Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Regarding creche rules to be framed under the Amended Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

F. NO. S-36012/03/2015-SS-l
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Social Security Devision

Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg.
New Delhi, the Dated 1 7th November 2017

Chief Secretary /Principal Secretary/Secretary (Labour)
(All the State Governments)

Sub: Regarding creche rules to be framed under the Amended Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

The Maternity Benefit Act was amended to provide creche facilities in the Establishments employing 50 or more employees. For effective implementation of this provision. it is necessary that Rules are framed prescribing amenities and facilities required to be provided in said creche. The Act provides that appropriate Government shall frame such Rules. The State Governments are appropriate Government under the Act for Establishments
other than Mines and Circus.

2.It is, therefore. requested that State Governments may take immediate action to frame and notify Rules for the creche facilities as the provision of creche of amended Act is already in effect from Is’ July 2017.

Yours faithfully.
(H.L. Meena)
Director, Govt. of India

Source:http://labour.gov.in/sites/default/files/Reg.%20Creche%20Rules%20.pdf
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7th Pay Commission: Current Minimum Pay of Rs 18,000 is Not Enough to Live, says Central Government Employees Union

New Delhi, November 27: Around 48 lakh central government employees have been eagerly waiting for the minimum wage hike under the 7th Pay Commission since last 18 months and their dream shattered last week when one the report claimed that the government has no plans to increase the minimum wage. From Monday, central government employees union have started pushing the government to increase the minimum monthly pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 a month.

“The central government employees unions’ leaders argued that the current minimum pay Rs 18,000 is not enough to live on,” a union leader said to The Sen Times.

“Looking at the current inflation, the minimum monthly pay should be Rs 21,000, so the minimum pay that we ask would not be too much for the government,” the central government employees unions’ said to media.

The lowest earning central government employees will now get Rs 18,000 per month on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from Rs 7,000 under the 6th Pay Commission recommendation while the maximum pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh per month and Rs 2.5 lakh for the top position.
The government has implemented a fitment factor of 2.57 to apply uniformly for all employees.

The employees said that they can’t ask for a hike in other allowances except for Dearness Allowance (DA).

Since last two-years, most the Union leaders have been arguing that the current minimum pay of Rs 18,000 is not enough to bear their other household expenses. Employees argue that the government must take responsibility to solve the minimum pay issue of central government employees.

The National Joint Council for Action (NJCA) also demanded that the pay gap between the highest maximum pay and the lowest maximum pay in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is 1:14, which was 1:12 in the 6th Pay Commission.

On Sunday, central government employees union expressed their desire to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of the minimum hike.
“We still have faith in our system. We have faith in PM Modi. We are sure that he will try to keep a good industrial relation in the country and will fulfil our demands,” said one of the union member.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-current-minimum-pay-of-rs-18000-is-not-enough-to-live-says-central-government-employees-union-2683806/

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Instructions for processing foreign visits of officers of the Government of India for approval of Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCoS)

No. 4(4)/E.Coord/2015
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, 27th November 2017

Subject: Instructions for processing foreign visits of officers of the Government of India for approval of Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCoS)

Reference is invited to this Department’s OM of even number dated 5th January 2016 on the above subject. Para 22 of the ibid OM provides that ‘Proposals, complete in all respects, seeking approval of SCoS shall be submitted to Department of Expenditure 15 days prior to departure date of delegation’.

2.It has been observed that Ministries/Departments are not submitting their proposals within the stipulated time, often sending proposals one day prior to the departure of the official (s). While it is understandable that requisite approvals and clearances from different agencies/departments take time, it has been observed that Ministries/Departments have been casual in processing their proposals internally without giving due regard to the time frame stipulated for receiving the proposals in Department of Expenditure and seeking approval of the SCoS. Late receipt of proposals for SCoS approval leads to administrative inconveniences both for the SCoS and Ministries/Departments.

3.Hence, Ministries/Departments are directed to ensure that as far as possible, proposals of foreign visits requiring SCoS approval are received 15 days prior to departure date of the delegation but not later than 5 days before date of departure of the delegation. Proposals not adhering to the time frame are liable to be rejected.

S/d,
(H. Atheli)
Director

Source:http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/OM_Foreign%20Visits_SCoS%20Order%20%2827.11.2017%29_0.pdf

Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-un-Nabi

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WELFARE CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS
CUSTOM HOUSE, 60 RAJAJI SALAI, CHENNAI – 600 001.

CHAIRMAN: SHRI M. AJITKUMAR
CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS
CHENNAI ZONE

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: SMT. K. KOMATHI
JOINT COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS,
CHENNAI – II, CUSTOM HOUSE,
CHENNAI – 600 001.

NO.CGEWCC/5/2017

DATED: 23.11.2017

To

All Executive Members &
Members of CGEWCE, Chennai
(as per mailing list)

Sir/ Madam,

Sub: Change of date of a holiday on account of Milad-un-Nabi (Id-e-Milad, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday for all Central Government Administrative Offices located in Chennai – reg.

As per the list of Holidays circulated vide CGEWCE-2016 DATED 10.01.2017, the holiday on account of Milad-un-Nabi was declared on 01.12.2017 (Friday). The government of Tamil Nadu, vide G.O. Ms.No.962 dated 21.11.2017 has notified that Milad-Un-Nabi (Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday) will be celebrated on 02.12.2017 (Saturday).

Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the holiday for Milad-Un-Nabi to 02.12.2017 in the place of 01.12.2017 as notified earlier, for all the Central Government Offices situated in Tamil Nadu.

Yours Sincerely

(K.KOMATHI)

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, CGEWCE, CHENNAI

Source:http://www.tn.gov.in/

Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. PC-VI/2016/Z/4
Dated: 04.10.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Clarification regarding calculation of quantum of Annual Increment in pay in case of Running Staff.

Ref.: M/o Finance’s OM No. 332469/2016-E IIIA dated 01.02.2017;

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s OM of even no. dated 30.08.2016 wherein an issue raised by one of the Staff Federations vide PNM Agenda Item No.10/2016 was referred to M/o Finance for examination. The Federation had demanded that the basic pay for the purpose of calculation of increment in the 6th CPC should include Pay element of Running Allowance for the Running staff. This meant that increment of Running Staff should be calculated @3 % of {Basic pay + pay element (presently 30% of Basic Pay)}.

2. This issue was examined in Pay Commission Dte. of Railway Board and a copy of reply sent to one of the Zonal Railways is enclosed as Annex-I.

3. As regards the queries raised by M/o Finance vide 011/1 dated 01.02.2017, it is clarified that a portion of Basic Pay of the Running Staff is treated as a “Pay element of running allowance” which itself falls outside the definition. of Basic Pay as defined in FR(9) (21)(a)(i) but falls in the broader definition of the term “pay” as in FR(9) (21)(a)(iii). The pay element at specified rates is counted for specified purposes only. As per Rule No. 25 of “The Rules for payment of Running and other Allowances to the Running Staff on Railways, 1981” read with para 3.23 of Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-80/RS- 10 dated 17.07.1981 (Annex-II), the pay element i.e. 30% of the Basic Pay of Running Staff will be reckoned as pay for specified purposes (not for all) such as Dearness Allowances, House Rent Allowance, entitlement to Passes, PTOs etc. It is pertinent to mention here that pay element is not reckoned as pay for Transport Allowance, Night Duty Allowance etc.

3.1 In accordance with para 2 of Board’s letter No. E(P&A) II-2005/RS-34 dated 26.12.2008 (RBE No.202/2008) (Annex-III}, pay element in the Running n Allowance for running staff would be 30% of the basic pay under Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules,2008 for computation of specified benefits excluding retirement benefits. For the purpose of computation of retirement benefits of running staff, an additional quantum of 55% of the basic pay under RS(RP) Rules,2008 would be reckoned.

Sd/-
(U.K. Tiwari)
Deputy Director,
Pay Commission-VI
Railway Board.

Kind Attn: Sh. Ashok Kumar
Under Secretary (DMA),
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.

Source: AIRF
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Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations


No.IV/DAC/7CPC/2016

Dated: 24/11/2017

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/DAC/I dated 05/10/2016, 29/03/2017, 18/04/2017, 03/05/2017, 25/05/2017, 06/06/2017 & 20/11/2017.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/DAC/7 CPC/2016 dated,09/06/2017 & 16/08/2017.

In continuation of above cited references, the Federation furnishes additional material on Item No. 17 pertaining to Pharmacist category to facilitate the DAC to discuss in the ensuing meeting. Attention is also invited to NFIR’s letter of even number dated 09/06/2017 on this issue of which Item No. 17 of the enclosure is relevant (Annexure-I).

Federation also encloses an Item under heading “grant of Additional Allowance to the remaining categories of Running Staff viz., ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting), Goods (Guard)” together with copy of Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2017/R-U/38 dated 20/11/2017 to NFIR for discussion in the second meeting of the DAC (Annexure-II).

So far as the subject “Technical Supervisors of Railways“, is concerned, the DoP&T vide F.No. 11/2/2016-JCA-I(Pt.) dated 30th October 2017 has since advised the Secretary (Staff Side) that this being Railway specific item, the Staff Side may take up at the Department Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Railways. A copy of Note pertaining to Technical Supervisors of Railways is also enclosed which may be clubbed with Item No. (xviii) sent to Railway Board on 08/11/2017 (Annexure-III).

DA/As above

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Annexure I

The Commission has failed to appreciate that the category of pharmacist possessing the upgraded qualification of 4 year Degree (Technical) has not been considered on par with the other categories of staff holding Degree qualification. The study report submitted by the IIM Ahmedabad which forms the basis.of recommended pay scales to all the employees of the Central Government, does not contain the category of Pharmacist, apparently, the Pharmacist category has not been studied for the purpose of granting appropriate Pay Scale.

In view of the prevailing situation the case of Pharmacist deserves to be review by the Anomaly Committee for grant of atleast GP 4600/- at the time of appointment.

Annexure-II

Grant of Additional Allowance to the remaining categories of Running Staff viz., ALP, Sr. SLP, LP Shunting, Goods (Guard)

Railway Board vide letter No. PC-VII/2017/1/7/5/5 dated 10/08/2017 issued instruction for grant of revised rates of Additional Allowance to the Running Staff viz., Loco Pilot (Goods)/Passenger/Mail-Express/Motorman, Sr. Passenger (Guard) and Guard (Mail/Express) w.e.f. 01st July 2017 without covering the remaining Running Staff belonging to the categories of ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting), Guard (Goods) etc. In this connection, Federation contends that the remaining Running Staff have been discriminated against wrongly ignoring the fact that there working conditions and responsibilities are akin to those Running Staff who have been granted revised rates of Additional Allowance.

Federation further contends that the ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting) and Guard (Goods) are also part of Running Staff for all purpose, therefore they also need to be covered for grant of Additional Allowance like other Running Staff to avoid the feeling of de-motivation among them.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to review the case afresh and issue instructions for granting Additional Allowance to the ALP, Sr. ALP, LP (Shunting) and Guard (Goods).

Annexure-III

Sub: Seventh CPC pay structure – grave injustice done to Graduate Engineers and Diploma Engineers in Railways – Review urged.

NFIR invites kind attention of the Railway Board to Para 11.40.104 to 11.40.115 of the 7th CPC report (Page No. 747 to 749).

Vide Para 11.40.109 of the 7th CPC report, it has been stated that “the next post in the hierarchical structure for Technical Supervisors is the post of Assistant Engineer. There is a 1:1 ratio between the posts of Assistant Engineer filled by Direct Recruitment and those filled through promotion“.

In this connection, Federation points out that no promotions are presently available for SSEs on the basis of 1:1 ratio. The ground reality is that directly recruited Graduate Engineers to the post of SSE (6th CPC GP 4600/-) continued to remain in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level for not less than 15 to 20 years. Federation also conveys that it would be incorrect to call them “Technical Supervisors” while their official designations are Sr. Section Engineers or Jr. Engineers.

It is further learnt that the 7e Central Pay Commission had relied upon the study report given by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for denying the improved pay matrices for Graduate Engineers as well Diploma Engineers. Para 6.16.2 of the study report of IIM, Ahmedabad submitted to the 7th CPC is reproduced below:

“6.16.2 Sector-Wise Career Progression and Promotion Rules:

NFIR hopes that the Railway Board admits the truth that never promotions have been granted to the Graduate Engineers on completion of 4-years period to the post of Assistant Engineer and to the post of Divisional Engineer on completion of 4-years in the previous pay level. The IIM’s distorted study report has done grave damage to the career growth of directly recruited Graduate Engineers in Railways. The wrong information given to the 7th CPC with regard to career progression and salary details of Graduate Engineers recruited though RRB in Railways through IIM’s study report has caused severe damage to their career resulting around resentment among them.

It is sad to state that the Pay Commission has deviated its own principle as enumerated vide Para 4.1.19 of its report, which is reproduced below:-

“Historically the qualification and skill set required as well as roles and responsibilities discharged at various levels in the overall hierarchy have been central to the basis for pay grading. The rationalization index has been applied keeping this principle in mind”.

It is surprising to note that the Railway Ministry (as recorded vide Para 11.40.1 12 of the 7th CPC report) had strongly defended the continuation of existing arrangements on functional grounds, ignoring the reality that the Railway Ministry in the year 2010 had proposed replacement of GP 46001- with GP 4800/- for improving the career growth of SSEs etc. The Railway Board also failed to mention before 7th CPC of its decision to upgrade Apex Level (GP 4600/-) posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted (which is yet to be finalized). A.serious anomaly has arisen as a result of misleading facts placed by Railway Ministry before 7th CPC and also the totally incorrect study report of IIM, Ahmedabad presented to the 7th CPC as sought by the Commission.

NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Ministry to review de-novo the entire issue and rectify all aberrations and anomalies arisen consequent upon the denial of improved pay structure and status to the Graduate Engineers as well as Diploma Engineers in Railways and also accord approval for time bound promotions to them.

Source: NFIR

Monday, November 27, 2017

7th Pay Commission: After Hopes on Pay Hike Crushed Completely, Gov Employees Likely to Approach Narendra Modi

New Delhi, November 26: After reports emerged that the government had no plans to increase the minimum wage under 7th Pay Commission, hopes of Central government employees were completely crushed. But a large number of government employees who still have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi are trying to meet him soon. (Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Government Increases Deputation Allowance to Rs 4,500 from Rs 2,000 per month For Employees)

“We have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We are sure that he will try to keep a good industrial relation in the country and will fulfil our demands,” said one of the union member on the condition of anonymity.

Earlier this week a Business Standard report said that there are slim chances of the government revising the minimum basic pay are true. The government staff unions have been demanding that their minimum pay is hiked to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 that was defined on recommendations from 7th Central Pay Commission.

A report quoted Finance Ministry sources stated that the government has no plans to make any changes to the minimum basic pay for central government employees with reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) letter to Staff Side, National Council (JCM) dated October 30, 2017.

The letter further stated that the minimum wage decided by the 7th Pay Commission does not qualify as an anomaly as per the parameters set by the National Anomaly Committee (NAC).

The NAC had also laid down three conditions for an item to be considered an anomaly arising on account of recommendations from the 7th Pay Commission.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier suggested that a hike in minimum basic pay for central government employees was in offing. With NAC setting aside the matter completely, the Union Cabinet is unlike to take a decision on changing the minimum basic pay for central government employees either.

Earlier this month several employee unions had also staged a three-day massive protest in front of the Parliament against the delay in minimum wage hike.
The 7th Pay Commission had also decided on a fitment factor of 2.57 which resulted in the minimum basic pay increasing from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 with effect from January 1, 2016.

The NJCA on the other hand, have been demanding the fitment factor to be bumped up to 3.7 so that the minimum wages are raised to Rs 26,000. Expressing dissatisfaction over the methodology to calculate the minimum wages, the Staff Side had even asked for the pay matrix to be alerted.

Meanwhile, there is still a chance for an increase in minimum pension of retired central government employees. The same NAC letter also asks the government employees to take up the matter with Director of Pension as the matter falls under his purview.

Source:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-after-hopes-on-minimum-pay-hike-crushed-completely-central-government-employees-likely-to-approach-narendra-modi-2678598/

Clarification to pensioners about the hike in exemption limit to Rs 3 Lakhs from Minister of State for Finance.

Shiva Pratap Shukla

D.O. No. 370150/9/2017- TPL

MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE 
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
NEW DELHI-110001

14th November 2017

Dear Dr.Tharoor Ji,

Kindly refer to your D.O. letter No. DO/S1/09/2017/986 dated 26.09.2017 requesting, for providing the exemption of Rs. 5 lakhs per annum to pension income.

I have got the matter examined. Currently, the basic exemption limit for individual taxpayer is Rs, 2, 50,000, However, considering the specific needs of the senior citizens, the basic exemption limit for a senior citizen above 60 year, is fixed at Rs.3,00,000 and for very senior citizen i.e. above 80 years, the same is fixed Rs. 5,00,000. Therefore, a pensioner who is a senior citizen is not required to pay any income-tax if his. total income, including pension., does not exceed Rs. 3 lakhs Similarly, a pensioner who is very senior citizen is not required to pay tax if his total income, including pension, does not exceed Rs. 5, 00.000. However, the suggestions that pension up to Rs. 5 lakhs per annum should be exempt in all cages would require amendment to the existing provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1964.

Accordingly, the proposal would be examined during the exercise for the ensuing Union Budget, 2018 and the outcome would be reflected in the Finance Bill 2018.

With regards

Yours sincerely,

(Shiv Pratap Shukla)

Source:http://dor.gov.in/#

Review of the progress made by Defence Establishments for revision of Pension/Family Pension of pre-2016 Central Civil Pensioners.

Office of the Controller General Of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt.-110010
Fax: 011-25674814, Phone : 011-25665529

Regd/Fax.

AT/V/DAD/ 15101/Circular/2017

Dated: 22.11.2017

To,

All PCsDA/PCA(Fys)/ CsDA

Sub: Review of the progress made by Defence Establishments for revision of Pension/Family Pension of pre-2016 Central Civil Pensioners.

A review meeting was held on 01st November 2017 under chairmanship of Defence Secretary regarding subject mentioned above, wherein following decisions were taken:-

i. All HoDs have to ensure completion of 80% of pension cases by 31.12.2017 and 100% cases by 31.03.2018.

ii. HoDs shall prescribe weekly targets for the HOOs for preparation and submission of pension revision cases to PCsDA/PCA(Fys)/ CsDA. Similar targets are to be prescribed by CGDA to the PCsDA/PCA(Fys)/ CsDA for disposal of cases received from the HOOs. The progress made thereof to be reviewed by HoDs/CGDA every fortnight.

iii FADS will assess the functioning of the office of the PCDA (Pension), Allahabad in so far as it relates to dealing of pension revision cases and take steps for improving its capacity to handle higher volumes of cases.

iv. CGDA to issue clarification to PCsDA/PCA(Fys)/ CsDA about their role in vetting/ scrutiny/ audit of the LPC-Cum-Data Sheet, prescribe checklist of documents/action required with proposals received from HOOs, and specify the stepwise action( with timelines)

3. In this context, please refer to PCDA (P) Circular No. 175 vide which action regarding vetting & submission of LPC Cum Data Sheet has already been clarified by PCDA (P), Allahabad.

4. Action may kindly be taken to complete the task within stipulated period of time as per direction received from MoD.

Jt.CGDA (Pen.) has seen.

S/d,
Krishan Kumar
SAO (AT/P)

Source:http://cgda.nic.in/index.php?page=allnews

Instructions for processing foreign visits of officers of the Government of India for approval of Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCoS)

NO727
No. 4(4)/E.Coord/2015
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
******

New Delhi, 27th November 2017

Subject: Instructions for processing foreign visits of officers of the Government of India for approval of Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCoS)

Reference is invited to this Department’s OM of even number dated 5th January 2016 on the above subject. Para 22 of the ibid OM provides that ‘Proposals, complete in all respects, seeking approval of SCoS shall be submitted to Department of Expenditure 15 days prior to departure date of delegation’.

2. It has been observed that Ministries/Departments are not submitting their proposals within the stipulated time, often sending proposals one day prior to the departure of the official (s). While it is understandable that requisite approvals and clearances from different agencies/departments take time, it has been observed that Ministries/Departments have been casual in processing their proposals internally without giving due regard to the time frame stipulated for receiving the proposals in Department of Expenditure and seeking approval of the SCoS. Late receipt of proposals for SCoS approval leads to administrative inconveniences both for the SCoS and Ministries/Departments.

3. Hence, Ministries/Departments are directed to ensure that as far as possible, proposals of foreign visits requiring SCoS approval are received 15 days prior to departure date of the delegation but not later than 5 days before date of departure of the delegation. Proposals not adhering to the time frame are liable to be rejected.

(H. Atheli)
Director

Source:http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/OM_Foreign%20Visits_SCoS%20Order%20%2827.11.2017%29_0.pdf
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Wage Policy for the 8th round of wage negotiations for workmen in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

W-02/0015/2016-DPE (WC)-GL-XVII/17
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Enterprises Bhawan,
Block No.14. CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.
Dated, the 24th November, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Wage Policy for the 8th round of wage negotiations for workmen in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

The undersigned is directed to convey the decision of the Government that the next round of wage negotiations (which falls due on a general basis from 01.01.2017) with the workers of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) may be undertaken by the Managements of the Enterprises with the Trade Unions/Associations.

2. The wage negotiations and finalization will be subject to the following conditions:

i) Management of the CPSEs would be free to negotiate wage revision for workmen where the periodicity of wage settlement of five years or ten years has expired generally on 31.12.2016 keeping in view the affordability and financial sustainability of such wage revision for the CPSEs concerned.
ii) No budgetary support for any wage increase shall be provided by the Government. The entire financial implication would be borne by the respective CPSEs from their internal resources.

iii) In those CPSEs for which the Government has approved a restructuring/revival plan, the wage revision will be done as per the provisions of the approved restructuring revival plan only.

iv) The management of the concerned CPSEs have to ensure that negotiated scales of pay do not exceed the existing scales of pay of executives/officers and non-unionized supervisors of respective CPSEs.

v) The Management of CPSEs where the five year periodicity is followed have to ensure that negotiated scales of pay for two successive wages negotiations do not exceed the existing scales of pay of executives /officers and non-unionized supervisors of respective CPSEs for whom ten years periodicity is being followed.

vi) To avoid conflict of pay scales of executives/non-unionised supervisors with that of their workmen, CPSEs may consider adoption of graded DA neutralization and/or graded fitment during the wage negotiations.

vii) CPSEs must ensure that any increase in wages after negotiations does not I result in increase in administered prices of their goods and services.

viii) The wage revision shall be subject to the condition that there shall be no increase in labour cost per physical unit of output. In exceptional cases where CPSEs are already working at optimum capacity, the administrative Ministry / Department may consult DPE considering industry norms.

ix) The validity period of wage settlement would be for a minimum period of five years for those who opted for a five year periodicity and for a maximum period of ten years for those who have opted for a ten year periodicity of wage negotiation w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

x) The CPSEs would implement negotiated wages after confirming with their Administrative Ministry/Department that the wage settlement is in conformity with approved parameters.

3. All the administrative Ministries/Departments are requested to issue suitable instructions to the public sector enterprises under their administrative control in the light of the above decision of the Government under intimation to this Department.

(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

Source: dpe.gov.in

Transfer Policy: Sports quota recruits and sports personnel of national and international repute.

OFFICE OF CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS
ULAN BATAR MARG, PALAM, DELHI CANTT - 110010

V No.AN/X/10001/2/2015 
Dated: 20/11/2017

To

All PCsDA/CSDA/ and PCA (Fys)

Subject: Transfer Policy: Sports quota recruits and sports personnel of national and international repute.

Transfer Policy guidelines for sports quota recruits have been circulated through HQrs office letter dated 11/8/2015. It states that as teams are not participating in many tournaments, players can be considered for posting to their home States/choice stations. For individual games, sports persons can participate at national/international events as and when organized. The circular further states that sports quota recruits may be considered for posting to their home States/choice stations as per rules and administrative feasibility. All transfer requests of these personnel are allowed to be routed through Volunteer list/normal channel on completion of the prescribed tenure.
2. Since then, various references have been received from individuals who are sports quota appointees. In the meeting of DASCB held on 23/02/17, it has been decided that consultation of DASCB may be obtained for transfer of Sports quota recruits and also other sportsmen of National level and above.

3. Keeping in view the administrative constraints vis-a-vis general transfer policy as well as consultation of DASCB prior to processing transfer requests of sports quota recruits, a need is felt to review the guidelines relating to the- stay at a station by the sports quota individuals and following guideline is framed:

i. Sports quota recruit and sportsperson of national and international repute may be recommended by the DASCB for posting to their home State they representing at national or international level for a period of ten years from their date of appointment or till they attain the age of 35, years’ subject to administrative feasibility. However, they have to [submit a duly authenticated certificate from the state sports authority concerned to their controlling authority, on annual basis, in support of their sporting activities undertaken by them during the year and same will be examined by the DASCB for their recommendation for retention at the same state or transfer to any other place at par with others. Similarly, if a sports person becomes coach of national or international level team after active sport age, his/her transfer request will also be examined in a similar manner.

ii. After completion of above stipulated period, the sports quota recruits/other sportsmen of National/International level, will be treated at par with other employees of the Department in the matter of transfers.

iii. The cases of these sports personnel who are presently serving at stations other than the state whom they are representing in their sporting career, may also be considered, in terms of above guidelines subject to administrative feasibility.

iv. It has also been decided that the PCsDA/CsDA will be assigned the teams of a particular sport/discipline. The PCsDA/CsDA will be responsible for nurturing and grooming of their respective teams.

v. Further, the performance of sports persons will also be closely monitored on quarterly basis to ensure that there is no dip in their performance. The recommendation will be sent to DASCB periodically for monitoring purpose at their level.

vi. These individuals will also have to participate / represent team DAD as and when called for doing so including attending of training/preparatory camp for duration/location as fixed by the "DASCB: or PCDA/CDA concerned.
vii. The transfer request forwarded to HQrs office on sports ground must be supported with annual certificate as mentioned in. para 3 (i) and quarterly report as mentioned in para 3 (v) above. These requests are to be examined by DASCB and forwarded to Admin Section concerned with their recommendations.

4. The guidelines contained in para 3 above are meant; to guide the exercise of transfer of sports quota recruits and sports personnel of national and international level to the extent administratively feasible. These guidelines are not intended to create any entitlement of any kind.

Sd/-
(Mustaq Ahmad)
CGDA (AN)

Source: cgda.nic.in
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Revision of rates of Operation Theatre Allowance (Special Allowance) to the Nursing Personnel working Central Government ~ Hospitals as per recommendations of the 7th CPC

No.2-16/2017-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
[Establishment Division / PAP Section]

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi - 110 001
Dated: 17.11.2017

To

All Chief Post Masters General,
All Post Masters General
All General Managers (Postal Accounts & Finance)
All Directors of Accounts (Postal)
The Director, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy, Ghaziabad, U.P.
All Directors of PTCs

Sub.:Revision of rates of Operation Theatre Allowance (Special Allowance) to the Nursing Personnel working Central Government ~ Hospitals as per recommendations of the 7th CPC - regarding.

I am directed to forward herewith the copy of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Office Memorandum No.2.28015/52/2017-N dated 27.09.2017 on the subject cited above for kind information and further necessary action at your end.

Encl.: As above.
[R.L. Patel]
Asstt. Director General [ESTT.]


No.Z.28015/52/2017-N
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
(Nursing Section)
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi,
Dated the 27 September, 2017.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Revision of rates of Operation Theatre allowance (Special allowance) to the Nursing Personnel working in Central Government Hospitals as per recommendations of  the 7th CPC - regarding.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government of India on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the President is pleased to revise the rate of Operation Theatre allowance (Special allowance renamed as Operation Theatre allowance) from Rs.360/-per month to Rs.540/- per month to the Nursing Personnel working in the following specialized areas in Central Government Hospitals / Institutions under the Ministry of Health &Family welfare

a. All Major Operation Theatres.
b. All Intensive Care Units / Intensive Care Treatment areas
c. Coronary Care Units /Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
d. Dialysis Unit/ Ward and Transplant Units/ Wards
e. Intensive Care Units for Burns
 f. Tetanus Wards and Rabies Wards
g. Paediatric Nursery/ Neonatal Units

Operation Theatre allowance admissible to nursing personnel is subject to the following conditions:

i. The allowance shall be paid to the nursing personnel for such period only when the concerned staff is actually working in the specified areas. The minimum period for working in the specialized areas will be two to three years.

ii. No Nursing Officer with less than one year of service is to be posted. for duty in these areas.

iii. This allowance is restricted to 35% of  the total staff strength of nursing staff of any hospital/ Institution.

3. The revised rates of allowances shall be admissible with effect from the 1st of July, 2017.

4. This issues with the approval of Deptt of Expenditure vide ID No.A.27023/1/2017/E.II.B(7th CPC)/Pt. dated 14.09.2017.

(A K Sahoo)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: https://mohfw.gov.in/

Friday, November 24, 2017

CGEGIS Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.10.2017 to 31.12.2017.

No.7(2)/EV/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 23 November, 2017

Office Memorandum

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 – Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.10.2017 to 31.12.2017.

The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 01.01.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry’s OM of even number dated 17.03.2017, for the quarter from 01.10.2017 to 31.12.2017, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate of 7.8% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department of Economic Affairs as per their Resolution No. 5(1)-B(PD)/2017 dated 23.10.2017, are enclosed.

2. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto, the first Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on the subscription of Rs.10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs.15 p.m. w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table of Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 p.m. for those employees who had opted out of the revised rate of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

3. While these orders are in respect of Table of Benefits for the period from 01.10.2017 to 31.12.2017, the Tables already issued for the quarters from 1.1.2017 to 31.3.2017, from 1.4.2017 to 30.6.2017 and from 01.07.2017 to 30.09.2017 are also reproduced for the sake of convenience and consolidation.

4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

5. Hindi version of these orders is attached.

(Amar Nath Singh)
Director

Source:http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/CGEGIS%20Table%20for%20the%20quarter%20from%2001.10.2017%20to%2031.12.2017.pdf
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Grant of Deputation (Duty) Allowance – Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-DOPT

No.2/11/2017-Estt.(Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th November, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Grant of Deputation (Duty) Allowance – Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Regarding.

This Department’s OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17.6.2010 inter-alia provides for rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance admissible to Central Government employees.

2. As provided in para 7 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July, 2016, the matter regarding allowances (except Dearness Allowance) based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) was referred to a Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and until a final decision thereon, all Allowances have been paid at the existing rates in the existing pay structure.

3. The decision of the Government on various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and in the light of the recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of the Finance Secretary has since been issued as per the Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated 6th July 2017 of Department of Expenditure.

4. As mentioned at Sl.No.46 of the Appendix-II of the said Resolution dated 6th July 2017, the recommendation of the 7th CPC for enhancement of ceiling of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for civilians by 2.25 times has been accepted and this decision is effective from 1st July, 2017. Accordingly, the President is pleased to decide that the rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance and certain other conditions relating to grant of Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall be as under:-

The Deputation (Duty) Allowance admissible shall be at the following rates:

(a) In case of deputation within the same station the Deputation (Duty) Allowance will be payable at the rate of 5% of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.4500 p.m.

(b) In case of deputation involving change of station, the Deputation (Duty) Allowance will be payable at the rate of 10% of the basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.9000 p.m.

(c) The ceilings will further rise by 25 percent each time Dearness Allowance increases by 50 percent.

(d) Basic Pay, from time to time, plus Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall not exceed the basic pay in the apex level i.e. Rs. 2,25,000/-. In the case of Government servants receiving Non Practising Allowance, their basic pay plus Non-Practising Allowance plus Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall not exceed the average of basic pay of the revised scale applicable to the Apex Level and the Level of the Cabinet Secretary i.e. Rs.2,37,500/-.

Note: 1 ‘Basic pay’ in the revised pay structure (the pay structure based on 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations) means the pay drawn by the deputationist, from time to time, in the prescribed Level, in Pay Matrix, of the post held by him substantively in the parent cadre, but does not include any other type of pay like personal pay, etc.

Note: 2 In cases where the basic pay in parent cadre has been upgraded on account of non-functional upgradation (NFU), Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP), Non Functional Selection Grade (NFSG), etc., the upgraded basic pay under such upgradations shall not be taken into account for the purpose of Deputation (Duty) Allowance.

Note 3 In the case of a Proforma Promotion under Next Below Rule (NBR): If such a Proforma Promotion is in a Level of the Pay Matrix which is higher than that of the ex-cadre post, the basic pay under such Proforma Promotion shall not be taken into account for the purpose of Deputation (Duty) Allowance. However, if such a Proforma Promotion under NBR is in a Level of the pay matrix which is equal to or below that of the ex-cadre post, Deputation (Duty) Allowance shall be admissible on the basic pay of the parent cadre post allowed under the proforma promotion, if opted by the deputationist.

Note 4 In case of Reverse Foreign Service, if the appointment is made to post whose pay structure and/ or Dearness Allowance (DA) pattern is dissimilar to that in the parent organisation, the option for electing to draw the basic pay in the parent cadre [alongwith the Deputation (Duty) Allowance thereon and the personal pay, if any] will not be available to such employee.

Note: 5 The term ‘same station’ for the purpose will be determined with reference to the station where the person was on duty before proceeding on deputation.

Note: 6 Where there is no change in the headquarters with reference to the last post held, the transfer should be treated as within the same station and when there is change in headquarters it would be treated as not in the same station. So far as places falling within the same urban agglomeration of the old headquarters are concerned, they would be treated as transfer within the same station.

5. Para 6.1 of this Department’s OM No.6/8/2009-Estt(Pay-II) dated 17.6.2010 stands amended to the above effect.

6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

7. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017

(Rajeev Bahree)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/2_11_2017_Estt_Pay_II.pdf
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7th CPC - Dress Allowance MoD Order for Armed Forces Personnel

No. PC-1(16)/2017/D (Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi, 16 Nov, 2017

To,
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject: Implementation of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Dress Allowance.
Sir,

I am directed to refer to MoD letter Nos.1(54)/2008/D(Pay/Services) and 1(55)/2008/D(Pay/Services) both dated 04.11.2008 and Department of Expenditure OM No. 19051/1/2017-E.IV dated 02.08.2017 and to say that consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission vide Ministry of Finance Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC, in supersession of the existing orders relating to Uniform related Allowances viz. Uniform Allowance, Initial Equipment Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance and Washing Allowance which have been subsumed in a single Dress Allowance, the President is pleased to decide the rates of Dress Allowance in respect of the following categories of Armed Forces personnel as under:-

2. Allowances related to maintenance, washing of- Uniform are subsumed in Dress Allowance and will not be payable seperately.

3. Further categories of staff who were earlier being provided Uniforms, will henceforth not be provided with Uniforms.

7th CPC Grant of Extra Work Allowance to Armed Forces personnel: MoD Order

4. The amount of Dress Allowance shall be credited to the salary of employees directly once a year in the month of July.

5. This allowance covers only the basic uniform of the employees. Any special clothing like that provided at Siachen Glacier or inside submarine will continue to be provided as per existing norms.

6. The other terms and conditions would continue to be applicable along with their admissibility (unless otherwise stated) as mentioned in MoD letters dated 04.11.2008 and otherwise.

7. The rate of Dress Allowance will go up by 25 percent each time Dearness Allowance rises by-50 percent.

8. These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

9.This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their Diary No. 446/AG/PD dated 05.10.2017.

Yours faithfully
(Jayant Sinha)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: https://mod.gov.in/

Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number

No.14(2)/2014-D(Pen/Policy)(Part-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi - 110011
Dated 13 November, 2017

To

The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject: Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number as indicated in Notification No. 8.0.747(E) dated 03.03.2017 issued by Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Ministry of Defence, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare Notification No. 14(2) / 2014/ D(P/ P) (Part-I) published in Gazette of India on 03.03.2017 vide No. 8.0. 747(E).

2. As per proviso under para 1(3) of the aforesaid Notification, till the Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiary of pension benefits, benefits shall be given to such individuals subject to the production of certain identification documents as specified in the Notification. These documents shall be checked by an officer specifically designated by the Ministry of Defence for that purpose.

3. In this regard, the concerned Pension Disbursing Agency (PDA) responsible for disbursement of pension is hereby designated for checking the identification documents for grant of the pension benefits till the Aadhaar is assigned to the pension beneficiaries.

4. Hindi version will follow.

(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/default/files/Pen-Policy-17.pdf

Registering of Email IDs of CGHS beneficiaries.

F.N. 44-4212016/MCTC/CGHS/2451-83
Monitoring Computerization and Training Cell
Directorate of CGHS
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
CGHS Building Kalibari , New Delhi 110001
Dated: 17/11/2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: - Registering of Email IDs of CGHS beneficiaries.

With the objective of further strengthening the services to CGHS beneficiaries it has been decided to provide following e-services to the beneficiaries through emails
Prescription by Medical Officer at the WC
Intimation of medicines issued by Pharmacy
Intimation of medicines indented
Intimation of issue of indented medicines
OTP to book online appointment
Confirmation/ cancellation of online appointment
Permission letter for procedures/ investigations etc.
In order to enable above services it is required that email ids of all CGHS beneficiaries are registered with CGHS.

A beneficiary can visit CMO lnchange of parent Wellness Centre to get his/her email id registered with CGHS or can himself/herself register it by logging on to CGHS portal cghs[dot]nic[dot]in
through following steps
Visit CGHS Portal cghs.nic.in
Click beneficiary login
Enter your Ben Id, password and sign in
Click Update Email
Enter OTP sent on your registered Mobile
Enter your email ID
Update your email ID
Similarly email ID for other family members can be updated
Vide publicity to this notice may be given through verbal communication and display at the notice boards of Wellness Centers.

Dr. V.K. Dhiman
Nodal Officer, MCTC 

Source: http://cghs.gov.in/

Cabinet approves Wage Policy for the 8th Round of Wage Negotiations for workmen in Central Public Sector Enterprises

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Wage Policy for the 8th Round of Wage Negotiations for workmen in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

Highlights:

        i.            Management of the CPSEs would be free to negotiate wage revision for workmen where the periodicity of wage settlement of five years or ten years has expired generally on 31.12.2016 keeping in view the affordability and financial sustainability of such wage revision for the CPSEs concerned.
     ii.            No budgetary support for any wage increase shall be provided by the Government. The entire financial implication would be borne by the respective CPSEs from their internal resources.
   iii.            In those CPSEs for which the Government has approved restructuring/  revival plan, the wage revision will be done as per the provisions of the approved restructuring / revival plan only.
   iv.            The management of the concerned CPSEs have to ensure that negotiated scales of pay do not exceed the existing scales of pay of executives/officers and non-unionized supervisors of respective CPSEs.
      v.            The Management of CPSEs where the five year periodicity is followed have to ensure that negotiated scales of pay for two successive wages negotiations do not exceed the existing scales of pay of executives/officers and non-unionized supervisors of respective CPSEs for whom ten years periodicity is being followed.
   vi.            To avoid conflict of pay scales of executives/non-unionised supervisors with that of their workmen, CPSEs may consider adoption of graded DA neutralization and/or graded fitment during the wage negotiations.

 vii.            CPSEs must ensure that any increase in wages after negotiations does not result in increase in administered prices of their goods and services.
viii.            The wage revision shall be subject to the condition that there shall be no increase in labour cost per physical unit of output. In exceptional cases where CPSEs are already working at optimum capacity, the administrative Ministry / Department may consult DPE considering industry norms.
   ix.            The validity period of wage settlement would be for a minimum period of five years for those who opted for a five year periodicity and for a maximum period of ten years for those who have opted for a ten year periodicity of wage negotiation w.e.f. 01.01.2017.
      x.            The CPSEs would implement negotiated wages after confirming with their Administrative Ministry/Department that the wage settlement is in conformity with approved parameters.

Background:
There are about 12.34 lakh employees in 320 CPSEs in the country. Out of these, about 2.99 lakh employees are Board level and below Board level executives and non-unionized Supervisors. The remaining about 9.35 lakh employees belong to the unionized workmen category. Wage revision in respect of unionized workmen is decided by trade unions and managements of CPSEs in terms of guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) for wage negotiations.

Cabinet approves revisedsalaries, gratuity, allowances and pension for the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the revision in the salaries, gratuity, allowances, pension etc. of the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts and retired Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts. It follows the implementation of recommendations of the 7thCentral Pay Commission in respect of Civil Servants.

The approval will pave the way for necessary amendments in the two laws viz. Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958 and High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954, which govern the salaries of Chief Justice of India (CJI), Judges of Supreme Court of India, Chief Justices and all Judges of High Courts.

The increase in the salary and allowances etc. will benefit 31 Judges of Supreme Court of India (including the CJI) and 1079 Judges(including the Chief Justices) of High Courts. Besides, approximately 2500 retired Judges will also be benefited on account of revision of pension/gratuity etc.

Arrears on account of revised salaries, gratuity, pension and family pension w.e.f 01.01.2016 will be paid as one time lump sum payment.

Background: 

Salaries, gratuity, pension, allowances etc. in respect of Judges of Supreme Court are governed by the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958. Salaries etc. of Judges of High Courts are governed by High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954. An amendment in the Acts is required whenever there is any proposal for revision of salaries/pension gratuity, allowances etc. in respect of Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts. Therefore, Government proposes to move a Bill in the Parliament in the ensuing Session for amendment in the relevant Acts for giving effect to the revision of salaries and allowances.

Source:PIB

Cabinet approves revised salaries, gratuity, allowances and pension for the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the revision in the salaries, gratuity, allowances, pension etc. of the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts and retired Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts. It follows the implementation of recommendations of the 7thCentral Pay Commission in respect of Civil Servants.

The approval will pave the way for necessary amendments in the two laws viz. Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958 and High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954, which govern the salaries of Chief Justice of India (CJI), Judges of Supreme Court of India, Chief Justices and all Judges of High Courts.

The increase in the salary and allowances etc. will benefit 31 Judges of Supreme Court of India (including the CJI) and 1079 Judges(including the Chief Justices) of High Courts. Besides, approximately 2500 retired Judges will also be benefited on account of revision of pension/gratuity etc.

Arrears on account of revised salaries, gratuity, pension and family pension w.e.f 01.01.2016 will be paid as one time lump sum payment.

Background:

Salaries, gratuity, pension, allowances etc. in respect of Judges of Supreme Court are governed by the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958. Salaries etc. of Judges of High Courts are governed by High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954. An amendment in the Acts is required whenever there is any proposal for revision of salaries/pension gratuity, allowances etc. in respect of Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts. Therefore, Government proposes to move a Bill in the Parliament in the ensuing Session for amendment in the relevant Acts for giving effect to the revision of salaries and allowances.

Source:http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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LATEST POSITION REGARDING MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA -CONFEDERATION LETTER

IMPORTANT

 GOVT INFORMED STAFFSIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM THAT INCREASE IN MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA WILL NOT COME UNDER ANOMALY COMMITTEE ITEM.

During the last 2 - 3 months both print and electronic media are continuously reporting that increase in 7th CPC Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor is under serious consideration of the Govt. and National Anomaly Committee will give its recommendation to Govt. and orders for increased Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula will be given effect from April 2018. We are reproducing below a letter from Govt. dated 30.10.2017 addressed to Secretary, Staff Side , National Council JCM  stating that the demand for increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula will not come under the purview of National Anomaly Committee. Further Govt. has not yet constituted the HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE for increasing Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula as assured by the Group of Ministers including Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on 30.06.2016. The so-called Senior Officers Committee has also not discussed this agenda even though staff Side has repeatedly demanded discussion and settlement as per the assurance given by Senior Cabinet Ministers. Now 17 months are over. 32 lakhs Central Govt. Employees and 33 lakhs Pensioners are being continuously betrayed by the NDA Govt.   

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob. & Whats App:  09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Click here to view - DOPT Letter:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UZAEawjZACNZuoJhpwo3FXMi7YYBMb_Q/view


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Items proposed by the Staff-Side, NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee — Comments of DoPT regarding.

F.No.11/2/2016-JCA-1(Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th October, 2017

To
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary, Staff-Side
National Council, JCM
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi-110001

Subject:— Items proposed by the Staff-Side, NC(JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee — Comments of DoPT regarding.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to your letters no. NC-JCM-2017/7 th CPC Anomaly dated 16th August, 2017 and 31 th August, 2017 with which a total of 18 items have been sent to DoPT for discussion in the NAC meetings. These 18 items are about various issues over which, the Staff-Side has opined, anomaly has arisen as a result of the 7th CPC’s recommendations or absence of them.
2. On the other hand, DoPT after examining them in the light of the three postulates which, as described in DoPT’s 0M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017, would constitute anomaly is of the view that there are certain items in the lists sent which are not in accord with them and hence cannot be called anomalies as such notwithstanding the merit that they may have otherwise. There are also certain items which should be taken up at the Departmental Anomaly Committees of the other administrative Ministries concerned. A few items are those which, for a detailed examination, need more relevant documents/papers etc. These have been briefly described below:
Sl. No
Description of Anomaly
Comments
i)
Anomaly in computation of Minimum wage.
As against the Minimum Wage decided to be Rs. 18000/- by the Govt. w.e.f. 01.01.2016, the Staff-Side has said that this should be not less than Rs. 26,000/and the multiplication factor ought to have been 3.714 and not 2.57. They have further asked for the pay matrix to be changed. Objecting to the methodology adopted by the 7th CPC in computing the Minimum Wage, they have given a number of reasons like the retail prices of the commodities quoted by the Labour Bureau being irrational, adoption of the 12-monthly average of the retail price website of the Agriculture Ministry giving the retail prices of commodities forming the basis of computation of minimum wage provides a different picture, so on and so forth.
However, when one compares this item with the three situations given in DoPT's 0M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August 2016 and 20th February, 2017, it does not appear that this satisfies any of them to be treated as an anomaly.
ii)
3% Increment in all stages
The Staff-Side argues that in spite of the foreword to the Report making it clear in para 1.19 that the prevailing rate of increment is considered quite satisfactory and has been retained, an illustrative list appended by them shows instances where the pay, gone up after the addition of annual increment by 3%, falls short of what it would have been. They have quoted para-5.1.38 of the report also which states that the rate of annual increment would be 3%.
While what the Staff-Side has stated has its own merits, the fact of the matter is that the principle followed here is whenever a stage of pay, after addition of an increment, falls short of the nearest hundred by less than 50, the employee would be entitled to get the amount mentioned in the immediately next cell in the Pay-Matrix. However, when the gap is that of more than 50, the pay, on addition of an increment, is rounded off to the nearest hundred which travels backward.
For instance, if staying at Rs. 46,100/- one gets an increment @ 3%, instead of having his/her pay fixed at Rs. 47,483/- (which is the exact figure), it will be Rs. 47,500/- (thus gaining by Rs. 13/-). Thus it is not a case of permanent loss as the loss in one year is made good in the second/ third year. Considering this to be a situation of swings and roundabouts, this may not be treated as a case of anomaly.
vi)
Anomaly due to index rationalization
The Staff-Side has taken exception to the index rationalization followed by the 7 th CPC while formulating its views as per which the fitment factor varies and moves upward as one goes up the hierarchical ladder with the level of responsibility and accountability also steadily climbing up commensurately. The Staff-Side argues that the multiplication factor should be one, i.e. 2.81.
Although the Staff-Side has remonstrated that the vertical relativity will suffer distortion in the process, it has to be stated that it is a policy decision about by the Staff-Side comes to be distorted when the pay of a feeder-cadre post and that of a promotional post becomes same. In this case it is not so. Hence it does not appear to qualify for being called an anomaly.
x)
Minimum Pension
The Staff-Side says the minimum pension fixed after 7th CPC should be corrected, and revised orders issued. From the brief explanatory note recorded under this point, it appears that the CPC had sounded out D/ o pension on what the latter thought what the minimum pension should be.
This is an exclusively pension-related issue on which, as informed by the Staff-Side, D/ o Pension was asked for their views by the 7th CPC. Moreover, as will be evident, the basic focus of DoPT's O.M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August 2016 and 20th February 2017 is on taking on board those anomalies which are pay-related. Hence, this item may be taken up separately by the Staff-Side with the D/ o Pension. Thus, instead of treating this as a case of anomaly, the Staff-Side is requested to take it up with the D/ o Pension separately.
xi)
Date of effect of Allowances - HRA, Transport Allowance, CEA etc
The Staff-Side has demanded that the grant of the allowances (revised) mentioned alongside should be made effective from ()1.01.2016 and not from 01.07.2017.
This is a demand and cannot be treated as an anomaly. Moreover, the date from which a benefit is to be made effective is something which can be decided only by the Government. Hence, this may not be taken up at the NAC.
xviii)
Anomaly in the grant of D.A. instalment w.e.f. 01.01.2016
Here the Staff-Side has questioned the methodology adopted by the Government in computing the DA instalment w.e.f. 01.01.2016.
It has, however, to be pointed out that even if there is merit in the contention of the Staff-Side involving this item, it does not qualify being called an anomaly when it is examined in the light of the three situations which, as per DoPT's O.M. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August, 2016 and 20th February, 2017, would constitute anomalies.

3.Items to be taken up at the Departmental Anomaly Committees.

Sl. No
Description of Anomaly
Comments
xii)
Implement the recommendation on Parity in Pay Scale between Sr. Auditor/Sr. Accountant of IA&AD and organized Accounts with Assistant Section Officer of CSS.
The Staff-Side says that although the 5th 6 th and now 7th CPC's have recommended that the pay-scales of different cadres/categories/grades requiring the same recruitment qualifications should be the same, denial of the same benefit to the Statistical Assistants (SA's) who are otherwise at par with Assistant Section Officers (erstwhile 'Assistant') is a violation of the principle. While ASO's are placed in the Pay-Matrix of 7, SA's are in the Pay-Matrix of 6. This arrangement is stated to have disturbed the horizontal relativity between the pay-scales of the SA's in the Organized Accounts and IA&AD Cadre and ASO's in the CSS cadre. In conclusion, it has been requested that SA's should also be placed in Pay-Matrix no. 7.
Even if, the present case comes across as one of anomaly, it appears that the interests of the Statistical Assistants only are involved. ASO's of CCS are coming into the question; but only as a reference point, by way of comparison. Hence the Staff-Side is requested to take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee concerned.
xv)
Technical of Supervisors Railways
This particular item is exclusively Railways-specific. The Staff-Side, NC (CM) is requested to take it up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of M/ o Railways.
xvi)
Anomaly in the assignment of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence, Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keepers
Staff-Side says that although 'Store keeper' is one such category of posts which is common to various Departments like Defence, Mines, Railways etc and in spite of the nature of job, responsibilities being similar, the pay-scale of storekeepers across all the Departments is not the same. It is still less in the M/ o Defence even after the entry-level qualifications which were different before the 7 th CPC stage, have been revised.
If what the Staff-Side remonstrates that even after the requisite changes had been carried out in the R/Rules, the 7th CPC did not take any cognizance of it is true, it has to be assumed that it is a policy decision of the Government. Moreover, the issue appears to be M/ o Defencc-specific. The Staff-Side is requested to take it up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee meetin of the MIO Defence.



4.Item to be taken up separately with the Department of Pension.

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Description of Anomaly
Comments
viii)
Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option-I in pension fixation.
As per the TOR of the NAC, anomalies are basically pay-centric. Under this point, the contention of the Staff-Side is pension-centric. Furthermore, the Staff-Side has themselves clarified that post-7th CPC Government had set up a COS headed by Secretary(Pension) to look into the first option recommended by the 7 th CPC. Eventually, this was not found feasible to be implemented. With such a decision having been taken at the COS level, it cannot be called an anomaly. In view of this, we may inform the Staff-Side to separately take it up with D/o Pension without treating it as an anomaly that can be taken u at the NAC.

5.More details required to examine the following item.

Sl. No
Description of Anomaly
Comments
xiii)
Parity in Pay Scales between Assistants /Stenographers in field/ subordinate offices and Assistant Section Officer and Stenographers in CSS
Although the heading of this item is self explanatory, the relevant text given in the paper sent is not complete as the pay-scales of Assistants and Stenos posted in field offices have not been mentioned therein. Until their pay-scales are known they cannot be compared to check whether there is indeed any anomaly. The Staff-Side is requested to provide more information that is relevant so that it can be properly examined to find out whether an anomaly arises here or not.
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