Monday, March 06, 2017

7th CPC Pay Anomaly - Less pay to senior in comparison with junior – NFIR

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Implementation of 7th CPC Pay Matrics – Pay fixation to staff – Anomaly resulting less pay to senior in comparison with junior – reg.
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi-110 055
Affiliated to :
IndIan National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B./part I
Dated: 06/03/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Implementation of 7th CPC Pay Matrics – Pay fixation to staff – Anomaly resulting less pay to senior in comparison with junior – reg.
Ref: Notification issued by the Railway Ministry vide RBE No.90/2016 – Rule 10(2) therof.

NFIR desires to bring to the notice of the Railway Board, the anomalous situation arisen pursuant to sub-para (2) of Rule 10 of the Notification issued by the Railway Board vide RBE No.90/2016. A case on North Western Railway is cited below as example:-
  • Mr.X and Y have been working as SSE in the Loco Workshop, Ajmer in GP 4600/- (Level 7). Mr. X is senior to Mr. Y.
  • Both X & Y have been drawing pay equal to Rs.60,400/- on 1st July 2016. Both the employees are due for financial upgradation benefit under MACPS in the month of February 2017.
  • Mr.X has been given financial upgradation under MACPS and his pay when fixed in Level 8 comes to Rs.62,200/-. His next increment is due on 1st January 2018 when his pay will raise to 64,100/-.
  • Mr.Y has been denied financial upgradation due to ‘Good ACR’ for the year 2014. His pay on lst July 2017 will be Rs. 62,200/- in Level 7 which will be equal to Mr. Y’s pay as on 1st July 2017.
  • When Mr.Y becomes fit for financial upgradation under MACPS sometime between July and December 2017, then his pay will be 64,100/- in Level 8 which will be equal to the pay of Mr.X in January 2018. Subsequently, when Mr.Y will be given next increment in January 2019 ultimately Mr. X will lag behind by six months despite being senior.

The position mentioned above clearly reveals that senior has been put to loss by way of drop in emoluments. This needs to be remedied to do justice to senior employees.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to examine the case in the light of above illustration and take necessary action for rendering justice to senior staff in whose case, the drop in emoluments has taken place. Federation may also be apprised of Board’s response early.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Cabinet to approve the DA hike soon

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Cabinet to approve the DA hike soon
“The Central cabinet is likely to give its approval to a two percent Dearness Allowance hike, with effect from January 2017, to the Central Government employees.”

The cabinet is, at its next meeting, expected to give its approval to the additional Dearness Allowance of two percent to Central Government employees and pensioners, to come into effect from January 1, 2017 onwards.

The 2% Additional Dearness Allowance hike will be calculated on the basis of the basic pay as recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission, and will be given to more than 47 lakh Central Government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

The Dearness Allowance, issued once every six months, is given to Central Government employees and pensioners to help them manage the increase in prices of essential commodities. The Dearness Allowance is calculated on the basis of the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base Year 2001=100.

The percentage for January 2017 was arrived at by recording the prices of essential commodities at 78 towns and cities across the country, for the months of July 2016 till December 2016. Based on the data and calculation, the percentage may be fixed at 4.95 percent. But, according to the method prescribed by the Pay Commission, the decimal numbers are ignored. Hence, a Dearness Allowance of four percent will be issued with effect from January 1, 2017 onwards.

Central Government Employees to mark 'Black Day' today

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Central Government Employees to mark 'Black Day' today
CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT CALLS UPON ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
Observe 6th March 2017 as BLACK DAY
  • Against the betrayal of Central Government employees and pensioners by Group of Ministers of NDA Government.
  • Demanding increase in minimum pay and fitment formula.

Dear comrades

We know that all of you are in the midst of hectic preparation and campaign for making the 16thMarch Strike action a great success.  As has been explained in the article, which we have placed on our website, the NDA Government, led by BJP has exhibited the worst anti-employee attitude in the post independent  era of our country.  This Government has treated its own employees as its worst enemy. The decision taken by the Union Cabinet on 29th June, 2016 rejecting even the recommendations made by the high level committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary was unprecedented. Even the setting up of various committees was nothing but an eye wash. Nothing will come out of that.  Even the NPS Committee on which the young comrades had pinned some hope of at least  getting a minimum guaranteed pension will produce nothing.  The discussions at the JCM fora has been converted into mostly monologues i.e. the official side simply listening and not reacting.  The Government, it appears, has made the Pension department to reject the one and only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was considered to be positive i.e. Option No.1 for pensioners on the specious ground that the same is not feasible to be implemented. The allowances committee has dilly dallied its deliberation and would now submit its report after the extended period of 6 months expires on 22.02.2017. Even if they make any positive recommendation, which is seldom expected, the NDA Government would not act upon it.  They have very successfully postponed the payment of the revised allowanced for 15 months. 

In the face of such terrible onslaught, betrayal and chicanery, which no Government in the past has every indulged in,  it is surprising that some of our friends who has a predominant role in the movement of the Central Government employees has unfortunately chosen to wait and watch.  It appears that they have chosen to wait endlessly hurting the cause of the workers. 

We have no hesitation to affirmatively state the obvious that we have chosen the right path, the path of struggles, which can only the choice of the working class against tyrannical attitude of the employer, howsoever, powerful they may be. We must realize that those who are  in the saddle of power today are not permanently posted there. We were witness to the abysmal downfall of persons who were arrogant personified.  It appears that the reasonableness, righteousness and patience we had exhibited have been taken as signs of cowardice. The undeniable fact is that those who fight, only can win. We, therefore, appeal to you to carry on with conviction and courage.

Eight months will be over on 6th March, 2017, when the Group of Ministers held out the assurance of revisiting the minimum wage and multiplication factor.  It is now crystal clear that that was an act of chicanery.  No committee was set up and no discussions were held to seriously consider the issue.  We, therefore, appeal to all of you to ensure that the day, i.e. 6thMarch, 2017 is observed as a day of betrayal and all our members are requested to wear a Black badge with the following words inscribed on it in bold letters and conduct demonstrations in front of all Central Government offices.

HONOUR THE COMMITMENT MADE ON
30th June & 6th JULY, 2016
REVISE THE MINIMUM WAGE AND
MULTIPLICATION FACTOR

6TH March 2017 must be yet another occasion to mobilize our members to ensure their participation in the 16th March, 2017 strike action and ultimately win all the demands in the charter. 

We fight to win and we shall win.
                               
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
(M Krishnan S/G Confd.)

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

Agenda Items for next meeting of Standing Committee of NC (JCM) - NFIR

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Agenda Items for next meeting of Standing Committee of NC (JCM) - NFIR

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford road, New Delhi - 110 055
No.IV/NFIR/SCM/Pt.VI
Dated: 05/03/2017
The Secretary,
JCM (Staff Side),
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi

Dear Brother.

Sub: Agenda Items for next meeting of Standing Committee of NC (JCM)-reg.
Ref: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, DoP&T’s letter No.F.No.3/3/2016-JCA dated 1st March 2017.

Please find enclosed the items to be included in the agenda for meeting.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Sub: Counting full service of Temporary causal labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits in Railways-reg.

The Staff Side had discussed its demand for counting fulI service of temporary status of casual labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits at the level of Railway Ministry. Consequently, the Railway Ministry had agreed and accordingly proposal was sent to the Ministry of Finance and DoP&T seeking clearance. Unfortunately, the MoF/DoP&T have not accorded approval:-

In this connection, the Staff Side brings following key points for consideration.

(a) The Casual Labourers in Railways had attained temporary status on completion of prescribed days of continuous working and got the benefits admissible to temporary Railway/Government employees such as regular Pay Scale, Medical facility etc.,

(b) The Railway Administrations have however taken abnormally long periods to absorb them as regular staff although regular posts were vacant.

(c) The status of casual labourers in railways after acquiring temporary status (termed as Temporary employee) is exactly similar to the substitutes in whose case, the total service from the date of attainment of temporary status is counted for reckoning qualifying service for pensionary benefits.

(d) Various CATs, High Courts and even the Apex Court have given decisions against the differential treatment between the casual labour and substitutes particularly when both attained temporary status and directed to treat them at par so far as reckoning the service from the date of temporary status till the date of regularization for pensionary benefits etc.,

(e) The SLPs filed by the Union of India before the Apex Court in a few cases of casual labourers were dismissed and the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed the Union of India to calculate Pension and other retiral benefits payable to the retiring/retired employees, taking into account the 100% temporary status service.

The Staff Side, therefore, requests to consider the above valid points and accord approval for counting total temporary status service of Casual Labourers for pensionary benefits in Railways.

Sub: Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Employees – Arbitrary revision of benchmark from “Good” to “Very Good”-reg.

The Staff Side brings to the notice of the Government that after introduction of the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) w.e.f. 01st June 2009, the JCM (Staff Side) took up the issue relating to the benchmark laid down for granting financial upgradation under the schemd at the level of DoP&T and discussed in the Joint Committee Meetings and National Advisory Committee Meetings held on 17/0712012 ad 2710712012, urging to reconsider the benchmark concept taking into consideration the norms laid down for promotion of staff. After discussions, the DoP&T vide O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt. (D) (Vol. II) dated 1st November 2010 & 4th October 2012 had issued instructions that the benchmark maintained for filling the vacancy through promotion by selection/non-selection/fitness be adopted for granting financial upgradation.

The Staff Side however, expresses its disappointment over the decision (Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July 2016) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) introducing the benchmark “Very Good” for granting financial upgradation. The Government could have taken into consideration the bilateral agreement reached with the JCM (Staff Side) and the decision communicated vide DoP&T O.M. dated lst November 2010 and 4th October 2012 for continuance of the standard prescribed already for granting MACP. Ignoring the said decision and introducing the benchmark concept of “Very Good” is an unjustified action when bilateral agreement had already been reached with the JCM (Staff Side).

The Staff Side therefore urges to review for cancellation of upgraded bench mark decision.

Source: NFIR



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