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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Committee on Allowance submits its Report

The Committee on Allowances headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday; The Report will be now placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. 

The Committee on Allowances, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India to examine the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances, submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday. The Committee was headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure),M/o Finance, Government of India and had Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Post and Chairman, Railway Board as its Members and Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) as its Member Secretary.

The Committee was set-up in pursuance of the Union Cabinet decision on 29.06.2016 when approving the 7th CPC recommendations on pay, pensions and related issues were approved. The decision to set-up the Committee was taken in view of significant changes recommended by the 7th CPC in the allowances structure and a large number of representations received in this regard from various Staff Associations as well as the apprehensions conveyed by various Ministries / Departments. The 7th CPC had recommended that of a total of 196 Allowances, 52 be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance.


The Committee took note of all the representations received from various stakeholders on the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances. Representations and demands for modifications were received in respect of 79 allowances which have been examined in detail by the Committee. In doing so, the Committee interacted with all the members of the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) as well the representatives of various Staff Associations of Railways, Postal employees, Doctors, Nurses, and Department of Atomic Energy. It also interacted with the representatives of the Defence Forces, DGs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) namely CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, and Assam Rifles as also senior officers from IB and SPG to understand the viewpoint of their personnel.  As mentioned in the Report, the Committee held a total of 15 meetings and was assisted by a Group of Officers headed by Additional Secretary (D/o Expenditure) in examining the representations. 


Based on such extensive stakeholder consultations and detailed examination, the Committee has suggested certain modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations so as to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the context of the rationale behind the recommendations of the 7th CPC as well as other administrative exigencies. Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as Railway men, Postal employees, Scientists, Defence Forces personnel, Doctors and Nurses etc.


The Report, now being examined in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, will be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set-up to screen the 7th CPC recommendations and to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. It may be recalled that while recommendations of the 7th CPC on pay and pension were implemented with the approval of Cabinet, allowances continue to be paid at old rates. After consideration by the E-CoS, the proposal for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances after incorporating the modifications suggested by the Committee on Allowances in its Report shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Allowances Committee Report and Financial Expenditure

Comrades,
                  The Central Government Civilian Employees numbering around  36 lakhs employees and Defence forces numbering around 15 lakhs are waiting for a long period for the allowances committee to submit its report and almost 10 months have passed , the allowances committee has not submitted its report so far , the patience of the Central Government Employees is almost over , the main demand of the CG employees is house rent allowance , the expenditure towards the  HRA is just at 4.15 % of the total expenditure , the breakup of pay and allowances is pay including DA constitute about 80%  and  all allowances together  constitute around 20% of the total expenditure,  even if  the 7th CPC recommendations are accepted the HRA expenditure shall be at just 9% of the total expenditure, even  if the staff side demands of the HRA is accepted the total expenditure shall not cross 10%, let us examine the following facts.


  The total expenditure towards pay & allowances for 36 lakhs Central Government employees  for the year 2015-16 is Rs  1,50,028.57 ( in crore) , Out of the total expenditure of 1,50,028.57 crore, the percentage expenditure on Pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and other allowances are Pay Rs 55,162.69 crores (36.77%) , DA Rs 64,304.33 crores (42.68%) , allowances constitute Rs 30561.55 crores  of which  HRA Rs  6,225.14 crores  (  4.15% ) and.  Transport Allowance constitute Rs 6186.05 crores and other allowances 16.22% respectively.

Out of the total expenditure of Rs 6,225.14 crore on HRA in 2015-16, the HRA expenditure for X class cities is Rs 2287.80 crore which is around 36.75% of the total expenditure on HRA.

Number of Sanctioned Posts is 36,49,468 and Number in Position is 32,28, 921 vacant posts is 4,20,547 , the Defence forces constitute around 15 lakhs with an Indian Army strength of 11 lakh.

Pay commission views : Para number 16.3
16.3 The increases in allowances relate to the following:
a) House Rent Allowance (HRA): This accounts for the principal increase in the
expenditure on allowances since it is calculated as a percentage of the basic pay and the rise in basic pay based on recommendations of the Commission would be reflected as increased HRA. The expenditure on account of HRA is likely to go up from 12,400 crore to 29,600 crore, an increase of 17,200 (138.71%). This figure also includes an expenditure of ₹3,700 crore that is likely to occur on account of the expansion in coverage of HRA benefiting personnel serving in the CAPFs (this figures include all Central Government employees including Defence employees)  

Hence the additional expenditure towards allowances will not financially impact the Central Government as already 70% of the 7th CPC expenditure has been borne out by the Government, only additional expenditure of just around 30% that is Rs 30,000 crores has to be met by the Central Government. even if 7th CPC report is fully implemented the expenditure towards pay and allowances shall not exceed 10% of the total revenue    We hope the Government understands the sentiments of the Central Government employees and announce the revised allowances immediately after the arrival of the Honorable Finance Minister from his official tour to US and Russia, which he is expected to return from foreign assignments on 27th April 2017.   

                                                                                Comradely yours

                                                                                     (P.S.Prasad)

                                                                           General Secretary   


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Allowances for CG employees

Comrades,
                  The allowances committee report is likely to submit its final report to the Honourable Finance Minister only by early next week, there after the report shall be placed for cabinet approval , the whole process may take another 15 days. 

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)

General Secretary  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CLARIFICATION REGARDING ADMISSIBILITY OF FLEXI-FARE IN SHATABDI/RAJDHANI/ DURONTO TRAINS WHILE AVAILING LTC.


No. 31011/3/2016-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions Department of Personnel & Training Establishment A-IV Desk North Block, 
New Delhi- 110001 
Dated April 17, 2017 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 Subject: Clarification regarding admissibility of flexi-fare in Shatabdi/Rajdhani/Duronto trains while availing LTC. 

As per Railway Board's Circular No. 46 of 2016 dated 07.09.2016, Ministry of Railways have introduced a flexi-fare system in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains, where the base fares will increase by 10% with every 10% of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit. In this regard, this Department is in receipt of references from various segments seeking clarification on the issue of admissibility of flexi-fare while booking the tickets of these trains for the purpose of LTC. 

2. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it has been decided that flexi fare (dynamic fare) applicable in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains shall be admissible for the journey(s) performed by these trains on LTC. This dynamic fare component shall not be admissible in cases where a non entitled Government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains. Such Government servants will get reimbursement of fare after deducting the dynamic fare component. 3. The above decision shall be applicable retrospectively with effect from 9th September, 2016, i.e. the date from which flexi-fare system was introduced by Railways. 4. 

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(Surya arayan ha) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Meeting Of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM)

F.No. 3/3/2016-JCA (Pt)
Government Of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi Dated: 11th April, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Meeting Of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) – reg
The undersigned is directed to say that the meeting of Standing Committee has been scheduled to be held on 3/5/2017 (Wednesday) under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) to discuss the agenda item received from Secretary, Staff Side (NC-JCM), at 3.00p.m, in Room No. 119, South Block, New Delhi.

2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.
All Members of National Council (JCM) for the Standing Committee Members (As per list attached).
Copy for information to:
1. Secretary, Staff Side, National Council (JCM), 13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi.
2. General Secretary, AIRF, 4 State Entry Road, New Delhi
3. General Secretary, NFIR, 3 Chelmsford Road, New Delhi


View the Charter of Demands suggested by COC Karnataka;

CLICK HERE 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECISIONS

CIRCULAR DATED - 13.04.2017


CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE

MASS DHARNA IN FRONT OF FINANCE MINISTER’S OFFICE
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI
ON 23.05.2017 (TUESDAY 12 AM TO 04 PM)

NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATION AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES ON SAME DAY

MORE THAN 2000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROTEST DHARNA.

Demanding Honoring of assurance given by Group of Ministers including Finance Minister, settle the charter of demands submitted by Confederation, increase minimum pay and fitment formula, payment of revised allowances including HRA w.e.f 01.01.2016, implementation of option – I pension parity recommended by 7th CPC, Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme and bring all employees appointed after 01.01.2004 under the purview of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, Grant Civil Servant Status and revise the wages and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks, regularise all casual and contract workers, Revise pension of autonomous body pensioners and grant dearness relief due from 01.07.2016, withdraw “Very good” bench mark condition for MACP etc.


2nd PHASE OF AGITATION
HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & PENSIONERS

IN FRONT OF MAJOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY DURING LUNCH HOUR
ON 22.06.2017 (THURSDAY)

All affiliated organisations and COCs are requested to mobilise maximum number of employees & pensioners in the above two programmes. Detailed circular will be issued shortly

NATIONAL CONVENTION ON NPS

CONFEDERATION & ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION JOINTLY ORGANIZE
CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
NATIONAL CONVENTION ON NPS
(NEW CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME)
ON 10.06.2017 (SATURDAY)
AT NEW DELHI

VENUE:    MPCU SHAH AUDITORIUM, CLUB ROAD, LUDLOW CASTLE, CIVIL LINES, NEW DELHI, DELHI 110054 (Near Civil Lines Metro Station)

About 1000 delegates participate. Details will be published shortly

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Minutes of Meeting the COC Karnataka was held on 6th April 2017

Comrades,
                     The well attended meeting of the COC Karnataka was held on 6th April 2017 at ITEF Room Bangalore under the chairmanship of Com S. Radhakrishna  President COC Karnataka.

                     Com Radhakrishna  welcomed the members for the meeting , he congratulated the members  for the historic 16th March   strike of CG employees , it is against the policy of the Central Government which is anti-employees, the issues of NPS , Pension , Allowances , Fitment formula and Minimum wage revision has not been resolved so far.   He also said the policy of outsourcing the Government jobs should be stopped and filling up of vacant post are to be taken up on priority basis.  He also informed that large section of pensioners participated in the rally held on Freedom Park on 16thMarch 2017. This is a good sign. 

              Com P.S.Prasad General Secretary he welcomed the members for the meeting , he congratulated the members  for the historic 16th March   strike of CG employees, this strike is proved the anger of CG employees in non-fulfilment of promises made by Group of Ministers  regarding Fitment formula enhancement and Minimum wage revision, settlement of Allowances, NPS and Pension issues.

       Com Prasad Informed that majority of the affiliates of the COC Karnataka participated in the strike , but a few employees has not participated in the strike.  A through analysis is to be carried out.  The media has given good coverage in both Bangalore and at districts such as Udupi , Mangalore , Hubli , Mysore , Sirsi, Shimoga  etc.

 Regarding allowances it was pointed out every member is demanding its early implementation, it will be brought to the notice of the CHQ and the meeting hoped the issue of allowances shall be resolved shortly.    

     The meeting discussed the 9th State Level Conference of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State issue.

The following decisions taken place.  
1)    It was decided to hold the 9th State Level Conference of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State at Income tax office on 1st June 2017 .

2)    The delegate fee is Rs 200/ per member , it was decided in invite about 150 delegates.

3)    The 9th State Level Conference will be addressed by both the Secretary General and President of Confederation.

4)    Regarding district representation for the conference  , two delegates from each districts shall participate in the conference, the accommodation for one day shall be provided .

5)    The accommodation for out station delegates  shall be provided at the cost of Rs 150 per delegate for one day.

6)    The total cost of  Rs 70,000/ is anticipated for the conference ,  additional funds to be collected from the affiliates, Com Mohan Pai from Census has assured an amount of Rs 10,000/ and ITEF will provide an amount of Rs 5,000/.  Each affiliate of COC Karnataka shall pay special funds @ Rs 5 / per member . 

7)    The election of office bearers shall be held on the basis of  nomination from  the respective affiliates, only the post of General Secretary , President shall be decided in the  conference  with due consultation with affiliates. The women subcommittee shall be formed , each affiliates shall also nominate women committee members.

8)    The affiliates of COC Karnataka shall clear the subscription dues for the year 2016-17 by this month.

9)    The draft GS report and Accounts was circulated any modifications and additional information especially on department issues should be supplied for incorporation in the report.  

10)                       The meeting also decided to send the delegates for attending the trade union classes to be held at Thiruvananthapuram in May 2017 .

The Com A.Srinivas  Postal  JCA convenor spoke and he informed that the strike of 16th March  was a success , but more efforts should be made to make this strike a success .  The weakness of the affiliates should also be highlighted, so that corrective measurers can be taken.  He also said importance on filling of vacant post should be taken up and stopping of privatisation of Government work. 

Com Janikiram wanted co-operation from the COC Karnataka in conducting 31st All India Conference of All India Postal Employees Union Group “C”   to be held in Bangalore from 6th   August 2017 to 9thAugust 2017.  The COC Karnataka shall provide all types of co-operation. 
    
  Meeting ended with vote of thanks.

The next meeting of COC Karnataka shall be held on 17th May 2017.

(S.Radhakrishna )                                                                                                       
  President     
                                                                 
(P.S.Prasad)
 General Secretary 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 6th April, 2017

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No.NC-JCM-2016(Allowances) Dated: April 7, 2017
All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side),
Dear Comrades,

Sub: Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances.
As you are aware, conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held yesterday, i.e. on 6th April, 2017. We hope that, report of the said committee will be submitted to the Cabinet within a week’s time.
This is for your information.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hartal can never be unconstitutional: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court refused on Friday to entertain a PIL that alleged that political organisations were resorting to hartals to hoodwink repeated judicial pronouncements banning strike and bandh calls, which paralysed normal life.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, "Hartals can never be unconstitutional. Right to protest is a valuable constitutional right. How can we say hartals are unconstitutional."




Having failed to convince the bench to entertain the PIL, the petitioner decided to withdraw the plea.





Courts have ruled on strike, bandh and hartal calls given by political outfits for two decades now. The Kerala high court in Bharat Kumar case in 1997 had said, "When properly understood, the calling of a bandh entails the restriction of free movement of the citizen and his right to carry on his avocation and if the legislature does not make any law either prohibiting it or curtailing it or regulating it, we think that it is the duty of the court to step in to protect the rights of the citizen so as to ensure that the freedom." An SC bench headed by then Chief Justice J S Verma had upheld this order.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Minutes of the NPS Committee meeting of the Committee

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.

No.57/1/2016-P&PW(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rdFloor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi is hereby forwarded for information and further necessary action.

(Harjit Singh)
Director

Encl. as above.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi

A meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System was held under the Chairmanship of Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi with JCM ( Staff side). The following were present:

Official side

1. Ms. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare).

2. Shri Gyanendra Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (representing Secretary DoPT).

3. Shri G.S. Yadav, Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor, Department of Legal Affairs).

4. Shri Amar Nath Singh, Director, Department of Expenditure (representing JS (Pers), Deptt. Of Expenditure).

5. Dr. B. S. Bhandari, Member, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.

6. Shri Pravesh Kumar, DGM, PFRDA.

JCM (Staff Side)
7. Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side (JCM),

8. Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader(JCM Staff Side) & General Secretary, NFIR

9. Shri Guman Singh, President, NFIR

10. Shri K.K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of CG employees & Workers

11. Shri C. Srikumar, General Secretary/AIDEF, Member National Council, JCM

12. Shri R. Srinivasan, General Secretary, INDWF, Member, National Council (JCM).

2. Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation on the recommendation of the 7th CPC and the decision of the Government on setting up of the Committee, composition of the Committee, formation of three Sub Committees and issues being considered by each of the Sub Committee. The presentation also brought out the issues raised and suggestion made by the employees’ Associations and other stakeholders for streamlining the implementation of NPS.

3. Thereafter, JCM (Staff side) made following observations / suggestion :

• NPS amounts to discrimination between employees appointed before and after 01.01.2004 and also between service personnel and civilian employees within Defence Department. Personnel retiring with less service period are getting very little pension with no revision linked to price index. Government employees should be excluded from the purview of NPS. In case, however, it minimum was not possible to exempt the Government employees from the NPS, a pension @ 50% of the last pay drawn with dearness relief may be ensured to all NPS employees on their retirement.

In the Defence Department, the contributions of around 250 employees have not been credited to their NPS accounts and are presumed to be lying in suspense account. The matter should be looked into.

There is lot of confusion over NPS among employees due to deficiencies in communication of information. Employees are not getting any statement of their deductions /accumulated fund. The statement of transaction i.e. details of contribution made by employees, matching contribution from the Government and the accumulated wealth as on date should be communicated to employees at regular intervals. This may be provided in the form of passbook to the employees in physical form.

Employees should be made aware about the grievance mechanism available under NPS and the authorities whom they could approach for redressal of their grievances. Employees should be made aware of the procedure for correction of Name, address and contact details etc. in the NPS account.

Rules on entitlements to employees / family on death or disability of an employee covered under NPS may be framed. There may be no objection to option to the employee / family to get family pension / disability pension under the old pension scheme or the benefits under NPS, in the event of death / disability of the employee during service.

Study on International practices on the pension should be done and functional difficulties in NPS may be sorted out. Best practices should be adopted after the study.

4.Secretary ( Pension) assured that the concern raised by the JCM (Staff side) would be duly considered and addressed in the report of the Committee.

5. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DoPT Minister replied in Lok Sabha on 22nd March 2017 regarding the status of the Committee on Allowances.


Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Shri DR. JITENDRA SINGH said in a written reply to various questions regarding the report of allowance committee in Parliament on 22.3.2017 as follows…

“Several representations have been received from various employees’ associations on allowances by the Committee on Allowances. Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) has also requested to resolve the pending issues including allowances as soon as possible.

To examine the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on Allowances (other than Dearness Allowance), a Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary, Expenditure has been set up by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure on 22.07.2016.

In the 13 meetings held so far, the Committee has interacted with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and the representatives of All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF), National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), All India Train Controllers Association (AITCA), All India Guards Council (AIGC), Federation of National Postal Organization, National Federation of Postal Employees, Bhartiya Postal Employees Federation, Bhartiya Postal Employees Association (Group-C), Joint Action Council of Service Doctors Organization (JACSDO), All India GDMO Association (AIGDMOA), Delhi Administration Doctors Welfare Association (DADWA), Faculty Association (Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospitals), Faculty Welfare Association (Lady Hardinge Medical College), Safdarjung Hospital Medical Officers Association, All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF), Railway Nurses of India, All India ESIC Nurses Federation, PGI Nurses Welfare Association, Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), National Federation of Atomic Energy (NFAEE).

The Committee has not yet submitted its report to the Government. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.”

Monday, March 20, 2017

COC Karnataka meeting on 5/4/17 at ITEF Bangalore

To
All Affiliates
COC Karnataka


Comrades,
                   The meeting of the COC Karnataka is being held on Wednesday the  5th April 2017 at 6.30 pm in the premises of ITEF (Income tax Office) Queens Road Bangalore , all affiliates of the COC Karnataka are requested to attend the COC Karnataka meeting to discuss the following agenda.

1)    Review of strike held on 16th March 2017.
2)    Holding of 9th State Level Conference of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State.
3)     Elections of COC Karnataka for the period 2017-2020
4)    Financial position of COC Karnataka .

Please attend the above meeting without fail.
                                                                      Comradely yours

                                                                        (P.S.Prasad)
                                                                     General Secretary