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Friday, March 10, 2017

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Merger of Dearness Allowance equal to 50% of basic pay from April 2004 for Running Staff – Railway Board



New Delhi, dated – 22.11.2016.

The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110 055.

Sub:- Merger of Dearness Allowance equal to 50% of basic pay w.e.f. 01/04/2004 – Reckoning as pay for running staff.

Ref:- (i) DC/JCM Item No. 15/2009. (ii) GS/NFIR’s letter no. IV/RSAC/Conf/Vol. VI dated 28/03/2016.

Please refer to your letter dated 28.03.2016 under reference no. (ii) on the subject noted above. In this connection, it is mentioned that Board’s letter dated 21.10.2014 addressed to both the Federations highlighted that the basis for the exclusions was the Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 01.03.2004 on the merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay that was adopted by the Ministry of Railways. Vide letter dt. 28.03.2016, however, NFIR has not agreed with the reply and has reiterated that the exclusions violate the IREM provision of Running Allowance and that the OM dt. 01.03.2004 of MoF is not relevant in this connection.

For a better understanding of the logic on which the three exclusions have been made the table given below may kindly be seen:-
Clause No.Benefit of 30% pay element (mentioned in the cluase) applicable to Running StaffRelevant wording in MoF O.M. dated 01.03.2004 pertaining to the benefitRemarks
aEntitlement for Pass/PTOLTC specifically excluded from revision of entitlement on merger of 50% DA with Basic PayAs Railways do not have LTC Pass/PTO revision excluded accordingly vide RBE No. 77/2008
dFixation in pay in Stationary PostsFixation of pay not included as an admissible benefit for revision of entitlement on merger of 50% DA with Basic PayCounting of the benefit (of merger of DA with Basic) for Fixation of Pay is an issue pertaining to all Government employees and not mereley Running Staff of Railways. When this benefit has not been extended to any Government employee, it cannot be extended to Running Staff isolation. RBE No. 77/2008 has been issued accordingly. As erstwhile Basic Pay element (without merger of 50% DA) however continued to be admissible for Fixation of Pay of Running Staff in stationary posts, there is no violation of relevant IREM provision.
gEntitlement of QuartersGovernment accommodation specifically excluded from revision of entitlement on merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay.As Railway Quarters are Government accommodation, revision of entitlement has been excluded accordingly vide RBE No. 77/2008.

As brought out in the table above, there has been no violation of the Rules. It is therefore requested that the item may be closed.

For Secretary/Railway Board.

Source: NFIR

Monday, June 22, 2015

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4, State Entry Road New Delhi–110055

Dated: June 15, 2015

All the Members of the NJCA,

Dear Comrades,

Sub: National JCA Meeting held on 8th June

The National JCA, which met at the Staff Side Office on 8th June, 2015, took note of the fact that quite a few states are yet to hold the State Level Conventions. The meeting also noted that the strike decision taken on 28th April, 2015 has not been percolated down to the rank and file of the workers. The meeting wanted the affiliate to realize that the denial of the demand for wage revision to be effective from 01.01.2014 and the consequent denial of interim relief and the benefit of merger of DA with Pay must be viewed very seriously as the said decision will have far reaching consequence. The Government would discard the age old practice of grant of I.R. and merger of DA forever. It has decided to appeal to all the affiliates to chalk out independent programmes of actions in the months to come and to carry out the same in all seriousness so that the employees become fully aware of the possible outcome of the 7th CPC. The Chairman and Convenor of the National JCA will get in touch with those States, where .the convention has not been held so far. The meeting decided to convey to members that the minimum wage computation, in the given situation would be on an imaginary basis. The National JCA was of the opinion that a meeting of all office bearers of the participating organizations must be convened at Delhi somewhere in the month of July to chalk out programmes of action to be pursued by the CGEs together. It was informed at the meeting that both Defence and Railways would be taking their strike ballot and would be concluded in the first week of October. The meeting, therefore, decided to advise the other units to chalk out progammes of action in July so that an ambience of struggle could be created. The NJCA also took note of the painful fact that despite assurances, Government was not convening the National Council and Departmental Councils and the JCM has been allowed to become defunct. The National JCA in conclusion decided to appeal to all affiliates to take concrete steps to invigorate the joint movement of the Central Government employees and meet the challenge that is likely to arise on receipt of the recommendations of the 7th CPC by creating an atmosphere of Unity, and determination to carry out the call of indefinite strike action scheduled to commence on 23rd November, 2015.

With greetings,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
NC JCM & Convener


Friday, May 08, 2015

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A meeting was held on 25th February, 2015 in Conference Room No.190, North Block, New Delhi with the representatives of the Staff Side under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel). A list of participants who attended the meeting is annexed.

2. At the outset, the Chairman welcomed the representatives of the Staff Side and Official Side and expressed his firm belief and conviction that all the issues/demands can be resolved through the consultative process. He also indicated that the next (47th) meeting of the National Council (JCM) is likely to be scheduled soon under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary. Thereafter, the Chairman invited the Leader and Secretary of Staff Side for their opening remarks.

3. Shri M. Raghaviah, Leader of the Staff Side welcomed the new Chairman. He thanked the Chairman and conveyed the appreciation of the Staff Side for convening the meeting. He mentioned that presently JCM is almost defunct which has caused much anguish and frustration. He observed that the basic framework for which Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) has been set up is defeated if meetings are not held and no result oriented interaction takes place. He complained that even issues agreed upon do not result in appropriate orders being issued by the Government and cogent replies are not given in case of rejection of proposal.

4.While thanking the Chairman, the Secretary Staff side, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, stated the anguish of the Central Government Employees about communication deadlock. He also mentioned that no dialogue policy of the Official Side has left the Staff Side with no option except to agitate the issue. He further mentioned that no date has been fixed for National Anomaly Committee and that no meeting of the National Council has been fixed till date.

All the above shows that the government does not want to resolve the problems of the Central Government Employees in a peaceful manner and this is the reason that all the constituents of National Council JCM had decided for sustained struggle with massive demonstration before the Parliament on 28th April. He further hoped that, the Government will take a note and will resolve the issues raised in their Declaration.

5.It was also pointed out by other Members from Staff Side that many anomalies of 6th CPC have not been resolved and since 7th CPC has been constituted, this has become an excuse to keep the anomalies pending as they stand referred to the 7th CPC. I confrontation is to be avoided, the legitimate demands should be settled and action taken on agreed area like stepping up of pay in the matter of pay fixation anomaly. They pointed out that since meetings of the JCM are not held regularly, it gives the impression that the government is not interested to settle the issues positively and the JCM is being treated casually. This is a painful situation as even Departmental Council meetings are not taking place which leads to plethora of litigations. It was also brought out that a Memorandum was submitted earlier by Staff Side for merger of DA and interim relief in view of the erosion of the value of rupees and cost hike. Thereafter, the issues as per the Charter of Demands were taken up for discussion.

1.Effect wage revision of Central Government employees from 1.1.2014 accepting the memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Grameen Dak Sewaks with the ambit of the 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

The Staff side stated that a memorandum was submitted to 7th CPC for merger of DA and Interim Relief, and the Commission has forwarded the same to the government. Now, the government must take a decision on the memorandum itself or amend the terms of reference to enable the CPC to make their recommendations on the twin issues. Staff Side also pointed out that there was no laid down periodicity rule setting up of Pay Commissions but by convention it has been done after every ten years. The Staff Side stated that the wage revision must be made every five years as is the case in the Banking and Insurance Sector and other Public Sector Undertakings. With regard to the 7th CPC recommendations, the staff side wanted these to be given effect from 01.01.2014.

Regarding Grameen Dak Sewaks, the staff side wanted the Government to amend the terms of reference of 7th CPC to include Gramen Dak Sewaks as a category of employees as the Supreme Court has declared them as holders of civil post.

It was also submitted by the Staff Side that Interim relief is not part of the TOR of CPC. However, it can be made as part of the TOR even now by the government. Staff Side was of the view that the Interim Relief should not be linked to the delay in the submission of the report by the CPC but should be construed as necessary in view of the erosion of the real value of wages on account of inflation. This was noted by the Chairman.

2.No privatization, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatization of postal services;

The Staff Side shown its concern on silence of the Government of India on their demand for trans discussion on FDI and PPP. Staff Side vehemently opposed 100% FDI in the Railways and 49% FDI in Defense Establishment. The Staff was advised to meet and discuss the issue with the concerned departments.

3. Non-resolving of the issues as referred by the Ministry of Railways to MoF(Exp.)

With regard to the demand for setting the anomalies of 6th CPC, the staff side submitted that the Ministry of Railways had sent certain proposals to the Department of Expenditure on which no action has been taken till date. The Grade pay based MACP has created administrative and other problems in Railways and they added that there was no cadre with the grade pay of Rs.2000 in Railways. The staff side also pointed out that the decision to hold the meeting of the NAC has not been honoured so far. The Official Side stated that the proposals of the Ministry of Railways will be sorted out between Railway Board and Department of Expenditure. The Staff Side further stated that there are several items in the NAC pending settlement. Some agenda items have not been subjected to discussion even once. The Chairman agreed to convene the meeting of NAC shortly.

4.No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.

Regarding ban on recruitment, the Official side stated that there is no ban on recruitment. They further stated that with regard to ban on creation of posts, exceptions are made for operational needs.

5.Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.

The Staff Side submitted that the Supreme Court had declared pension as one of the fundamental rights. The Government should, therefore, retrace from its avowed position, which is detrimental to the interest of the employees and ensure that the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 is covered by the existing statutory defined benefit scheme and rescind the PFRDA Act.The recent decision of the Cabinet to allow FDI in pension fund operations has made the real intent of the PFRDA Act unambiguously clear. The FDI will facilitate the mutual fund operators to invest the funds outside India. It is clear that the decision behind the contributory pension scheme was the pressure imposed on Government and taken without consulting Staff Side and therefore it is to be opposed at all cost and with vehemence. The Govt. should not go ahead with its intention of induction of FDI in pension fund companies. The Staff Side demanded to (i) restore the old pension scheme. (ii) abolish PFRDA and amend the New Pension Scheme. The proposal from the Ministry of Railways regarding replacement of National Pension scheme (NPS) with Old Pension Scheme was sent to Ministry of Finance on 29.0.2014, which needs to be agreed to. The Department of Financial Services gave details on the scheme, asserting the comparative benefits of the contributory pension scheme, Reacting the presentation, the staff side requested that official side to make the contributory pension scheme optional and the employees might opt for the same if the new scheme is beneficial as presented by the official side. It was decided that the staff side will discuss the issue with the Department of Financial Services further.

6.No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularize the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;

Staff Side demanded that due to the ban on creation of posts and recruitment of personnel continuing for a very long period, there was consequent strain on the existing workers and many Departmental heads had to recruit personnel on daily rated basis or as casual workers. Thus, almost 25% of the present work force in Governmental organizations are casual workers deployed to do the permanent and perennial nature of jobs, contrary to the prohibition of such unfair labour practices by the law of the land. In fifties and sixties, even the casual workers who had been employed to do the casual and non perennial jobs used to get priority for regular employment as and when vacancy for such permanent recruitment arises. Thousands of persons are now recruited as casual workers and kept as such for years together. As per information now made available on the floor of the Parliament, the number of contract workers engaged by various public sector undertakings and Governmental organizations is very large. They are paid pittance of a salary with no benefits like provident fund, DA and other compensatory allowances etc. In order to ensure that they do not get the benefit of regularization, these workers are technically discharged for a few days to be employed afresh again. The modus operandi differs from one department to another.

Staff Side demanded that privatization and corporatization must not be allowed. It was informed by official side that the meeting in the Departments of (Railways & Postal) have taken place in this matter and dialogue is continuing.

Regarding Printing Press, representative of Ministry of Urban Development stated that it was looking into it in a holistic manner and no final decision has yet been taken on privatization of printing presses.

The Ministry of Health representative said that there was no plans to close the Medical Stores Depots. A Society was being floated for better supplies of medicines. It was decided that Staff Side will have a meeting with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare/Ministry of Urban Development separately.

7.Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees (CGEs).

This issues was not discussed.

8.Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

The Staff Side has submitted that on the plea of a Supreme Court directive, Government introduced a 5% ceiling on the compassionate appointments. When the matter was taken up by the Staff side in the National Council the Govt. was not able to produce any such direction of the Supreme Court. Despite that, the official side refused to withdraw the said instructions limiting the appointments to 5% of the available vacancies. In one of the National Council meetings, presided over by the Cabinet Secretary solemn assurance was given to the Staff Side that the issue will be revisited in the light of the discussion, but nothing happened thereafter.It is pertinent to mention in this connection that the compassionate appointments in the Railways continue to be operated without any such ceiling. In the Department of Posts hundreds of candidates selected by Selection Committee were denied jobs. Some candidates approached the Court and obtained favorable order. But the Court detective was made applicable to only those who approached the Court. Such an assurance is being breached by the provisions of limiting such appointments to 5% of vacancies therefore must be done away with.

It was agreed that DoPT will revisit the issue.

9.Other issues were deferred for next meeting.

10. It was agreed that the pending issues on the National Anomaly Committee would also be discussed further. In the case of MACP issues, Ministry of Railways would be requested to respond to the same in consultation with DoPT and Department of Expenditure. As regards, the issue relating to stepping up of pay Department of Expenditure would be requested to respond to the issue.

11.Staff Side Members from the Ministry of Defence flagged the following issues for reconsideration by DoPT:-

(i) As per provisions of CCS(RP) Rules, 2008, merger of unskilled and Semi-skilled in the Workshop Staff has taken effect from 01.01.2006. Accordingly, as per DoPT guidelines, ACP granted to the labourers (Unskilled and Semi-skilled) of Ministry of Defence may be reviewed, for which an exemption of trade test is required. The MoD recommended the case of DoPT for their approval, however, DoPT has rejected the case on the plea that the ACP, already granted, need not be reviewed since merger of the Unskilled and Semi-skilled has taken place from 01.09.2008.

(ii) Defence Civilian Employees are always paid a higher rate of Risk Allowance when compared to other Central Government Employees since they are working in highly hazardous and risky jobs. Risk Allowance rate of Defence Civilian Employees may be revised to 6th CPC pay scales.

(iii) CAT, Principal Bench and also Supreme Court have ruled that Night Duty Allowance of Defence Civilian Employees may be revised in 6th CPC pay scales. However, judgments are not implemented.
Download DOPT Record Note date 25.02.2015 on meeting held with Staff Side by DOPT

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Order for Merger of 50% DA, Retirement age news goes viral in Social Media

Recently rumour mill went overdrive in social media with the following news that

1.central government decided to Merge 50% DA with basic pay with effect from 1.1.2015 and order will be issued within 15 days

2. Encashment of Earned Leave to be curtailed to 180days instead of existing 300 days.

3.It went on to say that age of Retirement will be on completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 58 Years whichever is earlier

According to the Social Media , the above strong decisions were taken in last three meeting of cabinet committee to recommend 7th pay commission. Further the post published in social media warned the central government employees that if above decisions are implemented; they should not expect more from 7th Pay Commission. Since it is considered to be the indication of what the think tank of central government will do for its employees.

We enquired about this rumour with one of the Member to the National council JCM, who recently met the 7th Pay Commission. According to him, the central government has firm on its decision not to accept the Merger of DA with Pay, since the due date of the 7th Pay Commission to submit its recommendation is nearing and the central government in many occasions cleared that the recommendation of 7th pay commission will be implemented from 1.1.2016. So there is no question of issuing order for merger of 50% DA with effect from 1.1.2015.

Further he clarified that the present government wanted to use the man-hours of central government employees productively by introducing new systems like bio metric attendance etc. Hence curtailing EL Encashment will lead the central government employees to take more leave if it is not allowed for encashment. So there is no need to implement such proposal as government point of view is against taking leave by Govt officials.

There is mixed response from the sources whether the retirement age of central government employees will be revised or not. It is believed that the present government is in favour of reducing retirement age to 58. But at the same time government doesn’t want loose resources of knowledge gained through experience by reducing retirement age of Government employees. Since the work culture of government service is deteriorating day by day due to various factors , govt would like to retain the experience of the senior Government officials . Anubhav is the one of the initiative introduced by the central government to improve the work culture of youngsters in government service. So there will not be any change in retirement age of central government employees at present.

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Central govt employees demand scrapping of NPS, merger of DA

Central Government employees have decided to hold a demonstration near Parliament on April 28 for bringing to notice their long-pending demands such as scrapping of the new pension scheme, merger of dearness allowance, and putting a stop to outsourcing, among others.

According to a release, the demonstration would press the long-pending demands of Central Government employees including scrapping the New Pension Scheme (NPS), merger of dearness allowance (DA) in Pay, redressal of pending anomalies of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, interim relief, scrapping foreign direct investment, and public private partnership schemes, filling of vacancies, stopping outsourcing, enhancement of the limit of bonus, and on the other side various amendments in labour laws, among others.

On the call of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), the Convener of NCJCA Shiva Gopal Mishra said in a release various associations will participate in the demonstration including the All-India Railway Men’s Federation, the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, the All-India Defence Employees’ Federation, the Indian National Defence Workers’ Federation, the National Federation of Postal Employees’ Federation, the Federation of National Postal Organisation, and the Confederation of Central Government Employees. Besides, some state employees will also participate in the demonstration.

Mishra further said if the Government does not take the “united movement seriously” to resolve the issues, they would be forced to take precipitate action for which the Centre would be responsible.

(This article was published on April 26, 2015)


Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Pensioners seek merger of 50 p.c. DA with pay

The Tamil Nadu Government Education Department Retired Ministerial Employees’ Association has urged the State government to merge 50 per cent of dearness allowance with pay to benefit both in service employees and retired personnel.

A resolution adopted at its state executive meeting here on Sunday wanted the Treasury Officers to issue identity cards to pensioners.

Another resolution wanted some concession in the bus fare for the retired employees.

The following were elected state office-bearers of the association: B. Viswanathan - president; N. Subbiah vice-president, and A. Janarthanam - general secretary.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

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JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated 25/02/2015

Sub: JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.

The JCM Staff Side delegation met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, 25/02/2015 at 11:00 hrs. The following issues were raised :-

i. Merger of DA with Pay and grant of Interim Relief :-

The JCM Staff Side insisted that the Pay Commission should consider Staff Side memorandum submitted in the month of June 2014 and recommend DA merger. The Chairman, 7th CPC replied that there is no communication from the Government of India to give interim report on DA merger demand. After discussion, the Chairman 7th CPC has decided to send D.O. letter to the Government today conveying the strong protest of Staff Side/JCM.

With regard to grant of Interim Relief, the Chairman heard the point of view of the Staff Side JCM that it is only “provisional payment in view of market situation and urged upon the Commission to send suo-moto recommendation to the Government.

ii. Allotment of time slots for explaining the case of Central Government Employees as well ‘ Departments like Railways, Postal, Defence (Civil side) etc.,

The Chairman suggested that small committees may be constituted by the Staff Side for meeting the Pay Commission for deliberations and enough time will be given. He also said that the Memorandums given by JCM, Federations/Unions/Associations have been gone into by the Pay Commission fully. He further said that VII CPC will meet the teams from each department and hear their proposals.

Responding to this, the JCM Staff Side has agreed to make out the proposal for the purpose of facilitating the Pay Commission to hear the views/submissions of the Federations/Unior/Associations. The deliberations may commence somewhere after 15th March, 2015. Staff Side JCM will prepare time schedule proposal and send to Pay Commission accordingly.

iii. Gramin Dak Sewaks – The case was explained. The Pay Commission was suggested that the copy of Supreme Court Judgment may be made available for examination.

On behalf of NFIR S/Shri M.Raghavaiah (JCM Staff Side/Leader), Guman Singh, R.P.Bhatnagar and B.C. Sharma have participated in the meeting.

(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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Merger of DA is just a Distant Mirage

Merger of DA

               Almost all the Federations adopted the resolution in their Meetings and submitted Memorandum to Central Government and 7th pay commission for merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay. The matter has been raised in Parliament several occasions, but until now the central government, whether it is NDA or UPA – not ready to accept this demand. The central Government always responded with a ready-made answer to this query as “since it has not been recommended by sixth CPC, there is no question of considering to merge the DA with pay”.

When the DA was reached 50%, the federations were not having that much hope that merger of 50% DA would be considered by the then Government. But when the DA was at the verge of reaching 100% Level, they started demanding like anything to consider Merger of DA as General Election for Parliament was due at the time. It seemed that the UPA Government was ready to accept this demand to woo the voters, since the Central and State Government Employees and their family members alone comprise considerable Vote bank. But the UPA government failed to fulfill the central government employee’s hope in its tenure.  The only good thing done to the central government servants by the previous government was constitution of 7th Pay Commission well in advance.

The approach of NDA government towards the central government employees clearly shows that the merger of DA with pay is not going to happen anyway. Because the way this demand has been handled by the Government and 7th Pay Commission shows that it will not be an achievable target for central government employees. The central government and 7th pay commission are not ready to accept or not even give in-principle nod for this Merger of DA proposal. So far the organizations and Unions met with the seventh pay commission, not at all gave any positive inputs to cg employees’ community about the 7th pay commission’s views on the proposal of merger of DA. At the end the demand of Merger of DA is now become an unrealistic expectation. So there is no point to expect that this government would consider this demand favorably.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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The inordinate delay in settling the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA is causing distress amongst the Central Government employees-NC JCM

Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
No. NC/JCM/2015
Dated: January 11, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrpati Bhawan Annexe,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

I solicit your kind attention to my letter in No.NC/JCM/2014 dated 16 th December, 2014, wherein we had conveyed the decisions taken at the National Convention of representatives of the organisations participating in the JCM. We are distressed that you have chosen not to respond to our letter till date. We have so far not received any communication from any quarter of the convening of the National Council of the JCM. No effort has also been taken by any Ministry to convene the Departmental Councils.

We have now been given to understand that the Government has taken serious steps to set up a corporation to carry on the functions of the 41 ordnance Factories, presently functioning under the Ministry of Defence. We have also noted that the report of the Committee set up by the Government to corporatize the functions of the Postal Department. The inordinate delay in settling the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA is causing distress amongst the Central Government employees. The Railwaymen are particularly agitated over the decision of the Government to induct FDI to the extent of 100% in Railways, which we are aware cannot be done without privatisation of the Railways. The declaration of the Convention, which we had forwarded to you vide our letter cited had amply explained the anguish of the Central Government employees.

In order to register our opposition to the recent decision of the Government to corporatize the functions of the Ordnance factories, we have amended Item No.2 of the charter of demands. We send herewith the revised charter of demands.

The National JCA met today and took note of the silence on the part of the Government to our pleadings. The meeting has, therefore, decided to go ahead with the agitational programmes, the first phase of which will culminate in a massive March to Parliament by Central Government employees on 28th April, 2015. If no settlement is brought about on the 10 point charter of demands, we will be constrained to go for an indefinite strike action, the date of commencement of which will be decided on 28 th April, 2015.
Thanking you,

Comradely yours,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)

Copy to: Secretary, DoP&T – for information and necessary action please.
Copy to: Director, JCA – for information and necessary action please.
Copy to: All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side) – for information.
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi–110055
Dated: January 11, 2015

Dear Comrades,

As scheduled, the meeting of the National JCA was held at the Staff Side office today, i.e. 11th January, 2015. The list of members who attended the meeting is annexed to this communication. The meeting was chaired by Com. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen. The meeting made the following observations and took the following decisions:

1 The Statement made by Shri Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of the country at Varanasi to the effect that the Railways would not be privatised was misleading and intended to create confusion in the minds of the Railwaymen, especially in the background that the proposal to induct FDI in Railways to the extent of 100% is being pursued vigorously.

2 The Government has decided to set up a Corporation to carry on the functions of the 41 ordnance factories under the Ministry of Defence.

3 Except in a few States, the steps required to be taken for form the State level Committees of the JCA have not been undertaken.

4 In order to expedite the formation of such committee in all States, the NC JCM website will carry the names and addresses of the State leaders of the participating organisations

5 The Zonal Secretaries of AIRF will be asked to ensure that such committees are formed at all State Capitals before the end of this month and the convention is held on a mutually convenient date for all but before 15th February, 2014.

6 District conventions or March to Collectorates will be organised by the Committee in all District capitals of the country.

7 The entire month of March and the first half of April will be utilised for campaigning amongst the employees at all work- spots.

8 The March to Parliament will be organised on 28th April, 2015.

9 Every effort will be taken to reach a target of 5 lakh workers to participate in the said March. Target quota for each organisation will be fixed.

10 The State Committees will advise the National Convenor as to which organisations (those CGE organisations who are not presently participating in the JCM must be addressed to join the movement.

11 The State Committees after the convention will hold Press Conferences to give media publicity to the decisions taken including the decision to go on indefinite strike action.

12 The National JCA will hold a Press Conference at Delhi prior to the March to Parliament programme.

13 The Charter of demands will be amended (Item No.2) to include the following words: “and ordnance factories under the Ministry of Defence.”

14 Reminder letter will be sent to the Cabinet Secretary expressing distress over his silence and the non convening of the National Council, Anomaly Committee and Departmental Councils of the JCM.

15 The Convenor reported that the 7th CPC has informed him of their intention to convene the meeting of the organisations for tendering oral evidence in the month of February, 2015.

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

List of Members who participated in the meeting:
Comrades Rakhal Das Gupta & Shiva Gopal Misra(AIRF), Guman Singh & M. Raghavaiah(NFIR) S.N. Pathak & C. Srikumar(AIDEF), K.K.N. Kutty,(Confederation) Giriraj Singh,(NFPE) Ashok Singh &, R. Srinivasan (INDWF) and S.K. Vyas.(Confederation).


Friday, January 09, 2015

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Railway union toughened stands on scrapping of NPS and DA Merger

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s persuasive pitch to railway employees unions has cleared the decks for more FDI inflows and private capital in national transporter that may be reflected in the rail budget.

After Modi’s statement that there would be no privatization of railways, the workers’ unions have softened their stand over several issues including FDI in the transport behemoth. However, the unions are sticking to demands relating to scrapping of new pension scheme (NPS) and DA mergers.

The PM has said that he had a “deep connection” with the railways. “I love railways. My life is what it is because of railways,” Modi said. “The government will not go in the direction of railway privatization ..

People are spreading rumors about privatization of railways. It is not true,” Modi had said. The change of heart came after railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s ^ reassurance that FDI or public-private partnership (PPP) will not affect the ownership of railways. During the meeting of general managers last week where union representatives were also present, the minister argued that the government wants to attract private investment in cash-strapped railways and it was not for privatization of railways. After Modis categorical assurance, Prabhu’s persuasive skills worked in convincing the union leaders, said a senior railways official. The union representatives were also satisfied with the ministers’ assurance that the railways would not sell any piece of land but instead try to exploit the land commercially. Shiv Gopal Mishra of All India Railway men Federation said,

“Our opposition is not politically I motivated. We demanded that there should not be privatization of railways and the ‘ issue of FDI must be discussed with full transparency.” At the same time, Mishra warned the minister and railways official that the transporter should not invite FDI or money from national resources which could harm the railways because of overcapitalization or payment of interest on the borrowed capital. However, the deadlock over the employees’ demands such as scrapping of NPS and DA merger continues. The unions have been demanding the restoration of old pension scheme as had been done in case of defence because the working conditions in the transporter are risky and large number of employees die on duty.

The NPS is without social guarantee. The unions have also hinted at opposing any radical restructuring of the railway board. The union leaders admitted that there were problems, but blamed politicians at the helm of affairs for the mess. A leader said ministers did not raise passenger fares for years and announced ‘unviable projects which pushed the state- run transporter into bankruptcy.

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ANSWERED ON 17.12.2014

3965 . Udhayakumar Shri M.

Will the Minister of PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government is aware that some of the Public Sector Undertakings, autonomous institutions and other organizations of the Government have not merged grade pay of Rs. 4600/- and Rs. 4800/- as per the 6th Pay Commission recommendations; and

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the action taken by the Union Government in this regard?


Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (c): The employees of Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies were not covered under the Terms of Reference of the 6th Central Pay Commission. Though the pay scales based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission were later extended to employees of Autonomous Bodies subject to appropriate stipulations, the same are not applicable to employees of Public Sector Undertakings.

The 6th Central Pay Commission made recommendations inter-alia for revision of pre-revised pay scales which were in operation before 1.1.2006, i.e. prior to the date of effect of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission. The Grade Pay-based system of pay scales is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission in the revised pay structure effective from 1.1.2006. The Grade Pays of Rs.4600/- and Rs.4800/- are applicable to two different categories of posts on the basis of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission only.

Most of the Central Public Sector Enterprises are following Industrial Dearness Allowance pattern of pay scales. Only a few of them are on Central Dearness Allowance pattern of pay scales.

Department of Public Enterprises extended the notification dated 29.8.2008 by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance to the Central Public Sector Enterprises following Central Dearness Allowance pattern for pay revision w.e.f. 1.1.2006. Implementation of Department of Public Enterprises guidelines, including those related to pay revision, is with the Central Public Sector Enterprises concerned and their respective administrative Ministry / Department.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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               New Central Govt. under the leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has completed six months in office. As far as the common people and working class of this country is concerned, no positive action has been taken by the Govt. to mitigate their woes and grievances. Instead much negative steps are taken during this six months period.

                   Government has withdrawn the guidelines which controls the pricing of essential medicines through National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority. As a result, the prices of essential medicines for treatment of cancer, blood pressure, colestorol, diabetics, heart-deceases etc will shoot up in the market. Prices of medicines for treatment of cancer itself which now costs Rs.8500 may go upto Rs.1,08,000/-. Pharmaceutical corporate companies are the beneficiaries.

                   Government has made its intention clear that the number of gas cylinders (LPG) per year will be reduced from existing 12 to 9 and also to link it to Aadhar and subsidies through direct cash transfer to Bank accounts. Earlier UPA Govt. has reduced the gas cylinders from 12 to 9 but subsequently it has been withdrawn the order due to widespread protests.

                   Govt. has deregularised the pricing of diesel. Earlier UPA Govt. has deregulated petrol prices and now the NDA Govt. has deregularised diesel price. Petroleum companies will now be free to decide the prices of petrol and diesel. Even-now the prices of petrol and diesel in India are 40% higher than the prices in the international market.

                   Govt. has decided to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Defence Production. Earlier this move of the UPA Govt. was opposed by NDA saying that it is against the national interest and security of the country. Defence production will now be completely privatised.

                   Govt. has decided to allow 100% FDI in Railways and also public-private-partnership (PPP). During his speech delivered in Australia Prime Minister has called upon the Industrialists of that country to country to invest in Indian Railways. Doors for privatisation of Railways is opened.

                   Govt. has decided to allow 49% FDI in Insurance sector. The bill for amending the Insurance Act for this purpose is pending in the Parliament and Govt. spokes person has hoped that the bill will be passed in this winter session of Parliament.

                   Govt. has decided to disinvest the share of all public sector nationalised banks upto 48%. Road map for privatisation of banking sector is drawn.

                   Govt. has made it clear that 100% FDI will be allowed in Pension Funds. The future of those who are under the New Pension Scheme will be uncertain due to Pension Fund Privatisation.
                   Govt has decided to sell the shares of profit making public sector undertakings such as ONGC, BHEL, coal India Ltd. etc to the tune of 25%.

                   Govt. has made it clear that Indian Post Office Act 1898 will be amended to facilitate grant of licences to multi-national courier services.  This will pave way for privatisation of postal sector.
                   While extending red-carpet welcome to the corporates and multinational companies, the Govt. has declared that all the labour laws which put hurdles before them will be amended. Govt. has already moved in Parliament Labour Law amendments to remove all the protections and rights now enjoyed by the working class including right to strike and right to form unions.

                   Government has declared that all the loss-making public sector undertakings will be closed or privatised.  Air India, BSNL etc. are all in the hit-list.

                   Government has made it clear that its slogan is “minimum government and maximum governance”.  It has imposed a total ban on creation of new posts and for filling up of posts which are lying vacant for more than one year.

                   Regarding Central Government Employees, none of their legitimate demands are conceded by the Government.  DA merger, Interim Relief, Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) under 7th CPC, Date of effect of 7th CPC as 1-1-2014, Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment - everything stands rejected.

                   Regarding Postal employees none of the 39 demands raised by Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO) is settled.  Three lakhs GDS are still not included in the 7th CPC and their future is uncertain, Revision of wages of Casual, Part-time, contingent employees with effect from 01-01-2006 is pending before the Government from 2008 onwards.  Cadre Restructuring, issues of Postmaster Cadre, Accountants, System Administrators, MMS etc. all pending or rejected.

                   It is in the above background the Central Trade Unions, JCM National Council staff-side, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers and Postal JCA has decided to organise following agitational programmes.

1.      As a part of nation-wide agitation by all Central Trade Unions including BMS, INTUC, HMS, AITUC, CITU etc. has decided to organise Parliament March on 5th December, 2014 to protest against the anti-people, anti-labour policies of the NDA Government.  In the march they will declare future struggle programmes.

2.      All the organisations in the JCM National Council (Staff side) including Railways, Defence and Confederation has decided to organise a National Convention on 11th December, 2014 to decide future course of action for realisation of the legitimate demands of the Central Government employees.

3.      Postal JCA comprising NFPE, FNPO, AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS   has decided to organise a massive Parliament March of 20000 Postal& RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual, Part-Time, Contingent employees on 4th December, 2014 demanding settlement of 39 point charter of demands.  PJCA has decided to go for indefinite strike.

                   NFPE calls upon the entirety of five lakhs Postal employees to participate in all the above programmes and make it a grand success.  Let us pledge that we shall continue our struggle till success.


Monday, November 24, 2014

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National Council (Staff Side) JCM for Central Government employees demanded and submitted a memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of DA to the 7th CPC


Date : 17.11.2014
All Office Bearers and Working Committee Members,

Sub: Holding of National Convention of the National Council (JCM) Staff Side – reg.

Ref: National Council (JCM) Staff Side circular No.NC.JCM/2014/SC Dated 25.10.2014

Dear Colleagues,

National Council (Staff Side) JCM for Central Government employees demanded and submitted a memorandum on Interim Relief and Merger of DA to the 7th CPC and also to the Ministry of Fiance. A reply has been received by the Secretary (Staff Side) National Council (JCM) from Ministry of Finance which is indicative of a refusal of both the demands. The 7th CPC have so far not communicated to us the decision they have taken on the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side, National Council (JCM).

The NDA Government has adopted the same plea made by the UPA II Government to reject our demands.

From the steps so far taken by the BJP Government, it is unambiguous that they would be pursuing the neo-liberal economic policies with much more intensity than even the UPA Government. Having got a clear majority in the Parliament, they would be able to push through necessary legislations to pursue reforms. The outsourcing of Railway functions, privatisation/Corporatisation of Defence manufacturing units, increased FDI inflow in various core sectors of economy, dismantling of the administrative price mechanism, de-nationalisation efforts in the Banking, Insurance and coal sectors and above all the adherence to New Contributory Pension Scheme are some of the bold anti-workers steps taken by the New Government.

The National Council (Staff Side) when they met during October, 2014 at New Delhi it was unanimous opinion to pursue the issues through organizational methods. Accordingly, it was decided to hold a NATIONAL CONVENTION, eliciting the participation of the representatives of all Service organisations participating in the JCM to discuss the emerging situation and decide upon future course of action. Incidentally, we must mention that the JCM conceived as a negotiating forum has been made in-effective by the Government over the years by not convening its meetings periodically.

It was decided that the National Council Convention will be held at

Venue : MPCU Shah Auditorium, Sree Gujarati Samaj, Raj Niwas Road, Civil lines (Opposite Civil lines Metro Station), Delhi
Date : 11th December, 2014 from 12 noon to 1600 hrs.

150 Delegates from Defence Federations (INDWF and AIDEF) are permitted to participate.

Around 75 Delegates from INDWF have to participate and therefore all the Office Bearers and Working Committee members are invited to participate in the convention. Those who are participating are required to intimate to the undersigned so that the Delegate Passes/Badges on their names will be arranged to participate in the convention.

Treat this as an important matter which will decide the issues of 7th CPC (merger of DA and IR) as well as present trend of the New Government on the future of Central Government Employees particulars about Defence Civilian Employees.

Yours Sincerely,
General Secretary

Source: INDWF

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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On 18th November 2014

Minimum 3000 Central Government Employees will participate at all state capitals to protest against the negative attitude of the NDA Government towards the demands of Central Government Employees. Make it a grand success.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central
Government Employees & Workers
Mob: - 09447068125


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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Phase I – 11.09.2014 – Protest Demonstration at all important places and submission of Memorandum to Cabinet Secretary and all Departmental Heads

NB: copy to the Memorandum, Charter of Demands and explanatory notes on Charter of Demands will be exhibited in the website on 10.09.2014.

Phase – II – 19.09.2014 – Nationwide Day Long Mass Dharna at all important centres.

Phase – III – 25.09.2014 - Mass Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Following are the Demands: -

1.      Merger of DA with pay for all employees w.e.f. 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

3.      Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission

4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant statutory defined pension to all including those appointed on or after 01.01.2004.

5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendation should be 01.01.2014.

6.      Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers.

7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment.

8.      Fill up all vacant post and creation of New Post wherever justified.

9.      Stop Downsizing, Outsourcing, Contractorisation and Privatisation of Government function.

10.  Grant productivity Linked Bonus to all without ceiling; Compute bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.

11.  Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.

12.  Settle all pending anomalies of 5th and 6th Pay Commission.

All CHQ office bearers, General Secretaries of State C-O-Cs, Chief Executives of all affiliates and Branch/District/Divisional Secretaries are requested to mobilize maximum employees in the above programme.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Negation of the promises

Top leaders of the present Central Government had showered promises to the working class, especially the Central Government Employees during General Election. The promises including exemption of Income Tax limit up to 5 lakhs and many other assurances appeared to have more than 80% Government Employees in favour of them. But today we see the blatant negations of the promises made by them.
Income Tax

As against the promise of exemption of Income tax limit up to 5 lakhs, a mere increase of Rs. 30000 i.e. from Rs. 220000 to 250000 made whereas everybody know the minimum annual increase of salary due to increments and  DA during the period 1/4/2013 to 31/3/2014 is more than 50000. Thus, in spite of Rs. 30000 exemption, the lower income group whose gross salary is less than Rs. 5 lakhs has been charged more taxes than the previous year.

Granting of IR/Merger of DA

Yet another betrayal from the stand taken in favour of central Government Employees by the then major opposition party is the refusal of giving IR/merger of DA. It is said that merger of DA is not considered because 6th Pay Commission in its report has not recommended for such merger. It is worth mentioning here that constitution of 7th Pay Commission was also not recommended by the 6th Pay Commission.

Cancellation of LTC by air for low class employees:

Moreover, prior to the Government taking over the charge lower level central Government employees had allowed LTC for North East/Jammu & Kashmir by Air. Granting of LTC by air to the 28 lakhs Group C employees for North East and Jammu & Kashmir were chiefly aimed for the economic growth of these statesand more integration with the rest of India.  But the Government has withdrawn the facility. On the other hand officers with Rs. 5400 and more Grade pay are still allowed to fly anywhere in India either on tour or LTC.

Installation of Biometric punching machine

Now the Government of India has announced installation of biometric punching machine in all its offices in a phased manner and the same are being linked with Aadhar. In this series most of the Government Offices functioning in Delhi has already been installed and the remaining offices have been asked to install the machine immediately. But, merely installing biometric punching machine and asking the employees to report duty in time will not solve the issue. A section of employees especially employees belong to lower income group working in Delhi offices are living outside Delhi. It has come to know that persons residing more than 150 Kms away from Delhi are attending duties in Delhi offices by travelling local trains & other conveyance.  What prevent them to stay in Delhi? First reason is non allocation of Government quarters in the nearby places of their posting. Secondly, the living cost of Delhi is not bearable to a low class employee because the successive pay commissions and Governments neglected them. According to the 6th Pay Commission pay structure MTS, LDC or the posts with equivalent grade would not get net monthly salary more than Rs. 14000-16000. How they manage a family with this meager amount? So they used to live in the joint family in the home villages in the nearby areas of Delhi. Since being the value of humanity is above than everything, Government should study and solve the problems faced by this section also.

By concluding this, I would like to produce a comment written by an anonymous person on Ministry of Finance directive to keep economy in use of paper in Central Government Offices. “Finance Ministry, Dept of expenditure, DoPT is the major breeding grounds of unnecessary expenditures. They are the root cause of many court cases. They did not accept to implement the judgment to similarly placed employees, like the case of MACP in promotional hierarchy. This lead many cases filed in various courts all over India. This result into huge expenditure to govt. in respect of legal adviser fee, court fee etc. But they go on speaking about economy in use of paper. They never apply their mind to curtail court case expenditure”.

-TKR Pillai
General Secretary


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay. NC JCM

Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Cosultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi -110001

The Hon’ble Chairman,
7th Central Pay Commission
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
lst Floor, B-l 4/A, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi -110016

Respected Sir,

Reg : Payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay.

The Sfaff Side of Naiional Council (JCM) , had raised the issue regarding payment of interim relief and merger of dearness allowance with pay , as an Agenda item of The Standing Committee of National Council (JCM ) in its meeting held on 7th May, 20l4. After detailed deliberations , it was stated by the Secretary (Expenditure), Ministry of Finance on This item that since the terms of reference enables The 7th CPC to send Interim Report , as such, The Staff Side might approach The Pay Commission for a report on Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance, as recorded in The Record Note of meeting, forwarded to Staff Side vide Director(JCA), Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensioners, Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare‘s letter No. 3/9/2014/JCA dt. 24/7/2014 [click here to view].

We, Therefore, humbly request you To kindly favourably consider our demand of payment of Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance with pay as Dearness Allowance, has since crossed The value of l00% on Ist January 2014 and a number of Government Employees are superannuating every month, who would be deprived of the benefit of the same.

Yours sincerely

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary (Staff Side)


Monday, August 18, 2014

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 Ref: Circular No. 18
Dated – 17.08.2014


All CHQ office Bearers
All Affiliated organizations
All State C-O-Cs


Dear Comrades,

The National Sectt. of the Confederaton met at New Delhi on 11.08.2014 to consider the follow up action required in the matter of some of the pressing issues on which Confederation had organized series of agitational programmes prior to the commencement of the Election process of the 16th Lok Sabha. The CHQ has received reports from various affiliaties to the effect that they have all endorsed the common memorandum, the Confederation had submitted to the 7th CPC. Most of the affiliates have emailed copies of the respective memorandum to the CHQ. Those who have not sent copies are requested to do so without further loss of time. This will enable the Confederation to write to the 7th CPC to provide an opportunity to these organisations to tender oral evidence to explain and elucidate their submissions in the memorandum.

The meeting noted that there has been only negative response from the Government on the issues of Interim Relief and merger of DA. We have already sent to you a copy of our letter addressed to the Seretary, Staff Side, JCM National Council, (Com. Shivgopal Mishra) which is yet to be responded. The meeting considered the following issues as important, the pursuance of which must not brook any delay, especially in the background that the 7th CPC has formally written to the Government asking it to indicate the course of action required to be taken on the memorandum of the staff side on Interim Relief and marger of DA.

1.      Merger of DA with pay for all employees with effect from 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak sewaks and pensioners.

2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.

3.      Inclusion of Gramind Dak sevaks under the purview of 7th Central pay Commission.

4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant of statutory pension to all.

5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendations should be 01.01.2014.

6.      Regularisation and revision of wages of casual laboures and contract workers.

7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointments.

8.      Fill up al vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.

9.      Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation of Government functions.

10.  Grant Productivity linked Bonus to all without ceiling; compute Bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.

11.  Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.

The meeting also considered the policy perception of the new Government in the light of the administrative price hike in petroleum products, the proposals in the Railway and General Budget, the steep hike in the freight and passenger fares of Railways, the decision to hike FDI in Defence Production, Railway Infrastructure and Insurance sectors, disinvestment of public sector including nationalized banks and have come to the inescapable conclusion that under Narendra Modi dispensation, the neo-liberal policies, as expected, will only be intensified and the promised “Achche Din” is for the Corporate giants of the country. The last session of the Parliament witnessed the determination of the NDA Government in changing the labour laws on the lines of the enactment made by Rajasthan Government of Vasundhara Raje Scindhia by virtue of which in almost 90% of the manufacturing units in India, the employers are permitted to indulge in hire and fire policy, for the existing regulations will be dispensed with.

The meeting came to the decision that the confederation must organise serious and prolonged campaign, preferably in unison with the Railway and Defence Federations. We will pursue our consultation with those Federations to reach a common approach in the matter. Since it might take some more time, the meeting decided to pursue the demands through a demonstrative programme.

11th September 2014       -      Submission of the Charter of Demands along with a brief Note to all heads of offices by arranging demonstration in front of all offices; the branch level/district/divisional/state level leaders will explain the demands especially the memorandums on interim relief, DA merger and GDS issues.
19th September 2014       -      Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at all important state/districts/divisional centres.
25th September 2014       -      Dharna between 10 AM to 3 PM at New Delhi with participation of the leaders of all affiliates and the members working in the city of Delhi (at a central place-to be decided by the Confederation Delhi State committee).

Confederation office Bearers will meet again at Delhi on 26.09.2014, 5 PM to decide further course of action. Confederation will bring out pamphlets and bulletins to explain various issues like minimum wage, DA, Bonus, GDS problems  etc. shortly as part of an education campaign. The detailed campaign programe to be undertaken after Diwali festival will be intimated later.

Comradely yours,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General


Sunday, August 03, 2014

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(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329, Website )

No:IRTSA/7th CPC/Memo/2014-2
(Through: Secretary, Seventh CPC by Email to 



Reference:- i) Terms of Reference para “5” of the Pay Commission - Gazette Notification of Government of India No.1/1/2013-E.III(A) Dated 28.2.2014.
ii) Our Memorandum Dated 26th May, 2014, to 7th CPC.

In continuation of our detailed Memorandum to the Pay Commission, cited above, we make the following submissions for the kind consideration of the Pay Commission, requiring immediate and urgent attention of the Pay Commission to mitigate the serious and ever rising hardship of the Central Government employees and Pensioners.


Grant of Interim Relief and Merger of DA, as justified hereunder, may please be considered under Para ‘5’- of Terms of Reference of the Seventh Pay Commission which inter-alia states that - “The Commission may consider, if necessary, sending interim report on any of matters as and when recommendations are finalized.”

Finalisation of Report of the Pay Commission is bound to take considerable time. Meanwhile the employees will continue to seriously suffer on account of various reasons given below. It is therefore, imperative that adequate Interim Relief be provided to them to mitigate their ever rising hardship.

Term of Reference for an Interim Report by the Pay Commission, allows & facilitates the Pay Commission under its inherent suo-moto powers to consider and recommend for grant of an of Interim Relief and Merger of DA to Central Government employees and Pensioners – on following grounds besides others:


1.1 There is an urgent need for grant of Interim Relief and Merger of DA (Dearness Allowance) to the Central Government Employees & Pensioners to mitigate the serious hardship suffered by them because of the following reasons:

i) Serious Impact of heavy inflation and price rise and consequential erosion of real wages since the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission:
Cost of living had increased in “back-breaking” proportions. High inflation has eroded the real value of money. The Pay & Allowances fixed after the Sixth Pay Commission, had lost their real value which has seriously eroded over the years due to fast changes happening around the world as well as within the Country. Major changes in the pattern & requirement of Education, Housing & Health system in the country and changes in the pattern of diet and food requirements have all added to the financial needs of a common man– especially at the Lower and Middle levels.

ii) Unrealistic and erroneous compilation of Price Index (for Industrial Workers) on which calculation of DA is based:
Compilation of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI – IW) (on which payment of DA is based) –is totally unrealistic and not in accordance with the actual Market rates prevailing all over the Country for all the Consumer items. Weightage given to various items for compilation of Consumer Price Index, are disproportionate and not in accordance to the existing pattern of consumption by the working class due to changed economic and social requirements, especially in respect of Housing, Education and Other elements.
Cost of living as per actual rise of prices has gone up by over 200% but the DA being paid is only 100% from January, 2014.

iii) Non-Merger of DA on crossing 50% DA since 1st January, 2011 and 100% DA since 1st January, 2014 – which is unprecedented & unjust:
DA had crossed 50% mark in January 2011, and the 100% mark in January 2014. But unlike in the past, it is for the first time in the last 40 years - since the Third Pay Commission - that the DA had not been merged with Pay on the grounds that it had not been recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission. This was one of the most retrograde part of the Report of Sixth Pay Commission.

Employees have become very restless and frustrated – both on account of erosion of wages due to inflation and non-merge the Dearness Allowance. This was most unjustified and against the practice and recommendations of all the previous three Pay Commissions (from 3rd CPC to 5th CPC) all of whom had recommended for automatic Merger of DA with Basic Pay/Pension whenever it crosses 50%.

iv) Changes in the Economic scenario since Sixth CPC;

Major changes have taken place in the economic scenario especially in India, during the last 8 years – after the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations effective from 01.01.2006 – as apparent from the vital statistics given below:


a) Per Capita Net National Product (NNP) had grown by 126.9% between the financial year 2005-06 and 2011-12 as per Current Prices and by 46.2% between the financial year 2005-06 and 2011-12 as per Constant Prices. Rise of NNP formed the basis for wage revision by Fifth CPC.

b) Major increase in Revenue Receipts:- Total Revenue Receipts of Central Government have increased from Rs. 4,30,940 crores in 2005-06 to Rs. 9,10,556 crores in 2011-12 i.e. by (+) 111.3%.

c) Revenue Expenditure has also grown by 141.4% and GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has also grown by 61.2%.

d) DECLINE IN PERCENTAGE OF EXPENDITURE ON PAY & ALLOWANCES: Expenditure on Pay & Allowances – as percentage of Total Expenditure has gone down by 2.4%.

v) More frequent revision in the Wages in PSUs & elsewhere in the country;

There is a major disparity of wages with Public Sector Undertaking on account of higher Pay Scales but also on account of other benefits – including much higher HRA, C.C.A. and other allowances as well as Ex-gratia payment in lieu of Bonus – ranging from Rs.25,000 to Rs.50,000 or even more P.A. in the PSUs. In comparison Railway-men and other Central Government employees are paid PLB of less than Rs.9000 P.A. Thus the gap or disparity of wages is very high between the PSUs & the CG employees..

Disparity has become even more enormous on account of more frequent revision of wages (after every 5 years) in comparison to a 10 years gap in the revision of wages of Central Government employees.

vi) Other related factors.

a) Dearth of talent in Govt. Service due to brain drain to Private & Corporate Sectors:

Talented and meritorious personnel are no more attracted to Government jobs due to low wages & perks. They are all seeking employment in Private and Corporate Sectors – both in the initial and intermediate levels – for greener pastures.

b) Impact of Globalization:- Globalization and market economy has changed the entire economic scenario in the country. Multinationals, Corporate Sector and Private Companies – have come up in a big way –in the existing and entirely new sectors, thereby offering numerous job opportunities with attractive salaries and wage packages etc. Globalization has also affected everyday life in many other ways. This is not reflected in the CPI (IR).

vii) Grant of Interim relief therefore becomes all the more imperative and essential to make good for the larger gap of time between the wage revisions of the Central Government employees as compared to PSUs and others.


i. All the forgoing facts fully justify the urgent need and desirability for grant of Interim Relief to the Central Government employees, forthwith, pending final recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

ii.  The criteria adopted by the Fifth Pay Commission to determine the Minimum Pay of each Pay Scale could be adopted by the Seventh Pay Commission to determine the quantum of Interim relief to be granted forthwith.

iii. The quantum of Interim relief may therefore, be 50% of the Basic Pay based on rise of per capita NNP on constant prices.

4. APPEAL:- It is, therefore, requested that:- the Pay Commission may please consider and recommend the following under its inherent suo-moto power:

i) 50% of basic pay may please be granted as Interim Relief w.e.f. 1.1.2014, to all the Central Government employees.

ii) 50% of Pension & family pension may please be granted as Interim Relief to all Pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2014.

iii) 100% DA may please be merged with basic pay & pension for all purposes w.e.f. 1.1.2014.

Thanking you. With kind regards,
Yours faithfully, 
 (Harchandan Singh) 
General Secretary, IRTSA


Monday, July 21, 2014

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Respected Chairman and Members of the 7th CPC –

At the outset, I wish the Commission easy going in its work and hope the Commission comes out with useful recommendations. Presumably, the recommendations apply to the members or some of the members of the Commission too.

Wherever we go and whenever we approach officers for certain help or concessions, as pensioners’ associations; in majority of the cases, the reply has been that they (the presently serving officers) too retire at some time, and that they would like to help out. But help does remain afar. The Ministry of Personnel & Pensions has been doing a great deal to liberalise the situation; but they have their handicaps, as the duty-departments remain lethargic. Not much can be done in this domain, perhaps.

The Point
Several pensioners’ associations/pensioners have written to the Commission on the pensioners’ interests and requirements – I refrain from calling them as ‘demands’ as this is the lot of the beggars. The two imminent issues for  favourable consideration by the Commission, nay, the Government are: the Grant of Interim Relief, and the Merger of 50% of DA/DR with pay/pension, both retrospectively.

Both these requirements in principle have been acceded to in the past by the past Pay Commissions as well as the Government; and hence there should be no qualms at all in recommending/granting the two Requirements, in the interest of social justice, whether the Government has specifically made provision for this or not in the Terms of Reference.
(To recall, the Terms of Reference to the Commission by the Government stated clearly “(Item) (h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above. The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution. It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised. The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.”
 About a year back, the Tamil Nadu Government, while constituting its Pay Commission, granted two months’ pay as Interim Relief. One of the Central Pay Commissions in the past announced two instalments of Interim Relief. This explains the need for Interim Relief. As such, the two Appeals should be sanctioned without much time being wasted, as there are many pensioners in advanced age-rangewho desire to have this benefit.

The other point
I write this from experience. Over the last 50 (fifty) years,there has been a high and steady rise in the number of posts created in several departments of the Government, particularly so in the Class I senior-cadre, who belong to the All-India Services, in contrast to the number of creation of posts in the junior cadres. There is rise in the volume of work admittedly; but not as much as to have a high number of senior officers. Earlier, the Departments functioned with Section Officer (who managed office), Deputy Secretary (who initiated notings), Joint Secretary(who gave opinions) and Secretary (who took decisions), in the higher rank; and they did well in dealing with papers and in deciding the issues. The file-notings used to be clear, committed, fast and final.

In the past few decades, the ranks of Additional Secretary, Special Secretary and Consultants have crept into the Govt service, with more number of Joint Secretaries. It is my contention that these posts are superfluous and their salary/allowance bills are a dent on the Exchequer. More routine tasks are done after consultations over phone. Too many officers and too much time in dealing with disposal of papers – has been the practice in the Government. I therefore strongly opine that the number of such Class I officers in all the Departments of the Government, including the Ministries, must be drastically brought down. The work will be faster, and the responsibility for decisions is fixed on limited number of officers. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has shown the way. He has cut down on the number of Ministries.

There is a whisper that thirty percent of the retired officers are re-employed in their respective departments/offices after retirement, as Consultants or other-wise, continuing to do the same job! This is something difficult to be gulped. Perhaps, this should be examined and checked. The Dept of Personnel & Training in the Ministry of Personnel may help to know the facts. The Commission may kindly take a decision.

The third
Heading the Karnataka Central Government Pensioners’Association, Bangalore, during the last 12-15 years, the Assn has recently projected many Grievances of the pensioners/members with us; and none of them has been conclusively solved. Various Ministries have come up with Grievances cells; and these have become show-cases or postoffices, with just forwarding the complaints to some nodal officers, who remain unhelpful. The Ministry of Personnel and Pensions contemplated on time-frame for redressal of such grievances; but this has been a far cry. The mechanism to get Redressal to the home of the aggrieved pensioners must therefore be fast and satisfactory.  It must be remembered that the pensioners are aged, and they need results quick. A good debate on this is required within the Government, and a result-orientation infused into these Grievances cells/portals.

The fourth point
In the last few years, it is experienced that the pensioners have been forced to go to different Courts in respect of their dues and needs. These mainly refer to fixation of pension, fixation of cut-off dates and implementation of Court verdicts by the Governments. This is a situation that the pensioners cannot happily face. A good lot of time and money is wasted. The Government must rationalise and liberalise its attitude, when the learned Judges of the Court have given their verdicts after due hearings from both the parties involved. Can the Commission say something on this point, please?

Grateful Regards to a Great Commission.
n     S SRamanathaRao,
n     President,
n     Karnataka CGPA.
D/ July 18, 2014.