The All-India CPI-IW for September, 2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 266 (two hundred and sixty six). DA as on September 2015 is 122.30 %.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
DOPT Order: The Annual Property Returns required to be filed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 for the year 2015 which are required to be filed by the 31st January, 2016, may be filed in the forms prescribed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964. The returns would be required to be filed by all the Government servants belonging to Group 'A', 'B', 'C' and erstwhile Group 'D'.
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Monday, October 26, 2015
The National Secretariat Meeting of the Confederation held at Hyderabad on 09th October 2015 while endorsing the decision of the National Joint Council of Action (Railway, Defence & Confederation) to organize massive protest dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19th November 2015 and also Nationwide Protest Demonstration in front of all works spot & offices, has decided to further intensify the protest action against the negative attitude of the NDA Government by organizing the following programmes: -
(1) 2015 November 2nd to 6th - Campaign Week.
(2) 2015 November 6th – Nationwide Mass Dharna at all Important centres.
The Campaign and Protest Dharna will be organized mainly on the following three issues: -
(1) Non Settlement of any of the legitimate demands raised by the JCM Staff Side, National Council by the NDA Government.
(2) Causing engineered delay by the Government in the submission of 7th CPC report by granting four months extension upto 31st December 2015, even when the Pay Commission was ready to submit its report within the stipulated time i.e. 28th August 2015.
(3) Unwarranted intervention of the Finance Ministry in the independent functioning of the Pay Commission by issuing a statement asking the 7th CPC to factor into its report the fiscal concern of the government and thereby to pressurize the commission not to recommend wage rise on the basis of a sound and scientific formulation.
In this connection the COC Karnataka meeting is being held on 28/10/15 (Wednesday ) at 6.30 pm at Income tax Office at ITEF Room Queens Road Bangalore, all are requested to attend COC meeting to discuss the above agenda.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to double the wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers and establishments with 20 or more workers.
“The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from existing Rs. 3,500 was approved by Union Cabinet here,” a source said after the Cabinet meeting.
The amendment bill will be made effective from April 1, 2015. Now the bill will be tabled in Parliament for approval.
The bill also seeks to enhance the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from the salary or wage of an employee from Rs. 10,000 per month to Rs. 21,000.
The Payment of Bonus Act 1965 is applicable to every factory and other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year.
The bill also provides for a new proviso in Section 12 which empowers the central government to vary the basis of computing bonus.
At present, under Section 12, where the salary or wage of an employee exceeds Rs. 3,500 per month, the minimum or maximum bonus payable to employees are calculated as if his salary or wage were Rs. 3,500 per month.
The last amendment to both the eligibility limit and the calculation ceilings under the said Act was carried out in 2007 and was made effective from April 1, 2006.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Seventh Pay Commission, OROP Will Not Impact Fiscal Deficit: Jayant Sinha
NEW DELHI: Increase in salary bill due to Seventh Pay Commission and Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) will not strain government’s fiscal position, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha today said.
“I think we are in a very good shape as far as fiscal management is concerned. That was appreciated by all economists,” he said while interacting with reporters after a meeting of economists which was chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at NITI Aayog.
He made it clear that the government’s fiscal position is strong enough to bear the impact of implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and OROP.
The Seventh Pay Commission report in December is expected to recommend a hike in salary of central government employees. OROP is likely to result in an outgo of Rs 8,000-10,000 crore this fiscal.
The pre-Budget meeting discussed various issues, including agriculture productivity, job creation and fiscal expenditure.
“We had some of India’s most eminent economists and commentators there. Obviously, it is very early in the cycle to start the consultation. But we felt that if there were good ideas, we could incorporate them even in this fiscal year. Obviously, for the preparation of the current budget, we could begin the work on that right now,” he said.
“It was very good interaction and we look forward to incorporating much of this for this fiscal year as well as coming fiscal.”
There were several topics that came up, Sinha said, adding that “one very important topic that we spent time on is agriculture and what we could do to increase productivity in agriculture”.
The meeting also dwelt at length on fiscal expenditure and how to ensure fiscal expenditure, particularly public investment, could be as productive as possible.
“Third major area that we spoke about is obviously the financial sector… more credit for agriculture, MSMEs and what could we do further to strengthen our banks. The final area that we also spent time on is how to ensure we are able to create more jobs for young people, whether it is in the manufacturing sector or the service sector,” he said.
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Urjit Patel were present.
Besides, the meeting was attended by Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and Financial Services Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal.
Economists such as Subir Gokarn, Director of Research at the Brookings Institution India, Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group, and Rajiv Lall, Vice-Chairman IDFC Ltd, also participated.
Inputs with PTI
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Govt to bring more workers under bonus ambit
Ajith Athrady, Oct 17, 2015: NEW DELHI: DHNS:
Workforce of the country has another reason to cheer in this festive season as the Narendra Modi-led government is set to promulgate an ordinance to amend Payments of Bonus Act 1965 to make more employees eligible for annual bonus.
According to the proposal, those earning up to Rs 21,000 (basic + DA) a month will now be eligible bonus. This would be a steep jump from the current ceiling of Rs 10,000 (basic + DA) per month.
The Election Commission has approved the Labour Ministry’s proposal and the Union Cabinet is likely to take up the issue on promulgating ordinance next week. From this year onwards, bonus will be linked to minimum wages. The government is in the process of revising the minimum wages, a senior official in the Ministry of Labour told Deccan Herald.
In a recent meeting with trade unions and the ministry, the government agreed to amend the Bonus Act by enhancing the eligibility ceiling under section 2(13) of the Act from Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000 month.
It also agreed to calculate ceiling under section 12 from Rs 3,500 per month to Rs 7,000 per month, or the minimum wage notified by the government for the category of employment, whichever is higher, an official in the Ministry told Deccan Herald.
Sources said despite reservations by the industry representatives on the revised ceilings, the government has decided to go ahead with the proposal.
Though the trade unions demanded the abolition on ceiling on payment of bonus due to rising inflation, the government rejected it.
The wage ceiling and the entitlement ceiling were last revised in 2007 and made effective retrospectively from 2006, .
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Brief Note on JCM National Council Standing
Committee Meeting held on 9th October 2015 at New Delhi.
The Standing Committee of
the JCM National Council met on 9th October, 2015. As you are aware, earlier, the
National JCA had decided to defer the strike action and organize a massive
Dharna programme at Jantar Mantar on 19th November, 2015 to register its strongest protest
over the Government’s engineered delay in the submission of the 7th CPC Report. Later, the Finance Ministry
has issued a statement asking the 7th CPC to factor into its report the fiscal concern of
the Government, which was an unwarranted interference in the independent
functioning of the Commission and to pressurise the Commission not to recommend
wage rise on the basis of a sound and scientific formulation.
The Staff side on receipt
of the invitation to have the meeting on 9thOctober, decided to
respond and convey to the Government their strong resentment over the virtual
dilution of the negotiating forum as also the above concerns. In the meeting the Staff side was informed that the
Secretary Personnel would be meeting the Standing Committee soon and the
meeting on 9thwas in fact only a prelude to understand each other’s
points of views. It was in the background the meeting was held on 9th October, 2015.
The leader and Secretary, Staff Side conveyed the unanimous decision of
the National JCA as under to the Government.
(a) The Standing Committee, as
per procedure evolved, must be chaired by the Secretary Personnel.
(b) The JCM Machinery’s
functioning should not be diluted.
(c) The promised meeting of the
National Council has not taken place so far.
(d) The minutes of the last two
meetings of the National Anomaly Committee have not been formally issued.
(e) ‘The Official side
Secretary must convene a meeting of the Staff Side to iron out any difference
in the draft minutes.’
(f) Normally meetings are held
after circulation of the ATS. This has not been done.
(g) The Official Side must
convey the anguish of the employees over the delay in the submission of the
report by the 7th CPC which they rightly feel has been engineered by
the Government. They also pointed out that they are constrained to
believe that the Govt. was unnecessarily interfering in the functioning of the
We give hereunder a brief
resume of the discussions held on the agenda items.
After the initial remarks
made by the Staff Side all issues in the charter of demands were
discussed. There had been however, no final settlement on any issue as
the meeting itself was not convened for that purpose. The Staff Side
stated that even the promises held out in the last meeting that the
Departmental Council meeting would be held soon was not honoured.
On the question of Pay
revision related issues, viz. Interim relief, DA merger, inclusion of GDS etc .
elaborate discussions were held. It has come out clearly that on all
these issues, the Finance Ministry has taken an nugatory Stand, even though the
arguments put forth were extremely untenable. It was pointed out by the
Staff Side that the Interim relief and DA merger was denied on the specious
plea of submission of the report in the stipulated time. Having extended
the time, the Govt. ought to have considered the grant of these two
demands. There had been a very elaborate discussion on the question of
inclusion of the GDS within the purview of the 7th CPC. The Postal Department’s representatives
narrated the efforts made by them to the Government for conceding this
demands. The Finance Ministry has stood firm and objected to the demand
being agreed to. The Staff Side has, in the given situation of the 7th CPC having finalised its report, requested the
Government to refer the matter to a Judicial Committee headed by the present
Chairman, 7th CPC as he has now been
fully apprised of the functioning of various ministries and Departments of the
Government through the interaction with the Staff and official
sides. No commitment was however made by the Government to
the above suggestion.
On the question of
induction of FDI in Railways, Corporatisation of Postal Department and Defence
organisations, the representative of the Railway Ministry stated that they are
constantly discussing the issues with the Railway Federations and was exploring
the possibility of reaching an agreement. In the case of corporatisation
of the Postal Department, it was stated that the recommendations made by the
Committee was discussed with the Federations and it has been agreed that except
induction of certain professionals at the managerial level to fine tune
the functioning of the Department in the changed scenario, the Federations have
been assured that no structural changes would be made without consulting
them. However, in the case of Defence, no discussions with the
Federations have been held so far.
PFRDA. The Staff Side
pointed out the present scenario in the Government offices, where the number of
employees and officers who are outside the ambit of the statutory pension
scheme has grown and have reached in certain organisations to the extent of 25
to 30%. These employees are extremely concerned of the new scheme and
their anguish have been expressed in many forms. The Unions would be
compelled to take drastic action if the Government refuses to heed to their
plea to effect a relook or revisit on the matter. The representatives of
the Railways pointed out that the Honourable Minister for Railways was
convinced of the situation and that was the reason why he had written to the
Finance Ministry that in the given situation of the Railway functioning, the
new scheme would not only jeopardise the interest of the Railwaymen but also of
the Railway Industry itself.
On the specific question
raised by the Staff side in the last meeting in respect of resolving the issues
of Medical Store Deport and the Printing and Stationery department, the
Staff Side stated that only the meeting of the Medical Store Depot was held and
the issues have been resolved to some extent. The Printing and Stationery
Department has now sent a communication to the Staff Side fixing the meeting on
15th October ‘15. The general
issues emanating from the policy of outsourcing and contractorisation was also
discussed at length.
JCM functioning had been
the central point of discussions. The Staff Side has pointed out that
unless the Government makes up its mind that the machinery should be put on
operation, no industrial peace would come in the functioning of the various
departments of the Govt. of India. The Staff side asked the Department of
personnel to collect the information of the number of cases litigated in the
courts by the Government employees in 1991 and 2015 and make a comparison to
know the seriousness of the problem.
On compassionate ground
appointments question, it was stated by the Staff Side that despite
advancing no cogent argument by the official side for retaining the 5%
ceiling, the Department of personnel does not want to make a relook into
the matter. The Staff Side pointed out that large number of applications were
pending in various Departments, and the concerned department would not be able
to clear them even after 20 years for want of the requisite vacancies.
They also pointed out that the decision of the Government to impose the 5%
ceiling was amounting to a cruelty imposed on the family members of the
Government servants who dies in harness.
The Labour Ministry
representative was present at the meeting. The meeting did not discuss the
merits and demerits of the labour reforms as the Trade Unions in the country
has rightly concluded that it has been conceived to favour the corporate houses
and to take away the existing privileges of the workers. The point at
issue, however, at the meeting was as to why the Labour Ministry did not cause
a consultation with the Industrial Federations in the Government of India, for
whom the Industrial Disputes Act is applicable. The Labour Ministry has assured
to convene a meeting of the representatives of such organisations soon.
The Labour Ministry
representative also stated that the government has agreed to raise the bonus
ceiling but it would not be appropriate for him to make a mention of the
quantum as the Cabinet is yet to give its clearance. The Government would
be able to take a decision in the matter only after the Bihar elections are
The Staff Side explained
the background of the demand for five promotions. The reaction of the
official side was that the matter must be appropriately discussed only after
the 7th CPC report is made available.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
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Dated: October 9, 2015
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Sub: Enhancement of the ceiling of bonus
Ministry of Labour(Government of India) has sent a proposal to the Cabinet for enhancement of ceiling of bonus from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000 with a cap of maximum payment of Rs.20,000.
Though the Election Commissioner has cleared it, but it has not been included in the Cabinet Agenda for the reasons best known to government, but we are hopeful that, it may be finalized after Bihar elections.
With fraternal greetings!
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 5th October 2015
Subject: Meeting of the National Council (JCM) Staff side under the joint Chairmanship of JS (AV), DOP&T to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands by the Staff Side
The undersigned is directed to inform that a meeting, under the Chairmanship of Ms.Archana Varma, Joint Secretary, DOP&T with Joint Secretary (Pers.). Department of Expenditure and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour is scheduled to be held on Friday, the 9th October 2015 at 1500 hours in Room No.190, Conference Room, North Block, New Delhi, to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands.
2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India