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Thursday, March 26, 2015

7th CPC Meeting with JCM Standing Committee

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

No.NC/JCM/2015
Dated: March 25, 2014



Dear Comrades,

The 7th CPC had asked the JCM Staff Side to present their case before the Commission for wage revision on 23rd and 24th March 2015. Accordingly, the Standing Committee of the Staff Side met on 22nd March and again 23rd March 2015. The presentation was made on 23rd and 24th March 2015 before the Commission.

We have discussed the memorandum, chapter wise and the Commission made a very patient hearing and interacted with us seeking clarifications on certain matters. It is not possible to provide a detailed account of the discussions. However, we are to inform you that we came out of the discussion with a very good impression and satisfaction.

1. The Commission will adopt Minimum Wage Concept(Dr. Aykhrod Formula) as the principle of wage determination. They will however, collect the retail rates of the commodities that go into the basket.

2. We have pleaded for the adoption of the best international practices while fixing the highest salary.

3. On the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA, the Commission finally said that those can only be considered if Terms of Reference are amended.

4. The Commission agreed that there had been reduction in the sanctioned strength and working strength over the years despite the increased workload.

5. They have also noted that there was substantial reduction in percentage terms of the expenses on salary and wages over the years.

6. The Commission enquired, as to how multiplication factor of 3.7 was arrived at. The same was explained in detail.

7. Fitment Formula and the demand on Fixation of Pay on Promotion, were appreciated as the rationale was explained.

8. Date of effect: No commitment or comment was made by the Commission. The Staff Side explained, as to how they compromised by shifting the date from. 01.01.2011 to 01.01.2014.

9. The institution of Special Pay, especially in the wake of de-layering was explained.

10. Common Categories: We have requested the upgradation and amalgamation of the cadres of LDC with UDC and the need for bringing about parity in pay scales of the Subordinate Offices with the Central Secretariat. The problems of Staff Car Drivers were also elaborated. The contractorisation and casualisation at lower level positions and the consequent exploitation of the labour were discussed at length. The Commission has made a proposal to do away with the contractorisation/casualisation. Staff side will discuss the proposal and will send its views to the Commission in due course.

11. Classification of Posts: Our proposal has not been found favour.

12. GDS: While sympathizing with the Staff Side, the Commission wanted them to approach the Government with a view to amend the Terms of Reference.

13. Allowances and Advances: Detailed discussions were held on HRA, CCA, Transport Allowance, CEA and Special Allowance for personnel posted at North East Region. Chapters dealing with the facilities was also discussed at length, including compassionate appointment. On holidays, we have requested to include May Day in the list of holidays. The background of observance of May Day was enquired by the Commission and explained.

14. Pension and Retirement Benefit – NPS: Commission stated categorically that NPS being an Act of Parliament, they will not make any comment thereon.

Pension Computation: The rationale of 67% was explained and appreciated.

Minimum Pension: our demand for 2/3rd of the Minimum Wage was also explained.

Parity in pension of past and present pensioners was fully explained, linked with one rank -one pension scheme for Defence Personnel. We have pleaded that Civilian Pensioners should not be discriminated against. Demand for Additional Pension for both Pensioners and Family Pensioners was explained. All matters concerning Family Pension were also discussed. So also, gratuity to be computed in accordance with the Gratuity Act.

There was good response for the demands from the Commission.

Restoration of commuted value of pension: The Commission will enquire the views of the Government as to what is their objection to the demand.

Medical facilities for pensioners and discrimination between Pensioners in CGHS area and CCS(MA) Area as also the Postal Pensioners was brought home including the higher Fixed Medical Allowance for ESI persons.

Certain clarifications/elucidations have been asked for by the Commission. To provide such clarifications, another meeting with the Commission might be held after the Commission’s interaction with other organizations. The Staff Side may meet the Commission after their interaction with the other organizations are over.
With greetings,


(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary/Staff Side NC JCM

Source:  CLICK HERE FOR SOURCE

CGHS New Hospitals list

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Revision of Allowances:

Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2014 

Friday, March 20, 2015

7th Central Pay Commission Meetings‏

The Seventh Central Pay Commission has, from the time of its constitution, engaged with a variety of stakeholders on the issues which it has been mandated to cover in accordance with its terms of reference. Based on the wide ranging interaction the Commission has had in this period, certain broad issues have emerged before the Commission. The Commission has also been seeking from individual Ministries/ Departments their views on the issues posed, in relation to matters that are relevant to the Ministries.
The Commission has had the occasion to interact with the Association in May 2014. A meeting was also held on 25 February 2015 with the National Council (Staff side) wherein it was agreed that the Commission would have a detailed engagement with the Staff side as part of its final deliberations.
Accordingly, a meeting with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled for the following  meetings at Conference Room, 1 st floor, B-14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional New Delhi. 

 Staff side JCM Meeting on common issues of CG Employees on 23rd and 24th March 2015.

Departmental issues : 



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities

Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 - Clarification regarding formats to be used for filing returns under the Act.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Indian Economy and Central Governement Employees Issues


CLICK HERE FOR WORLD BANK REPORT 

⃰ Inflation is contained around 5% to 5.5%, Last ten years which was at 7 %  to 10%.

*DA as on 1/1/ 2015 is at  119%. Hence DA merger due.

* GDP is estimated at 7%. Economy growth is at 8 %. Fiscal deficit is contained at 4.1% , that means Indian  economy is in good shape.

* Government has more resources/ money to provide to the  employees on the 7th CPC  demands .
  
* Government policy is for Public Private Participation (PPP) model in all sectors. It wants to cut down Government jobs and Government responsibilities.

* More workload for Government Employees due to many new schemes.

Comrades now or never fight for our justified demands.


 Central Government Employees unity zindabad 





  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Inflation February 2015

February retail inflation edges up to 5.37% on costlier food items

'No proposal to raise, reduce retirement age of government employees': Lok Sabha



New Delhi: There is no proposal to either raise or reduce the retirement age of central government employees from the present 60 years, Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday.
"No, madam," Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said in his reply to a question on whether government proposes to increase the retirement age of central government employees.


His reply was the same to another part of the question on whether there is a proposal to fix the retirement age at 58 years. In the run up to the Delhi assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on two occasions scoffed at suggestions that his government planned to reduce the retirement age.



'No proposal to raise, reduce retirement age of government employees': Lok Sabha
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said,"There is no proposal to either raise or reduce the retirement age of central government employees from the present 60 years."



Terming it as a "misinformation campaign", he had told the electorate that lies were being spread. The speculation of hike in retirement age had been in circulation since the last days of the previous UPA II government.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Womens Day Message


Comrades,

It’s my honour to address you all on the occasion of ‘International Womens Day’ on 8th March 2015. This day is a celebration of the struggle of women, the world over, and their achievements, in realising the just and equitable role and position for women in society, in workplace and as a homemaker. This day is also a reminder of the road ahead, the enormity of the tasks that still stare at us. This day is a day to resolve, to rededicate ourselves to the task of women emancipation and empowerment.

The word ‘woman’ is not singular, it is a plural noun.  If the Oxford Dictionary says otherwise, we need to let them know why. A woman is always an eco-system, balancing multiple roles, multiple commitments, at multiple places of work – both in office and also at home. There might be CL, EL etc in office, but there is not a single CL or EL in house. Good health or bad health, the tasks of bringing up children, and other home-making works don’t give any break. In addition to these, many of us are engaged in other interests like music, painting, culture, sports etc., and it is really a miracle that women manage to do so many things, and still appear cheerful and charming. The word multi-tasking doesn’t find more resonance anywhere. In fact, women contribute more to the society. If you educate a man, you are educating one person. If you are educating a woman, you are educating a family.

In spite of the effervescent and vibrant roles that women play as mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, soul-mates, co-workers and in social service, women are often trampled upon in world societies, both in war and peace. The past year witnessed some of the most horrific incidents that shook our sense of humanity. 276 school-girls were kidnapped in Nigeria in April 2014, and not released till now. According to Amnesty International, hundreds of Yazidi women were sold by ISIS into sexual slavery. Using women as soft targets is a blot on humanity and questions the very meaning of civilisation.

Even in the civilised and sophisticated corporate world, many business shenanigans squirm at the thought of giving equal pay and respect to their women employees. This year witnessed the most distasteful episode of Microsoft CEO’s statement that women should accept their karma, when he was asked about equal pay for women in software industry. This shows the deep-rooted prejudice that women are burdened with, and the enormity of the road ahead of the women’s movement in India and the world over.

We can fight this only with deep understanding and belief in women’s capabilities and strengths. Even under the weight of all the prejudices, women have been charting stellar performances everywhere. Not only the immense multi-tasking roles and expectations that every woman upholds, many are blazing a path of leadership and success, leaving a trail of pride and inspiration, not only in regular careers but also in high tech scientific and futuristic fields, which are traditionally considered as male bastions. Smt. Padmashree Warrior from Vijayawada is the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) at Cisco, which powers the world’s telecom architecture. She is in-charge of the telecom machinery which runs our mobile phones, internet and whatsapp, for present and for future. Indra Nooyi from Chennai is Pepsi’s global Chairman & CEO. Mary Kom became Olympic Bronze medallist and Asian Gold Medallist in boxing, when she was a mother of three. Kiran Mazumdar Shah of Biocon is a genetics entrepreneurial wizard, having a street named after her in Australia on 5th March 2015. There are lot more stellar achievements of working women in business and other spheres.

These achievements are just a pointer to show that all that a women needs is a little enabling. Enable the women, and they will do wonders, to the families, workplaces and the societies. Give women the right education and training, safety in work-place and transit, freedom from violence and discrimination, respect as an equal gender, belief in their capabilities – the society will transform into a much better place. There is no better time to realise and rededicate to this goal, than the year in which Malala Yousufzai got the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for education. There is no easy path to achieve this, and I call upon all women comrades, to struggle for equitable rights, with passion, determination and hunger for success.

On this momentous day, it’s our duty, of everyone - common people, men and women comrades, the leaders, the policy makers and the government - to understand and appreciate that women deserve their rightful equitable empowerment. In fact, this year, we are also observing 20 years of Beijing Declaration on Women’s Rights. UNO declared the campaign slogan as “Empowering Women, Empowering humanity”, i.e. if we empower women, we empower humanity. The theme for this year’s International Women’s day is rightfully coined as “Make it Happen”. On this occasion, as Chairperson of the Women’s Committee of the Central Government Employees and Workers, I call upon everyone to join hands and give a clarion call – Yes, we will make it happen.

Believe in yourself.

Usha Bonepalli
Chairperson,
Women’s Committee,
Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers,

New Delhi.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mass Meeting of Central Governement Employees of Karnataka State

Karnataka Joint Council of Action of Central Government Employees

  The mass meeting of CG Employees under the banner of Karnataka Joint Council of Action of Central Government Employees   held on 4th March 2015  at Railway grounds MG colony behind city Railway station Bangalore city in which thousands of employees participated which includes employees from Railway , Defence,  Postal,  Income Tax, AG’S, Central Excise,  RMS, Survey Departments, CGHS, Census, Ground Water etc  participated in the mass meeting on 10 charter of demands which was being  addressed by; 
1) Com Shiva Gopal Mishra (Secretary General All India Railway Men Federation & Secretary Staff side of JCM New Delhi)
2) Com M.Krishnan (Secretary General Confederation of Central Government  Employees and Workers New Delhi )
3) Com C.Sreekumar (Secretary General All India Defence Employees Federation)
4) Com Amd Dcruz Convenor Karnataka Joint Council of Action of Central Government Employees and General Secretary AIRF .















Monday, March 2, 2015

Memorandum to District Collector on 2nd March 2015

The Central Government Employees Karnataka State Joint Council of Action (KJCA) under the leadership of Com.A.M.D'Cruz, Convenor/KJCA,GS/SWRMU & Member/JCM held protest/demonstration in front of District Collcetors Office at Dharwad (Hubli).


Com.A.M.D'Cruz,Convenor/KJCA handed over Memorandum to District Collector/Dharwad.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

DRAFT LETTER FOR SUBMISSION TO DC ON 2ND MARCH, 2015

DRAFT LETTER TO BE GIVEN TO THE COLLECTOR/DISTRICT MAGISTRATE
ON 2ND MARCH, 2015, AFTER RALLY IN ALL DISTRICTS
.
Joint Council of Action of organizations of Central Govt. Employees  of _________ district of Karnataka State.
DRAFT LETTER TO BE GIVEN TO THE COLLECTOR/DISTRICT MAGISTRATE ON 2ND MARCH, 2015, AFTER RALLY IN ALL DISTRICTS
Dear Sir,
         We submit herewith a copy of the Declaration, the Convention of Central Government employees adopted on 11.12,.2014 at New Delhi, which seeks settlement of the ten point of charter of demands.  We request you to kindly forward the same to the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Rashtrapathy Bhawan Annex, New Delhi. 110 00 as he is the Chairman, National Council JCM, JCM was conceived as a platform to discuss and settle the common demands and grievances of the Central Government employees in the aftermath of the 1960 Indefinite Strike action. It was conceived as an instrument to avoid confrontation and strike action and bring about peaceful atmosphere taking into account that the majority of the Central Government employees (85%) are industrial/operational workers, covered under the Industrial Disputes Act. The atmosphere of a confrontation has now been created primarily due to the fact that the negotiating forum was made defunct for the past several years. The National Council of the JCM was met in 2010 last, whereas it sought to have met thrice in a year. The issues included in the charter of demands were the subject matter of bilateral discussion but no settlement was brought about. Our representatives were called in for a discussion by the Government as late as 25th February,. 2015, but no settlement on any issue was brought about..
 We are aware from our past experience that the Government would not consider the strike action of Central Government employees as a mere employer-employee conflict but would face them as a rebellion to its authority and suppress it by brutal force though the various State apparatuses. It is in this context, we deemed it necessary to apprise you of our grievances. . The enclosed declaration is self explanatory and we request you to kindly inform the Government of the growing discontent of the employees.
 Enclosure : Charter of demands:

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
…………………………………………..
President:/Chairman/Convenor:
Joint Council of Action of organizations of Central Govt. Employees
NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ ORGANISATIONS
  
Charter of demands:
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, February 27, 2015

Budget 2015-16 Highlights

Budget 2015-16 Highlights:

Transport allowance will be increased to Rs 1600 per month.

There will be an increase in limit of tax deduction for health premium from Rs 15000 to Rs 25,000 annually.

PPP model of Infrastructure to be revitalized and realigned.


The latest CPI inflation is 5.1 % and whole sale price inflation is negative.


Provision for 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.

Consumer Price Index January 2015

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers - CPI(IW) for January 2015 is 254 Points . There is an increase of one point compared to December 2014.