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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Minimum Wage of Rs 26,000/- Justified and Fitment formula

Comrade,
                  The DIRECTORATE OF ECONONMICS & STATISTICS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION MINISTRY OF AGRILCULTURE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA NEW DELHI  has published the RETAIL PRICES OF FOOD AND NON FOOD ITEMS VIDE http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/  PLEASE GO THROUGH THIS IMPORTANT LINK .  which contains district wise price report.


You can get any price of any article using the Query option. 



 The prices  of many items provided by the Staff side JCM  are lower than the retail prices provided by the Government agency  . Hence the Minimum wage of Rs 20,000/- is  justified for the  erstwhile Group "D" with effect from 1/1/15 using Dr Aykroyd  formula . After weightage of 25% for Group "C" it works out to Rs 26,000/- .


The fitment formula  may range from 2.72 times to 3.72 depending upon the weightage.  


The Sixth Central Pay Commission has recommended a minimum wage of Rs 6600/- per month   against the demand of Rs 10,000/-  per month as worked out by Staff side of JCM, Today the minimum need based wage works out to Rs 26,000/ per month. 


Comradely yours

(P.S. Prasad)
General Secretary 

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – March, 2015



The All-India CPI-IW for March, 2015 increased by 1 point and pegged at 254 (two hundred and fifty four). DA as on March 2015 is 116.68%.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Day Greetings


PARLIAMENT MARCH OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – 28.04.2015

MASSIVE AND IMPRESSIVE RALLY AND PARLIAMENT MARCH OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – 28.04.2015

NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION DECLARES NATIONWIDE



INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 23RD NOVEMBER 2015








PRESS STATEMENT

            We send herewith a copy of the resolution adopted by the massive rally of the Central Government employees held today 28.4.2015 at Jantar Mantar. New Delhi declaring that if no settlement is brought about  on the ten points charter of demands, the Central Government employees in all the De-departments of the Government of India will go on indefinite strike action from 23.11.2015.

            The rally was held under the chairmanship of Shri M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen.  Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra convenor of the NJCA conducted the proceedings.   The resolution was moved by Com. K.K.N. Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, New Delhi.  Besides, the Chairman and Convenor of the NJCA, the other who spoke at the rally include S/Shri Rakal Dasgupta, President, All India Railwaymen Federation, Guman Singh and Bhatnagar of the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, Shri M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, R.N. Parashar, Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, Shri D. Theagarjan, Federation of National Postal organisations, Shri Sreekumar and Pahak of All India Defence Employees Federation, Srinivasan of the Indian National Defence Workers Federation, Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, General Secretary, HMS and many others. It was decided that the Railway and Defence Federation will take the strike ballot in the month of October, 2015.  More than a lakh of workers participated in the rally.  The copies of the resolution were handed over to the honourable Speaker, Lok Sabha and the Honourable Prime Minister by a delegation of the National Joint Council of Action

            We shall be grateful for favour of coverage of the decision in your esteemed daily/Newspaper /weekly.

            Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Shiv Gopal Mishra
Convenor

NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD,
NEW DELHI

RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT THE MASSIVE RALLY AT JANTAR MANTAR (PARLIAMENT STREET) ON 28 APRIL 2015

The massive congregation of the representatives of Central Govt Employees who have come from various parts of the country held at Jantar Mantar before the Indian Parliament on 28-04-2015 decided to commence the indefinite strike action from 23rd November 2015 from 6 AM having failed to elicit any positive response from the Government in settlement of the 10 point Charter of Demands submitted months back. It was also decided that the Railways and Defence organizations will conduct the strike Ballot as per the provision of the Industrial Disputes Act and Recognition Rules before commencing the strike from 23-11-2015.

The massive gathering adopted the resolution unanimously exhorting the central Govt. Employees to prepare for the eventual strike action in all earnestness and make it a historic one.

The meeting congratulates the employees for forging exemplary unity and carrying out various programmes chalked out by the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) after the national convention on 11th December 2014. Even though the Govt. was compelled to set up the 7th CPC on account of the sanctions generated through the action programmes, Govt. has refused to grant Interim Relief and merger of DA and excluded the Gramin Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department from the ambit of the 7th CPC.

It is a matter of regret that in spite of public admission of non-privatisation of Indian Railways by Prime Minister of India and assurance of Minister of Railways on various occasions, including Parliament, Dr. Deb Roy Committee had submitted a report which is a clear roadmap for privatisation of IR. 

The meeting noted that the Government has purposely ensured the closure of Joint Consultative   
Machinery, the negotiating forum set up in 1966 for Central Government Employees to discuss and bring about settlement of their demands.

The meeting chaired by Secretary (Personnel) on 25th February 2015  did not bring about settlement on any single issue of the Charter of Demands.

The meeting unanimously decided to demand before the Government to convene the meeting of National Council, JCM immediately and settle the following charter of demands, if at all it wants to avoid confrontation with its own employees.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS:

1.    Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014, accepting the memorandum of the Staff Side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant Interim Relief and Merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report within the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include the Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC.  Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

2.    No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of postal services.

3.    No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.

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

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

6.  Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.

7.    Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8.    No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

9.    Remove the ceiling on payment of Bonus.

10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.


The meeting authorized the National JCA to take appropriate and necessary steps needed to make the indefinite strike beginning from 23rd November 2015 an unprecedented and grand success.

                                                                                                       (Shiva Gopal Mishra) 
                                                                                                                    Convenor


28.04.2015                                                                          National Joint Council of Action

Sunday, April 26, 2015

March to Parliament 28th April 2015

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ ORGANISATIONS
  
Charter of demands for March to Parliament:

1.      Effect wage revision of Central Government employees from 1.12014 accepting the memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC.  Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

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

3.      No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.

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

5.      No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatisation of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the Publication, Form Store and Stationery department and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;

6.      Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.

7.      Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8.      No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

9.      Remove the Bonus ceiling;

10.     Ensure five promotions in the service career.



Friday, April 24, 2015

Instructions on exemption from passing the Typewriting Test on Computer in respect of LDC

G.I., Min. of Finance, O.M. F.No. 14020/ 1 /2014-Estt. (D), dated 22.04.2015
Subject:- Instructions on exemption from passing the Typewriting Test on Computer in respect of LDCs, regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that instructions issued by this Department vide O.M.No.14020/2/91-Estt(D) dated 29th September, 1992 provide for grant of exemption from passing the typing test for drawal of increments and confirmation in respect of LDCs.



2(i) . The above mentioned instructions provide for exemptions as under:-

a) If above 45 years of age on the date of their appointment, such persons may be granted exemption from the date of their appointment.

b) If between the age of 35 years and 45 years at the time of their appointment, such persons may be granted exemption on attaining the age of 45 years.

c) If below 35 years of age on the date of appointment, such persons may be given exemption after 10 years of service as LDC provided they have made two genuine attempts to pass the typing test; otherwise they may be granted exemption after attaining the age of 45 years.

d) Those LDCs who have made two genuine attempts for passing the typing test prior to issue of this OM but have not completed 8 years service as LDC, may be granted exemption from passing the typing test after completion of 8 years of service or on attaining the age of 45 years, whichever is earlier.

(ii) For the Physically handicapped persons, these instructions provide for exemptions as under:-

a) Physically handicapped persons who are otherwise qualified to hold clerical post and who are certified as being unable to type by the Medical Board attached to Special Employment Exchanges for the Handicapped (or by a Civil Surgeon where there is no such Board) may be exempted from passing the typing test.

b) The term ‘physically handicapped persons’ does not cover those who are visually handicapped or who are hearing handicapped but cover only those whose physical disability permanently prevents them from typing.

3. Model RRs for the post of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) were issued vide this Department’s O.M.No.AB-14017/32/2009-Estt(RR) dated 7th October, 2009. The entries pertaining to Skill Test Norms prescribed in the Col. 8 of the Model RRs for the post of LDC were modified to include the Skill Test Norms ‘only on computers’ vide this Department’s O.M.No.AB-14017/32/2009-Estt(RR) dated 17) 11th May, 2010.

4. This Department has received references whether the instructions as contained in this Department’s OM dated 29.9.1992 are applicable for test on Computer or not. The matter has been examined and it has been decided that the criteria for grant of exemption from passing the typing test in respect of such LDCs including Physically Handicapped persons/Persons with Disabilities as stipulated in this Department’s O.M.No.14020/2/91-Estt(D) dated 29th September, 1992 would also be applicable to the test on Computers.

5. It has also been decided to extend the above instructions to Sports persons recruited against Sports quota under the Scheme of appointment of meritorious Sports persons.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Census 2011

Most Populated Metros
1
18,414,288
2
16,314,838
3
14,112,536
4
8,696,010
5
8,499,399

Karnataka Cities:

Belgaum    488,292
Mangalore  484,785
Mysore  887,446
Davanagere
    435,128
Bellary  409,644
Bijapur
326,360
Tumkur  305,821
Mandya 1,805,769

Gulbarga  532,031
Shimoga
 322,428



CITIES CLASSIFIED AS “Y” ie 20% HRA as per 2001 census

Belgaum(UA), Hubli-Dharwad, Mangalore(UA),
Mysore(UA)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

6% DA Announced by Union Cabinet

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.01.2015 at the rate of six percent increase over the existing rate of 107 percent.

Hence, Central Government employees as well as pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 113 percent of the basic pay with effect from 01.01.2015. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be of the order of Rs. 6762.24 crore per annum and Rs. 7889.34 crore in the Financial Year 2015-16 ( i.e. for a period of 14 months from January 2015 to February 2016).


This will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

Releasing of installment of dearness allowance


Releasing of installment of dearness allowance as dearness allowance to central government employees has yet not been released which is due since 01.01.2015. Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra Secretary/NC JCM staff side has written to cabinet secretary in this regard. Please read the full text in pdf format given below:-

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

14th Finance Commission Directions to 7th CPC


Click  Here  for   14th Finance Commission report on 7th CPC 

Refer page no 240 to 250 of the report 




17.24 Technically, the recommendations of a Central Pay Commission are only for Central Government employees and States are not bound to follow suit. Indeed, up to the 1980s, States constituted their own Pay Commissions and prescribed their own pay scales, based upon their fiscal capacity. However, since the Fifth Central Pay Commission, salaries and allowances in States have tended to converge with those in the Union Government and since the Sixth Central Pay Commission, almost all States have adopted the Union pattern of pay scales, albeit with modifications.
17.27 Our concern is the likely impact on overall budgetary resources, particularly of the States, once the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission are announced and adopted by the Union Government. All States have asked us to provide a cushion for the pay revision likely during our award period. The Union Government's memorandum has built, in its forecast, the implications of a pay increase from 2016-17 onwards. recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission are likely to be made only by August 2015, and unlike the previous Finance Commissions, we would not have the benefit of having any material to base our assessments and projections and to specifically take the impact into account. We have, therefore, adopted the principle of overall sustainability based on past trends, which should realistically capture the overall fiscal needs of the States.


17.28 In our view, on matters that impact the finances of both the Union and States, policies ought to evolve through consultations between the States and the Union. This is especially relevant in the determination of pay and allowances, where a part of the government itself, in the form of the employees, is a stakeholder and influential in policy making. A national view, arrived at  through this process, will open avenues for the Union and States to make collective efforts to raise the extra resources required by their commitment to a pay revision. More importantly, it would enable the Union and States to ensure that there is a viable and justifiable relationship between the demands on fiscal resources on account of salaries and contributions to output by employees commensurate with expenditure incurred. In this regard, we reiterate the views of the FC-XI for a consultative mechanism between the Union and States, through a forum such as the Inter-State Council, to evolve a national policy for salaries and emoluments.

17.29 Further,we would like to draw attention to the importance of increasing the productivity of government employees as a part of improving outputs, outcomes and overall quality of services relatable to public expenditures. The Seventh Central Pay Commission, has, inter alia, been tasked with making recommendations on this aspect. Earlier Pay Commissions had also made several recommendations to enhance productivity and improve public administration. Productivity per employee can be raised through the application of technology in public service delivery and in public assets created. Raising the skills of employees through training and capacity building also has a positive impact on productivity. The use of appropriate technology and associated skill development require incentives for employees to raise their individual productivities. A Pay Commission's first task, therefore, would be to identify the right mix of technology and skills for different categories of employees. The next step would be to design suitable financial incentives linked to measurable performance. We recommend the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skills and incentives. Further, we recommend that Pay Commissions be designated as 'Pay and Productivity Commissions',with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve 'productivity of an employee', in conjunction with pay revisions. We urge that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity.

Pensions
17.30 Pensions have been growing steadily, and the liability for pension payments is likely to cast a very heavy burden on budgets in the coming years. Some of the factors contributing to this growth are: (i) the rise in pensions recommended by successive Pay Commissions; (ii) removal of the distinction between people retiring at different points of time, so that all pensioners are treated alike in their pension rights; (iii) taking over the liability for pensions of retired employees of aided institutions and local bodies; and (iv) increasing longevity. The New Pension Scheme (NPS), a contribution-based scheme introduced by the Union Government in 2004 for all new recruits after the cut-off date, has now been adopted by all States, with the exception of West Bengal and Tripura. This scheme has the merit of transferring future liabilities to the New Pension Fund and factoring the current liability on a State's contribution from its current revenues. We urge States which have not adopted the New Pension Scheme so far to immediately consider doing so for their new recruits in order to reduce their future burden.

Conclusion: - The recommendations of 14th Finance Commission are important for 7th Pay Commission.  As the recommendations of 14th FC is applicable with effect from 01.04.2015 the impact of above mentioned recommendations will be the part of 7th CPC.  Need not to say that 7th CPC has the challenge to prepare the report in stipulated time including the views of 14th FC.