workforce that the Government is not sensitive towards resolving their genuine grievances and equally not sincere to honour its commitments.

NFIR also beings to your kind notice that even though the successive Railway Ministers have sent proposals to Finance Minister that Railways should be exempted from National Pension System (NPS) in view of complexities, unique nature of working of Railway employees and their arduous working conditions, the Government has not given its approval till now, resultantly, the Railway employees who had joined from 01/01/2004 are extremely agitated as there is no social security to them and their families in the form of guaranteed pension at par with those appointed prior to 01/01/2004. The unique nature of duties are comparable with Defence Forces Personnel. The death rate of Railway employees in the course of performing duties is 700 per annum and the average number of staff injured on duty is about 3000 per annum as reported by the High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar. NFIR further brings to your kind notice that the Indian Railways has the track record of dedicated working on account of unquestionable loyalty, dedication and devotion of Railway employees to Indian Railways. Most of them perform duties at remote places, jungle areas where minimum living facilities are not available. It needs to be appreciated that not a single man day was lost on employees’ account during the past four decades.

NFIR, therefore, requests your kind intervention in ensuring that the Government implements its commitments on revision of minimum wage and multiplier factor for the Central Government employees which include rail workforce. Federation also requests that other issues which are pending before various Committees constituted by the Government may be got finalized on the basis of submissions made by JCM (Staff Side) before those Committees and also before the Cabinet Secretary. NFIR at the same time requests to kindly arrange to issue appropriate directive for solving Railways’ specific issues through negotiated settlement very soon. Also kind attention of Hon’ble Prime Minister is invited to NFIR’s communication vide letter of even number dated 01/11/2016 and subsequent reference by the PMO to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) vide PMO ID No. PMOPG//D/2016/0326695 dated 04/11/2016, endorsing copy to the Federation, in this regard.

With regards,

Yours sincerely

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source ::http://www.nfirindia.org

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Disbursement of salary in cash in the Storm (Vardha) affected area of Chennai-BPMS

PRIORITY

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
D(Civ-II)

Subject : Disbursement of salary in cash in the Storm (Vardha) affected area of Chennai – Representation of Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS)

Defence Civilian Employees Federation BPMS has address letter ref. no. BPMS/MoD/Payment/186(8/1R) dated 27 Dec.2016 (copy enclosed) to the MoD, on the above subject. It has been informed that the storm Vardha has caused enormous damage in the Chennai Area. The disruption of the electricity supply has adversely affected the banking services, thereby causing economic hardship to the Central Government employees working in and around the affected area. It has been requested that the serving employees in the Chennai area may please be paid the salary for the month of Dec 2016 in cash.

In view of the position reported by BPMS, it is apprehended that the ATM systems and the computer network may not be functioning in the storm affected area, which may not be allowing the public to access the electronic banking facilities. It is felt that the hardship being experienced by the affected employees should be addressed with due sensitiveness. It is suggested that necessary instructions may please be issued to the pay disbursing authorities, located in the storm affected area, to explore the possibility of disbursing the salary for the month of Dec 2016 to the Government employees in cash, in accordance with the ceilings/instructions prescribed by the Government

(Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary (Civ)

Source : http://www.bpms.org.in/documents/cash-payment-27-dec-2016-17-49-084-hzdq.pdf

NFAEE Serves Notice for one day strike on 15.02.2017

National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
NFAEE
DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY
Regn.No.17/9615
Recognised by DAE vide DAE OM No. 8/1/2007 – IR&W/95 dated 13th June 2007
NFAEE Office, Opp. NIYAMAK BHAVAN, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
Web site: www.nfaeehq.blogspot.com ; Email address: nfaee@yahoo.com

Ref. No: nfaee/sg/16/280

28.12.2016

Sub: Notice for ONE DAY on 15.02.2017

To

The Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Atomic Energy
Anushaktibhavan
CSM Marg, Mumbai 400 001

Sir,

This is to give notice that those employees who are members of the affiliated organisations of the National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees (NFAEE) will go on one-day strike on 15th February 2017 as the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers (CCGEW) in which NFAEE also be an affiliate decided to go for ONE DAY STRIKE against the breach of assurance given by the Group of Ministers on 7th CPC related issues.

The Charter of demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the one-day strike action in enclosed.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(Jayaraj KV)
Secretary General

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

COMMON DEMANDS

1. Settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I). Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.

2. Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10thDecember 2015. (See Annexure-I).

3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

4. Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.

5. Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.

6. No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.

7. Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.

8. Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.

9. Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Regional basis.

10.Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.

11.Grant five promotions in the service career to all Central Govt. employees.

12.Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.

13.Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Loksabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.

14.Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.

15.Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.

16.Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.

17.Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.

18.Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.

19.Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.

20.Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

21.Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgment of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.

DEPARTMENTAL SPECIFIC DEMANDS

a. Implement the Cadre Review immediately

b. Take corrective measures to ensure pensionary benefits to all those employees joined prior to 2004.

c. Implement the OM issued by DAE to ensure promotion benefit of one increment to all those who got promotion in the merged pay scale during the period of 2006 to 2008

d. Revert back to the track change to all those employees attained additional qualification as in the case of earlier available in the Department.

e. Revise the Overtime Allowance as assured by the DAE Officials and NDA as per the Supreme Court order for Defence employees.

f. Remove the anomalies in the Revised Recruitment Rules 2013 for Purchase & Stores Cadre introduced in DPS

g. Fill up all vacant posts in the Departmental canteens as per the revised RR for Canteen

h. Withdraw all vindictive action against trade unions and trade union leaders on DAE

Source : http://nfaeehq.blogspot.in/
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Strike notice served to Government of India by Confederation

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi- 110001

No. Confdn/Strike/2016-19

Dated – 28th December 2016

To,

The Cabinet Secretary
Cabinet Secretariat
Government of India
Rashtrapati Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

This is to give notice that employees who are members of the affiliated organisations of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will go on one-day strike on 15th February 2017. The Charter of demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the one-day strike action in enclosed.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Encl: – Charter of Demands

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I). Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6thJuly 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.

2. Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I).

3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

4. Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.

5. Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.

6. No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.

7. Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.

8. Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.

9. Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.

10.Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.

11.Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.

12.Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.

13.Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Loksabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.

14.Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.

15.Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.

16.Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.

17.Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.

18.Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.

19. Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.

20. Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

21. Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgement of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.

Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Fresh guidelines on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 issued by DoPT

WCD Ministry will hold consultations on a regular basis on issues pertaining to the Act: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

The Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, had held a review meeting on implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 on 26.10.2016. During the meeting, some cases of sexual harassment pending with certain ministries/ departments were also examined. On the basis of the discussions, it was decided that DoPT will issue fresh instructions so that some of the issues can be suitably addressed.

On the basis of the decisions taken, DoPT has issued fresh guidelines regarding Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace vide their Office Memorandum dated 22.12.2016. According to the O.M., following have to be observed by the ministries/departments and Internal Complaints Committees:

(i)         Brief details of the implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act including the number of cases received and disposed shall form a part of the Annual Report of all ministries/ departments and authorities there under.

(ii)        The enquiry of cases must be completed within 30 days and under any circumstances within 90 days from the date of the complaint.

(iii)       The ministries/ departments etc. have to keep a watch on the complainant so as to ensure that she is not victimized in any manner because of her having filed the complaint. The aggrieved woman has been given further option to send representation to the Secretary or head of the organization in case she feels that she is being victimized because of her complaint. The concerned authority will be required to dispose of this complaint within 15 days.

(iv)       All ministries/ departments etc. are now required to submit a monthly progress report to the Ministry of Women and Child Development so that the progress can be monitored.

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, while appreciating DoPT for having quickly issued the guidelines, stated that the WCD Ministry shall continue to work on issues related to sexual harassment of women at workplace and she will be holding further consultations to see if there are any other areas which need to be looked into. The WCD Ministry will be coming out with a comprehensive plan to train the heads of Internal Complaint Committee under the Central Government Ministries/ Departments, the Minister added.
 
Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

7th Pay Commission: Demonetisation a blessing in disguise for central government employees

New Delhi, Dec 27: Central government employees, who have been waiting for higher allowances as the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, should not be worried as the government will be in a position to implement the 7th CPC recommendations, thanks to demonetisation.

The demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes that caused cash shortage has made central government employees little anxious, but report by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research and statement of Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel will bring smile on their faces.

According to the BofA Merrill Lynch report, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 will bring huge amount in government’s pocket to offset the financial implication of implementing the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana was announced after demonetisation for declaring unaccounted income.

“The Government announced that the second income disclosure scheme (IDS II) will run till March 31. We continue to estimate that it will net the fisc about Rs1000bn/0.7% of GDP of additional taxes. This should allow Finance Minister Jaitley to hold the FY18 fiscal deficit at 3.5% of GDP – same as FY17’s – and at the same time fund the 7th Pay Commission and recapitalize PSU banks, without cutting back on public capex,” BofA Merrill Lynch said in a note. Earlier, the RBI had made clear that the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for central government employees won’t have an inflationary impact.

Earlier we reported that the central government employees will have to wait til March, 2017 to get their higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Centre is planning to pay higher allowances without arrears. Sources in the Finance Ministry also said the Centre is considering to hike higher allowances for its employees. However there is no report about when the government will start paying higher allowances as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The issue of higher allowances has been referred to the ‘Committee on Allowances’. The committee is yet to submit its report. Until acceptance of higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

Read at:;http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-demonetisation-a-blessing-in-disguise-for-central-government-employees-1726602/

7th CPC Dearness Relief from July, 2016 for Railway pensioners/family pensioners: Railway Board Order RBE 158/2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

S.No. 13/PC-VII
RBE No; 158/2016

File No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/3
New Delhi, dated: 21.12.2016

The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: - Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners Revised rate effective from 01.07.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission.

A copy of Office Memorandum F. No. 42/ 15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16.11.2016 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pensions and ‘Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action. These orders will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

2. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

3. Hindi version will follow.

(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/pay_comm/PC7/RBE%20No_158.pdf

Monday, December 26, 2016

7th Pay Commission: Good news for Central government employees

A cashier displays the new 2000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu, India November 15, 2016. The demonetisation drive and the resultant surge in the government's coffers could reduce the impact of financial burden as a result of implementing 7th Pay Commission's proposals on raising allowances, as and when they are implemented.Reuters file

Central government employees who have been enduring a long wait for getting their enhanced allowances as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) can take comfort from two recent reports. First, an observation by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel and now, a report by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, citing fallout of demonetisation

According to the BofA Merrill Lynch report, the Narendra Modi government's second income tax amnesty scheme — Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 — could fetch a huge amount to offset the financial implication of implementing the 7th CPC recommendations. The scheme was announced as a follow-up measure to demonetisation.

"The Government announced that the second income disclosure scheme (IDS II) will run till March 31. We continue to estimate that it will net the fisc about Rs1000bn/0.7% of GDP of additional taxes. This should allow Finance Minister Jaitley to hold the FY18 fiscal deficit at 3.5% of GDP - same as FY17's - and at the same time fund the 7th Pay Commission and recapitalize PSU banks, without cutting back on public capex," BofA Merrill Lynch said in a note recently.

Earlier, the RBI had said that the implementation of the recommendations of the pay commission for Central government employees won't have an inflationary impact.

In tandem with its efforts to crack down on black money after demonetisation, the government also offered a second amnesty scheme to tax defaulters to come clean by paying higher taxes.

The latest scheme entails penalty and deposit of 25 percent of the (hitherto) undisclosed income in a bank account where the money will be locked in for four years without fetching an interest.

The CPC examined 196 allowances and gave its recommendations on abolishing or raising some of them while recommending others to be subsumed with other perks.
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It had proposed 138.71 percent hike in HRA and 49.79 percent for other allowances, while submitting its voluminous report in November 2015.

The recommendations of the 7th CPC cover 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

Read at::http://www.ibtimes.co.in/7th-pay-commission-good-news-central-government-employees-709877

7th Pay Commission: All interest free advances discontinued for Central Government employees

New Delhi, Dec 25: The 7th Pay Commission report prepared by Justice (retd) AK Mathur had suggested the abolition of all interest free advances given to Central Government employees. The Finance Ministry had accepted the proposal, instructing the respective departments to implement it. The Ministry of Railways, in its latest circular has informed its employees that no interest free advances, including the festival allowance would be granted.

The interest free advances which stands abolished include – Festival Advance, Advance on Pay of Transfer, Warm Clothing Advance, Bicycle Advance, Natural Calamity Advance, Advance of Leave Salary and Advance of Lawsuits. However, the Finance Ministry made it clear that the following interest free advances would continue to remain provided: Advances for Medical Treatment, Travelling Allowance for Family of Deceased, Travelling Allowance on Tour or Transfer and Leave Travel Concession.

In the circular issued by Ministry of Railways, a clear directive has been issued regarding the abolition of Festival Advances. “It has been decided not to grant Festival Advance to Railway employees with immediate effect,” the Railway Board states.

The 7th Central Pay Commission report was accepted on June 29 by the Union Cabinet. However, only the salary component has been hiked so far. The anomalies related to allowances are yet to be resolved. The High-Level Committee formed by Centre has been provided with additional time to revise the allowances.
Employee unions, led by National Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers have called a massive strike on February 15 to press for their demands.

Read at::http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-all-interest-free-advances-discontinued-for-central-government-employees-1723628/

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Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railway Employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.No.PC-VII/12
No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1
RBE No.155/2016
New Delhi, dated 19.12.2016

The General Managers
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Subject: – Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railway Employees—Implementation of seventh CPC recommendations.

The Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme was introduced with effect from 01.09.2008 in pursuance of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission by this Ministry’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dated 10.06.2009 (RBE No.101/2009). Thereafter, subsequent amendments/clarifications were issued from time to time. These instructions are in force with effect from 01.09.2008.

2.The 7th Central Pay Com (CPC) in para 5.1.44 of its report has recommended inter-alia as follows:

“MACP will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. In the new Pay Matrix, the employee will move to immediate next level in hierarchy. Fixation of pay will follow the same principle as that for a regular promotion in the Pay Matrix. MACPS will continue to be applicable to all employees up to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) level except members of Organised Group ‘A’ Services.”

3.The Government has considered the above recommendation and has accepted the same. In the light of the recommendations of the 7th CPC accepted by the Government, the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. Further, Para 1 and 2 of the existing Scheme (Annexure to this Ministry’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dt.10.06.2009) will be substituted by the following words:-

“1. There shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS as per 7th CPC recommendations. counted from the direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years services respectively or 10 years of continuous service in the same level in Pay Matrix, whichever is earlier.

2. The MACPS envisage merely placement in the immediate next higher level in the Pay Matrix as given in PART ‘A’ of Schedule of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules. 2016. Thus, the level in the Pay Matrix at the time of financial upgradation under the MACPS can, in certain cases be different than what is available in the normal hierarchy at the time of regular promotion in one’s AVC. In such cases, the higher level in the Pay Matrix attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the concerned cadre/organization will be given only at the time of regular promotion.”

4. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in Para 5.1.45 of its report has in teralia recommended as follow:-

“Benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPS to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’. “

5. The Government has considered the above recommendation and has accepted the same. In the light of the recommendations of the 7th CPC accepted by the Government, Para 17 of the Scheme (Annexure to Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dt. 10.02.2009) shall be substituted by the following words:-

” 17. For grant of financial upgradation under the MACPS, the prescribed benchmark would be ‘Very Good’ for all the posts.”

6. These changes will come into effect from 25th July, 2016, i.e., from the date of resolution notified by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance regarding acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.

6.1 MACPS where it was due earlier to 25.07.2016, but not decided yet due to Administrative delay, will be decided as per criteria prevalent at that time. Cases that became due on or after 25.07.2016, will be decided as per new criteria. However, Past Cases, decided otherwise, need not be re-opened.

7. The comprehensive MACP Scheme on acceptance of Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations will be issued separately.

8. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railway.


9. Hindi version is enclosed.

(Authority: DOP&T’s OM No.350344/3/2015-Estt.(D), dt.28.09.2016 )

(N.P.Singh)
Dy. Director,Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/pay_comm/PC5/2016/RBE_No_155.pdf


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SOME IMPORTANT ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED IN THE JCM DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL MEETING TO BE HELD ON 20.12.2016

Dear Com.,  Out of 140 items placed for discussions in the JCM DC meeting, only 35 items are mentioned below for your view. Besides that, some  important items such as

i) Request for one time relaxation of the minimum required condition for promotion from LSG to HSG II and from HSG II  to HSG I,  in order to fill up all the posts, consequent on implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal side.

ii)Request for issuing clarificatory order  for applying revised bench mark "very good"  for MACPs,  from the date of issuance of the order, since APAR may be written earlier with lower bench mark viz. 'good' and it should not be applied now.

iii) As the Revised HSG I Rectt.Rules, 2014, all IP line HSG I posts are now made into General Line, the clarification  inadvertently issued in the order dt. 11.11.2016 on cadre restructuring may be withdrawn and the  posts may be filled, based on the revised rules.

      are also , likely to be placed informally, based on the availability of time.

1. Withdrawal of all disciplinary proceedings against – DDOs and APM Accounts due to excess drawl of salary to the Postmen on fixation of pay after the Fifth Pay Commission. Consequent upon the dismissal of SLP filed against the grant of increments and pay fixation ordered by the principal CAT Delhi filed by the All India Postal Employees Union Postmen & MTS CHQ, all the Postmen belonging to that union are being entitled for re fixation of pay with effect from 1.1.1996.

2.Grant of Incentive for acquiring fresh higher qualification – reg.
In accordance with DOPT OM No. 1/2/89-Estt (Pay-I) dated 09.04.1999, lump sum grant on acquiring fresh qualifications has been provided. The main condition is that the acquisition of the qualification should be directly related to the functions of the Post held by him/her or to the functions to be performed in the next higher Post and there should be a direct nexus between the functions of the Post and the qualification acquired and that it should contribute to the efficiency of the government servant. It is relevant that the computer and other technical qualifications acquired by the Postal Assistants will become under the purview of grant of lump sum incentive. The Computer qualifications acquired by the system administrators as well as Postal Assistants will be beneficial to the department in the present trend of technological induction to a great extent and there is a visible nexus between the computer qualification and the duties of system administrators as well as PA/SA Cadre.

3. Non supply of Postage stamps and stationeries to Post offices – reg.
Nowadays the Postage stamps and stationeries are in either scarce or unavailable. Especially smaller denominations are not being supplied to Rural Post offices/Branch offices resulting the village customers in trouble and losing faith on Post offices. It is a fact that the franking machines are not yet supplied to all Rural Post offices and for ordinary Postal articles hailing from rural side need, Postage stamps.The following are the immediate requirements of the rural public and the Post offices to avoid dissatisfaction/disappointment and resentment among the rural mass apart from the declining of Postage revenue and traffic.

4.Drawl of Leave reserve list for Postal Assistants – case of Tamilnadu Circle – reg.
The Leave reserve list is being prepared from the bottom among the Postal Assistants in roll completed three years of service right from the year 1993. In the wake of present trend of cancellation of confirmation examination and delinked status of Posts from confirmation, the preparation of LR list will be in accordance with the completion of probation period.In the present recruitment rules, the probation period is prescribed for two years only. Hence, the preparation of LR may be drawn on completion two years’ service instead of three years in practice in some circles likeTamilnadu. It is requested to issue clarification reiterating the preparation of LR only on the basis of completion of probation viz. 2 years as mentioned in the extant recruitment rules for PAs.

5.Issue of Departmental Identity Cards to all staff, including GDS – Reg.
Present days, the necessity of proving Identity is predominantly increasing in all walks of life. In several departments, the staff are having their departmental identity cards and using with prestige. The employees of the Department of Posts scattered throughout the nation deserve to have departmental ID to use it on travel, visit, tours and on off campus duties etc. It is requested to cause action to provide a departmental Identity card with photo to all the staff of the department which is very purposeful.

6.Filling up of Senior Postmaster vacancies with Postmaster Grade III – reg.
By invoking the extant Postmaster cadre recruitment rules, the Postmaster Grades I, II & III have been created by initial constitution and subsequently the vacant posts have been filled up by promotion as envisaged in the above RRs. But the Senior Postmaster cadre as prescribed in the above RR is neither created under the initial constitutionnor filled up by promotion. The denial of Promotion to Postmaster Grade III officials having two year of service in that Grade including HSG I service causes concern. If the initial constitution of Senior Postmaster Grade is pending due to any court case, etc., it will in no way encumber the probability of filling all the posts under officiating arrangements from the existing Postmaster Grade III officials’in consonance with the extant Postmaster Cadre Recruitment rules.It is requested to fill up the promotional quota on a regular basis and the remaining posts any may kindly be allowed for Postmaster Grade III officials under officiating arrangements.

7.Mismatch of PA Vacancies resulting acute shortage of Postal Assistants on Postal division 
Ref: - Minutes of the JCM (DC) held on 16.12.2014 S/No. 31 – item No. 26.
There is acute shortage of Postal Assistants despite of annual recruitments. Logically there would not be a huge difference other than the vacancies in the intervening period arisen out of death, Voluntary Retirement disciplinary actions Rule 38 etc. on completion of every recruitment process. But in reality in many divisions especially in Tamilnadu UP, Karnataka circles in the ADR plan, the actual vacancies are not reflected and resultantly there is a permanent arithmetic difference between the sanctioned strength and the working strength. The following are some of the reasons of such shortage that need to be reconciled.
1. In the sanctioned strength the Leave Reserve component of 10% might not have been taken into account for recruitment process by Divisional heads.
2. The sanctioned staff strength might not have been correctly assessed added by 10% for LR purpose to assess the correct sanctioned strength.
3. The chain of vacancies right from HSG-I to LSG, PM Grade III to PM Grade I, Departmental Quota of IP vacancies etc. are to be added in the PA vacancies while preparing ADR plan and DPC.
4. There may be omission of carrying forward the unfilled vacancies of the previous recruitments/DPCs.
It was replied in the minutes of the JCM that Instructions would be reiterated regarding method of calculating vacancies and the same is yet to materialize. One time exercise shall be executed to arrive the exact vacancies by working out the difference between the sanctioned strength and the working strength which includes the officiating posts etc.
It is requested to cause instructions to all recruiting units to wipe out the differences between the sanctioned strength and working strength at the earliest.

8. Irregular interpretation and non accounting MACP to the adhoc HSG I officials in some circle. In some circles, the third financial upgradation under MACP has not been granted with Rs. 4600/- Grade pay to the HSG II officials who have been officiating on adhoc basis in HSG I cadre.
The Rule 26 of MACP stipulates as inter alia: -
“Cases of persons holding higher posts purely on adhoc basis shall also be considered by the screening Committee along with others. They may be allowed the benefit of financial upgradation on reversion to the lower post or if it is beneficial vis-à-vis the pay drawn on adhoc basis”.
From the above, it is evident that due benefit and adhoc fixation whichever is beneficial, that should be extended to on acquiring the MACP. For an example in one case of Sri. K. A. Gandhi, Retd. SPM Mahuva MDG in Bhavnagar division, Gujarat Circle, the Department has intimated to him that he was working in HSG I on adhoc basis from 24.02.2007 and retired on superannuation without terminating the adhoc arrangement, he was not entitled for the third Financial upgradation w.e.f. 01.09.2008.  Whereas, his pensionary benefits & others have been taken into account as per his lien post and not as per the adhoc arrangements. As such, the official has put into great financial loss. The intention of Rule 26 is not to deny the benefits due to adhoc arrangements in higher cadre.
It is therefore requested cause suitable clarification in this regard to all the circles not to deny the dues by misinterpreting the rulings on this subject.

9.Repatriation of PAs deputed to Circle Regional offices from divisions for PLI/RPLI work – reg. The regional/circle offices are keeping excess staff drafted from Post offices and resultantly, the operative offices are suffering with more shortage. In many circles PAs/SAs from various divisions have been under deputation to Regional offices for not only manning the vacant posts there, but also for RPLI/RPLI work.

But to our surprise now a days, the work of PLI/RPLI has been decentralized and transferred to divisions but not the man power exclusively taken for such work from divisions. All the operative offices are suffering due to shortage of PAs as their divisional strength is diminished by disproportionate deputation to Regional offices Circle offices. The staff sanctioned for the PLI work shall also be diverted to the Post offices due to decentralization. All the PAs taken for PLI/RPLI work shall be returned to the divisions and also the Pas drafted to CO and RO shall also be returned back.

10. Pooling of PLI/RPLI work at Head Post offices due to Amendment of PLI rules 2011 – Requirement of additional work force – Reg.
Amending Postal Life Insurance rules 2011, all the PLI/RPLI work are entrusted to the Head Post offices. Now all the HPOs are classified as Central Processing centers for PLI/RPLI and the majority work of (1) acceptance of new proposals (2) settlement of maturity (3) settlement of survival benefits (4) Settlement of death claims are put under the shoulders of Postmaster. By this amendment, the work pertaining to PLI/RPLI are transferred to Central processing centers. Thus, in the changed scenario, all the HOs are needed for more manpower to handle the cases of PLI/RPLI now grown large in its magnitude, quantum and volume.
Considering the above newly transferred duties and works to all Head Post offices, it is quite natural they require additional work force to discharge their functions in normal course. Hence it is requested to provide manpower exclusively for RPLI/PLI work to all HPOs.

11.Enhancement of special casual leave for union meetings.
At present, 20 days have been allowed for the grant of special casual leave to the officials for attending union meetings, circle conference, seminars etc. This is insufficient. Further in some circles, the days in which the union secretaries attending the Monthly Meetings/Bi-monthly Meetings are also construed as special casual leave instead of duty period as the formal meetings with administration will not cover up with other union meetings.It is therefore requested to clarify the same and also to enhance the number of special casual leave to attend union Meetings/Seminars.

12.Representation of department in the cases filed in Consumer Forum and other courts

It has been observed that the cases filed on the consumer forums and other courts against our department are not pleaded properly before court by engaging a lawyer on our behalf. The Government pleader is not appraised properly regarding intricacies of departmental rules, procedures and legal responsibility of postal department. It is fact that most of the cases are attended by the PRI (P)s, Postal Assistants or Mail Overseers, who are not trained.  These court verdicts are always going against our department and our innocent staff become the victims.  The staff side therefore, demands that the lawyers appointed by the department should be adequately briefed to represent the cases by our officers not below the rank of ASP and they should personally attend the court cases.

13.Request for discontinuance the practice of obtaining fidelity / security bond from the employees handling cash

The 5th CPC in its report vide para 62-13 recommended to discontinue the practice of obtaining fidelity / security bond from employees. In the present stage of handling huge cash, obtaining fidelity bond for Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 5000/- does not serve any purpose.  A lot of manpower is wasted in Accounts branch in maintaining these records. Similar is the position of inspecting offices also.  Only in rare and exception cases, the guarantee amt is received. The employees are unnecessarily crediting premium every year to the loopholes to obtain fidelity bond.It is requested to consider and discontinue the practice of security bonds which has no longer serving any purpose.

14.Delinking the quarters of C&B class offices where standard accommodation was not provided: In C& B class offices one or two rooms were provided in rental buildings as quarters and the HRA foregone by the officials is more than the House rent paid to the building. After computerization there is no space for keeping the UPS and batteries and computer installations and the quarter portion is used for the office as the SPM is not in a position to reside in it. It is requested either to provide standard accommodation or delinking the quarters wherever it is feasible as per the security point.

15.Posting of in charge of BPC – regarding
In accordance with the Directorate letter No. 16-10/2000 BD dt. 19.10.2010, the in charge of the BPC should be posted among the BCR officials for the transactions above one to 10 lakhs.Since the cadre of BCR is not in existence, the post required to be manned by HSG II officials or above. In many places, the PO & RMS Accountants have been ordered to look after the supervisory work in accounts instead of Postmasters or ASPOs. This is highly irregular.It is therefore requested to create or upgrade the posts of in charge of BPC to the level of HSG II and HSG I at the earliest based on the functional requirements.

16.Non-Drawal of HRA to the officiating SPMs working at offices having attached quarters.

Even though the power of de-quarterization of a post attached Quarters is now delegated to Heads of Circle vide Directorate letter no. 10-4/2003 - Bldg. dt. 6.5.03, the Circle heads are not according proper sanction for dequarterisation/suspension of Quarters for the periods of such officiating periods exceeding 90 days. The officiating officials should not suffer a financial loss due to the administrative problem of non-posting of a regular incumbent to the vacant post within the stipulated period. Prolonged officiating arrangement is an ultimate loss to an officiating official for no fault on his side.
It is therefore requested to issue clarity instructions to all Circle heads to settle the pending issues accordingly.

17.Grant of OTA/Excess Duty Allowance to the SPMs working in single/Double handed Post offices. To compensate the excess work prevailing in the single and double handed post offices, the SPMS shall be compensated with the following.i)  In the absence of PA, the SPMs working in ‘B’ class offices may be granted minimum of 3 hours OTA to look after the duty of PA.(ii)  Similarly, in ‘C’ class offices,  where the work load exceeds 8 hours and more, compensation in the shape of Excess Duty Allowance may please be considered.

18.Stepping up of pay in case of postman and Group ‘D’ officials – regarding.
The condition of seniority in the gradation list to be observed for the stepping of pay has been misinterpreted in case of Karnataka Circle and the postman and Group 'D's are not permitted to claim stepping of pay at par with juniors in the Divisional gradation list. The stepping up has been denied by stating that the seniority should be determined within the sub division where the official is working. This defeats the purpose of maintaining the gradation list at Divisional level in such cadres. Since the recruitment of postman and Group 'D' is being made at Divisional level and the seniority is also being determined based on the selection list of the entire division, the denial of stepping up of the pay is tantamount to the denial of dues to such officials.

19.Providing norms for BD, Technology, RTI oriented works and Project Arrow works
No establishment norms as per SIU standard for works relating to BD, Technology, Project Arrow and RTI oriented works has been formulated so far our knowledge goes.  It is evident that huge work hours for disposal of those items of works have already been created in CO/ROs but no man power to deal with the cases has been provided due to non framing of norms to adjudge the quantum of such work.

20.Non refund of the amount recovered under the New Pension Scheme& Non settlement of dues to the deceased/retired employees under NPS/ Consequent upon the clarification of the Government of India that in case of new recruits appointed after 01.01.2004 but remained in training prior to 01.01.2004 shall be covered under the old pension scheme, more than 10000 Postal Assistants were brought under the old pension scheme. However, the recoveries made from them towards the new pension scheme have not been refunded yet despite many representations.Serious action is requested to refund the amount early. (ii) Similarly in the event of resignation/retirement, the pension fund has not yet been refunded besides payment of pension. Many officials joined after 2004 and many GDS promoted after 2004 to Postmen could not get any benefits so far under this NPS.

21.Ambiguity in the orders granting conveyance allowance to Systems administrators.
In the recent orders issued to prescribe the conveyance allowance to system administrators, the view point of the staff side that they should be granted only road mileage allowance has not been reflected. Resultantly in many circles, the practice of reimbursement of actual expenses incurred for attending immediate faults to the systems administrators have been stopped and they are now incurring expenditure from their own. This causes a concern. The purpose of taking the subject has been totally defeated due to this order. Either they should be brought under the purview of road mileage allowance or the actual expenses incurred by them for their journey should be reimbursed.

22.Replacement of outdated Computer, Printers, UPS & providing AMCS to Computer Peripheral – case of Tamilnadu Circle.

While the Tamilnadu Circle Union has taken up the subject with the Chief Postmaster General in the Four Monthly Meeting held on 24.07.2013, for replacement of worn out and condemned computers, UPS and printers and placing AMC etc, the Chief PMG replied that “for replacement of hardware, the matter has already been taken up with the Directorate asking for funds once funds received, this will be done”.When we are the venturing and advancing with full modernization in the Department of Posts, the non-replacement of worn out and condemned computer peripheral is causing a concern. The officials should not be troubled to perform their work in such condemned computers which will result in declining the efficiency in service in the Post offices. Some serious attention is required in this regard.It is therefore requested to kindly expedite and cause appropriate action by extending top priority in replacing the condemned and old computer peripheral in all the Circles.

23. Problems arising out in Core Insurance solution/Mc Camish migration – solutions requested

24. Problems arisen due to implementation of Core banking solution.

25. Request to implement the ORDER OF SUPREME COURT ON CIVIL APPEAL NO 2010 OF 2009  RELATING  TO ENTITLED  MONETARY BENEFITS EFFECTIVE FROM 01.01.1996 TO 10.10.1997.

26.Delegation of Powers of Limited Transfers of GDS Staff to PMG.

27.Revision of Eligibility for MTS to (PA-SA) LGO Examination - Reduce 5 years to 2 years.

28. Amendment to the PA Recruitment Rules — requested.
In the revised PA. rectt. rules, vide Gazette notification dt.21.5.2015, in column 7 for educational qualification, it has been mentioned that “as per the notification issued by the SSC from time to time for HSC Level (10+2) examination”.As per the notification issued by the Department on revised procedure for filling up of posts of P.A./S.A. dt. 8.5.2012, in the column for educational and other qualifications, it is mentioned that , “should have studies the local language of the State or Union territory of the concerned Postal Circle or Hindi as a subject atleast in Matriculation or equivalent
As per the SSC notification, for rectt. to PA, or S.A for 2015, the educational qualification is notified as candidates should have possess HSG or 12th Class from any recognised school or university”.Because of mentioning in the last recruitment notification as “should have studies the local language of the State or Union territory of the concerned Postal Circle or Hindi as a subject atleast in Matriculation or equivalent ‘, large no. of candidates are entered from various Postal Circles, without knowing the local language or even English.They could not able to cope up with the local people across the counters in SOs or even in H.0.s and the rest of the staff have to manage their work in addition. Nearly 50% of them applied for transfer immediately and rest of them are prepared to quit the job, because of language problem. This will defeat the very purpose of annual DR and the existing staff are already suffering due to acute shortage.This will be repeated by this year recruitment also, because there is no restriction or condition that the candidates should have possess the knowledge of local language Under these circumstances, it is requested to review the situation based on the facts prevailing in the circles after the 2012 recruitment and make necessary amendments in the PA/SA Recruitment Rules to sort out this problem.

29. Provision of five days week .
The Postal operative staff are in great pressure and heavy strain in the work after the implementation of ongoing CBS, CIS etc. Two days rest in a week will motivate them better work performance. Already, five day weak is in vogue in respect of Postal administrative offices and Postal accounts. Only the operative offices are kept open for six days in a week. Recently, the bank employees have been observed five day weeks in the second and fourth week of the month. This is being introduced in the insurance public sector companies like LIC. It is therefore requested to kindly consider to observe five days week in the Postal operative officers.

30.Request for scheming the modalities of shifting PO buildings within the time frame.

31.Request for not abolishing the GDSV/SV post despite there has been decline in sale of stamps on the basis of the latest statistics.

32.Request for sanctioning the 1/4th of full daily allowance, as special allowance, to those who are compulsorily to  take up the boarding and lodging at the training institutes.

33. Request for exempting the posting of Treasurer from the purview of Transfer and placement committee.

34. Request for ensuring uniformity in fixing of TRCA by the Divisional Heads to GDSBPMs who are merged with functions/duties over and above the BPM work.

35.Request for evolving and deploying an alternate tech- driven modality in a bid to mitigate the long drawn process involved in issuance of promotion/posting to LSG/HSG II/ HSG I in CO / RO level to a less cumbersome, trust worthy and transparent fair mechanism of the single window system in place and enabling the eligible official to decide their consent or otherwise to decide the offer of promotion duly knowing availability of the places of their choice.

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3 Federations Against Corporatisation Of Ordnance Factories

ALL INDIA DEFENCE EMPLOYEES’ FEDERATION
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH

No.: 01/AIDEF/INDWF/BPMS/16

Date: November, 2016

To
Shri. Manohar Parrikar
Hon’ble Defence Minister,
Government of India
South Block, New Delhi – 110 001

Subject: Protest against the proposal of corporatizing the Ordnance Factories against the assurances given to the recognized Federations of Trade Unions of Defence Civilian Employees.

Respected Sir,

Introduction
Your kind and immediate attention is invited to the above mentioned subject matter. Indian Ordnance Factory Organization is more than 215 years old Government Industrial Organization. Ordnance Factories are strategic industries established to take care of the requirement of Armed Forces and hence are directly concerned with the security of the Country. The Ordnance Factories are effectively functioning as a Departmental Organization and we are taking all efforts to reach the target of Rs. 20,000 crores given by the Hon’ble Defence Minister in the next two years. In this situation to divert the attention of the committed workforce of Ordnance Factories and to demoralize them a news is being spread all over the Ordnance Factories that the Government is seriously considering a proposal for converting the departmentally run Ordnance Factories into a Corporation. It is also being told that a note in this regard from DDP has been forwarded to the office of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. We are completely in the dark in this regard. In the last Departmental Council (JCM) Meeting chaired by the Defence Secretary the entire Staff Side has opposed the recommendations of the Raman Puri Committee to corporatizes Ordnance Factories. Moreover, in the past the Defence Ministers including the present Hon’ble President of India and also your honour have given assurances that Ordnance Factories would continue to remain as Departmental Organization under MoD.

In view of the developments we submit the following for your kind and favourable consideration and also we request you to give us an audience in this regard.

Indian Ordnance Factories

Prior to independence there were 16 Ordnance Factories which was subsequently expanded to achieve self reliance in Defence and today there are 41 Ordnance Factories. Ordnance Factories are the major supplier for the Indian Army. OFB makes a wide range of products with wide variation of technology such as Armoured Vehicles, Artillery Gun, Small Arms, Ammunition (both large and small calibre), Vehicles, Optical and Electronic Instruments, Troop Comfort items like Strategic Uniforms like Army Logo, Uniform, extreme climate clothing, Boots, Tents and Parachutes etc. The OFBs product mix comprise around 600 final products and 300 intermediate products. It is pertinent to mention here that our Army was able to drive back Pakistan in the 1971 war and subsequent liberation of Bangladesh, followed by the Kargil crisis and the recent Surgical Strike of the Indian Army only with the Arms, Ammunitions and other equipments produced by the Indian Ordnance Factories.

OFB is not a commercial organization for earning profit like any other business. OFB is performing with all efficiency inspite of various limitations such as:-
(a) Uneconomic quantities to be produced to meet strategic needs
(b) Difficulties in entering into long term agreement with dedicated vendors.
(c) Non integration of Finance functions.
(d) Clash with DGQA on Quality Assurance responsibility.
(e) Transition period during change over from one weapon/equipment/ strategic uniform/vehicle etc. affects the workload of the Factories. Recent example is Army has stopped taking INSAS Rifle, Army has not selected a suitable replacement of INSAS. To meet the requirement of Army OFB has developed weapons like Amogh, JVPC, Ex-Calibre, 7.62 Assault Rifles, MCIWS etc. through R&D efforts along with DRDO. Because of delay in decision making process by Army, three Small Arms Factories are having acute shortage of workload.
(f) Products developed first by DRDO and then technology for mass production given to Ordnance Factories results in delay in mass production and capacity creation for same.
(g) Provisions in DPP-2013 which force Ordnance Factories to compete with private suppliers to acquire workload of new products.
(h) Recent decision of Government to increase the FDI limit from the existing level of 26% to 49%.

It is matter of great satisfaction that inspite of all the above hurdles the value of issues of OFB for the year 2013-2014 was Rs.11,234 crores and the targeted value of issues for the current financial year is Rs. 12,380 crores. Here we would like to mention about some of the outstanding achievement of the OFB in the recent past.

Outstanding achievements:
1. Project DHANUSH (155 mm * 45 caliber Artillery Gun): The indigenously developed 155mm * 45 caliber Artillery Gun, named Dhanush, has been

successfully test fired. Both Winter and Summer trials of Dhanush have thus been successful. An indent of 114 Nos. of Dhanush is already in hand.

PINAKA has been one of OFBs ambitious projects. The current capacity of 1000 nos. which was initially created at OF Chanda is now being enhanced to 1500 nos. per year. Indents for 2300 nos. are already in hand, and future indents are in progress. Besides this, certain other versions of PINAKA are being planned:

(a) A project is being planned at OF Badmal for incendiary and bomblet versions of PINAKA with elecctronic fuze. The trials are in progress for the same in collaboration with DRDO.
(b) PINAKA Mark II version with a range of 60 Km is in final stages of development which will have case bonded technology, going to be used first time in any OFB product.

DGQA and user trial for indigenous BMCS was conducted at PFFR range at Pokhran from 27th June to 15th July. The performance was satisfactory. The formal report and Bulk Production Clearance (BPC) is awaited from Army. OF Nalanda is geared up to supply BMCS @4000 per month after receipt of BPC and indent.

A major milestone has been achieved with the successful conduction of the Life Cycle Test (LCT) of T-72 modified chemistry barrels (M.A.P.L.E. Barel) recently conducted at ACC&S, Ahmednager. Formal LCT of these barrels had not been carried out since its introduction in service in 2002. Subsequently, LCT was made contingent for placing further indents for T-72 auto-frettage barrels by Army. Consequent upon successful conduction of LCT, which is a 100% R&D effort of OFC, indent for 450 barrels is expected to be placed by Army on OFB. OFB is in the process of designing Auto-frettage barrels for T-90 tanks on similar lines.

FGK launched 0.32 Revolver MK-III(L) (NIRBHEEK) which received overwhelming response from media & customers. The initial two months have witnessed booking of more than 60 revolvers despite its higher issue price.

Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) has been successfully productionized and OF Trichy is having a target of 5000 nos. for the current financial year.

New products which have been developed recently are
(a) Propellant for AK 100 Ammn
(b) PINAKA POD Assembly
(c) 84 MM TPT Projectile
(d) Rocket RGB – 12 (Practice Version), FUZE K3M For RGB-12
(e) Rocket RGB -60 HE Version
(f) Single Base propellant for 155 mm BMC Ammn.

The Troop Comfort Strategic Army Logo Uniform has successfully improved the personality and confidence of the Soldier along with the specialized boots produced by the OEF Group of Factories.

Keeping an eye on future, OFB has identified future technology areas from the Technology Perspective & Capability Road Map (TPCR) of Armed forces for certain products, which have already been taken up for development.

Recent achievements of Ordnance Factories

1. Trial evaluation of Rifle 5.56 mm Excalibur by Air Force: Indian Air Force is looking for a modern, reliable, robust and new generation state-of-the-art Assault Rifle to replace their old inventory of 5.56 mm INSAS Rifle introduced in IAF 2002. Accordingly, IAF has identified indigenously developed 5.56 mm Excalibur Rifle as a preferable replacement to existing INSAS Rifle and also equipping their QRTs.

A trial directive was issued by Air Hqr on 12th May 16 and a team of IAF officers conducted exhaustive trial of the weapon at Rifle Factory Ichapur from 23rd to 26th May 2016. The weapon fared satisfactorily on test parameters like accuracy and climatic tests etc. OFB is expecting order from IAF for this indigenously developed weapon in near future.

2. Supply of Indigenous NBC Recce vehicle: Ordnance Factory Medak in association with DRDO has indigenously developed and supplied the first NBC vehicle in July 16 to Indian Army against an Indent received for 16 Nos. NBCRV (Nuclear Biological & Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle) is based on the versatile BMP IIK Amphibious Infantry Combat Vehicle and is designed to meet the tactical requirements of the Military Engineers for carrying out Nuclear, Biological & Chemical contamination survey. The vehicle can cross the water obstacles, remain afloat and can also be air transported. This is an important milestone towards in-house R&D and ‘Make-in-India’ initiative.

3. User Trial of 130mm upgunning at Pokharan: OFB has participated in the user trial of upgunning of 130 mm Gun to 155*45 calibre Gun in the month of July 2016 at Pokharan against RFP issued by the User, by fielding OFB SLB (Soltam Gun). The gun has fully complied with all RFP firing and non-firing parameters. The Gun has now been positioned at Jabalpur for DGQA and MET Trials, which will be followed by winter trials.

4. Supply of Anti Riot Ammunition for Internal Security: Extreme urgency for supply of 12 bore Anti riot ammunition (shot-9) was conveyed by MHA for use in Jammu & Kashmir to handle prevailing law and order situation. Though the ammunition was not in production line, Ammunition Factory Khadki was directed to commence production of this ammunition on war-footing and 1.10 Lakh rounds were issued to CRPF against their immediate requirement to tackle the prevailing law and order situation. Further, 1.00 Lakh rounds is also ready for collection by J&K police.

5. Kavach MOD-II: Kavach MOD-II Chaff launcher system has been developed, manufactured and installed on board INS Chennai (MDL Built ship). The Installation Test Firing (ITF) of Long Range & Medium Range Launchers of Kavach MOD-II was successfully carried out for the first time onboard the Naval ship on 04.08.2016.

6. Firing Trial of 7.62 mm * 39 mm Assault Rifle “GHAATAK”: OFB has developed 7.62 mm*39mm Assault Rifle “GHAATAK” as an alternative to AK-47. Rifle Factory Ishapore organized Demonstration cum firing trial on 10th August 2016 for CAPFs and on 19th & 23rd August 2016 for SPOs. It has been decided by CAPFs that each CAPF will buy 500 Assault Rifle each for wider exploitation. Subsequent to satisfactory exploitation, Bulk Order is expected from MHA for

“GHAATAK”. Ordnance Factory Trichy has also developed an Assault Rifle namely “TAR (Trichy Assault Rifle)”

7. Issue of Tear Gas Gun to CRPF: As requested by MHA, Rifle Factory Ishapore has issued 1000 Nos. of 12 Bore PAG and 500 Nos. of TGG to CRPF considering the operational requirement due to prevailing law & Order situation in Kashmir Valley.

8. Supply of Jacket & Trousers (Modified Design): Production & dispatch of 22,300 set of Jackets & Trousers Army Logo (Modified Design) for 5515 soldiers & Officers, assigned for deputation in UN Mission abroad has been completed in record time. Being highly satisfied with the quality & maintenance of time schedule of dispatch, MGO’s Office organized a ceremonial handing over of these Combat Uniforms to the troops proceeding on UN Mission.

9. 155 * 45 Cal ‘Dhanush’ Gun: Indian Army was not able to purchase a 155 mm Howitzer from global market despite vigorous search & efforts. GCF Jabalpur by its own R&D effort developed 155*45 mm Howitzer (Dhanush) which meets all aspirations of the Indian Army. Further, 03 guns have been handed over to the Army for Trials at Deserts and the same is underway. Also, the guns are ready for issue for exploitation in High Altitude Areas (HAA).

10. 5.56
mm Assault Rifle: This project is a joint exercise of Infantry Directorate of the Indian Army & OFB and is a perfect example of a “Make-in-India” weapon by joint task force.

RFI, Ichapore has produced 15 nos. of prototypes with modifications based on Users feedback on reliability, weight, length, compatibility with international sight, Aesthetics etc.

The assault Rifle could meet a reliability of 1 stoppage in 2400 rounds which is very much comparable to International Standards.

15 Nos. of Rifles are ready at RFI, Ichapore for User and DGQA evaluation and awaiting for Trial Directive from Dte. of Infantry for further action.

11. License Agreement has been signed on 12th Jan 2016 between GOI and M/S SAAB, FFV Ordnance AB, Sweden, for supply of three new types of ammunition viz., HEAT-751, HEDP-502 & Smoke-469C alongwith a License agreement for transfer of Technology (TOT) for use with the Carl Gustaf weapon system.

R & D
1. Electronic Point Detonation Fuze: In-house R&D project on Electronic PD Fuze was taken up by Ordnance Factory (MPF) to fulfill the RFP requirement of Indian Army. At present Electronic PD Fuze is being imported by ECIL for Indian Army. “This is the first indigenous successful effort by OFB.

Dynamic trial of 155 mm Eletronic PD Fuze developed by OFB (MPF) took place at PXE Balasore. The first trial has achieved objectives and was successful.

It is planned to manufacture a pilot lot of 125 Nos. which will be subjected to firing trial in association with DGQA in January, 2017.

One important development is that as per DPP-2016, OFB no longer enjoys the status of nominated production Agency (PA) and therefore, OFB has

to participate in RFPS and compete with Indian/Global private/public Industries. Keeping this in view, OFB is making efforts to have a tie up with technology providers to acquire TOT.
Accordingly, OFB has forwarded a proposal of Generic MOU for approval of MOD. Apart from the above, following proposals have also been forwarded to DDP.
* MoU with M/s ATK for production of 30 mm Gun & Ammunition
* MoU with M/s BAE, UK for production various caliber of ammunition
* MoU with M/s BAE, Sweden for production of MGS
* Umbrella MoU with M/S BEML
OFB is also making its presence felt at various conferences and seminars being conducted by CII, FICCI etc

Challenges before the Ordnance Factories.
As mentioned earlier the entire workforce of the Ordnance Factories are always kept under tension and stress, by regularly subjecting them to different types of threats through report of various Committees such as Nair Committee, Kelkar Committee etc., for Corporatizing Ordnance Factories, by opening the Defence Production Sector to 100% Privatization through DPP-2013 and once in a decade threat in the name of noncore items and low technology items, allowing FDI etc. In this regard we would like to place the following views on each of the above threats for the kind and favourable consideration of the Hon’ble Defence Minister.

NO CORPORATIZATION OF ORDNANCE FACTORIES
1) The more than 2 centuries old organization has effectively remainded as a Government Organization since Ordnance Factories are set up for strategic reason mainly as the fourth arm of the Defence of the Country and to achieve self reliance and indigenization in Defence Production. Ordnance Factories are not set up for doing commercial business and minting profit. The strategic requirement and existence of the Ordnance Factories should be treates at part with the Armed Forces. Therefore, in the interest of national security, this Federation and the other Federations in the Defence Ministry have taken the correct stand that Ordnance Factories should remain as a Departmental Organization. Any disturbance in its structure like converting the Organization into a Corporation as recommended by the Nair Committee and Kelkar Committee will ultimately result in the Ordnance Factories becoming sick Industries which is not in the interest of the security of our Country. In the past whenever the Government has thought about converting the OFB into a Corporation the 4lakhs Defence Civilian Employees have always opposed this move of the Government. In this regard we draw the kind attention of the Hon’ble Defence Minister to the assurance given by the then Def. Minister Shri. George Fernandes in a meeting taken by him on 18.07.2001 with the Federations. The extract from the minutes of the meeting is given below:

“Raksha Mantri, while appreciating the sentiments of the Staff Side on issues of national security etc. intimated the Staff Side that there is no proposal to privatize the Ordnance Factories. He reiterated the Government’s Commitment to full utilization of the installed capacities of the Ordnance Factories, and their growth. He asserted that the first choice for productionising any equipment, was always Ordnance Factories and Defence Public Sector Undertakings. R.M. also mentioned that there was no proposal for corporatization of Ordnance Factories function under the control of the Ministry of Defence and shall continue to do so. He also stressed that there would be no FDI in Ordnance Factories.We also draw your kind attention of the assurance given by the then Defence Minister and the Present Hon’ble President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee in a strike negotiation meeting held under hos Chairmanship on 18.09.2006. The extract of the minutes of the meeting is reproducted below:-
“The Government has not decided to corporatize Ordance Factories and that there is no intention to implement the recommendation.”
“Government does not intend to dilute the role of Ordnance Factories and DPSUs in Defence Production.”
“Hon’ble RM accepted the suggestion to have a frequent interaction at the level of Secretary (DP) and other Senior Officers with the representatives of the Federations, which will improve mutual understanding and provide cordial working environment.”
We also invite your kind attention to the minutes of another meeting held under the Chairmanship of the then Defence Minister Shri. A.K.Antony on 26th June,2007 with the three Federations. The relevant portion of the minutes is reproduces below for your kind information please:-
“Allowing the private sector to enter in the Defence Production Sector will not create any situation that will damage the interest of either OFB or Defence PSUs. RM further observed that the Federations were opposed to corporatization of OFs, his predecessor had categorically assured them that there was no intention to implement the recommendation of the Kelkar Committee relating to corporatization of Ordnance Factories. He said that the present policy is the same.”
Apart from the above the Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production have informed in the Rajya Sabha vide Unstarred Question No. 833 (Answered on 03.03.2015) that “there is no proposal at present to corporatizw the Ordnance Factories in the Country and since such a proposal is not there the issue of taking the Federations of the Defence Civilian Employees into confidence does not arise.”

Morover, the Department of Defence Production vide Letter F. No. 15(4)/2015-D (Esst./NG) dated 15th April,2015 has informed that at present there is no proposal to corporatize the Ordnance Factories.
In view of the above the three recognized Federations appeals to the Hon’ble Defence Minister that Corporatizing the Ordnance Factories is not going to help the organization in any manner. Moreover, this will abruptly change the service conditions of the almost 1 lakh civilian employees which will result in unneccessary labour unrest and litigations. Moreover, an analysis of the Defence import over the years indicates that most of the imports have been made in the areas other than Military hardware produced by OFB. Infact the import of Air Craft, Naval Ships and other equipments are substantial and these fall in the product range of DPSUs like HAL, Ship Yards, BEL etc. Therefore, the argument of import replacement for conversion of OFB into a PSU may not neccessarily address the issue of self reliance. Moreover, the investment made at OFB should be construed as a War Reserve / War Insurance to the nation and as already mentioned OFB is the fourth arm of the nation and it is a strategic asset of the Country.
Apart from this the Hon’ble Minister may also consider the following negative aspects, in case the Ordnance Factories are corporatized:-
a) Today OFB being an integral part of the Government, OFB is obliged to make all types of equipments demanded by the Army irrespective of its number or value and also whether commercially viable or not. If it is corporatized OFB also will adopt its own business/ surviving strategy and will go only for producing those items the volume of which is more through which they can earn profit. This is not in the interest of Armed Forces.
b) At present OFB provides lifelong warranty for weapons and other systems produced by them. If it becomes a Corporation then Armed Forces should be forced to pay for maintenance/ servicing since the warranty period of the equipment will get over by the time the items reach the Depots/ Units.
c) At present OFB issues the products on no profit basis. If Corporatized the items will be issues on cost plus profit basis and International pricing strategy for Defence Equipment will be applied.

Hence, we are of the firm opinion that the OFB should continue as a Departmental Organization under MoD and we suggest the following for further strengthening the Ordnance Factories so that it fulfills its commitment and duty as a Defence Production Organization in an effective manner to the fullest satisfaction of the Armed Forces.
OFB should become a solution provider to Indian Armed Forces.
OFB should remain as an integral part of Defence Management of the Country.

* OFB should continue to be a reliable partner of the Indian Armed Forces by providing life cycle support to the equipments.

* Integration of Finance, Accounts and Internal Audit with OFB.

* A mechanism to be derived for maintaining proper co-ordination between DGQA and OFB both at the apex level and Factory level for ensuring a Better Quality Management System.

* OFB should be empowered to select technological partners.

* Long term Roll-on indents for all items of production.

* Grant of design agencies status to speed up in house research and development efforts.

Therefore, we conclude that the Ordnance Factories may continue as a Departmental Organization under MoD. Any decision on the part of the Government to corporatize Ordnance Factories would amount to a violation of the assurance given to the Federations by the Government of India and will result in a confrontation between the Government and the Defence Civilian Employees. We are confident that the Hon’ble Defence Minister will take all efforts to avoid such a situation when the border of the country is in serious tension and the requirement of the day is to ensure that all of us rise to the occasion and strengthen our Armed Forces.

Sir, we request you to kindly spare a bit of your valuable time so as to enable the representatives of the three Federations to meet you and express our views in this regard.

Yours Sincerely,

C. Srikumar
General Secretary/AIDEF

R. Srinivasan
General Secretary/INDWF

M.P.Singh
General Secretary/BPMS

Source:http://indwf.blogspot.in/

Revision of disability Pension of Pre-2016 disability Pensioners / Family Pensioners -Clarification regarding.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

Circular No.C- 159
No:G1/C/0199/Vol-I/Tech
Dated: - 07.12.2016.

Subject: - Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of disability Pension of Pre-2016 disability Pensioners / Family Pensioners -Clarification regarding.

Reference: - This office important circular no. C-153, bearing no. G1 /C/ 0199 /Vol-I/Tech, dated
12th August 2016.

Attention is invited to above cited circular wherein instructions had been issued for implementation of GO], Ministry of P, PG and Pension, Deptt. of P&PW OM No. 38/ 37/ 2016- P&PW (A) (ii) dated 4th August, 2016. As per Para 4.1 of the ibid OM dated 4.8.16, the existing pension/family pension is to be multiplied by 2.57 and the amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. As per Para 4.4 of the OM, it was indicated that the upper ceiling of so revised pension/family pension will be 50% and 30% respectively of the highest pay in the Government, i.e. Rs. 2,5 0,000

2. A doubt was raised whether the above ceiling would also be applicable to disability pension/ family pension under CCS (EOP) Rules, after revision in terms of Para 4.1 of OM dated 04.08.2016. Now GOI, DP&PW have clarified in their OM No. 1/4/2016-P&PW (F), dated 11th November 2016 that “the ceiling of pension/family pension indicated in Para 4.4 of DP&PW OM dated 04.08.2016 referred to above is applicable only in the case of pension/family pension under CCS [Pension] Rules and will not apply in the case of disability Pension/family pension under CCS (EDP) Rules.

A copy of GOI, DP&PW OM NO. 1/4/2016-P&PW (F), dated 11.11.16 is enclosed which may be kept in View while disposing the cases of revision of disability pension / family pension under CCS (EOP) Rules in terms of OM dated 4th August, 2016.

sd/-
(Dr. Upinderbir Singh)
DCDA (P)
Enclosure: - As above

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/7cpc/Circular-c159.pdf

Central government employees need not declare assets till new rules framed

New Delhi: Central government employees, who had a 31 December deadline to declare their assets and liabilities under Lokpal Act, do not need to make the disclosure for now as government is finalising a fresh set of rules.

Without specifying any date, an office memorandum has said rules will be notified in due course to prescribe the form, manner and timelines for filing declaration of assets and liabilities under the revised provision of the Lokpal Act.

In July this year, the central government employees were asked to declare their assets and liabilities by 31 December under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. Besides this, the public servants were also directed to declare their annual return of assets and liabilities as on 31 March 2015 on or before 31 December this year. Now, in the office memorandum, the Centre has clearly stated that there is no requirement for filing declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants as of now. “... there is no requirement for filing declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants now. The Government is in the process of finalising a fresh set of rules,” the office memorandum added.

“In this regard it is stated that with the passing of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Act, 2016, the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Plan of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 and all the amendments made thereto become redundant,” the Centre said.

Under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, an employee has to give details of deposits in foreign bank accounts, expensive paintings, antiques, furniture, electronic equipments, movable assets, insurance, bonds, shares and mutual funds, among others, in the declaration. The declarations under the Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules. There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

PTI
Source:http://www.livemint.com/Politics/RORkIXFltJFYpmVNgsb9fN/Central-government-employees-need-not-declare-assets-till-ne.html