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Saturday, April 19, 2014

7th CPC Questionnaire

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9-1 WA, NEW DELHI-110001
Meena Agarwal

D.O No. 7CPC/15/Questionnaire

9th April, 2014 

Dear ………..,

As you may be aware the Seventh Central Pay Commissions has been constituted by the Government on 28 February 2014 with a view to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required. The terms of reference of the Seventh Central Pay Commission are available on the . 

2. A Questionnaire seeking the considered views of all stakeholders is enclosed. The response of your Ministry to this Questionnaire is sought. I shall be grateful if the replies are furnished to the Commission on or before 10th May, 2014, so as to enable the Commission to take them into account as part of its examination of the issues that it is mandated to address. The reply may be sent to Post Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O, New Delhi 110 016, and in the case of email to 

Encl:- As above. 

With Regards, 

Yours sincerely, 

(Meena Agarwal) 

To all Secretaries to Govt of India  

 7th CPC Questionnaire  
1. Salaries 

1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two. 

1.2 What should be the considerations for determining salary for various levels of functions falling between the highest level and the lowest level functionaries? 

2. Comparisons 

2.1 Should there be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the private sector? If so, why? If not, why not? 

2.2 Should there at all be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the public sector? If so, why? If not, why not? 

2.3 The concept of variable pay has been introduced in Central Public Sector Enterprises by the Second Pay Revision Committee. In the case of the Government is there merit in introducing a variable component of pay? Can such variable pay be linked to performance? 

3. Attracting Talent 

3.1 Does the present compensation package attract suitable talent in the All India Services & Group A Services? What are your observations and suggestions in this regard? 

3.2 To what extent should government compensation be structured to attract special talent? 

4. Pay Scales 

4.1 The 6th Central Pay Commission introduced the system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay as against the system of specific pay scales attached to various posts. What has been the impact of running pay bands post implementation of 6th CPC recommendations? 

4.2 Is there any need to bring about any change? 

4.3 Did the pay bands recommended by the Sixth CPC help in arresting exodus and attract talent towards the Government? 


 4.4 Successive Pay Commissions have reduced the number of pay scales by merging one or two pay scales together. Is there a case for the number of pay scales/ pay band to be rationalized and if so in what manner? 

4.5 Is the “grade pay” concept working? If not, what are your alternative suggestions? 

5. Increment 

5.1 Whether the present system of annual increment on 1 st  July of every year uniformly in case of all employees has served its purpose or not? Whether any changes are required? 

5.2 What should be the reasonable quantum of annual increment? 

5.3 Whether there should be a provision of variable increments at a rate higher than the normal annual increment in case of high achievers? If so, what should be transparent and objective parameters to assess high achievement, which could be uniformly applied across Central Government? 

5.4 Under the MACP scheme three financial up-gradations are allowed on completion of 10, 20, 30 years of regular service, counted from the direct entry grade. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the scheme? Is there a perception that a scheme of this nature, in some Departments, actually incentivizes people who do not wish to take the more arduous route of qualifying departmental examinations/ or those obtaining professional degrees? 

6. Performance 

What kind of incentives would you suggest to recognize and reward good performance? 

7. Impact on other organizations 

Salary structures in the Central and State Governments are broadly similar. The recommendations of the Pay Commission are likely to lead to similar demands from employees of State Governments, municipal bodies, panchayati raj institutions & autonomous institutions. To what extent should their paying capacity be considered in devising a reasonable remuneration package for Central Govt. employees? 

8. Defence Forces 

8.1 What should be the considerations for fixing salary in case of Defence personnel and in what manner does the parity with civil services need to be evolved, keeping in view their respective job profiles?  

8.2 In what manner should the concessions and facilities, both in cash and kind, be taken into account for determining salary structure in case of Defence Forces personnel. 

8.3 As per the November 2008 orders of the Ministry of Defence, there are a total of 45 types of allowances for Personnel Below Officer Rank and 39 types of allowances for Officers. Does a case exist for rationalization/ streamlining of the current variety of allowances? 

8.4 What are the options available for addressing the increasing expenditure on defence pensions? 

8.5 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to war widows? 

8.6 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to disabled soldiers, commensurate to the nature of their disability? 

9. Allowances 

9.1 Whether the existing allowances need to be retained or rationalized in such a manner as to ensure that salary structure takes care not only of the job profile but the situational factors as well, so that the number of allowances could be at a realistic level? 

9.2 What should be the principles to determine payment of House Rent Allowance? 

10. Pension 

10.1 The retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 a re covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). What has been the experience of the NPS in the last decade? 

10.2 As far as pre-1.1.2004 appointees are concerned, what should be the principles that govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits? 

11. Strengthening the public governance system 

11.1 The 6th CPC recommended upgrading the skills of the Group D employees and placing them in Group C over a period of time. What has been the experience in this regard? 

11.2 In what way can Central Government organizations functioning be improved to make them more efficient, accountable and responsible? Please give specific suggestions with respect to: 

 a) Rationalisation of staff strength and more productive deployment of available staff;   

b) Rationalisation of processes and reduction of paper work; and c) Economy in expenditure. 

12. Training/ building competence 

12.1 How would you interpret the concept of “competency based framework”? 

12.2 One of the terms of reference suggests that the Commission recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework. 

a) Is the present level of training at various stages of a person's career considered adequate? Are there gaps that need to be filled, and if so, where? 

b) Should it be made compulsory that each civil service officer should in his career span acquire a professional qualification? If so, can the nature of the study, time intervals and the Institution(s) whose qualification are acceptable, all be stipulated? 

c) What other indicators can best measure training and capacity building for personnel in your organization? Please suggest ways through which capacity building can be further strengthened? 

13. Outsourcing 

13.1 What has been the experience of outsourcing at various levels of Government and is there a case for streamlining it? 

13.2 Is there a clear identification of jobs that can be outsourced? 

14. Regulatory Bodies 

14.1 Kindly list out the Regulators set up unde r Acts of Parliament, related to your Ministry/ Department. The total number of personnel on rolls (Chairperson and members + support personnel) may be indicated. 

14.2 Regulators that may not qualify in terms of being set up under Acts of Parliament but perform regulatory functions may also be listed. The scale of pay for Chairperson /Members and other personnel of such bodies may be indicated. 

14.3 Across the Government there are a host of Regulatory bodies set up for various purposes. What are your suggestions regarding emoluments structure for Regulatory bodies? 

15. Payment of Bonus 

One of the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission is to examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus. What are your suggestions and observations in this regard? 


Friday, April 18, 2014

CAG can audit even private companies.

The Supreme Court on Thursday held that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) was empowered to examine the accounts of even private companies if they dealt with natural resources, in a judgement that will have far-reaching consequences. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Child Care Leave

Govt woman employee can get uninterrupted two-year leave for child care: SC


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WPI inflation hits 3-month high of 5.7% in March

Snapping the declining trend, the inflation rose to a three month high of 5.7 per cent in March mainly due to spurt in prices of food items like potato, onion and fruits.





As per the recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission Report, Government included a clause while granting / revising certain allowances such as Children Education Allowance, Traveling Allowance, Conveyance Allowance, Cash handling allowance, Risk Allowance, Bad Climate Allowance, Hill Area Allowance, Remote Locality Allowance, Tribal Area Allowances etc to the etc that whenever Dearness Allowance applicable to Central Government employees goes up by 50%, these allowances would be automatically increased by 25%.

We are getting repeated queries from many  whether any separate orders will be issued by Government for increasing Allowance by 25% which are linked with increase in DA, since Dearness Allowance has gone up by 50% for the second time now. We are of the opinion that there is no need for Separate orders for increasing these Allowances by 25% as Office Memorandums / Orders relating to these Allowances have the clause “whenever Dearness Allowance applicable to Central Government employees  goes up by 50%, these allowances would be automatically increased by 25%”.

 DOPT  OM No. 12011/03/ 2008- Estt.(AL) dated 2.9.2008 clearly indicates that the enhancement of Dearness Allowances beyond 50% limits "would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%".

The following Table provides the quantum of increase in Allowances linked with increase in DA

 Name of the Allowances &
 Original Allowance as per 6CPC Existing amount of
Allowance after DA
 increases by 50% 
Revised Allowances per month if DA increases by 100% 
 Children Education Allowance  Rs 1000  Rs 1250  Rs 1500
 Hostel Subsidy Allowance  Rs 3000 Rs 3750  Rs 4500
 Special Compensatory
Hill Area Allowance
 Rs 600/480  Rs 750/600  Rs 900/720
 Special Compensatory
Scheduled / Tribal Area Allowance
 Rs.400 /Rs.240  Rs.500 / Rs.300  Rs. 600 / 450
 Project Allowance  Rs.1,500 / Rs.1,000  Rs.1,875 /Rs.1,250  Rs. 2250 / 1500
 Speical Compensatory (Remote Locality)Allowance   Rs.2,600 /Rs.2,100 /Rs.1,500 /Rs.400  Rs. 3,250 /Rs.2,625 /Rs.1,875 / Rs.500  Rs. 3900 / 3150 / 2250 / 600
 Cycle Maintenance Allowance  Rs.60 (Per month)  Rs.75 (Per month)  Rs.90
 Mileage for road journey/all
 components of daily allowance on tour/reimbursement for transfer
 of personal effects
 Rs.500 / Rs.300 / Rs.200 / Rs.150 / Rs.100  Rs.625 / Rs.375 / Rs.250 / Rs.190 / Rs.125 (TA for personal effects-Rs.22.50 per km / Rs. 11.25 per km / Rs.6.90 per km)  Rs.555 / 450 / 300 / 225 / 150(TA for personal Effects – Rs. 27 per km / 13.50 per km / 6.90 per km)
 Rates of Fixed Conveyance Allowance under SR-25 (Motor Car)  Rs.1,120 / Rs.1,680 / Rs.2,070 / Rs.2,430 / Rs.3,000  Rs.1,400 / Rs.2,100 / Rs.2,590 / Rs.3,040 / Rs.3,750  Rs.1680 / 2520 / 3105 / 3645 / 4500

Rates of Fixed Conveyance
Allowance under SR-25 (Other modes) 
Rs.370 / Rs.480 / Rs.640 / Rs.750 / Rs.850  Rs. 470 / Rs.600 / Rs.800 / Rs.940 / Rs.1,070  Rs.1,070 Rs.555 / 720 / 960 / 1125 / 1275
 Washing Allowance  Rs.60  Rs.75  Rs.90
 Split Duty Allowance  Rs 200  Rs 250  Rs 300
 Spl. Allowance for Child Care
 for Women with Disabilities
and Education Allowance for disabled children
 Rs.1,000 per month  Rs.1,250 per month  Rs.1500
 Cash Handling Allowance  Rs.600 / Rs.500 / Rs.400 / Rs.300 / Rs.150  Rs.750 / Rs.625 / Rs.500 / Rs.375 / Rs.190  Rs.900 / 750 / 600 / 450 / 225
 Risk Allowance  OPT 21012/1/2008-Estt.(Allowance)  12.3.2009  To be announced
 Postgraduate Allowance  Rs.1,000 / Rs.600  Rs.1,250 / Rs.750  Rs. 1500 / 900
 Desk Allowance  Rs.600  Rs.750  Rs.900
 Bad Climate Allowance  Rs.400 / Rs.240  Rs.500 / Rs.300  Rs.600 / 360
 Advances for purchase of Bicycle
 Rs.3,000  Rs.3,750  Rs.4500
 Advances for purchase of
Warm clothing
 Rs.3,000  Rs.3,750  Rs.4500
 Festival Advance  Rs.3,000  Rs.3,750  Rs.4500
 Natural Calamity Advance  Rs.3,000  Rs.3,750  Rs.4500

Thursday, April 10, 2014


DOPT ORDERS on Holiday for Lok Sabha polls CLICK HERE

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, has declared a general holiday on April 17 in view of the Lok Sabha elections. The declaration comes under the Negotiable Instruments Act and the Representation of the People Act.

The holiday is applicable to all the Central and State government offices, Central and State government undertakings, government and private educational institutions (aided and unaided), industrial establishments and others.

The CEO also ordered all business, trade and industrial establishments to grant a paid holiday to their employees on that day, for both permanent and also those on daily wages, to enable them to exercise their franchise.

Source : Hindu Paper CLICK HERE

Monday, April 7, 2014




National Convention Outcome

Circular No: 15  

National Convention of Central Government Employees  held at Nagpur on 4th April 2014.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

7th CPC Office and Staff



NEW DELHI – 110001

Camp Office : Room No.169-B

North Block, New Delhi

7th CPC requires Central Staff on Deputation Basis

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Expected DA from July 2014 - AICPIN for the month of Feb 2014

 Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) for February 2014 is increased by one point and pegged at 238.

DA as on Feb 2014 is 102.79


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CGHS Emergency Treatment



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List of Emergency Conditions
The medical emergency conditions included under the purview of CGHS Act are enlisted below:

a) Acute Coronary Syndromes viz. (Coronary Artery By-pass Graft or Percutaneous Trans-Luminal Coronary Angioplasty) including Myocardial Infarction, Unstable Angina, Ventricular Arrhythmias, Paroxysmal Supra- Ventricular Tachycardia, Cardiac Tamponade, Acute Left-Ventricular Failure, Severe Congestive Cardiac Failure, Accelerated Hypertension, Complete Heart Block and Stokes-Adams Attack, Acute Aortic dissection.

b) Acute Limb Ischemia, Rupture of Aneurism, Medical and surgical shock and peripheral circulatory failure.

c) Cerebro-Vascular Attack, Strokes, sudden Unconsciousness, Head Injury, Respiratory failure, De-compensated Lung Disease, Cerebro-Meningeal Infection, Convulsions, Acute Paralysis, Acute Visual Loss.

d) Acute Abdomen

e) RTA (Road Traffic Accident) with injuries including fall

f) Acute Poisoning

g) Acute Renal Failure

h) Acute Abdomen in females including Acute Obstetrical and Gynecological Emergencies.

i) Heat Stroke

O.P.D. (Outdoor Patient Department) treatment and subsequent follow-up after hospitalization is not permitted in Private Hospitals and Diagnostic Centres recognized under CGHS. Exceptions for follow-up treatment are permissible in following conditions for a period of 3 to 6 months after conducting the surgical procedure, are as follows:

a. Neuro-surgery

b. Cardiac Surgery including Angioplasty

c. Cancer Surgery, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy

d. Organ transplant viz. Kidney

e. Knee replacement.

f. RTA (Road Traffic Accident)