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Friday, March 24, 2017

Decision on 7th CPC allowances - Deep sense of frustration among employees

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Decision on 7th CPC allowances - Deep sense of frustration among employees
Delaying 7th CPC allowances announcement will cause deep sense of frustration among Central Government employees.

“Reports indicate that the Government might take more time to announce its decisions regarding the Ashok Lavasa Committee’s report on allowances that were prescribed by the Seventh Pay Commission”

The Committee on Allowances was formed under the leadership of Ashok Lavasa in July 2016 to review the recommendations on allowances by the 7th CPC. The committee was initially given 4 months period to submit its report to Finance Ministry.

Later, citing the stagnation that resulted due to demonetization, the Finance Ministry extended the period for submitting the report to 22nd Feb 2017.

Replying to a question in the Parliament, Central Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, on March 10, that the Allowance Committee has not yet submitted its report and that the government will immediately announce its decisions on the report as soon as it is received. He added that the committee is in the last leg of preparing its reports and that it would be submitted to the government very soon. And again, the DoPT Minister said the same statement in the Lok Sabha on 22nd March 2017.

Previously, it was said that the government will announce its decision as soon as the assembly elections in the five states concluded. Also, announcements were expected in Arun Jaitley’s budget speech in the Parliament. BJP’s win in the elections is now believed to be the reason behind a dramatic change in the situation.

As far as the Central Government employees are concerned, those living in the accommodations provided by the government are not bothered by the House Rent Allowance because the government doesn’t pay them any House Rent Allowance. Moreover, most higher officials stay in government accommodations.

Decisions on allowances offered to the armed forces are of special significance.

More than 50 lakh employees are hoping that the Centre will implement the revised allowances from April 1 onwards.


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7th CPC Allowance Committee - Not yet submitted its report to Govt - Dopt Minister replied on 22.3.2017


Thursday, March 23, 2017

7th CPC Allowance Committee - Not yet submitted its report to Govt - Dopt Minister replied on 22.3.2017

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7th CPC Allowance Committee Report – Minister once again replied in Parliament on 22.3.2017
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.”

Authoirty: Lok Sabha

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Committee on Rank and Pay Parity

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Committee on Rank and Pay Parity

The Government has set up a three member Committee of Officers to look into Equivalence between Service Officers and Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHQ CS) officers.

The Committee is likely to submit its findings by 31st March 2017.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandra Sekhar in Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

Resolution of Anomalies in the 6th CPC Report

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Resolution of Anomalies in the 6th CPC Report

Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC) and several improvements made thereon by the Government have been largely well received by the armed forces personnel including ex-servicemen. Some issues regarding service conditions, pay, pension and allowances, including demand for non-functional upgradation, were subsequently received, which were examined by the Government on case to case basis.

Some of the pay concerns of armed forces personnel were also examined by a committee constituted under the chairmanship of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the then Minister of External Affairs. The committee’s recommendation on placement of Lt Cols / equiv in Pay Band IV was accepted and implemented by the Government.

Thereafter, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary in 2012, to examine certain pay and pension issues of armed forces personnel. All the recommendations of Cabinet Secretary Committee related to ex-servicemen were implemented. The Committee’s recommendations on pay related issues were referred to the 7th CPC.

The improvement of service conditions, pay, allowances and retirement benefits of armed forces personnel is a continuous process, which is examined in consultation with various stakeholders, and on case to case basis.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandra Sekhar in Rajya Sabha today. Source: PIB News

Audit of food served at Defence Canteens

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Audit of food served at Defence Canteens

Defence Canteen, commonly referred as CSD Canteen are entrusted with providing consumer goods and other household articles to the personnel of Defence Services and other entitled categories. However, food served to defence personnel is not through these Defence Canteens. Ration for the food to defence personnel is provided by Supply and Transport Directorate of Army.

A study on quality of ration in Armed Forces was carried out during 2014-15 by Defence Institute of Psysiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS). The study report has brought out that out of the 53203 number of troops examined, most have found quality of rations to be good and above. Multilevel routine feedback mechanism exists at stations and formation level in respect of ration quality to ensure troops satisfaction. The feedback on quality of ration and suggestions thereon is analysed and perused at the level of Chief of Army Staff. The feedback in last three years has been excellent with no complaints on quality of rations.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Tiruchi Siva in Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

‘Sexual Harassment at workplace in PSUs

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‘Sexual Harassment at workplace in PSUs

Based on the norms and guidelines laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Vishakha and Others vs State of Rajasthan & Others (JT 1997 (7) SC 384) to prevent sexual harassment of working women, DPE has issued guidelines vide OM No. DPE/15(4) /98(GL-004)/GM dated 29-05-1998 to all Ministries/Departments to direct the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under their administrative control to make necessary amendment in their CDA (Conduct, Discipline & Appeal) Rules on the lines of the guidelines laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Further, as per the 62nd Report of the “Status of Women Government Employees, Service Conditions, Protection against exploitation, Incentives and other related issues” by the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law & Justice, DPE vide it’s OM No. 6(1)/2014-DPE(GM) dated 19-08-2014 has requested Ministries/ Departments to advise CPSEs under their control to constitute WIPS (Women in Public Sector) Cell to facilitate experience sharing, helping in confidence building and to ensure speedy redressal of their grievances including sexual harassment at workplace.

CPSEs are under the administrative control of their respective Ministries/ Departments. The complaints of individual harassment cases are dealt in accordance with CPSE’s CDA Rules and extant guidelines issued by Government from time to time. The implementation of Government instructions in CPSEs vests with the respective Board of Directors of CPSEs and its concerned Ministry / Department and as such the data on number of incidents of sexual harassment at workplace or about gender sensitization units in CPSEs is not maintained centrally in Department of Public Enterprises.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

OROP to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles (AR) personnel

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OROP to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles (AR) personnel

Pension to retired personnel

There are demands from the in service and retired Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles (AR) personnel for extending One Rank One Pension (OROP). CAPF & AR personnel retire only on attaining the age of 57/60 years and they are entitled for pension and other pensionary benefits as per Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972. These rules are different from the pension rules applicable to Ex-Servicemen. Further CAPF & AR personnel, who are appointed on or after 01/01/2004 are covered under New Pension System (NPS).

The Government has taken several steps for the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel including Next of Kin (NoK) of CAPFs personnel who lay down their lives for the country. Following benefits, inter alia, are given to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel including the Next of Kin (NoK) of those who lay down their lives for the country:-

(i) Ex-gratia lump-sum compensation @ Rs.35 lacs for death on active duty and @Rs. 25 lakhs for death on duty, as the case may be, is entitled to the Next of Kin of the deceased personnel.

(ii) The NoK of the deceased is entitled to get Liberalized Family Pension (i.e. last pay drawn) under Central Civil Service (Extra Ordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 and other pensionary benefits as admissible.

(iii) 5% vacancies are reserved in Group “C” & “D” for compassionate appointments for NoK of the deceased personnel.

(iv) Under the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme, amount @ Rs.2250/- pm for girls and Rs.2000/- pm for boys is being released to the wards of serving/retired CAPFs personnel. Prime Minister Scholarship is admissible to 1000 girls and 1000 boys.

(v) There is a reservation of 15 MBBS and 02 BDS seats for the wards of CAPFs personnel in the seats of Central Government for these courses.

(vi) Central Police Canteens at various locations in the country have been functioning.

(vii) A Welfare and Rehabilitation Board has been established for the welfare and rehabilitation of CAPFs personnel and their families including differently abled personnel.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to question by Shri Kamal Nath and Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia in the Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

Monday, March 20, 2017

Note on the proceedings of the meetings, the NPS Committee had with the Staff Side, JCM - Confederation

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Note on the proceedings of the meetings, the NPS Committee had with the Staff Side, JCM.
Note on the proceedings of the meetings, the NPS Committee had with the Staff Side, JCM.
National Council on 20th January, and 17th March, 2017.  

As you are aware,  the Govt. had set up a committee as per recommendations of the 7th CPC to streamline  the procedure and functioning of the NPS. The Staff Side of NC JCM was asked to present their views in the matter. 

The meeting was on 20th January, 2017. The Staff side made a written presentation to  the committee on the subject. (The note was placed on the website). However, it also took the stand that the consultation with staff side could not be held in the manner of a Raj durbar as quite a number of Associations especially representing the organised Group A services and the All India Service officers were also invited to the said meeting.  The staff side was assured of an independent hearing.  

Subsequently the sub-committee III (The Pension Committee had set up three sub committees to interact with various stake holders on different subjects)  under the Chairmanship of Ms. Vandana Sharma, Addl. Secretary of the Department of  Pension and Pensioners Welfare convened  a meeting on 10th February, 2017. The Sub- Committee was more concerned about the applicability of various provisions of the present rules to the NPS subscribers especially those which are punitive in character.  In the event of a Government servant being found guilty under the CCS (CCA) Rules, the Government is empowered to restrict, reduce or reject the Pension and other retirement benefits. Prior to the meeting, the sub Committee had asked for views on various issues to be discussed at the meeting. 

The official Side wanted similar rules in the case of NPS subscribers. The Staff Side had submitted a written Note in this regard.  The said Note has also been placed on the website.  In the meeting, the Staff Side had made it categorically clear that no such rules could be imposed on the NPS subscriber as the annuity which he purchases on the basis of the contribution made at the end of his service is the product of a financial transaction and cannot be unilaterally altered at the whims of the employer.   Once the contributions of  the employee and the employer is remitted to the investing agency, the employer ceases to be a stake holder any more in the scheme.  

The third meeting was held on 17th March, 2017.  The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Pension.  The said meeting was to specifically interact with the members of the Staff Side.  On behalf of the Staff side, the following comrades took part in the meeting. 

1.     Com. M.Raghavaiah (Leader, Staff Side)
2.     Com. Sivgopal Misra(Secretary Staff Side)
3.     Com. KKN.Kutty(Confederation)
4.     Com. C. Sreekumar(AIDEF)
5.     Com. Guman Singh and (NFIR)
6.     Com. Sreenivasan (INDWF)

 As indicated earlier, several Associations of Group A Officers had made their presentations. Some of the important points mentioned by them during the discussions were:

1) Discrimination between pre and post 2004 officials-

2) While Govt. determines the quantum of pension subscription   and makes it mandatory it refuses to guarantee a minimum return.

3) Atal Pension Yojana offers better and guaranteed benefit to the Subscribers.

4) The Government’s assurance that the employees under NPS will get annuity not less than the minimum pension under the defined benefit scheme and might even be more was  made on wrong assumption in as much as -

a) 100% of the corpus was taken for  computation of annuity  whereas as per the  scheme only  40%  of the pension wealth alone would b e available. 

b) Fund expenses are exorbitantly under- valued.

c) No benefit for the family the case of a Pensioner, who dies at an early age under NPS.

d) Annuity is not cost-indexed.

5) Two officers at the level of the Secretary to GOI retiring on the same day  in 2037( former recruited in 2003 and latter in 2004 )will have a huge differential in pension. The  2003 recruitee will have pension 3.25 times  of the annuity of the 2004 recruitee. Over a period of next 10 years i.e in 2047,(due to cost indexation) the 2003 recruitee will have pension 7.4 times of what  the 2004 NPS official receives as annuity.

6) In most of the countries where contributory pension scheme is in vogue, the Govt’s (employer) contribution is 25% of the salary while that of the employee is 10%

7)  The NPS Contribution do not enjoy the Tax benefits like PPF, EPF, GPF etc.

The Secretary Pension informed the members that the Committee’s mandate is only to make suggestions to streamline the NPS procedures and make the rules simple and transparent. The basic features will not therefore undergo any change. He concluded that neither the scheme would be  replaced or discarded, nor any guaranteed minimum pension  would be offered. as in both cases Govt. will have to  undertake financial obligations.  He clarified that the Sub Committees have been set up to expedite the work.

The staff Side in their presentation made out inter alia the following points:

a) The number of employees covered under NPS in increasing day by day and in a decade’s time, they might become significant segment of the Government personnel.

b) All those who are covered by the scheme are extremely critical and resent that their savings are channelled into private hands to help the corporate bodies to make enormous profits.

c)  There is no likelihood either now or in any time in future that NPS subscribers will be able to   purchase an annuity equivalent to what the pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme is entitled. The Government must honour its commitment made to this effect to the staff side in the National Council, when the NPS was introduced.

d)  The Committee in its report must at least   bring it to the notice of Government that the Staff Side of the JCM is of the firm view that the cosmetic changes in the scheme will not bring about any tangible benefit to the subscribers and the Government must as an interim measure guarantee the pension to NPS subscribers equivalent to what is provided for the personnel covered under the defined benefit scheme.

e)  The  Staff Side opined that the committee  will be well  within its term of reference to suggest.

(i) Cost-indexation of annuity as  the Contribution made by the subscribers and the Government as employer  is 10% of the salary-salary for this purpose being Basic Pay and Dearness allowance. In other words, in every six months contribution increases and therefore it is logical that the annuity is also raised every six months to keep  pace   with the rate of inflation. 

(ii)  Minimum guarantee is assured by many countries even under the contributory system of pension and the provision to the contrary in the PFRDA Act must be recommended to be removed. 

(iii) It is a welcome step that the Govt. has now decided to extend the benefit of family pension in the case of all NPS subscribers who die in harness. The family pension can therefore be assured at the prevailing rate  for all NPS subscribers, if necessary by appropriating a one-time  deduction from their pension wealth,  at their option, at the time of retirement. 

(iv) To introduce the GPF again as a voluntary option. 

(v) All NPS subscribers must be provided with a payment slip by the heads of offices  indicating the amount deducted, the amount contributed by the Govt. and the date on which the     sum has been made over the to the fund managers, irrespective of the communication the subscriber is entitled to get from the   PFRDA registry. 

(vi) No rules to be framed to link the pension benefit with disciplinary proceedings.

(vii) The present investment pattern prescribed must be reviewed for its viability periodically.

(viii) The Sub Committee which goes into the issue concerning framing rules may be asked to interact with the Staff Side once the draft rules are ready.

(ix) In so far as customer friendly procedures are concerned, the committee may look at the best international practices with a view to adopt and incorporate them.

It could be seen from the deliberations in the committee that nothing short of replacing NPS with Statutory   defined     Benefit Pension Scheme will bring about anything good for new recruitees. Our endeavour must be in that direction whereby sanctions are generated and compulsions  are felt by the Govt as early as possible.
   
K.K.N. Kutty
Member, Standing Committee
National  Council, JCM &
National President, Confederation

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Central Government expects its employees to work with full dedication, sincerity and diligence – Dr Jitendra Singh

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Several relaxations brought in GP Fund rules
In a major relief for government employees, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has announced several relaxations in General Provident Fund Rules, with liberalization and simplification, particularly relating to advances and withdrawals by the subscriber/ employee.

According to the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, the existing GP Fund (Central Service) Rules came into force way back in 1960 and even though certain amendments have been made from time to time to address the concerns raised, it was felt to be the need of the hour to bring in some more changes for the convenience of the Government employees. The liberalization in the provisions was essentially meant to bring in ease of procedures, especially for activities like house building, education of children etc., thus making the rules more employee-friendly.

Elaborating further, Dr Jitendra Singh stated that the requirement of documentary proof for withdrawing GP Fund has been done away with. As a result, a simple declaration by the subscriber / employee would suffice henceforth, he added. Similarly, the minimum time limit for sanction and payment of GP Fund withdrawal would not be more than 15 days and in case of an emergency like illness, etc., it could only be 7 days. At the same time, the limit of withdrawal also has been increased following which, now the withdrawal for housing can be up to 90% of the balance at credit and withdrawal for purchase of vehicle / car can be up to 3/4th of the balance at credit.

Considering the importance of education, the definition of education for the purpose of withdrawal of GP Fund has now been widened to include primary, secondary and higher education covering all streams and institutions. Not only this, GP Fund advance can now also be applied for travel and tourism related activities, he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Government expects its employees to work with full dedication, sincerity and diligence, but at the same time, it is also always seriously considering various means and provisions to provide them with a work-friendly environment and socio-economic stability, so that they may put in their best without any unnecessary distraction.

Source: PIB News

Calculation of DA/DR based on AICPIN only

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Calculation of DA/DR based on AICPIN only

“Calculation of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central Government Employees and Pensioners based on the methodology prescribed by the recommendations of Central Pay Commission”

Dearness Allowance is issued twice a year and the Seventh Pay Commission has adopted the same calculation methods that were prescribed by the Sixth Pay Commission.(Click to read the recommendations of 7th CPC on Dearness Allowance)

The same series of the All-India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (Base 2001=100) are used for the calculation of DA/DR to be continued. The 7th CPC recommendations are implemented from 1.1.2017 and no DA from 1.1.2017 to 1.7.2017. And from 1.7.2017, 2% DA calculated as per the same formula recommended by 6th CPC. And then now, same calculation with the Consumer Price Index, the figure of two percent was arrived.

Most of the Central Government employees feel that the enhancement of DA/DR is meager.

The Central Government had nothing to do with the Dearness Allowance issued to the Central Government employees in the past, which were as high as 10 percent. Similarly, the government is in no way connected with the current announcement of two percent DA/DR. (Click to view the DA Chart as per 5th, 6th and 7th CPC)

The same AICPIN (CPI IW BY2001=100) adopted for the calculation of Dearness Allowance to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale of 5th and 6th CPC. For 6th CPC, 4% Dearness Allowance was calculated on the basis of the same method. In other words, it will be expected to increase from 132 percent to 136.

The Dearness Allowance is calculated based on the changes in the prices of essential commodities in 75 cities and towns in India, over a period of six months. The monthly data, called the AICPIN, are released each month, by the Labour Bureau under the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Central Government employees and Pensioners are not only getting the DA and DR, also employees working under Bank, CPSE etc,. The CPI(I-W) series are used for the calculation of DA for Bank Staff and IDA for CPSE employees. Almost the same enhancement of DA will adopt for the employees working in State Governments. Consumer Price Index will impact on the salaries and pension of more than 2 crore employees and pensioners directly.

Just watch the difference of DA amount between 6th and 7th CPC…


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fixation of Pay of re-employed pensioners – treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP)

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Fixation of Pay of re-employed pensioners – treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) – reg.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No.E(G) 2013/EM 1-5
New Delhi, dated 06, March 2017
The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwavmen.
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi.

Sir.
Sub: Fixation of Pay of re-employed pensioners – treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to your letter No.II/35/Part XIII dated 10.01.2017 on the above subject and to state that the illustration given in your letter regarding treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) while fixing the pay of ex-servicemen re-employed in the Railways has been examined in consultation with the Finance Directorate is not as per the instructions contained in DoP&T’s OM No.3/19/2009 Estt. Pay II dated 08.11.2010 which was circulated to the Railways vide Board’s letter No.E(G) 2013/EM 1-4 dated 24.07.2013 and reiterated vide Board’s letter of even number dated 15.12.2016. The DoP&T’s OM only provides that the MSP part of pension will not be deducted from the pay fixed on re-employment. It does not provide for including MSP in the pay fixed on re-employment.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Secretary/
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

16th March 2017 Strike – Participation of Employees All Time High

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16th March 2017 Strike – Participation of Employees All Time High

CIRCULAR
Dated – 18.03.2017
To,
1) All National Secretariat Members (CHQ Office Bearers)
2) Chief Executives of all Affiliated organisations
3) General Secretaries of all COCs
Dear Comrades,

1. 16th MARCH 2017 STRIKE – PARTICIPATION OF EMPLOYEES ALL TIME HIGH:

Reports received from Affiliated organisations and COCs and also many field level units shows that the participation of employees in the 16th March 2017 strike was all time high. The reason is obvious that the employees are angry and upset due the totally adamant and negative attitude of the NDA government towards the genuine issues of Central Govt. employees and pensioners and their discontentment was ventilated through the strike as an outburst of their pent up feelings. The response to the strike call was overwhelming and majority of employees suo-moto participated in the strike without any compulsion. This was also quite visible during the 15th December 2016 Parliament March and other agitational programmes including dharna and observance of 6th March 2017 Black Day. (For other details please see the press statement dated 16.03.2017 published in the Confederation website). Confederation National Secretariat congratulates and salutes all the leaders and employees who organized and participated in the strike and made it one of the best organized and best participated historic strike of Central Govt. Employees. Once again it is proved that it is Confederation alone, which is the true representative of entire Central Government employees.

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING ON 13TH APRIL 2017 WILL DECIDE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION.
National Secretariat of the Confederation will meet at Delhi on 13.04.2017, as already notified. Secretariat will conduct a detailed review of the strike and decide future course of action. All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting without fail.

CONFEDERATION ALL INDIA TRADE UNION EDUCATION CAMP AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ON 06TH & 07TH MAY 2017:
As already notified, the All India Trade Union Education Camp of Confederation will be conducted at EMS Academy, Thiruvananthapuram on 6th & 7th May 2017. All affiliated organisations and COCs are one again requested to ensure participation of allotted number of delegates WITHOUT FAIL. Please ensure that travel tickets are booked immediately, if not already booked. (Notice was issued in January itself to facilitate booking of confirmed train tickets, as train reservation starts four months in advance).

Quota allotted to each organisation and COC and other informations relating to the camp are is furnished in the circular attached.

While selecting delegates to the camp, younger generation and ladies may be given maximum representation.

Please intimate the number of delegates attending the camp by email to confederationhq@gmail.com OR mkrishnan6854@gmail.com and also to the Reception Committee.

REMITTANCE OF QUOTA:
Needless to say that for smooth and efficient functioning of an organisation, especially for a vibrant organisation like Confederation, funds is an essential requirement. Unfortunately, many affiliates and COCs are continuously failing in their responsibility to support the Confederation CHQ financially. Available fund has been utilized for Parliament March and strike campaign. Now the financial position is almost NIL. Unless all the affiliates and COCs clear their quota immediately, it will adversely effect the CHQ functioning. All affiliates and COCs are one again requested to clear the quota (Re.1/- per member per year) before 31.03.2017. Please treat it as most important. The amount may be remitted to:

Com. Vrigu Bhattacharya,
Financial Secretary
Confederation of C. G. Employees & Workers (CHQ)
17/C, P & T Quarters, Kalibari Marg,
New Delhi – 110001
Mob: 09868520926
Email: v.aicaea@gmail.com

Bank Account details
Bank – Indian oversees Bank
Branch – Gole Market, New Delhi
Account No. 084001000015586
IFS Code – IOBA0000840

JOINT MOVEMENT AND CAMPAIGN AGAINST CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME (NPS) AND OUTSOURCING OF GOVT. FUNCTIONS
Discussion are in progress for organizing nationwide campaign and agitational programmes against the NPS and outsourcing of Government functions, jointly with All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) and other like-minded organisations. Final decision in this regard will be taken in the National Secretariat meeting to be held on 13th April 2017.

Fraternally yours,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob&WhatsApp: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Outcome of NPS Meeting held on 17.3.2017 – NFIR

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Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees -reg
No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part-l
Dated: 18/03/2017
The General Secretaries
of Affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Brother,

Sub: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees -reg.

A meeting of the Committee with JCM (Staff Side) under the chairmanship of Secretary (Pension), Department of pension & Pensioners’ Welfare was held at Sardar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi on 17th March 2017 at 15.00 hrs. Brief on the discussions is given below:-

(i) At the outset, Secretary (Pension) stated that the Committee will try to consider and propose for safeguarding the interests of pensioners appointed on or after 01/01/2004. He said that the purpose of meeting was to elicit views from JCM (Staff Side) and make out report with an attempt to accommodate the views by and large.

(ii) Thereafter, the Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation highlighting the attempts of the Committee for formulating Rules, Regulations and Procedures to be considered by the Government.

(iii) Initiating discussions, the JCM (Staff Side) leaders have reiterated their consistent stand that the Liberalized Pension Scheme needs to be made applicable to those who joined the Government service from 01/0l/2004.

2. The JCM (Staff Side) leader Dr.M.Raghavaiah and Standing Committee Member, Shri Guman Singh have participated in the meeting and pointed out as follows:-

(a) The Committee should consider for recommending 50% of Last Pay drawn as minimum pension to the retiring NPS subscribers irrespective of their total service.

(b) The Pension Rules of 1972 be incorporated in the proposed draft Rules in an appropriate manner, thereby pension is guaranteed to the families of retired/deceased employees and their dependents.

(c) While 60% of Pension wealth will be paid to the retiring NPS subscriber, the remaining 40% is invested by PFRDA on which retiring employee has no control. What is needed to be ensured is “Guarantee for payment of 50% of Last Pat drawn as Pension”. Remaining 40% Pension wealth may be invested or used by PFRDA on which,retiring employee may have no claim.

(d) ln the Railways, the employer deducts l0% of wages from employee’s salary towards subscription and contributes equal amount. No Railway employee knows what their actual amount is, as no written statement is furnished by the employer. The JCM (Staff Side) is not concerned about the role of PFRDA – NSDL- etc., as every Railway employee wants to know what is his/her amount (subscription plus contribution). It should be ensured that Railways should give atleast annually, the statement of accumulated amount to the employee so that on the date of his retirement, he/she will know whether entire money was credited to PFRDA and equally he/she will know what would be 60% of the total pension wealth. The present defective system needs to be streamlined.

The above is for information of affiliates.

Yours fraternity
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(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Latest updates on retirement age of Central Government employees

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Latest updates on retirement age of Central Government employees
“Again a news is circulating in the media that the retirement age for Central Government employees is going to be raised from 60 to 62.”

At present, the retirement age for Central Government employees is 60. There is no factual basis for the news that the government is planning to increase the retirement age for Central Government employees from 60 to 62.

A familiar article about raising the retirement age first published in 2011 are being republished now in some blogs and websites.

We are presenting the following explanation after constant enquiries from our readers about this news.

There might be other reasons behind these rumours on retirement age. The recent wages revision report for the employees of the Central Public Sector Enterprises(CPSE) contain recommendations on retirement age.

But there are no such recommendations in the report of 7th Central Pay Commission for Central Government employees. Big debate also took place in 2015 about the raising the retirement age to 62. That time federations leaders also said that the recommendation on retirement age does not come under the purview of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

The employees have now questioned the changes in the powers of the Pay Commission or Pay Revision Committee that are directly constituted by the Central Government.

Information about retirement age continues to spread like wild fire because the issue is immensely popular among the Central Government employees. Interestingly, the issue of raising the retirement age has as many supporters as detractors.

The retirement age was first increased by the Congress Government under the leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru, in 1962, from 55 to 58. The Vajpayee government, in 1998, increased the retirement age from 58 to 60.

Friday, March 17, 2017

4% of 7th CPC Basic Pay as DA from Jan 2017

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4% of 7th CPC Basic Pay as DA from Jan 2017

“The central cabinet has given its approval for issuing additional Dearness Allowance of 2% from July 1, 2017 onwards.”

Including the additional 2% DA announced earlier by the Central Government, DA will be 4% of the 7th CPC basic pay from Jan 2017 for Central Govt employees.

With the Confederation of Central Government employees announced a nationwide day-long strike on 16th March 2017, the government announced an additional Dearness Allowance of 2 percent a day before on 15th March 2017.

The employees believe that the announcement was made much earlier. Even last year, the cabinet issued its approval for the second installment of July only on October 27. The Ministry of Finance issued the Government Order on November 4. But this time, in an unexpected and surprising move, the Dearness Allowance is announced much before its due time. The payment of Dearness Allowance will be issued to all categories of Central Government employees only after the Ministry of Finance issues an Office Memorandum.


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Simplification of procedure for payment of CGEGIS) dues – Finmin Orders

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Simplification of procedure for payment of CGEGIS) dues – Finmin Orders

No.7(1)/EV/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, Dated the 17th March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Simplification of procedure for payment of Central Government Employees  Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) dues – regarding

It has been brought to the notice of this Department that in a number of cases delay occurs in payment of Ccntral Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) dues, owing to missing entries, despite the fact that a provision has made for making entries of subscription for CGEGIS, recovered from pay & allowances every year in Part- VII-C of the service book.

2. In terms of para 8.1 Of the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, 1980, as contained in this O.M. No. F.7(5)-EV/89 dated 15th May, 1989, which relates to Savings Fund of the Scheme, the total accumulation of savings together with interest thereon will be payable to the member on retirement or on cessation of his employment with the Central Government or to his family on his death while in service. The total accumulation under Savings Fund is provided for in terms of the applicable Table of Benefits pertaining to a particular year as prescribed under the relevant Orders issued by this Ministry from time to time.

3. The issue has been considered in consultation with Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare and Controller General of Accounts. It has been decided that in order to ease the process of payment of Savings Fund on account of CGEGIS at the time of retirement Of a Central Government employee, in all cases where the service of the retiring Central Government employee has been verified, payment of the accumulation under Savings Fund of CGEGIS be made without awaiting confirmation of deduction of each monthly subscription of CGEGIS, as service verification is carried out based on the monthly salary payment and the CGEGIS subscriptions are mandatory deductions from these payments.

4. All Ministries/ Departments are accordingly advised to ensure compliance of above instructions so that the dues of CGEGIS in respect Of Government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation are discharged with due promptness. Further, it may be ensured that Ministries/ Departments send their budget requirements for payments under CGEGIS to CCA (Finance) well in advance, preferably, at the time of RE/ BE so that the budget under this head is made on a realistic basis.

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(Amar Nath Singh)
Director

Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

List of 35 CSD store depots across the country

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Canteen Stores Department 

There are 35 CSD store depots across the country. Details are enclosed as under:-
State/UT-wise list of CSD Depots in the country
Sl. No.
State
CSD Depots

1)       
Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow Depot
Meerut Depot
Agra Depot
Bareilly Depot
2)       
Uttaranchal
Dehradun Depot
3)       
Madhya Pradesh
Jabalpur Depot
4)       
West Bengal
Kolkata Depot
Baghdogra Depot
5)       
Nagaland
Dimapur Depot
6)       
Assam
Narangi Depot
Masimpur Depot
Misamari Depot
7)       
Jharkhand
Ramgarh Depot
8)       
Gujarat
Ahmedabad Depot
9)       
Haryana
Hisar Depot
Ambala Depot
10)   
Rajasthan
Bikaner Depot
Jaipur Depot
11)   
Delhi
Delhi Depot
12)   
Jammu & Kashmir
BD Bari Depot
Srinagar Depot
Leh Depot
Udhampur Depot
13)   
Punjab
Pathankot Depot
Jalandhar Depot
Bhatinda Depot
14)   
Karnataka
Bangalore Depot
15)   
Tamil Nadu
Chennai Depot
16)   
Kerala
Kochi Depot
17)   
Maharashtra
Khadki Depot
Mumbai Base Depot
Mumbai Area Depot
18)   
Andaman & Nicobar
Port Blair Depot
19)   
Andhra Pradesh
Secunderabad Depot
Visakhapatnam Depot
The number of primary card holders of CSD are 50,89,856 and 5744 products are enlisted in CSD. The turnover and profit earned by CSD during last three years and future target is as under:
F.Y.
Turnover   (in Crore)
Profit   (in Crore)

2013-14
12202.35
177.94
2014-15
13709.32
235.69
2015-16
15781.73
230.32
2016-17 (Target)
16400
250
2017-18 (Target)
18000
280
Presently, there are proposals for opening new CSD Depots at Raipur, Jodhpur and in Sikkim and Manipur. All existing 35 depots are operating on cashless basis.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to ShriVenkateshBabu TG in Lok Sabha today.

Source" PIB News



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