Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Brief of the meeting held today between the Government of India and the National Council JCM Staff Side

Shiva Gopal Mishra
National council (staff Side)
Joint Consulative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
E-Mail :

Dated: August 30, 2016
All Constituents of National Council(JCM)
Dear Comrades!

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today between the Government of India and the National Council (JCM) (Staff Side)

The Government of India has constituted a committee, under the Chairmanship of Addl. Secretary(Exp.) with J.S.(Pers.), JS(Estt.) and JS(Imp.) as members, to deal with the pending issues of our memorandum, submitted to the Empowered Committee, of which prominent are “Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor”.

The first meeting of the said committee with the National Council(JCM) Staff Side was held today, i.e. 30th August, 2016, which remained almost introductory. Apart from the Official Side members, Shri M. Raghaviah, Shri M.S. Raja and I myself(from the Staff Side JCM) attended the said meeting.

We raised vehemently the issues of “Minimum Wage and Multiplying Formula” and made them very clear that; the VII CPC has accepted Dr. Aykroyd Formula for fixing Minimum Wage, but has not implemented the said formula in full sense, so, that is not acceptable to the Staff Side(JCM), therefore, Minimum Wage from Rs.18000 must be enhanced and accordingly Fitment Formula should also be changed.

It was agreed by the committee that, since we are again meeting on 1st September, 2016 with the Committee on Allowances, the next meeting of the said committee will be fixed in consultation with the Staff Side(JCM).

Thereafter, we also met the Cabinet Secretary(Government of India) and there also we shown our anguish about the inordinate delay in resolving those issues which were agreed to. The Cabinet Secretary said that, orders for the gratuity have been issued for the NPS covered employees, and orders for the PLB and arrears have also been issued. Many of the issues raised by the Staff Side(JCM) have been accepted and implemented and the remaining issues would also be pursued and settled.

Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (staff side)
NC/JCM & Convener

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Issues arisen consequent upon 7th CPC recommendations and Government decisions - NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi - 110 055

No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/MoF
Dated: 31/08/2016
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Uions of NFIR

Dear Brother,
Sub: Issues arisen consequent upon 7th CPC recommendations and Government decisions - reg.

The affiliates are aware that the Indefinite Strike action from I 11/07/2016 on Charter of demands mainly "minimum wage and multiplying factor" was deferred on official commitment given by the Government through Finance Ministry's statement on 6th July,20l6 for constituting High Level Committee to examine the issues.

A committee under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Expenditure) with Joint Secretary (Pers), Joint Secretary (Estt), Joint Secretary (lmp) as its members will deal the issues raised through a memorandum of JCM (Staff Side), submitted to the Empowered Committee, among them the major issues are "upward revision of Minimum wage as well Muliiplying Factor".

The 1st introductory meeting chaired by Addl. Secretary (Exp) was held on 30th August ,2016 at North Block, New Delhi attended by myself, S/Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra & M.S. Raja. In the preamble, we tried to impress upon the Addl. Secretary (Exp) the need for revision of minimum wage and Multiplying factor formula on the basis of facts and merits already presented by JCM (Staff Sidef After brief discussion, it was agreed that another meeting of the Committee will be fixed to be held in consultation with the JCM (Staff Side).

We also met Cabinet Secretary, Government of India thereafter and conveyed our disappointment over the delay in sorting out important issues. The Cabinet Secretary has stated that orders have since been issued by the Government for payment of Gratuity to the employees governed by the NPS. He said that the Government has also issued orders revising the salary calculation limit to Rs.7000/- for payment of Bonus/PLB w.e.f. 2014. The Cabinet Secretary has also assured to positively consider remaining pending issues.

The affiliates may please note that a meeting between the Standing Committee of JCM (Staff Side) and the Committee Chaired by Finance Secretiry (Expenditure) will take place on lst September, 2016 at North Block, New Delhi. In the said meeting the issues pertaining to the negative recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances and advances will be dealt.

Yours fraternally,
General Secretary



CITU Press Statement
30th August 2016
The Group of Ministers headed by the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, and comprising Labour Minister, Petroleum Minister and Power Minister held a Press Conference today on 30th August 2016 to tell the nation that the Govt had accepted major demands of the trade unions and hence they should not go in for strike on 2nd September 2016. CITU considers the statement of the Govt nothing but a mockery meted out to workers.

The Statement of the Finance Minister that the Govt has accepted the recommendation of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee is totally untrue. The Minimum Wage Advisory Committee met on 30th August 2016 at 3 pm and ended inconclusive while all the workers’ representatives reiterated their demand of Rs 18000/-. Such mis-statement by Govt is a deliberate ploy to mislead and confuse the workers before the strike.

Govt’s offer of a floor level minimum wage of Rs 350/- per day, i.e., Rs 9100/- per month (26 days) is cruel joke by the Govt making a posture of accepting the demands of workers. Trade unions reject such a mockery in the name of offer with the contempt it deserves.

Releasing previous year’s bonus for the central govt employees is not something about Govt’s magnanimity. Govt did so to implement the enhanced ceiling as per the Payment of Bonus Act for them, which they should have done much earlier. Now they have released in order to deceptively pose that the Govt has been considering so many things. So far as the court cases on implementation of Payment of Bonus Act is concerned, it is the responsibility of the central govt to defend and implement the Act passed by Parliament, for which they cannot claim any special credit. But this NDA Govt should better note that it is the BJP Govt in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan etc have withheld implementation of the Bonus Act for the year 2014-15 on their own citing the High Court Orders in Kerala and Karnataka which were not binding on them. That makes the real intention clear.

Govt also stated that they will issue advisory to state governments to ensure registration of trade unions within 45 days. Advisory is not having binding impact. What is required is to make statutory arrangement. But in their proposals on labour reforms, Govt has already put so many conditions that would make registering trade union virtually impossible.

On being asked in the press conference about the right to minimum wages for the central Govt Scheme workers like Anganwadi, Mid-day-meal, ASHA etc , The Finance Minister brushed the questioner aside saying that scheme workers are all volunteers and not workers. He must recall that the 46th Indian Labour Conference held during NDA regime has unanimously reiterated the recommendation of the previous ILC that the Scheme workers should be recognized as workers with right to minimum wages and attendant benefits.

The Minister further stated that the scheme workers will be covered by the Social Security benefits for which a committee will be constituted. Almost same statement was uttered by him one year before on 26-27 August 2015, prior to previous general strike. Nothing has been done yet. Rather ESIC has offered extremely partial ESI benefit to Anganwadi and mid-day-meal workers on payment of Rs 250/- per month which amounts to 8.33% of the paltry earning of the anganwadi workers, 16% of the anganwadi helpers and 25% of the mid-day-meal workers; whereas the workers covered by ESIC Act are to contribute 1.75% of their wage for full ESI benefit. Such proposal is dubiously designed to deny them the social security benefit and this deceptive game is going on.

In reality, Govt’s announcement in the press conference on the charter of demands of the workers is nothing but a hoax and must be rejected outright. This is game to confuse and mislead people just on the eve of strike. Such deceptive and dubious ploy of the Govt must be combated through making the 2nd September 2016 a massive success.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Trade unions to go ahead with strike despite 2 years’ bonus for govt employees

The Centre announced on Tuesday two years’ bonus for its employees and hiked minimum wages of unskilled workers by more than Rs 100, aiming to outmanoeuvre trade unions ahead of a general strike on September 2.

However, Left and Congress-affiliated workers’ unions dismissed the largesse and said they will go ahead with their day-long stir that could impact sectors like banking, telecom and railways.

“This is a mere eyewash. We demanded minimum wage for every worker at Rs 18,000 per day. The labour minister has misled people,” said Gurudas Dasgupta, the chief of the CPI-affiliated AITUC.

The government will fork out an additional Rs 3,800 crore in paying the bonus that will benefit 33 lakh-odd central employees ahead of the festive season.

“In the last one-and-a-half year, the inter-ministerial committee held meetings with the central trade unions. The unions placed various demands. Some were labour-related and some related to economic policy issues. The government has taken decisions on the basis of their recommendations,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said.

Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the government has accepted seven out of the eights demands of the trade unions. “There is no justification for a strike,” he told HT.

The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a workers’ union affiliated to the ruling BJP, however, is staying away from the strike called to protest the Narendra Modi government reforms that will see several state-run banks merged with the State Bank of India, the country’s biggest lender.

“The (banks’) merger is not the subject of trade unions,” Jaitley said, hoping that they will act “responsibly”.

Employees will get bonus for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 while minimum wages for non-agricultural workers have been revised from Rs 246 to Rs 350 per day, he added.

The finance minister also assured that necessary steps will be taken to resolve pending cases on bonus payments in courts.

Although the minimum wages is applicable for works commissioned by the Centre and its organisations, the state governments will come under pressure to hike their minimum wages.

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Next Wage revision in Public Sector Banks

F.No.4/2/2/2015 -IR
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services

Jeevan Deep, IIIrd Floor,
Parliament Street, New Delhi
Dated the August 24, 2016

The Chief Executive of all Public Sector Banks.

Subject: Next Wage revision in Public Sector Banks

I am directed to refer to this Department's letter of even number dated 12.1.2016 on the subject cited above and to request Public Sector Banks(PSBs) to intimate the present status/action taken by them so as to conclude the negotiations/next wage settlement by the effective date i.e. 1.11.2017 positively.

2. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

Yours faithfully,

(Manish Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations - revision of pay scales- amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules

No. AB.14017/13/2016-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi
Dated: 29th August, 2016


Subject:- Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations - revision of pay scales- amendment of Service Rules/Recruitment Rules

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 9.8.2015 on the above mentioned subject wherein it was requested that as per the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 issued by Department of Expenditure vide Notification dated 25th July, 2016, consequential amendment in the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules shall be made by the Ministries/Departments by substituting the existing Pay Band and Grade Pay by the new pay structure i.e. “LEVEL in the PAY MATRIX” straightaway without making a reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T)/Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

2. In this regard, a confirmation meeting is scheduled to be taken by Joint Secretary (Establishment) to take stock of the latest position of amendment in Service Rules/Recruitment Rules. Joint Secretary (Administration/Establishment) of all Ministries/Departments along with the cadre controlling officers is requested to attend the meeting as per the schedule Annexed or depute a senior officer conversant with the matter to brief the progress:

3. The meetings would be held in Room No: 190, 1st Floor, North Block.

(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-l)
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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Exgenditure)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 29th August, 2016

Office Memorandum

Subject: Grant of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) and non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc bonus) in case of Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15- enhancement of the calculation ceiling- Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s OM No. 7/24/2007/E-III.A dated 16.10.2015 regarding grant of non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) to the Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-2015, whereby the calculation ceiling for the purpose of payment of ad-hoc bonus was monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500. The Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) in case of Central Government employees working under certain Ministries/Departments, where such PLB was in operation in 2014-15, was also paid by the respective Ministries/Departments for the accounting year 2014-15 based on the concurrence of this Ministry with the calculation ceiling at monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500.

2. The question of enhancement of the calculation ceiling for the purpose of payment of PLB and non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus), as the case may be, to the Central Government employees has been considered and the President is pleased to decide that the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments for the purpose of payment of PLB and ad-hoc bonus, as the case may be, shall be revised to Rs. 7000 w.e.f. 01.04.2014, i.e., for the accounting year 2014-15.

3. Accordingly, the PLB or ad-hoc bonus, as the case may be, as already paid to the eligible Central Government employees for the accounting year 2014-15 in terms of the above OM dated 16.10.2015 pertaining to ad-hoc bonus and the respective sanctions issued by the concerned Ministries/Departments in respect of PLB under the respective schemes in operation during 2014-15 based on the specific concurrence of this Ministry, shall be re-worked out based on the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs. 7000 instead of Rs. 3500.. While re-working out payment of PLB or ad-hoc orders, as the case may be, under these orders for the accounting year 2014-15, all the other terms and conditions under which the payment was made shall remain unchanged.

5. In respect of their application to the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments, these orders are issued in consultation with the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

6. Hindi version of this order will follow.

(Amar Nath Singh)

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Workers’ unions strike: Mamata says no bandhs, Left claims she is afraid of them gathering forces

The strike, organised by trade unions, has been called to protest against the changes being made in the labour laws by the Centre as well as the issues affecting the sector

  The strike, organised by trade unions across party lines — in Bengal, both Left and Congress unions would participate — has been called to protest against the changes being made in the labour laws by the Centre and also issues affecting the sector

THE ALL-INDIA strike called by workers’ unions on September 2 seems to have become a bone of contention between CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. While the Left claims it would be a total bandh, Mamata has opposed it vehemently, saying that no more bandhs would be allowed in Bengal.

The strike, organised by trade unions across party lines — in Bengal, both Left and Congress unions would participate — has been called to protest against the changes being made in the labour laws by the Centre and also issues affecting the sector.

According to Left leaders, unlike in the past, it would not only be an industrial strike, but would extend to a general bandh with shops and businesses likely to be shut. “In various tweets and statements, Mishra has said that the strike is not aimed at the state government. Then why is the CM opposed to it? After all, it’s a countrywide strike. Other than Trinamool Congress, only Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangha (BJP’s workers union) is against the strike,” a Left leader said.

“While Mamata has been engaged in a verbal spat with the Centre, we feel she fears that the strike will give the Left traction to gather forces once more,” the leader added.

The strike, organised jointly by central trade unions and independent national federations of employees, including Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, is aimed to work towards the implementation of social security measures, which are “under attack”.

These include pension for post-2004 entrants in central government services, who have had to face cuts in interest on small savings deposits.

The unions are demanding social security for workers and minimum wage of not less than 18,000 per month. They also want assured enhanced pension not less than 3,000 per month for all sectors, including unorganised workers. They also want FDI to be removed from railways, defence and other “strategic sectors”.

A statement issued by Left had said that by “ignoring the united opposition of the working class”, the government has been trying to “demolish” the existing labour laws, thereby empowering the employers with unfettered rights to “hire and fire” and stripping workers and trade unions of all their rights and protection provided in laws.

“The anti-worker and authoritarian attitude of the government is also nakedly reflected in their refusal to implement the consensus recommendations of 43rd, 44th and 45th Indian Labour Conference for formulations of minimum wages, equal wage and benefits of regular workers to the contract workers…” it added.

Left leaders maintained that the policies of the Centre, such as downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation, corporatization and privatization has affected the central government employees in the worst manner. Ban on creation of new posts and non-filling up of around six lakh posts had increased the workload of the employees and affected the efficiency of the services.

The New Pension Scheme — implemented from January 1, 2004 — is nothing but a “no pension scheme”, as it is fully dependent on the vagaries of share market forces, said a leader.

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7th Pay Commission: Would Committee of Secretaries use 2.86 to 3.16 fitment factor to revise minimum salary of Central Govt employees?

In the meeting with NJCA on September 1, the Committee of Secretaries is expected to negotiate the demand regarding revision of entry level pay to Rs 26,000.

New Delhi, Aug 29: The high-powered Committee of Secretaries, constituted by Centre to look into the anomalies regarding the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, has scheduled an important meeting with the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) on September 1 to note down the grievances of the aggrieved central government employees.

The NJCA would be represented in the meeting by its convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra, who is the leading voice among those articulating the cause of employees. Although a range of issues would be discussed in the meeting, the three most prominent issues which employees want NJCA to raise in an uncompromising manner are: hike in Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA), enabling ‘Option 1' for pensioners and revision in the hike of minimum salaries. The employee unions have demanded the government to use 3.68 fitment factor to hike the minimum salary, instead of current 2.57. However, there is a possibility that the Committee of Secretaries could find a middle route by using fitment factor between 2.86 to 3.16.

The entry level salary as per the 6th Pay Commission is Rs 7,000. As per the recommendations of Justice (retd) AK Mathur led 7th pay panel, government used the 2.57 fitment factor to determine the minimum wage. This increased the existing salary to Rs 18,000. The decision came as a major shock to the employee unions and staff side JCM as in several meeting during the preparation of 7CPC report, it was indicated that a fitment factor ranging from 2.86 to 3.68 would be applied. Confederation of Central Government Employees collectively stated that considering the current inflation, government should use the 3.68 fitment factor which would increase the minimum salary to Rs 26,000.

If one takes cue from the revisions made in 6th Pay Commission, government could likely to take the middle route again. The 6CPC had recommended a minimum salary of Rs 6,600, ignoring the demand of staff side JCM which vowed to go on a strike on anything less than Rs 10,000. Later, the salary was upgraded to Rs 7,000 which reconciled the dissidents. Similarly, the government could find a middle route and restructure the minimum pay as per 7th Pay Commission by using a fitment factor between 2.86 to 3.16.

If the Committee of Secretaries use 2.86 fitment factor to hike the minimum salaries, the new entry level pay would be Rs 20,020. If the government uses 3.16 fitment factor, the minimum salary would be hiked to Rs 22,120. If a fitment factor of 3.00 is applied, the minimum salary would be restructured to Rs 21,000.

Although some reports in the past week had suggested that the minimum salary of Rs 18,000 would remain unaltered, there is a strong possibility that the government could soften its stance after the September 1 meeting. Aggrieved central government employees have indicated that they would call for a mass strike if the NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra fails to effectively negotiate with the government.

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Central Govt employees smile; Goa Govt employees starve

When the recommendation of the 4th Central Pay Commission of 1986, 5th CPC of 1996 and 6th CPC were promulgated by the Central Government, Govt. of Goa (which then was under Congress Rule) had promptly and simultaneously implemented those recommendations,

in absence of its own commission. It was done so to mitigate financial constraints of state workforce (both active and retired) caused by intensity of rising cost of living.

Lately, accepting the 7th CPC’s recommendations, the Central Government has passed resolutions to implement the same w.e.f. January 1, 2016 and pay the revised pay and pensions, along with arrears from August 2016.

In all fairness, therefore Goa Government ought to have taken similar action in larger interest of its employees. Despite this by his own statement in recent session of the Assembly, Hon. CM Laxmikant Parsekar has confirmed that local Government has already accepted the recommendations of the 7th CPC and also decided to issue necessary notifications around Chaturthi i.e. in September 2016 with a rider that salaries/pensions at the revised rates would be paid in November 2016.

Why a delay of four months when the same CM has time and again stated that the financial status of the State is quite sound and that adequate provisions are likewise made in the current budget to meet the resultant liability by 7th CPC (lest there is a hidden agenda)?

Whether it is pay or pension, they are hard earned, legitimate and matured claims to be honored on priority to uphold morale and efficiency of the workforce, by providing them timely economic support.

As regards pensioners, it is more so because being citizens in advance age with meagre income need more financial, medical and personal assistance, etc. and therefore monthly delay in their case everyday is a day of funeral of one or other senior citizen pensioner. Therefore delay in payment of such of their crystallized claims, accrued and due, as casually dealt with by Hon. CM is a cruel joke by the BJP government which is now in office and everyday boasting of welfare schemes.

In the context, fact cannot be lost sight of that Goa Government has a workforce, both active and retired, in vicinity of one Lakh or so i.e. one lakh families quite capable of tilting the fate of any government in office since Goa is a state in miniature. People believe that by grace of God wisdom will prevail on Goa government for wanting action in implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations in all earnestness.

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Monday, August 29, 2016


7th Pay Commission latest news: Aggrieved central govt employees pin hope in meeting between Committee of Secretaries and NJAC on Sept 1

Committee of Secretaries will hold their second meeting regarding the resolution of anomalies in the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The meeting is scheduled on September 1.

The leading employee union, National Joint Council of Action, headed by Shiv Gopal Mishra, has been invited in the meeting. Aggrieved central government employees pin their hope in the outcome of the meeting. However, many among them have turned increasingly pessimistic, after reports floated earlier in the week stating that the government would not be increasing the minimum salary which has been fixed as Rs 18,000.

Shiv Gopal Mishra is expected to pitch the demands of the government employees before the high-powered committee. As of now, it is not clear whether government would pitch for a compromise with the union. However, the committee members are scheduled to hear the grievances of the employees as raised by the Unions.

One of the foremost demands raised by NJAC is that the government should use 3.68 fitment factor, instead of 2.57 in calculating the minimum salary, as well as the hike in allowances. The minimum salary of government employees as per 6th Pay Commission was Rs 7,000. This was increased by the Justice AK Mathur led panel to Rs 18,000, using the 2.57 fitment factor. If the 3.68 fitment factor would be applied, the entry-level pay would be hiked to Rs 26,000.

The 7th Pay Commission report prepared by Justice (Retd) AK Mathur had suggested the abolition of 51 out of the 194 existing allowances. A total of 27 allowances were subsumed.

Apart from the civilian employees, the armed forces have also marked their objection as the pay panel has refrained from incorporating their demand related to the creation of a uniform pay matrix.

The Defence Pay Matrix has only 24 pay levels, on the other hand, their bureaucratic counterparts enjoy 40 pay levels. Due to this, the armed forces personnel receive less opportunity of salary hikes. Their income gets stagnated at certain points, and even after retirement, they end up drawing Rs 20,000 less as pension, as compared to their civilian counterpart. Similarly, the demand to include Tier-II employees among beneficiaries in the technical allowance has not been paid heed.

The all-important meeting scheduled by the government comes a day before the pan-India strike called by several employee unions across organized sectors against the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.


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7 cpc revision of pension -Clarification raised by banks

NEW DELHI-110066

CPAO/IT&Tech/7th CPC (Clarification)/2016-17 
Dated: 24th Aug, 2016

Clarification on the points raised by banks in the meeting held on 22.08.2016
1Applicability to absorbeesPara 7 (a) of the OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (ii) dated-04.08.2016 issued by DP&PW stipulates that “Where the Government servants on permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Bodies continue to draw pension separately from the Government, the pension of such absorbees will be updated in terms of these orders. In cases where the Government servants have drawn one time lump sum terminal benefits equal to 100% of their pensions and have become entitled to the restoration of one-third commuted portion of pension as per the instructions issued by this Department from time to time, their cases will not be covered by these orders. Orders for regulating pension of such pensioners will be issued separately”.
2Applicability of family pensions for absorbeesPara 7 (b) of the OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (ii) dated-04.08.2016 issued by opapw stipulates that “In cases where, on permanent absorption in public sector I undertakings/ autonomous bodies, the terms of absorption and/or the rules permit grant of family pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 or the corresponding rules applicable to Railway employees/ members of All India Services, the family pension being drawn by family pensioners will be updated in accordance with these orders."
3List of absorbees to be provided on banks login.List has been uploaded on banks login by NIC
4Interpretation of para 6 of OM dated 04.08.2016 on dearness relief to employed/ re-employed pensioner.It has been clarified by Director, DP&PW that “As is clear from para 7(a) of the OM dated 04.08.2016, the pension of those pensioners who are re-employed and were not drawing dearness relief before 01.01.2016, is also required to be revised w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in terms of the said oM. However, dearness relief on revised pension will not be admissible during the period of re-employment”.
5Format of reporting through e-scrolls of 7th CPCIt has already been mentioned in para 3 of CPAOs OM No. CPAO/lT&Tech/Revision (7030/19 Vol-III/2015-16/109 dated-11th August, 2016 that “after paying the revised pension and arrears, banks have to flag the revised cases in the Format-A of e-Scrolls to be submitted to CPAO so that revised cases may be identified at CPAO. To enable the banks for flagging of such cases, necessary modifications have been made in the Format-A of e-Scroll by changing the heading of column -18 to “Applicable Pay Commission”. Under this column, banks have to fill “7” for the cases which have been revised under 7th CPC by them”. Further, in the Column No. 27 of Format-F in e-scroll titled “Pay Commission" 7th CPC may be incorporated and sent alongwith Format-A. Each CPPC must attach Format-F with each e-scroll.
6Who would do Ex-gratia payment revision?The DP&PW oM No.38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (ii), dated 04.08.2016 is meant for revision of pension only of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners for which banks have been authorized to revise the pensions and make payment accordingly. Revision of ex-gratia payment is to be dealt with in accordance with para 12.1 of DP&PW oM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (i), dated 04.08.2016. The ex-gratia revision cases are required to be dealt with by the Department concerned and not by banks
7Specific case of the Chief Election CommissionerIn this context para 2.3 of DP&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (ii), dated-04.08.2016 clearly states that these orders do not apply to the retired High Court and Supreme Court Judges and other Constitutional/ Statutory Authorities whose pension etc. is governed by separate rules/orders.
8How to deal with cases where pension is being paid on 5th CPC rates. Following categories:-

i) Employees suspended before 2006 and also retired before 01.01.2006.

ii) Employees suspended before 2006 but retired after 01.01.2006.

iii) Employees who retired before 2006 and against whom departmental/judicial proceedings were
pending at the time of retirement.

were allowed to draw provisional pension in the pre-2006 pay scales.
Later on DP&PW vide 38/6/2010-P&PW (A)(pt) dated18.03.2013 had decided to revise all such cases of provisional pensions in terms of their OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated-01.09.2008. As such these cases may be referred to the concerned Ministry/Department for revising them first as per 6th CPC before they are revised under 7th CPC.
9Applicability of 7th CPC revisions to various categories of pensioners.As per para 2.1 of DP&PW OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated-4th August, 2016, “These orders shall apply to all pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension before 1.1.2016 under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules and the corresponding rules applicable to Railway pensioners and pensioners of All India Services, including officers of the Indian Civil Service retired from service on or after 1.1.1973. A pensioner/ family pensioner who became entitled to pension/ family pension with effect from 01.01.2016 consequent on retirement/death of Government servant on 31.12.2015, would also be covered by these orders”.

The categories of pensioners further clarified by Director, DP&PW to SBI is as under:-

i) The pension of Defence Civilian Pensioners, Postal and Telecom Pensioners under CDA category is regulated by CCS (Pension) Rules. These pensioners are, therefore, eligible for revision of pension under OM dated 4.8.16. However the absorbee pensioners of BSNL/MTNL who are getting pension under IDA category are not covered by this OM. The absorbee pensioners who had taken lump-sum in lieu of their monthly pension and are getting only one-third restored pension are also not covered by this OM.

ii) The State Government pensioners are not eligible for revision of pension under this OM. However the All India Service officers and employees retired from CAG/AGs/Audit & Accounts Departments in States are covered under this OM.
10Applicability of Additional Pension on attaining the age of 65 years to the pensioners of UT Chandigarh on the pattern of Punjab State GovernmentA clarification has been sought from IS (UT), MHA and DP&PW Central Government instructions allow additional pension only on attaining age of 80 years and above. Therefore, the additional payment on attaining the age of 65 years in case of UT Chandigarh pensioners banks should not grant additional pension on attaining the age of 65 years instead of 80 years until a
clarification regarding applicability is received.
11Contact Official in CPAO for 7th CPC clarification
Sl. No.Name & DesignationContact No.
1Sh. Davinder Kumar, TD (NIC)011-26175099Mob. No. 9354806172kumardavender[@]
2.Sh. Vijay Singh, Sr. AO (IT & Tech)011-26166758vijay.cpao[@]
3.Sh. S.P. Sharma, ConsultantToll free - 1800117788Mob. No.8010474683


Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965-instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet

F. No. 11012/04/2016-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi -, 110001
Dated August 23 , 2016

Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965-instructions regarding timely issue of Charge-sheet - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to DoP&T’s OM. No. 11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III dated 3rd July, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to say that in a recent case, Ajay Kumar Choudhary vs Union of India Civil Appeal No. 1912 of 2015 dated 16/02/2015, the Apex Court has directed as follows:

14 We, therefore, direct that the currency of a Suspension Order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/Chargesheet is not served on the delinquent officer/employee; if the Memorandum of Charges/Chargesheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension. As in the case in hand, the Government is free to transfer the concerned person to any Department in any of its offices within or outside the State so as to sever any local or personal contact that he may have and which he may misuse for obstructing the investigation against him. The Government may also prohibit him from contacting any person, or handling records and documents till the stage of his having to prepare his defence........... Furthermore, the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission that pending a criminal investigation departmental proceedings are to be held in abeyance stands superseded in view of the stand adopted by us.

2. In compliance of the above judgement, it has been decided that where a 'Government' servant: is placed under suspension, the order of suspension should not extend beyond three months, if within this period the charge-sheet is not served to the-charged officer. As such, it should be ensured that the charge sheet is issued before expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension. As the suspension will lapse in case this time line is not adhered to, a close watch needs to be kept at all levels to ensure that charge sheets are issued in time.

3. It should also be ensured that disciplinary proceedings are initiated as far as practicable in cases where an investigating agency is seized of the matter or criminal proceedings have been launched. Clarifications in this regard have already been issued vide O.M. No. 11012/6/2007-Estt.A-III dated 21.07.2016.

4. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control.

5. Hindi version will follow.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)



Children Education Allowance (CEA) - Clarification

No. A-27012/ 01/ 2015-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated 22nd August, 2016.


Subject: Children Education Allowance (CEA) - Clarification

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel Training’s OM. No.12011/ 03/ 2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 2nd September, 2008 and subsequent clarifications issued from time to time on the subject mentioned above and to say that E-Receipts produced by Central Govt. employees as a proof of payment of fee, etc., may be treated as original and hence may be allowed for claiming reimbursement of CEA.

2. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Establishment).

3. Hindi version will follow.

(Mukul Ratra)


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Extension of benefits of ‘Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity’ to the Central Government employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System)

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi - 110 003, Dated the 26 August, 2016.


Subject : Extension of benefits of ‘Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity’ to the Central Government employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System) - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that the pension of the Government servants appointed on or after 1.1.2004 is regulated by the new Defined Contribution Pension System (known as National Pension System), notified by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) vide their O.M No. 5/7/2003-ECB & PR dated 22.12.2003. Orders were issued for payment of gratuity on provisional basis in respect of employees covered under National Pension System on their retirement from Government service on invalidation or death in service, vide this Department’s OM No. 38/41/2006-P&PW(A) dated 5.5.2009.

2. The issue of grant of gratuity in respect of government employees covered by the National Pension System has been under consideration of the Government. It has been decided that the government employees covered by National Pension System shall be eligible for benefit of ‘Retirement gratuity and Death gratuity’ on the same terms and conditions, as are applicable to employees covered by Central Civil Service (Pension) Rule,1972.

3. These orders issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their ID. Note No. 1(4)/EV/2006-II dated 29.07.2016.

4. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

5. These orders will be applicable to those Central Civil Government employees who joined Government service on or after 1.1.2004 and are covered by National Pension System and will take effect from the same date i.e. 1.1.2004.

(Harjit Singh)
Director (Pension Policy)



7th Pay Commission: Salary hike likely for Karnataka govt employees; CM hints at setting up new panel

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah says a new panel will be set up to consider salary hike demands of state government employees. In Picture: Siddaramaiah salutes the national flag on the occasion of 70th "Independence Day" celebration in Bengaluru on Aug 15, 2016

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah gave a strong indication to state government employees on Thursday when he hinted at setting up a pay panel to explore the possibility of salary hike that would benefit about 6.40 lakh employees.

"State government employees have been demanding salaries on a par with the Central government staff. The time has come to set up the next pay commission as the Centre is implementing the recommendations of the seventh pay commission," Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald.

The chief minister spoke on the sidelines of the diamond jubilee celebration of the Karnataka Government Secretariat Employees' Association (KGSEA) in Bengaluru.

The comment raised hopes of state government employees who had gone on a day-long strike on June 2 demanding pay parity with Central government staff.

"We are happy that the chief minister is keen on setting up a new pay commission. He also promised to look into our grievances," KGSEA president Mahadevaiah Matapathii said. The last pay commission was set up by the state government five years ago.

Besides salary hike, the employees also want session allowance for all Vidhana Soudha employees and a site for the association's building.

The 7th Central Pay Commission's (CPC) recommendations hiking salary and allowances for Central government employees is a trigger for many state government employees to seek parity with their Central government counterparts.

The Narendra Modi government has accepted the recommendations pertaining to the hike in the salary component, while a decision on allowances is likely by November this year when a committee set up to examine raising allowances submits its report to the finance ministry.

The salary hike for Central government staff has also prompted employees of public sector undertakings (PSUs) to seek a similar hike for which they will be going on strike on September 2 in which state-run banks will also participate. Besides, pay hike, the strike is also in protest against "anti-labour" reforms of the Modi government such as stake sale in PSUs.


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Centre extends benefits of retirement and death gratuity to all Central Government employees

In a measure that would benefit several thousand retired central government employees, the Modi Government on Friday extended the benefits of 'Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity' to the Central Government employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System).

As per the existing system the pension of the Government servants appointed on or after January 1, 2004 is regulated by the new Defined Contribution Pension System (known as National Pension System).

According to the Department of Personnel the issue of grant of gratuity in respect of government employees covered by the National Pension System has been under consideration and it has now has been decided that the government employees covered by National Pension System shall be eligible for benefit of 'Retirement gratuity and Death gratuity' on the same terms and conditions, as are applicable to other employees.

These orders will be applicable to those Central Civil Government employees who joined Government service on or after January 1,2004 and are covered by National Pension System and will take effect from the same date.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016


7th pay Commission latest news: Calculate your salary after Central Government denies scope for change in minimum pay

The government has repeatedly stated that it was “not appropriate” to compare the hike in the minimum pay suggested by the 7th Central Pay Commission with that of the previous pay commissions.

New Delhi, August 23: Of late, th e employees of the Central government had to confront some bad news as the government reportedly refused to raise their minimum salary of Rs. 18000. The hike in the minimum wage was recommended by the seventh pay commission and was also subsequently approved by the union Government.This can also be attributed to the fact that a raise in the wages of central government employees will be met by a similar demand by those working in the public sector. this would be a  demand that would add immense burden on the government and hence the Finance ministry made it clear that there would be no scope for change in the minimum wage of rs. 18000

 According to the latest 7th Pay Commission notification it has been confirmed that the hike in the basic pay at the junior level in the central government has witnessed a hike of just 14.27% which is the lowest in the past seventy years. There is a lot of unhappiness in the central government employees as their demand was for the basic pay to be Rs. 26,000 instead of the existing Rs. 18,000. The exact amount of Pay for central government employees as per the latest 7th pay Commission notifications can be viewed in the updated calculator here.

A Finance Ministry source was quoted as saying by the Sen Times.“The demand of central government employees through National Joint Council of Action (NJAC) for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 may be considered by the National Anomaly Committee but they can do nothing.”  The central government employees unions have hinted at the possibility of   an indefinite strike if their demand of hike in minimum pay is not fulfilled. But the government is in no mood to change mind on central government employees’ demand. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Revised allowances from October, no change in minimum pay of Rs 18,000 )

The government has repeatedly stated that it was “not appropriate” to compare the hike in the minimum pay suggested by the 7th Central Pay Commission with that of the previous pay commissions. However it is useful to note that, according to the 7th Pay Commission, the real increase given in 1996 and 2006 in minimum pay was 31 per cent and 51 per cent respectively which are huge rises in pay when compared to the current recommendation’s by the commission which brings about an increase of 14.29 per cent in the pay of employees.

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7th Pay Commission: Jharkhand appoints panel to examine salary hike for employees

Jharkhand could well become the first state government to hike salary of its employees in line with the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

A decision to appoint a fitment panel to examine the recommendations of the 7th CPC for the state government employees was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das on Tuesday, according to a PTI report.

The state government has about 1.62 lakh employees on its rolls and had already expressed its ability to take on the additional burden on the implementation of the CPC's recommendations. The additional outgo is estimated at Rs. 2,820 crore, including those for pensioners.

"We will need to pay Rs 1,866 crore more in salary and Rs 953 crore more in pension if Seventh Pay Commission recommendations are adopted," Amit Khare, state additional chief secretary had told The Telegraph on June 29, 2016.

"We are a budget surplus state. The state government can implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission," he added.

The Jharkhand government paid Rs. 8,199 crore in salaries and Rs. 3,969 crore as pension during 2015-16.

State government employees have already demanded pay parity in line with their Central government counterparts and now, public sector employees have made a similar demand for which they have decided to go on strike on September 2.

Last month, the Tripura government had said that it would consider pay hike for employees once the Centre makes a final decision on implementing the pay panel proposals. There are about 2.09 government employees and pensioners in the state.

Earlier, Karnataka government employees had gone on a one-day strike on June 2 demanding salary hike on the lines of those for Central government staff.

"The difference (in pay) is very huge and there is no priority so it varies from 40% to 100%.We have issued a notice to the government and subsequently today all 6,40,00 employees are going for strike and absenting from their duties today," Narayan, Organising Secretary of the Karnataka State Employees Association, told a news channel on June 3.

"There are 24 states which are paying salaries on par with the Central government employees. This includes states which are not as developed as ours. If the government does not heed to our demands even now, then we will go on strike for a longer duration," the Association president Mahadevaiah Matapathi had said.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Feasibility of implementation of recommendations accepted by GOI contained in paras 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of 7CPC report.

(All India Federation of Pensioners' Associations)
2913A - LGF Backside. Jnngpura -‘A'.
New Delhi - 110 014

No. SG/BPS/PC7/016/08.
Dt.19 August, 2016

The Secretary
Deptt of Administrative Reforms & Pensioner’ Grievances,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
Patel Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001.
( Kind Attention: Shri Chirravuri Vishwanath IAS ).

Subject: Feasibility of implementation of recommendations accepted by GOI contained in paras 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of 7CPC report.

In connection with feasibility of implementation of recommendation contained in para 10.1.67 of 7CPC report relating to pre-2016 pensioners, the undersigned, on behalf of Bharat Pensioners Samaj (Federation) a conglomerate of over 628 pensioners Associations, submits as follows:

i). Your kind attention is invited to 5th CPC recommendation contained in Para 137.14 of the report together with GOI’s decision there on which reads as under:

The pension of all pre-1986 retirees may be updated by notional fixation of their pay as on 1.1.1986 by adopting the same formula as for the serving employees. Thereafter, all the past pensioners who have been brought on the Fourth CPC pay scales by notional fixation of their pay and those who have retired on or after 1.1.1986 can be treated alike regarding consolidation of their pension as on 1.1.1996 by allowing the same fitment weightage as may be allowed to the serving employees. However, the consolidated revised pay of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement. (137.14)

Govt Decision:

Accepted to the extent that pension of pre 1.1.96 retirees including pre-86 retirees shall be consolidated as on 1.1.1996 as recommended but the consolidated pension shall be brought on to the level of 50% of the minimum of the revised pay of the post held by the pensioner at the time of retirement. Nos. 45/86/97-P&PW(A) Part-II dt. 27.1099 & 45/1098-P&PW(A) dt 17.12.98 refer.

ii). Similarly 6th CPC recommendation on the subject of revision of pre-2006 pensioners were possible as per GOI orders contained in F No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 01.09.2008 and amendments issued by DOP& PW thru F No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28-01-2013 wherein para 4.2 reads ” That is, the fixation of pension will be subject to the provision that the revised pension , in no case shall be lower than 50% of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus grade pay corresponding to the pre revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired. In case of HAG+ and above scales, this will be 50% of the minimum of the revised pay scale.”

iii). Pension record is of permanent nature and if it is to be destroyed, proper permission from the competent authority is to be obtained. In any case, these record can always be reconstructed taking the details from various sources available in the department and the material collected from the Pensioner. In this regard attention is also drawn to recent CAT Bombay Nagpur Bench judgement dated 09.03.2015 in case of Smt. Saija vs. General Manager, Central Railway O.A.No. 2131 of 2011(CAT Bombay Bench at Nagpur) It is also pointed out that never ever any department in any of the Court cases brought out the issue of non-availability of records.

2. It was possible to implement the above recommendations of pay panels and issue revise PPOs as records were traced out, probably due to some incentive given to the staff concerned for revising the PPOs of pre-1986 retirees involving notional fixation. Railway administration for certain gave incentive to the staff concerned for implementing 5th CPC recommendations. It is reliably learnt that as no incentive for additional work involved in revision of PPOs after 6thCPC was offered. Rly Admn did face some difficulties in implementing recommendations of 6th CPC and consequential issue of revised PPOs to pre-2006 retirees, still as per Rly Board 100% PPOs could be revised. Govt. records can speak of the position of incentive offered by various departments concerned. It is one of the suggestions to consider incentive to staff to ease the problem of locating old records/information required, since in 90% cases records are available and remaining can be recasted.

3. 7th CPC considered the long standing demand of pensioners retired in earlier CPCs regimes to grant them parity in fixation of pension with those retiring subsequently after implementation of its report. Accordingly, 7th CPC has recommended granting benefit of increments earned by the pensioner in the Pay Band and Grade Pay/Scale of Pay for 01.01.2006 Pensioners, while determining their notional pay as on 01-01-2016 at a level in the pay matrix given by the 7th CPC. Pension would be fixed at 50% of the notional pay so arrived.

4. Apprehension of non-feasibility of recommendation, discussed in para 3 , due to non-availability of records is further narrowed & not zeroed. PPOs issued at the time of retirement and revised afterwards do reflect changes prescribed by the Govt. in the pay scales on the recommendations of different Pay Commissions, record the stage of pay in the Pay Scale/Pay Band of a person retired. But it is silent on the number of increments earned after promotion to the grade in which a particular pensioner had retired. May please recall that pay fixation on promotion, as per FR 22, is arrived at after granting one increment in the pre-promotion scale followed by stepping up the same to the immediate next stage of pay in the higher grade if there is no stage after grant of increment in the lower grade. Some of the promotees may get fixed at the minimum (First stage) of the higher grade whereas others may get fixed at the second or third next stage depending upon the pay in the lower grade.

5. The recommendation of 7thCPC vide their para10.1.67(option1) for Parity of Pension is based on legal & Constitutional grounds and as such to maintain sanctity it needs to be implemented in toto.

6. It is a history that pensioners retired earlier were always at a discount in the matter of revised pensions.7th CPC has tried to give some relief to pre-2016 retirees. For the purpose of determining pension under para 10.1.67 of 7th CPC in cases where all attempts to trace records or to recast missing ones fail, it is suggested that such of the pensioners may be given option to get their notional pay determined on the basis of stage of pay in the grade indicated in the PPO this information is invariablaly available in all PPOs. If in some PPOs if LPD is not indicated it can be determined from family pension which is 30% of LPD

7. Fixation of notional pay of pre 2016 pensioners on the basis of the stage corresponding to the grade of pay in which a pensioner had retired would offer a fair & equitable option in all cases where records cannot be traced inspite of best efforts.

8 To meet the ends of justice, Bharat pensioners Samaj request that a personal hearing be granted to its delegation before any adverse decision is arrived at by the Committee.

Thanking you in anticipation.

With regards

Yours sincerely
(S. C. Maheshwari)
Secretary General, Bharat Pensioners Samaj.

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Second Meeting of the Committee constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.

7th Pay Commission – Second meeting on Allowances on 01.09.2016 will be held at Room No. 72 North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) Committee will seek views of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA).

Department of Expenditure
(Implementation Cell)

Room No.216, Hotel Ashok,
Chankyapuri, New Delhi,
Dated :22/23.08.2016

Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM
13C, Feroz Shah Road,
New Delhi.

Subject: Second Meeting of the Committee constituted to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding Allowances.

I am directed to inform that the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be hedl on 01st September, 2016 at 3.00 PM in Room No.72, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure).

2. I am further directed to inform that the Committee on Allowances has desired to meet the representatives of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) in the aforesaid meeting to obtain their views on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission relating to allowances.

3. You are, therefore, requested to attend the aforesaid meeting with their members of Standing Committee of National Council Staff Side (JCM). The names of the members attending the meeting may please be sent on or before 29th August, 2016 to the undersigned so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Yours sincerely,
(Abhay N.Sahay)
Under Secretary (IC-7th CPC)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Festive demand, 7th Pay Commission payout will boost gold, year end target Rs 35,000

The coming few months dotted with festivals can provide a further boost to gold prices in India. Experts believe that festive demand can push gold prices to Rs 34,000-35,000 per 10 grams by the end of the current year.

“Gold prices are expected to remain firm in the coming months. We expect strong demand for jewellery during the upcoming festive season which would include Ganapthi and Dusshera festivals.

The marriage season around December should give a further push. Gold should test Rs 34,000-35,000 in the next 4-5 months,” Saurabh Gadgil, CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told FeMoney.

He said that the 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold. “The 7th Pay Commission payout will certainly lead to higher gold sales.

We are already seeing some demand from government employees who are coming and making purchases on anticipation of higher salaries,” Gadgil said.

Gold, which started year at around Rs 25,000 level closed at Rs 31,720 on August 19 according to prices of Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association quotes, which works out to gains of around 27 per cent year to date.

V P Nandakumar, MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Limited agrees that 7th Pay Commission payout will boost gold sales. “A part of the payout can reasonably be expected to find its way into gold purchases,” he said.

Nandakumar also feels that upcoming festive season can boost gold sales. “No doubt the festive season will see an uptick in domestic gold demand,” he said. However, he said that this would not have much impact on international gold prices.

Abnish Kumar Sudhanshu, Director and Research Head, Amrapali Aadya and Investments feels that along with domestic factors, global factors will help keep gold firm. “Gold can touch Rs 35,000 per 10 grams by the year end on the back of negative interest rate policies in Japan and Europe along with expectations of a slowdown in the US rate hike cycle,” feels Sudhanshu.

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Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS)

Ministry Of Finance
Department of Financial Services

2nd Floor, Jeevan Deep Building,
Parliament Street, New Delhi.
Dated the 5th August, 2016


Subject: Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS) as recommended by the Hon’ble Railway Ministers – representation from National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)

The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a representation (in original) dated 26.06.2016 received from NFIR regarding the subject cited above.

2. In this regard, it may be stated that exemption of Railways from NPS employees will have a bearing on the exchequer; Department of Expenditure (DoE) may take an appropriate action in this regard.

3. So far as the proposals of Hon’ble Railway Minister in the matter is concerned, the reply to issues relevant to this Department were sent to DoE vide this Department’s OM dated 26.02.2016. (Copy Enclosed)

(Prabhu Dayal)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: NFIR

Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the cases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, 19th August, 2016.


Subject: Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the cases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 — regarding.

Reference is invited to this Department’s Office Memorandum No.21(2)12008- E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008. Para ‘3’ of the O.M. stipulates that Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- & above and those in the HAGS’ Scale, who are entitled to the use of official car in terms of Department of Expenditure (DoE) O.M. No. 20(5)/E.11(A)/93 dated 28.01.1994, shall be given the option to avail themselves of the existing facility or to draw the Transport Allowance at the rate of Rs.7,000/- p.m. plus Dearness Allowance thereon.

2. Several references have been received in this Department seeking clarification on the admissibility of Transport Allowance to officers drawing Grade Pay Rs. Rs.10,000/ under Dynamic ACP Scheme or NFU Scheme. A few cases have also been filed in the Courts in this regard. Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi, in Order dated 13.05.2014 in O.A. No.4062/2013 filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others Nils Union of India & Others, held that the Applicants were not entitled to draw Transport Allowance Rs.7,000/- p.m. plus DA thereon. The said order of the Tribunal has also been upheld by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in their Order dated 03.09.2014 passed in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 3445/2014, filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others,

3. Accordingly, it is clarified that the officers, who are not entitled for the use of official car for commuting between residence to office and back, in terms of DoE’s OM 20(5)/E-I1(A)/93 dated 28.01.1994, are not eligible to opt for drawal of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- p.m. + DA thereon, in terms of DoE O.M. No.21(2)/2008- E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008, even though they are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 under Dynamic ACP Scheme or under the scheme of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU).

4. Hindi version is attached.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel: 23093276

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Filling up of supervisory posts of Accounts Department-NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. II/70/Part II
Dated: 18 /08/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Filling up of supervisory posts of Accounts Department-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2015/AC-II120/App-3 dated 01/08/2016, addressed to General SecretarylNFIR.

On perusal of the proposal sent vide Railway Board’s letter No.2015/AC-II/20/App-3 dated 01/08/2016, the NFIR finds that the said proposal may not in fact give desired results for ensuring efficiency and achieving perfection in the working system. In this connection, NFIR conveys as follows:-

(i) There is need to ensure annual recruitment of JAAs against the DR quota percentage uninterruptedly, thereby, such recruitees can be adequately trained, retrained for meeting the system’s requirements .

(ii) It needs to be admitted by the Railway Board that wrong policy of non-filling of vacancies particularly against DR quota for decades together has resulted difficult situation. Federation wants that such mistakes not be repeated.

(iii) The extant policy of holding centralized examination of Appendix-III IREM needs to be reviewed and decentralized to facilitate Zonal Railways to conduct these examinations regularly fo’r the purpose of filling the vacancies as well for meeting the future requirement. If this policy revision is approved and implemented, the fear that 34% vacancies by 2019-2020 will get dispelled.

(iv) The Railway Board may consider introducing the system of filling vacancies of SSO(A) etc., through different types of examinations against 70% and 30% quota vacancies as is being presently done in the case of selections to Group ‘B’ (Gazetted).

• Those Accounts Assistants with GP 4200/- (PB-2) put in minimum two years service may be allowed to appear in the selection against 30% quota vacancies and panel drawn based on merit. In the case of 70% quota vacancies, those Accounts Assistants rendered 5 years service, may be made eligible to appear and such number be equal to three times the vacancies in the order of seniority and panel be drawn on the basis of their seniority.

• The examinations against 70% & 30% quota vacancies may be conducted annually and while calling for the applications against these quotas, option from the staff may be obtained whether they prefer SSO (A) or Sf. TIA or Sr. ISA, thereby they can be deployed on promotion in case of their empanellement.

• 5% marks weightage may be considered to be added to the qualifying marks to those Accounts Assistants who have completed three years service or more.

• The syllabus for 70% and as well 30% quota vacancies may be formulated by Railway Board which should be followed by Zonal Railways.

• The questions may be of “objective” type upto 50% out of total number of questions and the remaining may be “subjective”.

(v) The Zonal Railways may be advised to conduct the examinations” online “, depending upon the availability of infrastructure and facilities. Such system would contribute for quick evaluation and declaration of results without any loss of time to facilitate filling the vacancies within the reasonable time.

(vi) It also needs to be seriously considered for providing the following pay structure in the Accounts Department.

(a) JAA – GP 4200/-
(b) AA- GP 4800/-
(c) SSO (A)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA – GP 5400/-

NFIR expects the Railway Board to consider the above and respond early. During discussions as and when fixed, the Federation will highlight more details.

Yours faithfully,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah) 
General Secretary

Source :NFIR

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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7th Pay Commission effect? Coal India workers demand Rs.18,000 minimum monthly salary, to join September 2 strik

The first indications of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) triggering demands for salary hike have begun in right earnest with Coal India Limited (CIL) workers set to join the general strike on September 2. Among the many demands include minimum monthly salary of Rs. 18,000, similar to the one proposed by the 7th CPC and accepted by the Central government employees.

CIL informed about the September 2 strike in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Saturday morning. The coal workers will be joining other trade unions that have called for a general strike in which about five lakh bank employees are also likely to participate.

Of the 13 demands listed in the charter are hike in minimum monthly salary, halt to disinvestment of public sector undertakings, increased gratuity, discontinue the practice of recruiting people on contract basis and regularise employment of those hired on contractual terms.

"We have received a communication of strike notice dated 19th August 2016 for general strike on 2nd September 2016. Efforts are being made for conciliation process. If they resort to strike, it will affect production and dispatch of coal," CIL said in its filing with the BSE.

Some of the demands for which many industrial workers are going on strike are:

No privatisation, no further disinvestment and no strategic sale of nationalised coal sector

Immediate recruitment drive to fill vacant posts

Strict enforcement of all labour laws without any exception

Urgent measures for controlling prices

Minimum social security cover for all workers

Minimum wage of not less than Rs. 18,000 per month with provisions of indexation for unskilled workers

Assured enhanced pension of not less than Rs. 3,000 per month for the entire working population (including unorganised sector workers)

Stoppage of disinvestment in central/state public sector undertakings

Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and increase in quantum of gratuity.

The proposed Industrial Relations Code Bill 2015 seeks to give flexibility to companies employing up to 300 workers from obtaining government approval for retrenchment, lay off and closure. A Small Factories Bill is also seeking to exempt units with under 40 workers from 14 labour laws, according to PTI.


Government employees in Jammu and Kashmir asked to join duties with immediate effect

Most of the government employees are not attending their duties after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last month.

All government and semi-government employees in Jammu and Kashmir have been directed to join their duties immediately or else they will be treated absent from duties and their salary will be deducted for the month of August.

Most of the government employees are not attending their duties after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last month.

The Divisional Commissioner in his order has said that last month salary was given to all the employees, but this month the salary will not be given to those employees who did not attend office duties.

The order further said that all head of the departments have been directed to withhold the salaries of the absent employees.

Official sources said government has reports that some of the government employees, mostly school teachers are actively involved in organising stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley since July 9 in which dozens have been identified by the police and security forces.

The Divisional Commissioner, Baseer Ahmed Khan has issued an order in which he has directed all absent employees in civil secretariat and all district headquarters to join their duties immediately.

About 5.50 lakh employees are working in government and semi-government departments and the state government is spending about Rs 15,000 crore on their salaries per year.

Around 2000 government and Kashmiri Pandit migrant employees have also fled from the Valley after mass protests in connection with killing of Burhan Wani in Kokernag area of Anantnag district last month.

The state education Minister, Naeem Khan has also urged the parents of school children to cooperate with the divisional administration so that schools can be opened as the education of many students is getting jeopardised.

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Apply minimum wage hike to govt employees, not private sector: Traders

“We have suggested that the minimum hike be given to government employees only,” said a trade union representative.

OPPOSING THE Delhi government’s decision to hike minimum wages, representatives of trade unions met Labour Minister Gopal Rai Saturday and suggested that the order should be made applicable only to government employees and not the private sector.

In a meeting with as many as 100 representatives, it was also conveyed to the government that the decision to hike wages will hamper their business and result in the industry moving out. “We have suggested that the minimum hike be given to government employees only,” said a trade union representative.

AAP’s Trade Wing Convenor Brijesh Goyal said, “We also told the minister that if the wages are hiked, the industry would move out to neighbouring states where labour is much cheaper than Delhi.”

Apart from the strike and protest, traders are also contemplating a legal course of action against the government’s decision, said a source.

Defending his government’s decision to hike minimum wages in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said money in the hands of the poor and middle class, and not “Ambani and Adani”, will benefit the country’s economy.

(with PTI inputs)
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Saturday, August 20, 2016


JCM functioning and compassionate appointments – NCJCM Secretary writes to Cabinet Secretary

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consulative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

Shiva Gopal Mishra

No.NC-JCM-2016/C.S. (PM)
August 12, 2016

The Cabinet Secretary,
Govt. of India and Chairman,
National Council JCM Cabinet Secretariat,
Rastrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi,

Dear Sir,

We recall the discussions we had with you on 7th June 2016 when inter-alia we brought to your kind notice ever the growing discontent of the employees on the following two issues which were the subject matter of discussions on very many occasions

1. JCM functioning – Non convening of meetings at the Departmental levels, consequent non availability of a forum for discussion and negotiations for Unions / Federations

2. Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways

JCM functioning

The functioning of the JCM especially at the Departmental level was virtually halted, when the Government promulgated a new set of recognition rules in 1993 to cover the non-industrial employee’s i. e. for employees in the Department other than Railways and Defence. It took nearly a decade and half to operationalize the new recognition rules and during the same period the functioning of JCM was virtually stopped at the departmental levels. This’ in-turn resulted in non-discussion and non-settlement of various Departmental specific demands and issues, emanated from the flawed recommendation of 5th and 6th CPC. Now that the 7th CPC recommendations would be taken up for implementation, the need for a forum to discuss these issues, especially Departments specific matters need not be emphasized.

Compassionate Appointments

The untenable restriction imposed by the government i. e. 5 percent of the vacancies for Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways has created innumerable difficulties and arbitrary discrimination. The very fact that the said government orders have no sway to half of the civilian employees makes the orders discriminatory and bereft of any merit. The specious plea of the Government that the said orders were issued on account of a directive from the Supreme Court was later found to be fallacious. On various occasions, the Staff Side was assured of a review of the scheme. The scheme requires simplification and has to be made non-discriminatory too.

We want the above two issues to be discussed at your level and reach a settlement. We shall be grateftll if you will afford us an opportunity to have such a discussion on a date convenient to you. We shall also be thankful if you can indicate the date of the meeting atleast 15 days in advance.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

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Delhi notifies implementation of 7th Pay panel recommendations

The Delhi government has notified implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, which provides 2.5 times hike in basic salaries and pensions of its employees and pensioners with effect from January 1.

The over one lakh employees of the city administration, will get the increased salaries from next month. The arrears will also be paid in one go next month, a Delhi government official said.

The hike in pensions and salaries will cost the exchequer around Rs 2,000 crore annually. The notification was issued after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung gave his approval for the same, the official said.

The move comes nearly one-and-a-half months after the Centre approved the recommendations of the pay panel.

"Arrears as accruing on account of revised pay consequent upon fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules with effect from January 1, 2016 shall be paid in cash in one installment along with the payment of salary for the month of August, 2016, after making necessary adjustment on account of GPF and NPS, as applicable, in view of the revised pay," Deputy Secretary Manoj Kumar said in a written communication to head of all departments.

As per the the new scales of pay, the basic salary at entry-level is going up from Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while at the highest level i.E. Secretary, it would go up from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For class one officers, the starting salary will be Rs 56,100.
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Central Secretariat employees seek pay parity

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

18-August, 2016
A delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) Association, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues.

The delegation led by Shri Raj Kishore Singh submitted a memorandum listing details of their long pending issues and suggesting options to resolve the same. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008, the pay of direct recruits and new entrants is fixed at higher stage, when compared to the existing employees who were promoted in the same grade. This leads to discrimination in the fixation of pay of Personal Assistants of one category vis-à-vis the other category.

The memorandum also stated that the issue has been lingering on in the National Anomaly Committee for the last four years, but it has not been addressed. It pleaded that the mechanism of grant of “stepping up” to certain employees should be provided only in exceptional cases and not resorted to as a routine matter to sort out discrepancies which may affect a large number of employees.

Members of the delegation suggested that their issue can be addressed by incorporating a new provision in the Rules wherein if a promotee’s pay is getting fixed at a stage lower than that of a direct recruit, then the pay of the promotee should be fixed at the same stage as that of a direct recruit / new entrant. The other option suggested by them was to amend the CCS (RP) Rules so as to appropriately fix the pay in the Pay Band for a particular post carrying a specific Grade Pay.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave a sympathetic hearing to the members of delegation and assured them that DoPT will try to sort out their issue to the maximum extent possible.

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Centre sanctions land for dispensary at Avadi

   An eight-year struggle for a permanent Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary in Avadi has finally materialised. But the last hurdle — clearance from the Union Health Ministry — is yet to be crossed.

In 2006, conceding to beneficiaries’ demand, CGHS established an outpatient department on a temporary land alloted by the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF).

With around 10,000 beneficiaries and strategically located on Chennai-Tiruvallur High Road, the dispensary catered to DRDO employees and civilians working in the army.

The dispensary has on its roll five doctors and a pharmacist. A cardiologist and geriatrician visit twice a week.

For five years the dispensary functioned from an unused building and after scores of representations from senior citizens’ organisations in 2011, the HVF agreed to allot 4,000 sq. ft. of land to build a dispensary-cum laboratory facility.

“Around 4 years back, we got the Centre’s permission but subject to financial clearance, which was delayed. Two months ago, when Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the city, we managed to get an audience with him,” said a pensioner who had been involved in the struggle.

T. Sadagopan, whose 86-year-old father is a beneficiary, said: “Every month, I request doctors to refer him to a local doctor as otherwise they would send him to the GH or to K.K. Nagar dispensary. He would then have to travel at least 25 km and spend around Rs. 2,000 for tests,” he said.

It would be a blessing if a dialysis centre set up as there are quite a few beneficiaries who require dialysis and are sent to empanelled hospitals elsewhere in the city, he added.

Though the hurdles have been cleared, pensioners are cautious.

“The next step is for the HVF to write to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which will forward it to CGHS. We have been fighting for laboratory services too, but there are running costs such as appointing technicians,” said a member of CGHS Avadi Ordnance Factories & Allied Establishments Pensioners Association.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Venue and date for hearing by Judicial Committee on OROP


Dated 18th August, 2016

New Delhi

With reference to the Notification dated 02.08.2016 by the Judicial Committee on OROP, it is informed that the Committee will hold the hearings as per following schedule:
Auditorium AF Stn Jalhali
10.00 hrs.
Lower Conf Hall, HQ Dakshin Bharat Area
10.30 hrs.
Sagarika Auditorium, Naval Base Kochi
10.30 hrs.
Sagarika Naval Base Vizag
10.30 hrs.
Southern Star Stadium, Pune Cantt.
11.00 hrs.
Will be notified later
Sapt Shakti Auditorium, South Western Command H.Q.
10.00 hrs.
Yol, Himachal Pradesh
Dhauladhar Auditorium, Yol Military Station
10.30 hrs.
(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretarv
Dcpafiment of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi