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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Another chance to demand for modifications on department specific recommendations of 7th CPC - Confederation

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Memorandum to 7th CPC Implementation Cell : Another chance to demand for modifications on department specific recommendations of 7th CPC

Confederation News regarding the minutes of the meeting of Implementation cell held on 2.2.2016. The Secretary General of Confederation said, “this is the only stage when the Unions/Associations/Federations in each department shall get an opportunity to present their demand for modifications on department – specific recommendations of the 7th CPC. If we fail to Intervene effectively at this state, we may not get another chance to present our case before the Government”.

The detaild report is given below for your information…

MOST IMPORTANT

TO ALL AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS OF CONFEDERATION

Please read the following minutes of the Implementation cell of the Finance Ministry which is acting as the Secretariate of the Empowered Committee constituted by the Government under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary for processing of 7th CPC recommendations for submission to the cabinet for approval. Please ensure (1) that your department has nominated a nodal officer and try to interact with him (2) that your organization has submitted a memorandum or letter to your departmental head seeking modifications to the department-specific recommendations of the 7th CPC (3) that your departmental head held consultations with your organization on the department specific modifications submitted by you, before finalizing the proposals for submission to the Implementation cell (4) that proposal as per the demand of your organsiation for modifying the proposal of 7th CPC is submitted to the Implementation cell within two weeks (i.e before 16.02.2016) by your department.

Please note that this is the only stage when the Unions/Associations/Federations in each department shall get an opportunity to present their demand for modifications on department – specific recommendations of the 7th CPC. If we fail to Intervene effectively at this state, we may not get another chance to present our case before the Government.

Regarding common demands JCM (NC) Staff side had already submitted its memorandum to Cabinet Secretary and two stages agitational programmes are organised and is preparing for indefinite strike. Regarding Department-specific issues Confederation National Secretariat held last month had given a clear direction to all affiliated organizations to organize departmental level agitational programmes by each organsations (if possible jointly with other organizations in that department) on department- specific modifications submitted to each Departmental head. Unless we build up pressure by organizing struggle the departmental heads may not consider our demand for modification seriously and may not even submit any proposal for modifications to the Implementation cell.

Please note the following decisions of the Implementation cell.
(1) Nodal officers to take net of any representation or demand of the staff side Association under the administrative purview of their Department. Nodal officers to ascertain the views/comments of the concerned office in the light of the representation/demands raised by the staff Association.
(2) In case, there is any need for consultation with the staff Association at the level of the Department, the same may be done as per the assessment of the Department.
(3) In case, the Department is of the view that any recommendation which are specifically related to their Department, need any modification, adequate justification in clear-cut terms should be brought out while sending the comments to the implementation cell
(4) In case of any modification, the extra financial implication (per annum) over the recommendations of the commission should be clearly indicated.
(5) If any modification is suggested approval of the Minster (of the concerned department should be obtained.

All the above formalities are to be completed within two weeks and proposal should be submitted to the implementation cell within two weeks i.e., before 16.02.2016.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation


Source: Confederation

Implementation of 7th Pay Commission - Interaction between Implementation Cell and Nodal Officers - Minutes of the meeting held on 2.2.2016

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Implementation of 7th Pay Commission - Interaction between Implementation Cell and Nodal Officers - Minutes of the meeting held on 2.2.2016 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF JOINT SECRETARY (IC) WITH NODAL OFFICERS HELD ON 2ND FEBRUARY, 2016

A meeting of all the Nodal Officers of various Ministries/Departments, who have been appointed to interact with the Implementation Cell in connection with the processing of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, was held on 02.02.2016. Joint Secretary (IC), Department of Expenditure, presided over the meeting.

2. While explaining the background and the context in which the meeting of Nodal Officers was held, it was brought out in the meeting that after the receipt of the report of the 7th Central Pay Commission on 19.11.2015, Ministry of Finance initiated a proposal to setup an appropriate mechanism to process the recommendations of the Commission. With the approval of the Cabinet, an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary has been set up on 27.1.2016 to screen the recommendations and to firm up the conclusions for approval of the Cabinet. An Implementation Cell (IC), as a dedicated and focused wing in the Department of Expenditure (DoE) has been created to work as the Secretariat for the E-CoS.

3. As the recommendations of the Commission relate to various Ministries/ Departments, their views/comments would be essential to process the matter for submitting the same before the E-CoS. JS(Pers), D/o Expenditure wrote a d.o. letter to the Secretaries of various Departments on 21.11.2015, wherein all the Departments were requested to formulate their views/comments on the recommendations of the Commission pertaining to them after taking into account the representations of the Staff Associations and also to nominate a Joint Secretary level Nodal Officer for interaction with the Implementation Cell. While a number of Ministries/Departments have sent their comments and nominated their Nodal Officers, the comments received from some Ministries are simply in the nature of forwarding the representations of the Staff Associations without their comments.

4. In the above background, JS(IC) explained that there was a need for all the Ministries/Departments to furnish their comments in a structured format so that their collation and analysis could be placed before E-CoS in a systemic manner. Accordingly, JS(IC) impressed upon the following action points to be acted upon by the Nodal Officers to enable an expeditious processing of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission:

(i) Departments who have not yet nominated a Nodal Officer, should do it within the next 2 days.

(ii) To be ensured that Nodal Officers are not changed midway, unless extremely unavoidable.

(iii) Nodal Officers may get acquainted with the recommendations of the Commission as specifically applicable to their Departments. Nodal Officers to find out which Wing/Office (attached or subordinate or UT) is concerned with the recommendations of the Commission. The mechanism of Nodal Officers should also be put in place in attached/subordinate/UTs so that the comments of such offices could be properly coordinated at the level of the Department concerned without any further delay.

(iv) The comments of the attached/subordinate offices/UTs should be compiled by Nodal Officers at the Department level itself.

(v) Nodal Officers to take note of any representation or demand of the Staff Association under the administrative purview of their Department. Nodal Officers to ascertain the views/comments of the concerned office on the recommendation of the Commission in the light of the representation /demands raised by the Staff Association.

(vi) In case, there is any need for consultation with the Staff Association at the level of the Department, the same may be done as per the assessment of the Department.

(vii) Thereafter, the formal views/comments of the Department should be sent to the Implementation Cell (IC) on the recommendations of the Commission, which are specifically and directly related to that Department.

(viii) In case, the Department is of the view that any recommendation which are specifically related to their Department, need any modification, adequate justification in clear-cut terms should be brought out while sending the comments to the Implementation Cell (IC).

(ix) In case of any modification, the extra financial implications (per annum) over the recommendation of the Commission should be clearly indicated.

(x) If no modification of the recommendations of the Commission is suggested, approval of the Secretary of the Department should be obtained before sending the recommendations to the Implementation Cell (IC). if, however, any modification is suggested, approval of the Minister should be obtained.

(xi) While the views/comments of the Departments on the recommendations of the Commission directly and specifically applicable to that Department are mandatory, a Department is free to offer views/comments on the recommendations which are of general nature or concerning other Departments.

(xii) Besides sending the comments/views of the Department in the running format, the same should also be sent to the Implementation Cell (IC)in the `prescribed proforma’ within two weeks. The soft copies of the same should also be sent through email. The email id of JS(IC) is : jsic-cpc@nic. in

(xiii) Nodal Officers shoud regularly keep a watch on the website of the Finance Ministry at the link http://www.finmin.nic.in/the ministry/dept expenditure/ notification/7cpc/index.asp. E-mails should also be checked regularly for the purpose. The updates/further action to be taken shall be posted there to facilitate quick action.

5. Apart from the above action points, it was also felt that sub-groups may be formed after the receipt of comments from the Ministries/Departments to accord focused consideration to certain specific issues, if necessary.

6. Besides above, after detailed deliberations, the Nodal Officers also agreed to the following :

(i) Even if the Department has no comments, it should send a response, saying that it has `Nil Report’.

(ii) While certain Departments have already given their comments, these comments would be sent again in the ‘prescribed format’ and in accordance with the points brought out in para 4 above.

(iii) Nodal officers would ensure that the comments of their Departments on all the recommendations of the Commission and also on the representations received so far from the Staff Associations are forwarded to Implementation Cell (IC) in the prescribed format in a consolidated fashion and not in piece-meal within next two weeks.

(iv) If a representation was made by a Staff Association before the 7th Central Pay Commission and the Commission after due diligence has not accepted the demand made therein, the same matter should normally not be considered at this stage. However, if Departments consider that the issues are of such nature that they require consideration at this stage also, then they may give their comments with full justifications to the Implementation Cell (IC).

7. With the above discussions, the meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

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AIRF to conduct secret ballot for indefinite strike on 11-12th, February 2016

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AIRF to conduct secret ballot for indefinite strike on 11-12th, February 2016

All affiliated unions of AIRF had conducted Strike Ballot on 37 Point Charter of Demands in the month of December, 2013. After Strike Ballot, 7th CPC was appointed by a Notification by the Govt. on 28th February, 2014 and some of the issues were partially resolved. In the meantime General Election of Country was convened, we had to postponed the strike as per decision of the General Council of AIRF held at Kota 9W. C. Railway) in February, 2014. 

The new Govt. led by Shri Narendra Modi took oath on 26th May, 2014. The next General Council of AIRF held in July, 2014 postponed the strike decision further to provide time to the new Govt. to settle. But the same Govt. instead of reciprocrating the good gesture issued notification on 22nd August, 2014 permitting 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Construction, Operation and Maintenance and after one month i.e. on 22nd September, 2014 appointed a Committee headed by Shri BibekDebroy for re-structuring of Indian Railways.

STRIKE BALLOT

All affiliated unions of AIRF had conducted Strike Ballot on 37 Point Charter of Demands in the month of December, 2013. After Strike Ballot, 7th CPC was appointed by a Notification by the Govt. on 28th February, 2014 and some of the issues were partially resolved. In the meantime General Election of Country was convened, we had to postponed the strike as per decision of the General Council of AIRF held at Kota 9W. C. Railway) in February, 2014.

The new Govt. led by Shri Narendra Modi took oath on 26th May, 2014. The next General Council of AIRF held in July, 2014 postponed the strike decision further to provide time to the new Govt. to settle. But the same Govt. instead of reciprocrating the good gesture issued notification on 22nd August, 2014 permitting 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Construction, Operation and Maintenance and after one month i.e. on 22nd September, 2014 appointed a Committee headed by Shri BibekDebroy for re-structuring of Indian Railways.

The Committee had since submitted its report drawing a road – map for privatisation of Indian Railways through contractorisation. Inspite all out protest by all affiliated union of AIRF and other Central Govt. Employee’s organisation Govt. did not stop in taking all antilabour steps, rather escalating the same. The 7th CPC was appointed to submit its report within 18 months i.e. by August, 2015. During deliberations of NC/JCM with the Pay Commission, Justice A. K. Mathur, the Chairman of the 7th CPC assured that he would submit the report to the Govt. on 28th August, 2015. But the Govt. extended the date for submission of the report by 4 months.

The Pay Commission has submitted its report on 19th November, 2015, which is over loaded with all antilabour recommendations. The National Joint Council of Action has submitted a rejoinder to the report to the Govt. on 10th December, 2015 and AIRF has submitted two rejoinders on the report of 7th CPC to the Ministry of Railways on 14th& 15th December, 2015, fixing a time frame of 1st week of February, 2016 for a negotiated settlement failing which all the Central Govt. Employees including Railways would be compelled to launch an indefinite strike from any date from 1st week of March, 2016. There was only a preliminary discussion with the Govt. on 12th December, 2015.

The Govt. has formed a Committee of Empowered Secretaries of the Govt. of India headed by the Cabinet Secretary. Finding no further response Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, the Convenor of National JCA has sent a communication to the Union Finance Minister on 21st January, 2016 highlighting the protest Dharna launched by all Central Govt. Employees Organisations across the country from 19th to 21st January, 2016. The empowered Committee of Secretaries of the Govt. of India headed by the Cabinet Secretary has also been appointed by the Govt. on 27.01.2016 to process the implementation of the report of 7th CPC. The 2nd Strike Ballot perforced by FDI, Deb Roy Committee’s report, anti labour report of 7th CPC etc. would be conducted on 11th& 12th February, 2016 on the following Charter of Demands.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. To improve Minimum Wage of Rs.18,000/- and multiplying factor. Reject all the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC.
2. Scrap National Pension Scheme(NPS) and restore Old Pension Scheme for all those who appointed on or after 01.01.2004.
3. Settle 36-point Charter of Demands, include reduction in duty hours, removal of anomalies of 6th CPC, removal of ceiling of Rs.3500 for PLB, grievances of different categories of railwaymen, improvement in the medical facilities, railway quarters etc. etc., already submitted to Ministry of Railways by the AIRF in December, 2013(on which strike ballot was conducted on 20th and 21st December, 2013).
4. Scrap Report of Bibek Deb Roy Committee and implement positive recommendations of D.P. Tripathi Committee.
5. Re-call the Notification issued by the Government of India on 22nd August, 2014 in the matter of 100% FDI in Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Indian Railways and to scrap all the agreements entered with the Foreign/National Companies in detriment to the interest of the Indian Railways and the country as a whole.
6. Stop all anti-workers amendments in the labour-laws.
7. Injustice done with the Technicians, Technical Supervisors(Engineers), Loco & Traffic Running Staff, Operating and Medical Categories Staff, etc. etc. in respect of allotment of Pay Matrix and promotions also should be done away with and justice be administered.
8. Parity in pay structure and promotional scope for Common Categories with those working in the Central Secretariat/Ministries should be ensured.
9. Retain all the existing allowances and advances.
10-A. Constitute Joint Committee at each Ministry/Department level to resolve VII CPC anomalies, aberrations and injustice within a time frame manner, and powers for the same should be delegated to the Ministries to resolve their issues at the Ministry level. 10-B. Set-up National Joint Committee to discuss and resolve all VII CPC anomalies, aberrations and injustice within a time frame. 11. Ensure payment of arrear for PLB as per amendment in the Bonus Act, as was done in the year 2008. The All India Railwaymen’s Federation gives a clarion call to all railwaymen irrespective of their affiliation to any organization to participate in the Strike Ballot and exercise opinion in this regard.

Source: AIRF


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