Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Discontinuation of Interview at Junior Level Posts in the Government of India- recommendation of Committee of Secretaries.

No 39020/01/2013-Estt (B)-Part
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi.
Dated the 29th December, 2015


Subject:- Discontinuation of Interview at Junior Level Posts in the Government of India- recommendation of Committee of Secretaries.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s D.O. of even number dated 04.09.2015 and subsequent OM’s dated 09th October, 2015, 09th November, 2015 on the above subject seeking detailed information on the progress made/action taken in the matter.

2. It is informed that Secretary (Personnel) had convened meetings on 14th December, 2015 and 17th December, 2015 to review the progress of implementation of the “No Interview Requirement Proposal” and to get the updated status on the decision/progress made by the various Ministries/Departments. Keeping in view the queries raised by the representative of various Ministries/Departments the following is once again clarified:-

(a) The decision to discontinue interview for recruitments is for all Group ‘C’, Group (which are now reclassified as Group ‘C’) Posts and for nongazetted posts of Group ‘B’ Category and all such equivalent posts.

(b) The ‘No Interview Requirement” proposal has to be implemented for all the junior level posts in Government of India Ministries/Departments/attached Office/Subordinate Office/Autonomous Bodies/Public Sector Undertakings.

(c) Instructions issued by the Department of Public Enterprises on 14 th December, 2015 vide OM No. DPE-GM to all Administrative Ministries
concerned with CPSES under them with advice to dispense with the practice of interview (copy enclosed).

(d) The timelines set regarding completing the process of the discontinuation of interview by 31.12.2015 has to be adhered to strictly. From 01 st January, 2016 there will be no recruitment with interview at the junior level posts as mentioned at 2(a) above, in Government of India
Ministries / Departments / attached Office / Subordinate Office / Autonomous Bodies / Public Sector Undertakings. All the advertisement for future vacancies will be without the Interview as part of the recruitment process.

(e) The interviews will be done away even in cases where in the past the selections used to be made purely on the basis of performance in the interview. The Ministries/Departments/Organizations’ will consider revising the scheme for selection for such cases.

(f) It is also clarified that as Skill Test or Physical Test is different from Interview, and they may continue. However, these tests will only be of qualifying nature. Assessment will not be done on the basis of marks for such tests.

(g) In case of specific posts where the :Ministry/Departments wants to continue undertaking Interview as a process of recruitment, a detailed proposal seeking exemption will have to be sent to the DoPT with the approval of the Minister/Minister In-Charge.

3. All the Oentral Ministries/Departments are therefore requested to ensure that necessary action in respect of their Ministry/Department/Organizations are completed within the stipulated time.

A consolidated report with the details of the decision taken/progress made in this regard should also be furnished to this Department at the earliest and not later than 7th January, 2016. Report so to be furnished with the approval of the Minister/Minister In-Charge shall include the details of the name and number of posts where the interview is discontinued and posts for which the exemption has been sought within the purview of the administrative Ministries/Departments.

4. A soft copy of the consolidated information may also be sent to this Department at

(Manisha Bhatnagar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Shaven,
Block No. 14, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110 003.

Dated: 14th December, 2015


Subject: Discontinuation of interview, for recruitment to Non-Executive posts in CPSEs-reg.

The Department of Public Enterprises has been emphasizing from time to time on the need for formulation of proper recruitment and management policies by Public Enterprises which are in conformity with the latest policies / decisions taken by the Government. This requires a periodical review of Recruitment Rules, CDA Rules and Service Rules so that they are in line with the extant instructions of the Government on personnel management.

2. Recently it has been decided by DoPT to dispense with the practice of interview for all Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts and non-Gazetted posts of Group ‘B’ category. Accordingly those cases where recruitment rules of above categories of posts specify the process of selection through interview, the authorities concerned are required to amend the recruitment rules immediately.

3. In pursuance of the above decision of the Government, all Ministries/Departments are requested to ad\iise the CPSEs under their administrative control to adopt a revised mechanism of recruitment for the non-executive level posts by dispensing with the practice of interview for such posts by effecting suitable amendments to the existing Recruitment Rules, wherever necessary. In case for any particular post, interview is considered essential, the clearance of administrative Ministry/Department of the concerned CPSE would need to be obtained by the CPSE or alternatively CPSEs may adopt alternate modalities to assess the required skills for, recruitment to such posts in consultation with concerned administrative Ministry/Department.

4. The completion of the above exercise may be done by 31-12-2015 and a compliance report to this effect be submitted to DPE by the concerned administrative Ministry/Department by 07-01-2016.

(J. N. Prasad)


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Guidelines on Air Travel on Tour/LTC -KVS

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (HQ)
18, Institutional Area, SJS Marg
New Delhi – 110 016
F.No.1-1/2015/KVS (JC-Fin)
Date: 17-12-2015

The Deputy Commissioner & Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional Offices & ZIETs.

Sub: Guidelines on Air Travel on Tour/LTC


During the audit on the accounts of Regional Offices and Kendriya Vidyalayas, the audit parties observed that the officers entitled for travel by Air have booked their Air Tickets through private travel agencies, which is not in order as per the extant orders and have also objected to it.

As per the Government of India guidelines, Air Tickets may be purchased directly from offices of the Air India ( at Booking counters/website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agencies namely M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s OM No.311011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009).

The same procedure should be following for booking the Air Tickets for performing the Leave Travel Concession travel facility.

The copies of the following orders are enclosed herewith:

1. Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of personnel and Training) OM.No.311011/6/2002 – (Estt.(A) dated 2nd December 2009.

2. Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure office Memorandum No.19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16th September, 2010.

3. Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Office Memorandum No.19024/1/2012/E.IV dated 9th July 2013.

4. Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, public Grievances and pensions (Department of personnel and Training) OM.No.311011/5/2014-(Estt.(A-IV) dated 23rd September 2015

In this connection, Deputy Commissioner, Regional Offices and Director, ZIETs are requested to inform their subordinate offices for strict compliance of the above orders.

Yours faithfully,

Jt. commissioner (Finance)

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Training should be mandatory before being promoted to a particular post-Railway Board

No.E(MPP) 2015/3/28
New Delhi, dated: .26.11.2015

The General Manager,
All Indian Railways &
Production Units.

Sub: Successful completion of Promotional training - reiteration of instructions.

Reference Board’s letter No.E(MPP)99/19/l/5.3 dated 25.2.2002(RBE No.25/2002) conveying Board’s decision that successful completion of promotional training should be mandatory before being promoted to a particular post.

The subject matter was discussed during PNM meeting with NFIR. During The interaction, it was pointed out that those staff, who are on the verge of retirement should be exempted from attending the promotional training.

Federation's demand has been examined in detail in consultation with various training centres and it has been decided that instructions issued vide Board‘s letter dated 25.2.2002 referred above be followed strictly. No exemptions are permissible.

(Anuradha Singh)
Director (MPP)
Railway Board.


Reduction in the time period for Restoration of Basic Pension- Request for reconsideration to review the matter.

Dated : 24.12.2015

     Shri Pradip Kumar Sinha
     Cabinet Secretary,
     Govt. of India
     Rashtrapati Bhavan Annexe
     New Delhi-110001

Sub: Reduction in the time period for Restoration of Basic Pension- Request for reconsideration to review the matter.

     This is to bring to your kind notice that ‘Analysis and Recommendation’ on the above subject, by VII CPC is not based on the facts and needs to be reconsidered to review the matter on the basis of following points:-

1-The recovery of commuted basic pension is made on the basis of commuted amount of basic pension and it is not based on the percentage of commutation whether it is 30% or 40%.
2- The fact is that the recovery of commuted basic pension is made in 12 years as per Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement referred by VII CPC vide para 10.1.43. Further in the same para it is also stated that “since there is a risk factor and some of the states are restoring pension after 15 years” should not be the proper reason on the basis of which Central Govt. should also restore it after 15 years because there is no comparison between central Govt. and other State Govts. in respect of making payments to their respective employees. I would like to quote an example that, Govt. of India is extending the benefit of MACP to its employees on completion of 10, 20 & 30 years of service in the hierarchy of Pay Band and Grade Pay while on the other hand the State Govts. like Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are extending the MACP benefit on completion of 10,16 & 26 years of service and that to in their respective promotional hierarchies.

3- In the same para, VII CPC has quoted V CPC had recommended restoration period after 12 years but VII CPC has not given any reason in contradiction of the recommendation of V CPC.

4- As mentioned by VII CPC that VI CPC had not recommended for restoration of commuted basic pension on completion of 12 years, is not the proper reason  or the analysis given by VII CPC, while restoration after 12 years was recommended by V CPC and the fact is accepted to the Govt. that the recovery is completely made in 12 years.
5- The VII CPC has not given any analysis of the data if any with the Govt., of those
 Pensioners who died every year before completion of 12 years after their retirement
 from Govt. service, on the basis of which the risk factor is based to let the recovery
 continue for 15 years even if the recovery completes in 12 years.

6-   Even if there is any risk factor, the Govt. itself should bear it in public interest rather than making recovery from those poor pensioners who survive even after 12 years of their retirement and fight with different kinds of problems in their old age period.

        Therefore the Analysis and Recommendation, on the aforesaid subject, made by VII CPC by ignoring the facts is not sustainable. The demand made on this subject is genuine which should be reconsidered to review the matter on the basis of the points brought to your kind notice.
                                                                                                      Yours Sincerely
                                                                                                       ( K.P.SINGH )
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            68 years have passed after independence of India. But the need based minimum wage still appears a dream for working class. After reaching a tripartite agreement in 15th Indian Labour Conference in 1957 a scientific formula called as Dr. Akroid formula based on minimum needs of a workers to survive and work, was accepted. Based on this formula all Central trade unions and independent federations are struggling since long to achieve the demand of minimum wage.

            This time also National council JCM demanded Rs. 26000 as minimum wage to a lowest class employees based on Dr. Akroid formula as on 01.01.2014 taking the commodity prices as Rs. 11344. The rates were taken as an average price of actual market from various cities throughout the India and actual receipts obtained from the shops and consumer stores were also produced as evidence. After adding component of housing, children education and social obligations it comes to 26000.

            But the pay commission has recommended Rs. 18000 as minimum wage taking 12 monthly average of commodity prices quoted by Labour bureau Shimla which is totally contrary to Dr. Akroid Formula and the figures are imaginary not realistic.

            The pay commission has also reduced the component of expenses on social obligation and children education as 15% contrary to the Supreme Court judgment of 25% on the plea that the employees are paid children Education allowance separately. The Children Education allowance is not fully reimbursed and expenses on education have increased heavily after liberalization of the education sector. The housing component has also been reduce by the pay commission stating that employees are paid HRA separately. House Rent Allowance is not full compensation of expenditure incurred on rent of accommodation obtained by an employee Earlier 3rd Pay commission has given 7.5% as the factor for housing.

            Thus this 7th CPC has drastically cut the minimum wage.

            The website of Agriculture Ministry also maintains the record of prices of commodities which are required to compute the minimum wage. Though these prices also vary from the real retail market. But if these prices had been taken by the pay commission as an all India average of the prices as on 01.07.2015. It will work out Rs. 10810. Thus the computation of minimum wage will arrive as Rs. 19880. After adding 25% for arriving at MTS scale it will come as Rs. 24850 and to convert it as on 01.01.2016 after adding 3% as suggested by 7th CPC. The final computation will come as 25596 when rounded off it shall be Rs. 26000/-

            Without modification of minimum wage, no improvement is expected in the higher pay scales. Therefore it requires recomputation and revision. If it is revised consequently the fitment formula, multiplication factor and pay matrix will have to be revised.
            Thus it is the urgent need to revise the minimum wage.

            The NJCA, Confederation and NFPE have given charter of demands to the Government of India seeking modification in so many demands failing which all Central Government Employees will be compelled to go on indefinite strike from 1st week of March-16.

            NFPE call upon the entirely of Postal, RMS and GDS employees to act as per the agitational programme given by the Confederation and NFPE and make the Government ready to accept the genuine demands of Central Government Employees

Highlights of Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances

The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has taken various initiatives during the year 2015. Following are the highlights of the activities:

1.         Replication/Adoption of award winning initiatives of PM Award for Excellence in Public Administration and National Awards on e-Governance.

The Government of India has instituted Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration to recognize extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the state, elected local bodies and central government. Award is given by the Prime Minister on the occasion of the Civil Services Day, i.e 21st April every year.

During Civil Services Day, 2015 celebration, the Prime Minister directed for replication of awarded initiatives.  Accordingly, the Department has requested Chief Secretaries of all the States/UTs to identify 5(five) initiatives and send a team of 4-5 officers to study the initiatives. On return, the study teams will present their findings to the State Govt. for possible ways of replication.  The State Govt. would then deliberate and explore the possibility of replicating/ adopting the initiative in their own state.   16 States have identified initiatives for replication and are in the process of studying the initiatives.  

Similarly, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) has been recognizing outstanding e-Governance Initiatives taken by Central/State Government, Public Sector Undertakings, Non-Governmental Institutions and individuals.  On the same lines, to strengthen e-Governance in India, it has been decided to develop 10 (ten)  case studies for replication by the Central/State Governments out of 22 e-governance initiatives which have been awarded in the year 2015.

 The replication and adoption of these awarded initiatives across the country would immensely  help in providing Public Services at the doorstep of citizens, improving service delivery and digital empowerment of citizens as well as usher in new government processes (administrative reforms) for cost and time efficient as well as effective delivery of public services to citizens.  This would be in-tune with the PM’s call of Digital India and its true fulfillment.

2.         Civil Services Day celebration and presentation of PM Awards for Excellence in Public Administration

Unlike previous years this year, the Civil Services Day, acquired new dimensions and it was two days  celebration on 20th and  21st  April, 2015. Total 5 Panel discussions, the Social Sector (Nutrition, Education, Health), Housing, Employment Skills and Entrepreneurship, Farmer & Agriculture and Context and the Challenges of the Civil Services were held. The Prime Minister presented the Award for the year 2012-13 and 2013-14 on 21st April, 2015.

3.        Adoption of Self-declaration and Self-attestation

Affidavits are required in support of facts given by the applicants for issue of various certificates, (residence etc.). Affidavits impose their own cost on the citizens ‐ buying stamp paper, locating a deed writer, payment to the Notary for attestation and, of course, the time and efforts consumed in these processes.  On the other hand, affidavits have no particular sanctity in law unless specifically ruled by any statue. The information can be given by way of self declarations.  Affidavits, therefore, can be replaced by self declaration, which is adequate for the purposes of law.  Similarly attestation by the Gazetted officers also can be replaced by self-certification. The applicant/signatory continues to be responsible for the statement made. Thus practice of self declaration/certification needs to be adopted in place of affidavits/ attestation by Gazetted Officers to the extent possible.

In this background, the DARPG has persuaded Ministries/Departments of the Government  of India and the State/UTs to review the requirement of Affidavits and Attestation by Gazetted Officers in various application forms.

About 51 Ministries/Department of the Central Government and majority of the States have already abolished requirement of Affidavit and Attestation by Gazetted officers except where it is required under a statute.  DARPG is pursuing with the Ministries/Department of Government of India and the State/UTs, which have not adopted this practice through meetings/letters at highest level, so that citizens at large could get the benefit from the Government’s initiative. Even in the case of 51 Ministries who have adopted the processes, efforts would be made to widen and deepen the process across the Ministries/Departments concerned.  Abolition of requirement of Affidavits and Attestation by Gazetted Officers in various services across the country would save the money, time and would definitely establish trust between Government and the Citizen.

4.           IT based redressal and monitoring system of Grievances.

The online system known as Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), which was launched by the Department in June 2007 was further reviewed to make it more user friendly.  For easy entry of grievances, clear menu option and drop down choices have now been provided to the petitioners. The pensioners’ portal has also been integrated with the PG portal for lodging of public grievances and for avoiding duplication.  The Common Service Centres (CSCs) portal have also been integrated with the CPGRAMS so that the petitioners not having access to computers can lodge their grievances through the CSCs all over the country.  The trial has been held  in 8 States and it is proposed to be extended to all the States.

            Also for lodging of grievances through mobile phone, the mobile app has been tested. A QR Code has been provided on the PG portal which can be scanned on to the smart phone after which grievances can be sent from the smart phone directly on to CPGRAMS.

            The categorization of grievances have also been reviewed to enable generation of proper analytical reports so that systemic reforms for addressing the root cause of grievances can be introduced. The Department is holding regular trainings on CPGRAMS every Tuesday which has been kept as Open House for all the Ministries/Departments  for taking up  their issues relating to CPGRAMS.  A scheme for implementation of delivery of services and redress of grievances is under consideration for which comments have been invited from all the Ministries/Departments.

5.         International Cooperation

A six member visited Singapore from 19-20 January, 2015 to participate in 2nd  Joint Working Group Meeting between India and Singapore under the MoU on cooperation in the field of Personnel Management and  Public Administration signed between the two countries on 11h November, 2011.    Both sides agreed on a Plan of Action with targets and milestones to achieve a concrete outcome in improvement of the systems of governance and service delivery.

Shri Devendra Chaudhry, Secretary (AR&PG) had a meeting with HE Mr. Obed Mlaba, High Commissioner of South Africa in India and HE Mr. Tovar de Silva Nunes, Ambassador in India and other officers of the South Africa and Brazil Mission and MEA on 14th September, 2015 to finalise the programme  for the  India Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) 8th Joint Working Group meeting on “Cooperation in Public Administration and Governance”  to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

India-Malaysia 3rd Joint Working Group Meeting on Public Administration and Governance was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during 28-30 September, 2015 to carry forward the implementation of MoU signed between the two countries on 26th November, 2013.

In consonance with multi-dimensional changes, there is presently great emphasis by the Prime Minister on the goal of ‘Minimum Government with Maximum Governance’. In furtherance of this aim, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, has signed a MoU on 11thNovember, 2015 with the Cabinet Office, Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom (HMG), for ‘Cooperation in Public Administration and Governance Reforms. The main objectives of the MoU is to strengthen and promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries in public administration and governance

DARPG is exploring the possibility of having MoUs with various foreign countries in the field of Public Administration and Governance.  Secretary (AR&PG) had taken the matter with the Foreign Secretary and Indian Missions in 16 countries (i.e. USA, Canada, France, Netherlands UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, China, Japan and Finland).

6.         Documentary Films on Best Practices: The following six documentary films were produced in 2014-15:-

(a)        Affidavit Free Regime in Punjab – Good Governance Initiative of Punjab,

(b)        Control Office Application (COA) – Centre for Railway Information System, Ministry of Railways

(c)        Automated Building Plan Approval System (ABPAS), Urban Development Department, Indore (MP)

(d)       SAND-System for Attumanal Neutral Distribution, District Administration, Thrissur (Kerala)

(e)        Conduct of Panchayat Elections in Jammu & Kashmir.

(f)        Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative, Chennai (TN)

The Department initiated the process of production of six documentary films on Best Practices which were conferred PM Award for Excellence in Public Administration through Doordarshan in financial year 2015-16.

8.         Regional Conferences:- Regional Conferences are organised on specific themes in association with various State/Union Territory Governments with a view to bring National and State level organizations along with other stakeholders including NGOs, intelligentsia, media etc. on the same platform to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of good governance practices. Two Regional Conferences, i.e. in the month of January, 2015 at Raipur, Chhattisgarh and on 14th&15th December, 2015 at Bengaluru, Karnataka were held.

9.          National Workshop: The First 2-Day National Workshop on Good Governance Initiatives in Citizen Centric Governance was held on 10-11 September 2015 at Vigyan Bhavan. It was inaugurated by the MOS (PP) and Additional Principal Secretary to the Hon’ble PM graced the Valedictory Session. It was attended by around 300 participants comprising of officers from Central/ State Governments, Training Institutions, Academia etc.

10.       Book on Best Practices: A Book titled, “Tomorrow is Here” containing articles on 8 National e-Governance Awarded initiatives, published by the Department of AR&PG, was released by the Hon’ble PM on 21st April 2015 (Civil Services Day).

11.       Publication of ‘Minimum Government - Maximum Governance’ – A Quarterly Journal.

Department of  Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances was bringing out a quarterly journal “Management in Government’ (MIG) since 1969  in order to provide forum for frank exchange of views and opinions among administrators, academicians, scholars and other interested in public administration and public sector management.  The focus of journal is on application of management techniques to practical solutions of public administration as well as on conceptualization of principles of good management based upon experience of live situations.

 The Department of AR&PG has now renamed and launched first e-Book (Departmental Magazine) with the name of “Minimum Government-Maximum Governance” on 22.10.2015. The first issue of the e-Book is based on the best practices which were conferred PM award for Excellence in Public Administration.


Monday, December 28, 2015


20 years after Mandal, less than 12% OBCs in central govt jobs

More than two decades after implementation of Mandal commission report, which mandates 27 percent reservation for OBCs in central government jobs, an RTI data shows that less than 12 percent of employees of central government ministries, departments and statutory bodies are from other backward classes (OBCs) as on January 1, 2015.

What’s more, 40 ministries, including social justice and 48 departments held back the information sought by Chennai based scientist E Muralidharan under the Right to Information Act. Among the departments that have not provided any information is ministry of human resources, which is a major employer of group A employees like professors in IITs and other central educational institutions.

Going by the data available, under the group A, B,C and D category of employees, out of 79,483 posts, there are only 9,040 OBC staff.

Surprisingly, data provided by the department of personnel and training, which was the recipient of the RTI appeal and is responsible for the appointments, itself fares poorly in this regard, with 12.91 percent Scheduled Castes (SC), 4 percent Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 6.67 percent OBC forming the pool of employees under the reservation laws. The total number of personnel in the department is 6,879.

This means that a significant number of posts which have been allocated for these communities are yet to be filled, which raises questions on the effective implementation of the Mandal committee recommendations, Muralidharan said.

A closer look at the data indicates that there is not a single OBC Grade A officer in the President’s secretariat; less than 9 percent of the 651 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) staff is from the OBC category. The higher education department employs only 5 percent OBC in Grade A officers and 10 percent OBC staff.

Out of 41 Grade A posts in the department of scientific and industrial research, there is only one OBC officer.

Muralidharan has repeatedly filed RTIs every year to check the performance of the central government in appointments under reserved categories. “The departments are supposed to release the data, but they have been found wanting,” he said.

In the RTI query, Muralidharan asked what action was initiated against ministries and departments which did not provide the data. The under-secretary of the department of personnel and training, Raju Saraswat replied that two reminders were sent to the departments concerned, but he failed to state if any action was taken.

Muralidharan said that it was mandatory for the departments and ministries to furnish these details to DoPT by January 1 every year as per an office memorandum (OM No. No.43011/10/2002-Estt (Res.), dated December 19, 2003.

He pointed out that the poor implementation of caste-based reservations would result in the wedge of inequality increasing. “Reservations should be time-bound and there must be a regular review of the positions filled,” he said.


Karnataka CG Pensioners Association: Views on the 7th CPC Report

“Swarna”, 120/1, 2nd Main, Gayatri Devi Park Extension, Vyalikaval,
Bangalore 560 003.
(Affliated to BPS, Delhi, AIFPA Chennai & KCCCGPAs Bangalore)

Dated 14th Dec. 2015
Dear Shri Makkar,

Kindly refer to your letter no 38/66/13-P&PW(A) ( Vol.II ) dated 1st/3rd December 2015 to the Pensioners’ Associations, regarding our views on the 7th CPC Report, in respect of Pension /retirement benefits. The letter was received in Association Office only on 10th December 2015. Our views on the pension/retirement benefits are given below.

2. We have gone through the Chapter on pension and retirement benefits of the report, on line. We find that the recommendation is more analytical in nature, quoting references. In regard to recommendations, this CPC has been less appreciated.

3. The fixation of revised pension has been broken into 2 options; one depends upon pay matrix and the second option is 2.57 times of the pension fixed by 6th CPC. Our considered opinion is that the 7th CPC was authorized to give specific suggestions, not alternatives. In the present situation, the Govt should assume its authority and address itself to one decision. In nutshell it is generally felt by us that the pay matrix leads to lot of confusion and anomalies. We fervently appeal that the govt should stand by latter formula i.e. 2.57 times of the existing basic pension.

4. Another Point is the age-related enhanced pension. The 6th CPC recommended the enhanced pension from 80 years and above. Various Associations represented to revise the age to 60 years and above. The 7th CPC Report indicates that their opinion was in favor of 75 years, as also the Ministry of Pension. The report added that the Ministry of Defence was against this suggestion. The Ministry of Pension is more authoritative than anybody in matters related to pension. It is therefore strongly felt that the age limit of 75 years should be approved by the Govt for age related increase of pension. Any anomaly that may arise due to this revision should be made effective from 01 Jan 2016.

5. The Ratio of minimum and maximum pension is recommended to be 1:13.8, with minimum pay Rs 18000/- and maximum Rs 2.50 lakhs. Earlier the ratio was 1:12. Various associations demanded the ratio to be curtailed to 1:8. The Govt should look in to it and decide at a ratio of 1:8.

6. The Health Care system is deemed to be extended to all employees and pensioners by the govt., at all times. In this connection, FMA was introduced for those who could not avail CGHS. The present FMA of Rs.500/- should be revised to Rs 1,000, as demanded by all the Associations. The CPC has proposed no change. The Govt should readdress this issue.

7. The CGHS has got to come out with some assistance to the pensioners of autonomous /statutory bodies. We have personally seen some of the pensioners from these bodies suffering badly. They do need help. The CPC while in Bangalore (August 24, 2014) had assured to come out with some recommendations in this regard. It has not done so, and has just proposed some Health Insurance, to be sponsored by the Govt. It is good that P& T dispensaries will be merged with CGHS which is a CPC recommendation. The CPC has also proposed extension of CGHS to those in non-CGHS areas, which is welcome.

8. One of the post retirement issues is the Revision of PPOs. Even after a lapse of 7 years, many of the pre 2006 retirees are waiting for revised PPOs. Some mechanism must be evolved to issue the PPOs fast, after the 7th CPC recommendations are accepted by the Govt.

9. General.
This Association had written to the 7th CPC stating that the Govt is top heavy and some posts have to be reduced. For example the two posts of Addl Secretary and Special Secretary between Joint Secretary and Secretary should be done away with. This reduces the delay and expenditure for the Govt. This is in consonance with Prime Minister’s idea of better governance.

With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,

Shri S.K.Makkar,
Under Secretary,
Ministry of Personnel, PG &Pension,
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003.

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Payment of Arrear of Productivity Linked Bonus to Railwaymen for the year 2014-15.

All India Railwaymens Federation

Dated: December 23rd, 2015

Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Ministry of Railways,
Rail Bhawan,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,
Sub:- Payment of Arrear of Productivity Linked Bonus to Railwaymen for the year 2014-15.

In this connection, it is mentioned that Parliament has passed the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill 2015 on 22-12-2015. This Bill has a proposal to increase ceiling limit of wages from Rs. 3500/- to Rs. 7000/-. It is also worth mentioning that Railwaymen has been given Payment of PLB on Rs. 3500/- for FY 2014-15.

Since Parliament has passed the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill 2015, and it has come into force on 01.04.2014, it is therefore requested that payment of arrears in respect of PLB pertaining to FY 2014-15 may be disbursed to railway employees at the earliest.

With kind regards!

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General secretary

Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill 2015 has been passed by parliament

The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya, on December 7, 2015. The Bill seeks to amend the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965.

The Act provides for the annual payment of bonus to employees of certain establishments (including factories and establishments employing 20 or more persons). Under the Act, bonus is calculated on the basis of the employee’s salary and the profits of the establishment.

Employees eligible for bonus: The Act mandates payment of bonus to employees’ whose salary or wage is up to Rs 10,000 per month. The Bill seeks to increase this eligibility limit to Rs 21,000 per month.

Calculation of bonus: The Act provides that the bonus payable to an employee will be in proportion to his or her salary or wage. However, if an employee’s salary is more than Rs 3,500 per month, for the purposes of calculation of bonus, the salary will be assumed to be Rs 3,500 per month. The Bill seeks to raise this calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month or the minimum wage notified for the employment under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (whichever is higher).


Benefit of LPG subsidy will not be available if the consumer or his/her spouse had taxable income of more than Rs Ten lakh in previous financial year

At present, there are 16.35 crore LPG consumers in the country. With the implementation of the PAHAL Scheme (DBTL), the subsidy is being transferred directly to the Bank Account of 14.78 crore LPG Consumers. The objective of the scheme was to ensure that the subsidy benefits go to the targeted group. The Government had also given a call to the well-to-do households for voluntarily giving up LPG subsidy. So far, 57.50 lakh LPG consumers have opted out of LPG subsidy voluntarily heeding the call given by the Prime Minister. The subsidy saved from the ‘GiveitUp’ campaign is being utilized for providing new connections to the BPL families under the ‘Giveback’ campaign. This enables provision of LPG, a clean fuel, to poor households by replacing the conventional fuels such as kerosene, coal, fuel wood, cow dung, etc. relieving the poor of the hardships and health hazards from such fuels.

While many consumers have given up subsidy voluntarily, it is felt that consumers in the higher income bracket should get LPG cylinders at the market price. Therefore, the Government has decided that the benefit of the LPG subsidy will not be available for LPG consumers if the consumer or his/her spouse had taxable income of more than Rs 10,00,000/- during the previous financial year computed as per the Income Tax Act, 1961. In keeping with the approach of trusting the citizens, this will be given effect to initially on self-declaration basis while booking cylinders from January 2016 onwards.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

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Prabhu seeks pension scheme exemption for railways workers

Unions are drawing a parallel with the nature of duties performed by the armed forces.

Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to consider a long-pending demand of Railways employees to exempt them from the National Pension Scheme just like the defence forces.

“May I request you to kindly have a re-look into the case sympathetically and consider favourably the demand of the Railway Federations to exempt Railway employees from the purview of NPS,” the minister wrote in a letter last month, adding there was strong merit in the case.

Mr. Prabhu said railway unions had been drawing a parallel with the nature of duties performed by the armed forces, which are exempt from the NPS at present.

Mr. Prabhu informed the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) about his submission to the Finance Minister at a meeting on Wednesday.

The Minister recently also said that he was in discussion with the Finance Ministry seeking additional help to meet the ‘unbearable burden’ of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the Railways Minister in the previous government, had also raised the issue with the then Finance Minister in March 2014.

However, the Ministry of Finance, through a letter written in May this year, didn’t agree to the proposal to exempt railway workers from the purview of NPS.

Every central government employee appointed on or after January 1, 2004, has to face a deduction from his or her salary (10 per cent equal contribution from the employee and the employer) toward the NPS, which is a defined contribution scheme, instead of the defined benefit scheme that prevailed earlier.

Prior to 2004, government employees, including 1.4 million employees in the Railways, were entitled to a fixed pension linked to their final salary at the time of their retirement.

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Important Fixation Factor in 7th CPC Basic Pay

After the release of 7th CPC Report, all central government employees have calculated the revise pay using the Pay fixation method and using online calculators. However, there are quite a few basic pays values which need to be calculate differently for the exact revised pay as per 7th CPC Recommendation.

Given below are the examples which illustrates why this kind of calculation is important for the exact 7th CPC revised value.

Example: Employee “A” drawing Basic Pay – 21000 (PB III+GP 5400)
Example: Employee “B” drawing Basic Pay – 21630 (PB+GP 5400)
Basic Pay ( PB III + GP 5400)21630.00
As per 7th CPC (multiplied by 2.57)55589.00
As per 7th CPC Matrix Table56100.00            X
Above calculation is the right method to derive the new value as per 7th CPC Recommendation.

Consider another employee “B” who is drawing the below figures

Example: Employee “B” drawing Basic Pay – 21630 (PB+GP 5400)

Basic Pay ( PB III + GP 5400) 21630.00
As per 7th CPC (multiplied by 2.57) 55589.00
As per 7th CPC Matrix Table 56100.00            X
Employee would have assumed that the revised pay would be 56100/-, however this is WRONG because the revised pay is bunched in two stage.

If you look at both the examples, there is a different in drawn pay and the revised pay as per 7th CPC is the same, which is not right for the employee “B” and a loss for this employee. To overcome this 7th CPC has recommend to do two stage bunching which means employee “B” should be given 3% additional increment and pay fixed in the subsequent cell in the pay matrix.

i.e. Since employee “B” revised value fall under bunching, the revised proposed salary revision would be as follow.
Basic Pay ( PB III + GP 5400)21630.00
As per 7th CPC (multiplied by 2.57)55589.00
As per 7th CPC Matrix Table56100.00
7th CPC Clause – Second Cell57800.00  

Friday, December 25, 2015

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7th Pay Commission: Delay salary hikes, five states tell Centre

Seventh Pay Commission: While salary revisions are due in these five states, the states which follow a different wage revision cycle, such as Andhra Pradesh, will not be impacted by the report.

Written by Sunny Verma , Shruti Srivastava

AT LEAST five fiscally-stressed states have asked the Centre to go slow on implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations, seeking extra time to be able to absorb similar pay hikes, government officials said.

States usually follow the Central Pay Commission’s recommendations, and, with some modifications, announce roughly similar salary hikes for state government employees.

“There are several states who have approached the Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Secretary and Niti Aayog, seeking more time in implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s report,” said a government official familiar with the matter.

The five states are West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. The suggested delay will give the states more time to equip themselves with resources to meet higher salary bills.

The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, submitted its report to the government last month, recommending 23.55 per cent overall hike in pay, allowances and pensions of government employees with effect from January 1, 2016. This means the Centre’s salary bill will increase by Rs 1,02,100 crore in 2016-17.

“Punjab’s finances are under stress and the burden of the Pay Commission’s recommendations will certainly have an impact… Our officials have informally taken up the matter with the Centre,” confirmed Punjab Finance Minister P S Dhindsa.

“Normally they (states) adopt the Centre’s recommendations. This is the normal procedure, but it certainly depends upon their (states’) financial health. Some of the states have not even implemented the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendation,” Justice Mathur told The Indian Express.

“Some of the states may have suggested (delayed implementation) to the government, but I don’t think the Government of India is in a bad position,” he said.

When contacted, Odisha’s Additional Chief Secretary (Finance Department), R Balakrishnan said: “At this stage, we don’t want to comment on it.”

Despite repeated calls and emails, West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra’s office did not comment on the report. In September, the West Bengal government set up its Pay Commission to suggest a salary revision plan. The state commission is expected to follow on the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said the state was yet to assess the fiscal implication of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations. The Indian Express could not reach the Tamil Nadu government.

While salary revisions are due in these five states, the states which follow a different wage revision cycle, such as Andhra Pradesh, will not be impacted by the Seventh Pay Commission’s report.

Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary, Dr P V Ramesh, said the state had revised salaries with effect from April 1, 2015, and the next revision is due only in 2019. “We follow a five-year pay revision cycle, which is not linked with the central cycle. The Seventh Pay Commission, therefore, will not have an impact on us,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Union finance ministry has set up an implementation cell for processing and implementing accepted recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.



Concession in Train Tickets to Unemployed Youth

Railways grant full concession in second class and 50% concession in sleeper class in the basic fares of Mail/Express trains to unemployed youths up to 35 years to appear in interviews for selection to Central/State Government jobs. Besides above, 50% concession in the basic fares of Mail/express trains in Second and sleeper class is also admissible to unemployed youths appearing in interview for selection to other public sector organisations.

This Press release is based on the information given in the written reply by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in Lok Sabha today.



CCTV in Trains

Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed, on trial basis, in a few coaches of some of the trains viz. Train No. 12497/12498 (Shan-e-Punjab Express-03 coaches) in Northern Railway, Train No.12625/12626(Kerala Express), Train No. 16179/16180 (Mannai Express), Train No. 16713/16714 (Rameswaram Express) (one coach of each train) in Southern Railway. In addition to the above, video surveillance system has also been provided in ladies coaches of three Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) rakes of Western Railway and one EMU rake of Central Railway. A work has also been sanctioned for provision of CCTVs in 500 coaches in various rakes of different trains.

This Press release is based on the information given in the written reply by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in Lok Sabha today.


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Linking Passport Offices with Post Offices

The Passport Offices have been traditionally associated with the Department of Posts for shipment of blank Passport booklets from India Security Press, Nashik. The Department of Posts is also involved in dispatch of printed passports to citizens.

Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs has approached the Department of Posts for utilization of India Post network across the country for online filing of passport applications to address the challenge of digital divide.

It was also decided to explore authorizing Post Masters of appropriate level to issue Verification Certificates for Tatkaal passport applicants within their areas of jurisdiction, in view of their local knowledge.

So far as police verification by postmen is concerned, the idea has been explored but not found feasible as Post Offices do not have access to criminal data and citizenship status of passport applicants.

The Minister of State for the external Affairs Gen. Dr. V. K. Singh (Retd.) provided this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


Key initiatives of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) -YEAR ENDER 2015

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has taken various initiatives during the year 2015. These initiatives aim at working in the direction of larger public interest and to establish accountability and transparency.

In a landmark decision, the Government scrapped Interviews for recruitment to lower posts wherever it could be dispensed with. This was followed by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh writing D.O. letters to Chief Ministers of all States in September to take the lead in carrying forward this initiative with respect to State Government jobs.

The discontinuation of interviews will not only be in larger public interest but would also offer a level playing field and benefit youth hailing from the lower socio-economic strata. Interviews will be dispensed with for all Group C and Group D posts which are now reclassified as Group C posts. Interview would also be discontinued for non-gazetted posts of Group B category. The process of doing away with interview for these posts will be completed by 31.12.2015. In those cases pertaining to non-gazetted Group B posts and Group C & D posts, where Recruitment Rules specify the process of selection which includes conduct of interview, the Ministries/authorities concerned will take necessary steps to carry out the requisite amendment to the Recruitment Rules immediately. Necessary directions have also been issued to the Staff Selection Commission in this regard.

In a big relief to the common people, the DoPT discontinued the practice of submission of affidavit by the family members of deceased Government employees for the appointment on Compassionate grounds. Now they are required to submit self-declaration at the time of applying for compassionate appointment. It will ensure fast process of compassionate appointment and help family members of deceased Government employee immensely.

For the first time in the history of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Officers of 2013 batch of IAS were posted as Assistant Secretary in the Central Secretariat for a period of three months. Exposure to Central Government functioning will provide insight into policy formulation at the Centre to these officers. These officers left for their field posting with a macro picture of such policies which will help them in effective implementation of the schemes keeping citizen at the centre.

In another novel initiative, the DoPT has started Yoga camps for the Central Government employees and their dependents. The Yoga training sessions are conducted in 29 locations (26 Samaj Sadans of Grih Kalyan Kendra and 3 other places) in Delhi and 12 Samaj Sadans of Grih Kalyan Kendra outside Delhi. Approximately 1900 individuals are benefiting from this scheme per day. With this initiative, the employees would be able to de-stress themselves and also take control over various lifestyle diseases like obesity, hypertension, Hyperglycemias etc. The healthy & happy employees would be able to perform more effectively in their office work.

The Department has also started an innovative scheme for the training of the cutting edge level employees of the State Governments. In the first phase, masters trainers are being trained by the ATIs in collaboration with DoPT. These trainers will impart training to the field level employees. Emphasis of the training will be on citizen centricity. Pilot projects had been started in Maharashtra, J&K and Tamil Nadu. It has now been extended in other States. Training will bring an attitudinal change in these employees which in turn will result in increased citizen friendly environment in the field offices.

DOPT also exempted the parents of differently abled children from the mandatory transfers so that they can take proper care of their differently abled child. This move will ease the pain of these parents and ensure care and upbringing of these children.

A weekly one hour in-house training programme for its employees was started. Three modules of the training programme have been completed and the fourth module is currently running. The employees are imparted up-to-date information on various aspects of day to day work in the office. This gives an opportunity to the employees to clear their doubts and the input given in the session is found very useful for them in discharging their duty more accurately, efficiently and effectively. This has speeded up the rate of disposal of work and the ultimate beneficiary of the same are the citizens.

The scheme of interaction of Officers with School Students has been launched in which the Officers of Government of India visit Schools and share their experiences with the School Students. As a pilot, the Senior Officers of DoPT have visited Kendriya Vidyalayas in Delhi and interacted with the students. The interaction of Senior Officers with School Students will have a long lasting impact on their impressionable minds. They will also get a glimpse of the functioning of the Government.


Delay in giving pension benefits

There is no such proposal to do away with the existing procedure of Submitting annual life certificate by the pensioner to renew their pension payment.

Yes Madam. Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has implemented an online system called 'BHAVISHYA’ for retiring Central Government Civil employees. The system provides for on-line tracking of pension sanction and payment process. Tracking can be done by the individual as well as the administrative authorities for all actions preparatory to grant of pension and other retirement benefits. Facility also exists for tracking payment of subsequent monthly pension. This is in line with the priorities of Government to ensure transparency and accountability in systems and processes.

At present, Bhavishya is implemented in main Secretariat of 83 Ministries/Departments & 23 attached offices involving 794 DDOs. This Department has also given on-site training to all the Drawing Disbursing Officers/Head of Offices/Pay & Accounts Offices and the dealing hands of main Secretariat of all the Ministries/Department.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Satav Rajeev & others in the Lok Sabha today.

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Grant MACP on promotional grade

The employees including Group ‘C’ (which includes erstwhile Group ‘D’) are granted three financial upgradations under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme in the next immediate Grade Pay hierarchy as per CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of regular service.

There have been instances where Tribunals and High Courts have directed to grant benefits under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme in the promotional hierarchy. However, in such cases, the order of Court is specific to the applicant only.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Kamlesh Paswan in the Lok Sabha today.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Lok Sabha passes Bonus Bill; benefits to accrue from April 2014

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill allowing doubling of wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers with establishments with 20 or more workers, with the benefits being applicable retrospectively from April 2014.

The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was passed by a voice vote, with some members objecting to the raising of eligibility limit for payment of bonus from a salary of Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000.

Replying to a debate on the legislation, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the Government has ensured that the interest of workers are protected and there is no infringement on their rights.

"Because of Bihar Elections this bill got delayed... The Prime Minister spoke to me and asked why should the benefits of this Act should accrue to workers from 2015. It should be made available from the April 2014," he said while moving an official amendment to the Bill.

The official amendment provides that the benefits of the Act would be deemed to have come into force on April 1, 2014, instead of April 1, 2015. Dattatreya said the Ministry has held 21 tripartite meetings with all central trade unions while arriving at a decision.

The Bill provides for enhancing monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from the existing Rs 3,500. It also seeks to enhance the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000 per month.

"The Government's paramount intention is to safeguard the interest of workers... There is no infringement of workers' rights and whatever the government does will be in the interest of workers," Dattatreya said.

After the bill was passed, Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, who was in the Chair, said the government should be congratulated for bringing the measure as also for effecting the benefits retrospectively.

Terming the legislation as historic, Dattatreya said the outgo from government coffers would be about Rs 6,203 crore.

The Minister said the Bill would benefit crores of organised sector worker. He said unorganised sector constitute 93 per cent of the workforce or about 40 crore people.

Participating in the discussion, Mumtaz Sanghamita (TMC) said "it will benefit vast majority of poor workers. Bonus is the thing which is extra and over regular pay". She, however, wanted to know whether the increase in ceiling was commensurate to the inflation rate.

M Srinivas Rao (TDP) observed that labour laws in India were very weak and government should ensure safety and security for workers.

K Visheweshwar Reddy (TRS) said the sharp cut off of Rs 21,000 per month was flawed and added that contractual workers in factories are overworked and underpaid.

Sankar Prasad Datta (CPI-M) too echoed similar views saying that Rs 21,000 per month ceiling should not be there. Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav (SP) said there should be a special provision for women workers while providing bonus.

Prahlad Singh Patel (BJP) asked the government to fix a minimum ceiling and not the maximum one. "We can also think of linking it with the Pay Commission, so that we do not have to come again and again to Parliament to make changes". He said bonus should not be linked to profit or losses.

The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, is applicable to every factory and other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year. The last amendment to the eligibility limit and the calculation ceiling was carried out in 2007 and made effective from April 1, 2006.

This amendment in the Act to increase wage ceiling and bonus calculation ceiling was one of the assurances given by the Centre after 10 day central trade unions went on one-day strike on September 2.


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Call for removing discrepancies in pension scheme

Shivagopal Mishra, secretary of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, said on Saturday that the federation wanted the Union government to correct the shortcomings in the pension scheme and discrepancies in the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission for railway employees.

It was also opposed to any move to privatise Railways, he said.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Mishra said that there were nearly 2.5 lakh vacancies in Railways. Nearly 80 per cent of these vacancies were in the safety department.

This had led to an increase in work load of the existing employees.

Meanwhile, the government was taking steps to privatise railways, which was detrimental.

Already, Railways had reached an agreement with some multinational companies to manufacture railway locomotive engines.

Since there were a lot of drawbacks in the new pension scheme, the government should carry on with the old pension scheme. This should also be applicable to all those employees who joined the railways department since January 1, 2004. The discrepancies in the Seventh Pay Commission should be set right, he said.

If the Union government did not fulfill these demands by February 15, 2016, the Federation would have no other alternative but to resort to strike from the first week of March, Mr. Mishra said.

Anthony D’Cruz, General Secretary of South West Railway Mazdoor Union, Venu P. Nair, National Railway Mazdoor Union, were present.

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Minutes of Meeting of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) Staff Side held on Friday, the 9th October, 2015

Government oflndia
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA-l) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 11th December, 2015


Subject- Minutes of Meeting of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) Staff Side held on Friday, the 9th October, 2015 under the Joint Chairmanship of JS(AV), DoP&T - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of the minutes of the Meeting of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) Staff Side held on Friday, the 9th October, 2015 at lSOO hours in Room No. 190, Conference Room, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary(AV) for information and necessary action.

Action taken report on the items pertaining to them may also be furnished to this Department at the earliest.

Encl: As above. Q fifidufiw
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary (J CA)
Telefax No. 23093074

Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) side under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary“ AV)I DOP&T with the Staff side at 1500 hours on 09.10.2015

The list of participants who attended the meeting is at Annexure.

2. Welcoming the participants, Ms Archana Varma, Joint Secretary, DOP&T informed that as authorised by the Competent Authority, this meeting has been convened to take stock of the issues raised by the Staff Side in the Charter of Demands submitted by them in July 2015. The purpose of the meeting is to understand the issues in its proper perspective. This meeting would lay the ground
work for holding the meeting of Standing Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel) and thereafter the meeting of the National Council.

3. Initially, the finalisation of meetings of National Anomaly Committee meetings held on 29th May 2015 and 9th June 2015 under the Chairmanship of JS(E) was taken up for discussion. It was noted that the draft minutes of 29th May and 9th June 2015 were drafted by the Official Side and sent to the Staff Side for their perusal and concurrence. The Staff Side had proposed certain suggestions/amendments in the NAC meeting minutes. Oh those suggestions/amendments, the views of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance had been obtained and the minutes are now ready for finalisation. The Staff Side expressed their concern about delay that had taken place in finalisation of these minutes. They suggested that as per past practice, a meeting may be convened in DOP&T to discuss the draft circulated by the Official side and the suggestions/amendments made by the Staff Side. It was decided that a meeting would be convened by DS (JCA) shortly with the Staff side to
finalise the minutes of meeting of NAC held on 29th May and 9th June 2015.

4. Various members of the Staff Side explained the background relating to constitution of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM). It was informed that JCM is the negotiating machinery to look into the grievances of the Central Government employees. They informed that the continuous dialogue in the form of JCM helps in avoiding confrontation between employees and the Government through resolution of various disputes that can be settled between them. It was noted that the meeting of National Council of JCM had not been convened for more than five years and therefore there is urgent need for convening the meeting of the National Council. Noting that the last meeting of the Standing Committee was held in February 2015 at the level of Secretary (Personnel), the Staff Side suggested that a meeting of the Standing Committee, at the level of Secretary (Personnel), should be convened at the earliest.

5. Thereafter, the agenda items which were listed in the Charter of Demands submitted by the Staff Side were taken up for discussion. The Agenda items discussed and the discussions held on those items are summarised in succeeding paragraphs:-

(a) Effect wage revision of Central Government employees from 1.1.2014

(b) Ensure 5 year wage revision in future

(c) Grant interim relief and merger of 100% DA.

(d) Ensure submission of 7th CPC report within the stipulated time frame of 18 months

All these agenda items are linked to the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and were taken up together. The Staff Side noted that in the case of banks and public sector undertakings, the Government has been considering 5 year wage revision and similar facility should also be considered for the central government employees. it was informed by them that the 5th Pay Commission had fixed the tenure of pay revision as 10 years. However, as the dearness compensation crosses the 50% mark normally over a period of five years, the Government should consider pay revision over a periodicity of 5 years. The Staff Side further demanded that the effect of wage revision of central government employees be from 1.1.2014. It was further demanded that as the 7th CPC has been given extension of time to submit its report, the Government should consider granting interim relief and merger of 100% Dearness Allowance.

The Official Side informed that pay revision of Central Government employees based on the recommendations of Pay Commission has generally been made after a gap of 10 years. The last such revision is effective from 1.1.2006 based on the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission. The Government set up the 7th Pay Commission in February 2014, ahead of the general 10 year interregnum. Therefore, as regards implementation of pay revision from 1.1.12014, the same seeks a much shorter interregnum and is not in keeping with the practice so far followed. The TOR of the 7th Pay Commission also require to it recommend the date of effect of its recommendations and, hence, the decision on the date of effect thereof would be taken after the recommendations of the Commission are received.

As regards the payment of interim relief, as the Government set up the Commission well in advance of the 10-year duration from the date of effect of the 6th pay Commission, the question of Interim relief does not arise.

As regards merger of DA with pay, the existing emoluments’structrure is based on the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission which made a specific recommendations against merger of DA. The Official Side, therefore, clarified that at this stage it will not be possible to examine any of the four demands listed in (a) to (d) above.

(e) Include Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of 7th CPC

The Staff Side informed that the Grameen Dak Sewaks are the single largest source of postal services in the country and therefore there is need for including this category within the ambit of 7th CPC.

The representative of Department of Posts informed that there are about 1.75 lakh work force working as Grameen Dak Sewaks. Department of Posts had reportedly recommended bringing them under the ambit of 7th CPC. However, as these employees are not full time government employees, based on the advice of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, it has recently been by decided to constitute a Single Member Expert Committee to suggest pay revision for these employees.

The Staff Side suggested that if a decision had already been taken to constitute a single member expert committee, instead of setting up a departmental head as the expert committee chief, the Government may consider roping in the services of the 7th CPC Chairman for rendering this service, as the 7th CPC is already aware of the working conditions and other relevant factors of central government employees and would be in a better position to decide the pay revisron of Grameen Dak Sewaks. Department of Posts would be requested to examine this suggestion of the Staff Side.

(f) Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC

The Staff Side informed that as a result of implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations, various anomalies have come to the notice of. the Staff Side which are conveyed to the Government. Meetings of the joint committee to look into the anomalies have been held but the progress of resolution of anomalies is not satisfactory, as felt by the Staff Side. It was informed that there
were more than 58 items of 6‘“ CPC which were discussed by the Anomalies Committee and yet remain unresolved. The Staff Side suggested that the Government should take a view on settlement of all anomalies of 6th CPC expeditiously.

(g) No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments

The representative of Railways informed that discussions are held regularly with the Staff Side on the issue of PPP or FDI in Railways. Since no meetings With Staff Side are being held by Ministry of Defence, the Staff Side suggested that Ministry of Defence may be requested to hold dialogue with the Staff Side on such issues. DOP&T would accordingly take up the matter with Ministry of Defence.

(h) No corporatisation of postal services

The representative of Department of Posts informed that at present there is no proposal on corporatisation of postal services.

(i) No Ban on recruitment/creation of posts

The Staff Side informed that Department of Expenditure insist on the concept of matching savings for recruitment /creation of posts. in departments like Railways where new posts are to be created or employees are to be recruited for performing new functions like running new trains, maintaining newly created assets etc, this condition is not able to be met and therefore should not be insisted upon. The representative of Department of Expenditure clarified that in case of operational posts which are required for unavoidable operational and functional considerations, the need for not insisting on matching savings is considered on a case-to-case basis. However, as regards the suggestion of the Staff Side to issue a general circular on this issue, he clarified that this issue needs to be examined by the Department of Expenditure.

(j) Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.

The Staff Side informed that the implementation of New Pension Scheme and its effect on employees appointed on and after 1.1.2004 is a serious issue which is agitating the minds of central government employees. He informed that they had discussions with Department of Financial Services in the past. However, there has been no progress in solving the issues raised by the Staff Side, especially on the issues relating to social security clauses for employees covered under New Pension Schemes. Reportedly, there is no guarantee of minimum pension or gratuity under the new pension scheme. It was informed that this issue would unite all the central government employees and the Staff Side may consider serious action, including Strike, on this issue.

The Staff Side insisted that the New Pension Scheme should be withdrawn and all those employees who are recruited after 01/01/2004 should be brought under the statutory Pension Scheme. Since the official representatives from the Department of Financial Services under whose purview the NPS falls were not present in the meeting, it was decided that the issue would be further discussed with
Department of Financial Services.

(k) No outsourcing; contractorisation; privatisation of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses, the publication, form store and stationery departments and medical stores depots.

The Staff Side informed that Ministry of Urban Development has fixed a meeting on the issues raised by them concerning that Ministry. The Staff Side was requested to discuss the issues concerning Ministry of Health & Family Welfare with them separately.

(m) Regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices; no labour reforms which are not in the interest of the workers

The representative of Ministry of Labour informed that they have been in constant touch with trade unions and other stakeholders on issues concerning the welfare of workers. However, the Staff Side pointed out that in addition to consultation with trade unions, the Government should involve the concerned Staff Side representatives before deciding labour reforms as there are a large number of
industrial workers in various departments like Railways, Defence, CPWD etc. The Chairperson requested the officials from the Labour Ministry to examine the request of the Staff Side.

(k) No outsourcing; contractorisation; privatisation of governmental functions;as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of demands of the Central Government employees

The Staff Side submitted that due to non holding of regular meetings at the Departmental Council levels, even smaller issues which can be sorted out through negotiations, are being taken up in various Courts, thereby resulting in a number of court cases to be defended by the departments/Ministries. They suggested that the institutional mechanism of Departmental Council meetings, Standing Committee meetings and National Council meeting may be revived so that there is continuous interaction between the Staff side and the government.

(o) Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments

The Staff Side gave detailed justification for removing the ceiling of 5% on compassionate appointments. After discussions, it was agreed by the Official Side that this issue would be examined by Establishment Division of DOP&T.

(p) Removing the bonus ceiling

The representative of Ministry of Labour informed that the issue of increase in the bonus ceiling is under consideration of the Government. However, the representative of Department of Expenditure clarified that payment of ad-hoc bonus and Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) applicable to central government employees is not governed by the Payment of Bonus Act, on which certain changes are under consideration of the Government. The Staff Side however felt that any change in Bonus Act would be an indicator while deciding the payment of bonus to the central government employees. The representative of the Department of Expenditure stated that the issue of PLB and adhoc bonus to central Government employees is covered under the TOR of the 7th Pay Commission and, hence, a view in the mater may be taken based on the recommendations of the Commission.

The Staff Side stated that bonus for Central Government Employees was based on an agreement with the staff side and not based on the recommendations of any pay commission. Moreover, every time when the Bonus Act is amended raising the payment ceiling limit, it is extended to Central Government employees also.

Therefore the Staff Side suggested that as and when the Bonus Act is amended, the same benefit may be considered for extension to the Central Government employees also.

(p) Ensuring five promotions in the Service career

The Official Side noted that this issue is linked to the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. Therefore, this issue would be examined after receipt of the 7th CPC report.

The Staff Side from Defence Ministry stated that inspite of various instructions issued by DOP&T cadre restructuring of the various categories of Defence Civilian Employees are not taking place for more than 2 decades. They insisted that the cadre restructuring exercise may be completed before submission of the 7th CPC repon.

The meeting ended with thanks to the Chair.

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Action programme of NJCA on 26 Point Charter of Demands submitted by NJCA

Dated: December 21, 2015

All the Constituent Organizations
NJCA Members,

Dear Comrades,

I am confident, by this time you must have studied the 26-point Charter of Demands, submitted by the NJCA to the Cabinet Secretary on 10th December, 2015, circulated vide NJCA’s Circular No.NJCA/2015/7th CPC dated 11th December, 2015. [View 7th CPC recommendations and Charter of Demands: NJCA writes to Cabinet Secretary]

As per decision of the NJCA, the following programmes have to be successfully observed by all your affiliates all over the country.

(i) 30.12.2015 Holding demonstrations and hand over copy of the NJCA’s letter dated 10.12.2015 to the Head of the Office for onward transmission to the Cabinet Secretary, demanding for immediate settlement of the issues.

(ii) 19-21.01.2016 3-day dharna in all the State capitals and industrial centers/ establishments for educating and mobilizing the employees.

In view of the NJCA’s decision for an “Indefinite Strike”, on the above cited 26-point Charter of Demands, commencing in the 1st week of March, it will be essential that, AIRF, NFIR, AIDEF, INDWF and Confederation of the Central Government employees should conduct strike ballot. It will be quite appropriate that strike ballot is taken by the 2nd week of February, 2016.

The NJCA will meet and decide about the date of issue of the Strike Notice and also about the date of commencement of the Indefinite Strike. In the meantime, all out efforts may be made to build up pressure on the government, so that a negotiated settlement can be reached on our demands.

I shall keep you informed about the further developments.

With fraternal greetings & best wishes for a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Charter of Demands


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7th pay panel: The silver edge

The Report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission has received a mixed response, as expected. All eyes are now on the Government’s decisions regarding the acceptance, or otherwise, of its recommendations which will be taken after observing a due process.

Among the responses that have found traction are that Pay Commissions should be institutionalised and   they should submit their recommendations on a regular basis, in tandem with Administrative Reforms Commissions. The present practice of having two separate exercises, with no link between them, takes away, substantially, the potential of their improving governance in a truly meaningful sense. The experience of the Sixth Pay Commission and the Second Administrative Reforms Commission underscores the point. It is hoped that cognizance will be taken of this basic imperative.

In  this context, the more widely discussed aspects of policy change   have   been  associated  with  restructuring and  rightsizing the administrative  apparatus,  building incentives for good performance, disincentives  for  under-performance and non-performance and ensuring top-notch service delivery to citizens imbued  with transparency, integrity and accountability. Their intrinsic importance cannot be gainsaid.

Having said that, it may be useful to retrain the analytic lens for a bit and  move our attention to a  barely acknowledged resource embodied in pensioners and  how they can be taken on board as partners in the Government’s development and governance enhancement endeavours. Here it is  important  to  note  that  the resource cuts  across different Services and  different  levels  and  is  not  confined  to  the  creamy  layers, which have, over a period of  time, taken care of their interests reasonably well. In fact, this was alluded to recently in Parliament during discussions on amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The silver edge, now in focus, which the Government can gainfully endow itself with has to do with the “aam” pensioner as distinct from the “khaas” pensioner alluded to above.

To  fit  it  into an appropriate  framework , the  relevant Chapter 10 of the Seventh Pay Commission Report  may be referred to. According to the figures available, there were, on 1.1.2014, 51.96 lakh pensioners, including all categories of civil and defence pensioners. This figure is higher than that of serving employees. According to an age analysis, pensioners in the age group of 60-70 years are 37.21%. The percentage figures for 70-80 years, 80-90 years and 90-100 years pensioners are 25.48%, 8.88% and 2.25%, respectively. Among the defence pensioners 57% are below 60 years of age.

There are robust policies in place for the defence personnel, who may be discharged from service at a younger age , compared to their civilian counterparts. The existing structure we have is the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare   which was set up in 1985.  

It is this Department which is best placed to take the lead in initiating  policy  changes  for civilian  pensioners who are in the age bracket of 60-70 years, who  are deemed  fit and  who  may  be willing  to continue a meaningful association with the Government. To clarify,  the objective  would  be  to get the best from this group for the Government  itself  and  not  serve  as  a  mere   stepping  stone  or  placement  agency  to  cater  to  the  corporate  and  non- governmental  sectors.

For  starters, a thorough needs and gap analysis may be taken up, Ministry-wise, to  delineate  the  areas  where it may  be  fruitful  to  tie up with pensioners. With so many  posts lying vacant  and the delays of fresh recruitment, it  makes eminent  sense  to  have  pensioners  do  some  hand  holding.

It  would be strategically  important,  at  this  juncture, to  take  up  the  task  of a significant   policy recast which may be time consuming but will pay rich dividends.