Tuesday, April 22, 2014

7th CPC publishes questionnaire

NEW DELHI-110001

Meena Agarwal 




New Delhi 110 001. 


D.O No. 7CPC/15/Questionnaire 9th April, 2014 


Dear ……….., 


As you may be aware the Seventh Central Pay Commissions has been constituted 

by the Government on 28 February 2014 with a view to go into various issues of 

emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central 

Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required. The 

terms of reference of the Seventh Central Pay Commission are available on the 

http://7cpc.india.gov.in . 


2. A Questionnaire seeking the considered views of all stakeholders is enclosed. The 

response of your Ministry to this Questionnaire is sought. I shall be grateful if the 

replies are furnished to the Commission on or before 10th May, 2014, so as to enable 

the Commission to take them into account as part of its examination of the issues that 

it is mandated to address. The reply may be sent to Post Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O, 

New Delhi 110 016, and in the case of email to secy-7cpc@nic.in. 


Encl:- As above. 


With Regards, 


Yours sincerely, 



(Meena Agarwal) 

To all Secretaries to Govt of India 





7th CPC Questionnaire 


1. Salaries 


1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ 

functionary and the maximum salary in case of a S ecretary level officer may be 

determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two. 


1.2 What should be the considerations for determining salary for various levels of 

functions falling between the highest level and the lowest level functionaries? 


2. Comparisons 


2.1 Should there be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites 

between Government and the private sector? If so, why? If not, why not? 


2.2 Should there at all be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites 

between Government and the public sector? If so, why? If not, why not? 


2.3 The concept of variable pay has been introduced in Central Public Sector 

Enterprises by the Second Pay Revision Committee. In the case of the Government is 

there merit in introducing a variable component of pay? Can such variable pay be linked 

to performance? 


3. Attracting Talent 


3.1 Does the present compensation package attract suitable talent in the All India 

Services & Group A Services? What are your observations and suggestions in this 



3.2 To what extent should government compensation be structured to attract special 



4. Pay Scales 


4.1 The 6th Central Pay Commission introduced the system of Pay Bands and Grade 

Pay as against the system of specific pay scales attached to various posts. What has been 

the impact of running pay bands post implementation of 6th CPC recommendations? 


4.2 Is there any need to bring about any change? 


4.3 Did the pay bands recommended by the Sixth CPC help in arresting exodus and 

attract talent towards the Government? 





4.4 Successive Pay Commissions have reduced the number of pay scales by merging 

one or two pay scales together. Is there a case for the number of pay scales/ pay band to 

be rationalized and if so in what manner? 


4.5 Is the “grade pay” concept working? If not, what are your alternative 



5. Increment 


5.1 Whether the present system of annual increment on 1 st

 July of every year 

uniformly in case of all employees has served its purpose or not? Whether any changes 

are required? 


5.2 What should be the reasonable quantum of annual increment? 


5.3 Whether there should be a provision of variable increments at a rate higher than 

the normal annual increment in case of high achievers? If so, what should be transparent 

and objective parameters to assess high achievement, which could be uniformly applied 

across Central Government? 


5.4 Under the MACP scheme three financial up-gradations are allowed on completion 

of 10, 20, 30 years of regular service, counted from the direct entry grade. What are the 

strengths and weaknesses of the scheme? Is there a p erception that a s cheme of this 

nature, in some Departments, actually incentivizes people who do not wish to take the 

more arduous route of qualifying departmental examinations/ or those obtaining 

professional degrees? 


6. Performance 


What kind of incentives would you suggest to recognize and reward good 



7. Impact on other organizations 


Salary structures in the Central and State Governments are broadly similar. The 

recommendations of the Pay Commission are likely to lead to similar demands from 

employees of State Governments, municipal bodies, panchayati raj institutions & 

autonomous institutions. To what extent should their paying capacity be considered in 

devising a reasonable remuneration package for Central Govt. employees? 


8. Defence Forces 


8.1 What should be the considerations for fixing salary in case of Defence personnel 

and in what manner does the parity with civil services need to be evolved, keeping in 

view their respective job profiles? 




8.2 In what manner should the concessions and facilities, both in cash and kind, be 

taken into account for determining salary structure in case of Defence Forces personnel. 


8.3 As per the November 2008 orders of the Ministry of Defence, there are a total of 

45 types of allowances for Personnel Below Officer Rank and 39 types of allowances for 

Officers. Does a case exist for rationalization/ streamlining of the current variety of 



8.4 What are the options available for addressing the increasing expenditure on 

defence pensions? 


8.5 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits 

provided to war widows? 


8.6 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits 

provided to disabled soldiers, commensurate to the nature of their disability? 


9. Allowances 


9.1 Whether the existing allowances need to be retained or rationalized in such a 

manner as to ensure that salary structure takes care not only of the job profile but the 

situational factors as well, so that the number of allowances could be at a realistic level? 


9.2 What should be the principles to determine payment of House Rent Allowance? 


10. Pension 


10.1 The retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on or 

after 1.1.2004 a re covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). What has been the 

experience of the NPS in the last decade? 


10.2 As far as pre-1.1.2004 appointees are concerned, what should be the principles 

that govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits? 


11. Strengthening the public governance system 


11.1 The 6th CPC recommended upgrading the skills of the Group D employees and 

placing them in Group C over a period of time. What has been the experience in this 



11.2 In what way can Central Government organizations functioning be improved to 

make them more efficient, accountable and responsible? Please give specific suggestions 

with respect to: 


 a) Rationalisation of staff strength and more productive deployment of available 





b) Rationalisation of processes and reduction of paper work; and 

c) Economy in expenditure. 


12. Training/ building competence 


12.1 How would you interpret the concept of “competency based framework”? 


12.2 One of the terms of reference suggests that the Commission recommend 

appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework. 


a) Is the present level of training at various stages of a person's career considered 

adequate? Are there gaps that need to be filled, and if so, where? 

b) Should it be made compulsory that each civil service officer should in his career 

span acquire a professional qualification? If so, can the nature of the study, time 

intervals and the Institution(s) whose qualification are acceptable, all be 


c) What other indicators can best measure training and capacity building for 

personnel in your organization? Please suggest ways through which capacity 

building can be further strengthened? 


13. Outsourcing 


13.1 What has been the experience of outsourcing at various levels of Government and 

is there a case for streamlining it? 


13.2 Is there a clear identification of jobs that can be outsourced? 


14. Regulatory Bodies 


14.1 Kindly list out the Regulators set up unde r Acts of Parliament, related to your 

Ministry/ Department. The total number of personnel on rolls (Chairperson and members 

+ support personnel) may be indicated. 


14.2 Regulators that may not qualify in terms of being set up under Acts of Parliament 

but perform regulatory functions may also be listed. The scale of pay for Chairperson 

/Members and other personnel of such bodies may be indicated. 


14.3 Across the Government there are a host of Regulatory bodies set up for various 

purposes. What are your suggestions regarding emoluments structure for Regulatory 



15. Payment of Bonus 


One of the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission is to examine the 

existing schemes of payment of bonus. What are your suggestions and observations in 

this regard? 

Friday, April 11, 2014

CIRCULAR - 10/2014

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-10/2014                                                          Dated: 9th April 2014

Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

We are in the process to elect the 16th Lok Sabha. By the time this Circular reaches you, the voting in nearly 100 out of 542 Lok Sabha constituencies might be over. The great Indian democracy has seen many wonders, has produced spectacular results – defying all pollsters. Let us hope and try for that again this time.

Let us remember that the underprivileged always expressed very forcefully at the very first opportunity, through the ballot boxes. They react when their daily going gets bad to worse.

The central government employees should not get carried over some peripheral issues but should consider:

            1. The unprecedented price rise
            2. PFRDA act – that could be adopted with the active support of NDA
            3. Outsourcing and contractorisation of jobs
            4. Ban on recruitment and abolition of vacant posts
            5. Non functioning of all negotiating fora since 1998-99
            6. Restriction on compassionate recruitment since 1998-99

Privatisation of Pension is the biggest “contribution’ of the UPA-II. And we cannot forget that the PFRDA bill could be made into an Act of the Parliament only with the total support of NDA. Only the Left parties and Biju Janata Dal voted against the bill. There was unanimity between UPA and NDA when it came to robbing of government employees the only social security that they had all along. (‘It is our political commitment’ – this how Shri Yeshwant Sinha, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Finance responded when some of the leaders of our movement contacted him).

Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers organised a National Convention at Nagpur to finalise the approach towards the general elections based on the issues that confront us. The resolution adopted in the Convention is given below.

All India Audit & Accounts Association endorses the resolution adopted at the Nagpur Convention on 4th April 2014 and call upon every unit to fully involve in the implementation of the directive given there-in and also in the enclosed circular of Confederation.  Our Units may get the resolution translated into the regional language and distribute amongst the membership. We may also arrange meetings during the visit of all India leaders of Confederation or/and at the behest of local COC.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

Secretary General

RESOLUTION  adopted at the  National Convention of Central Government employees on 4th April, 2014 at Nagpur

1.         The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its appreciation over the massive  and magnificent participation of the largest number of our members in the 48 hour strike on 12thand 13th Feb. 2014.  It was a great manifestation of the confidence the members had reposed in the organization and their determination to win the demands through struggles.  The reports, the Confederation CHQ received both from the affiliates and the State Committee indicate the massive participation of the employees in the strike action throughout the county.  In some of the affiliates, the participation had been cent percent.  This must embolden the Confederation to pursue the issue with determination and organize further action programmes to ensure that the demands are got settled.

2.           The Secretariat has noted that the Government had pretended to ignore the massive action of
the employees.  There had been no response from them so far.  In the wake of the strike action, it announced the composition of the 7th CPC disregarding the united demand raised by the Staff side of the JCM National Council for the inclusion of a labour representative.  The Government also chose not to convene the meeting the staff side to discuss the draft terms of reference submitted.  It did not make any announcement on the question of merger of DA, Interim Relief, and inclusion of GDA within the ambit of the Commission and rejected the demand for making the recommendation of the Commission effective from 1.1.2014. 

3.           On every issue, which is included in the 15 point Charter of demands, the Govt. continued with its nugatory attitude.   In the last session of the Parliament, they ensured that the PFRDA bill becomes an Act despite the strongest objection and resistance of the employees by eliciting and receiving the support and patronage of the dominant opposition party, the BJP.  Even on an issue like compassionate appointments, no positive response emerged.   The period witnessed increased outsourcing of governmental functions.  Almost a third of the workforce is presently casual and contract workers with abysmally poor wages taking advantage of the acute unemployment situation in the country.  There had been no settlement of any issue raised by the Staff Side in the National Council JCM.  The JCM scheme has been made ineffective as not a single meeting of the Council was held in the last three years and even the decision taken at the National Anomaly Committee was thwarted through political intervention.

4.           The plight of the three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department is highly deplorable.  They constitute almost half of the Postal work force. But for them, the functioning of the Postal system will come to a grinding halt.  Their service conditions are presently worse off than even a causal/daily rated worker. Despite the Supreme Court’s decisions that they are holders of Civil Post and consequently are entitled to the benefits and privileges of a civil servant, there had been no improvement in their service conditions worth mentioning.  In spite of repeated presentation of their case both inside and outside the Parliament by people from all walks of life irrespective of party affiliation, the Government had been silent to the pleading for bringing them within the ambit of the Pay Commissions.  Confederation is duty bound and determined to change the situation and to bring them within the purview of the 7th CPC.

5.          During its five year tenure the UPA II was in power, it intensified the neo-liberal reforms;  phased          out all welfare measures; accentuated the unemployment situation; divested the PSUs; allowed unbridled entry of Foreign capital to subjugate the Indian people; ruined the indigenous industry; destroyed the livelihood of the farmers and agricultural labourers; allowed the prices of all essential food items to soar; privatised education and health care services; ensured that each of its decision was to favour the rich; granted huge tax concessions to the corporate; indulged in large scale corruption; squandered away the national wealth; siphoned off the poor man’s earning into the hands of a few rich in the country; sided with the entrepreneurs in all labour disputes;  took each and every political decision to sub-serve the interest of the imperialist powers especially the USA.  The pursuance of the neo liberal policies at the behest of the advanced capitalist countries drove the majority of Indian population to be below the poverty levels. In the comity of nations, India became the poorest and the last ranking in all fields. Indian youth were driven to be beggars at the doors of transnational corporations and developed countries.

6.           Those who were responsible in driving our country men to unprecedented deprivation have to now seek mandate, for their tenure is to end shortly.  No different is the approach of the major opposition party, BJP.  There is nothing to choose from these two political dispensations.  They were hand in glove together to demolish the sovereignty of the country; pauperisation of the people and supported every legislation to intensify the neo liberal exploitation of the common man.  They supported to the hilt the corporate houses.  But for the support extended by the BJP, the PFRDA bill would never have been made into a law.  The Act now provides for the extension of the new contributory pension scheme to those who were recruited prior to 1.1.2004 and the existing pensioners.  Despite the refusal of the Government to accept their suggestion to guarantee minimum pension, the BJP unashamedly supported the Bill, for they were the proponents of the neo liberal economic policies.  They supported this Government to increase the FDI and FII in all sectors of economy and announced that they would intensify the reform process if elected to power.  The conglomeration of Corporates in the country has now appointed the leader of that party to be the next CEO to run the country.  They have no use for the discredited UPA howsoever subservient it could be.  They know in a democratic system demagogy can play a vital role.  They are certain that BJP and its allies if elected to power will be much more pliant and compliant.

7.         The Corporate controlled media has created an illusion to the effect that there exists a consensus across the political spectrum in the country that the neo liberal policies will spur economic growth and the only point to be clinched in the forthcoming election is as to which political combination, whether the UPA led by Rahul Gandhi or the NDA of Narendra Modi is more efficient in pursuing the IMF dictated economic policies vigorously.  Economic growth is not akin to development. In the initial years of the introduction of the LPG, no doubt, the economy grew phenomenally, but the large majority of Indian people suffered. It permanently halted the bringing up of an egalitarian society.  It only enlarged the scope for maximisation of profit of the corporate giants; opened up larger and bigger avenues for corruption at the top of administration, whereby the ruling party and its leaders could amass wealth.  The scams unearthed by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India during the last five years of UPA II Rule speak volumes of the cancerous growth of corruption in our country.  The 2G spectrum involving Rs. 1.76 lakh crores,  the Coalgate of the dimension of Rs. 1.86 lakh crores, the corruption involved in the commonwealth games, the Rs. 40,000 cr deal in the Delhi Airport Privatisation scheme, The KG Basin related Gas price deal with Reliance, topping with Rs 48 lakh crores are a few that surfaced during this period.

8.          As part of the economic policy, concerted and continuous efforts were made to the job killing process in all sectors, through contractorisation, casualisation, outsourcing, privatisation etc. Contract workers now constitute 80% of the total work force in the private sector.  After the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations about 35% of the workforce in the Governmental sector is either contract or casual workers.  They are paid quarter of or even less the wages of the regular workers. 

9.          This election is not only to decide who should govern this country but more so to determine for whom the governance is. UPA having been totally discredited in the eyes of the common man has no chance whatsoever.  NDA must not have a chance once again for it is bound to pursue the neo liberal policies more vigorously than even the UPA. That is the one and only reason why the Indian corporate houses and the corporate controlled media solidly back the BJP and the BJP led NDA. The Political combination outside the NDA and UPA has a predominant presence in the 15th Lok Sabha. They are capable of being the largest segment in the 16th Lok Sabha too.

10.         It is in this background that the workers must assess the political situation.  In the forthcoming electoral battle, every worker must discharge his salutary responsibility.  Since the present state of affairs is the product of the neo- liberal policies and since both the UPA and the NDA are the proponents of those policies, one must have clear vision and exercise the franchise effectively to ensure that a pro-worker, pro-people combination of parties is in governance.  In the forthcoming election to the 16th Lok Sabha, the Central Government employees must become a vehicle for change in the interest of the common people; rise above the divisive ideologies and misleading propaganda; identify their friends especially in the Left parties; and ensure the success of those who stood with them and fought for the cause of the workers and common people. 

11.         The Secretariat came to the inescapable conclusion that the settlement of the demands in the charter will only be possible through intensification of the struggles.  It recognised the need for larger unity. It will strive for bringing about such a united platform for joint action.  The inevitability of an indefinite strike action has to be emphasised.  The Confederation and its affiliates must prepare its members for such an eventual and unavoidable action, if the proposed 7th CPC is to really revise the wages.  It is needed to ensure the withdrawal of the pernicious contributory pension scheme.  It only will ensure that there are no casual or contract system of employment in Government service.   The Government employees must be bestowed with democratic rights and above all must enjoy the facility for collective bargaining and right to strike.  The Gramin Dak Sevak system is a colonial legacy and no civilised country must endure such brutal exploitation.  All is possible through united and sustained action.  The Confederation has proved beyond any iota of doubt that it has built up an organisation capable of carrying out such an action.

12.       To ensure that the Indian people have food security, the farmers are not driven to commit suicide, the workers do have decent job environment and emoluments, the prices of essential commodities do not soar, there is universal public distribution of essential food articles; India has an independent foreign policy, this great Nation is not enslaved by western imperial powers once again, all communities and people of different faiths are allowed to live in peace and harmony; no communal violence erupts; all able bodied people have jobs and livelihood, there must be a Government which exist for the sake of the poor inhabitants of this country.  Central Government employees must take an active role in the ensuing General election and strive with their best to bring about such a Government.

13.        This convention calls upon every worker of the Confederation to fan out and reach out to the rank and file of its membership, explain the stupendous task ahead; to work in consonance with the understanding depicted in this resolution and ensure that they become instruments for a great political change in our country. 

14.        The Convention authorises the National Secretariat to review the political situation emerging after the election and take appropriate decision to mobilise the rank and file of the workers for an eventual industrial action to seek settlement of the 15 point charter of demands.