Monday, October 31, 2016
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-28/2016 Dated: 29th October 2016
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
Following issues were taken up with CAG administration, the latest position is given below.
1. Grant of 5400 to AAOS as NFU on completion of 4 years
The file has now moved from Implementation Cell (IC) to Deptt of Expr, very recently. Hope it would be cleared soon.
2. RR for SA
The file has gone to UPSC for vetting and approval – SA being a Gr B post. No time limit can be said, as UPSC takes its own time and no intervention is entertained.
But the Government has, of late, created one more layer for final approval – i.e. it will have to be approved by MOS (Minister of State)/DOPT before the rule can be notified. The process is getting embroiled in more and more technicalities.
3. Promotion of DEO as Auditor/Accountant
This is very much linked to revised RR of Auditor/Accountant as well as of SA.
As of now, there is no privision for promotion of DEO except in the EDP hierarchy. This is the case elsewhere for EDP cadres. We are able to convince the CAG administration to bring it along with the main stream cadres. The appointment letter to DEO also says that they can either get promotion as Console operator (which is in the hierarchy of EDP cadres) or become AAO after passing SAS exam.
It is a fact that there is lot heartburning amongst the DEOs as Graduate MTS has already been promoted as Auditor/Accountant. We share and empathize with them. But every one of us should appreciate that Government functions on certain norms and rules. MTS (earlier GR D) is in the line of promotional channel where as DEO, an EDP cadre, is not. Our effort is to get the rule amended so that DEOs are integrated with mainstream cadres.
We are hopeful that, even if it takes some more time, the DEOs would be integrated with other cadres and the channel of promotion as Auditor/Accountant would be opened up in the near future.
4. Harassment of Office-bearers in MAB-I Mumbai
We have been bringing into the notice of the administration of the high handed actions of the administration of MAB-I Mumbai. The threats employed by the DDA/Admn and Secretary to PDCA asking the members to withdraw the membership was pointed out, stating that if the administration does not intervene at highest level and do not bring about any improvement, we shall not be responsible for any situation that may arise herein-after.
5. Shortage of staff in Departmental Canteens
We brought out the difficulties with specific reference to the DGACR, Delhi where only three regular staff – one Manager, one Dy. Manager and one Bearer – are left over and the functioning of the canteen is adversely affected. This is the situation in many offices.
We are told that the RR for Canteen is in the final stage and recruitment can commence only after its notification.
6. Restructuring in Audit
We expressed our reservation over the manner in which this has been done - especially the restructuring in peace-meal, instead of restructuring of IA&AD as a whole.
As is clear from the official notification in this regard – not shared with staff side – the administration is bringing back the report of Deloitte’ group with some modification.
It was reported that they are working out on A&E wing also, it takes time as it is directly linked with the digitalization of accounts by the State Governments.
We also communicated our reservations on the restructuring in Audit, which we would be submitting formally shortly.
Comrades Subhash Pandey, Leader, Staff Side, Departmental Council and Com Anilkumar, Additional Secretary General were present during the discussion.
M. S. Raja
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-27/2016 Dated: 28th October 2016
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
MEETING WITH OFFICERS’ COMMITTEE ON 24TH OCTOBER 2016 – QUITE DISAPPOINTING
The meeting with Officers Committee to discuss the “grievances” on the 7th CPC recommendations was convened on 24th October 2016. The Committee is headed by Additional Secretary, Expenditure with officers from all Ministries. There was no fruitful discussion on the issue for which the committee has been constituted. Instead of discussing the issue of minimum wage and fitment factor, the official side initiated discussion on Allowances (for which another Committee has been constituted).
The Staff Side took strong objection to this and stated that the Official side should come with a concrete response to the demand already raised by the Staff Side with a mandate. There was no discussion on allowances such as HRA, Transport Allowances etc. After some discussion the official side agreed to get back to the Staff Side.
MEETING WITH DOPT ON DOPT SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES
On 25th October 2016, meeting on DOPT specific allowances such as Family Planning Allowance, Over Time Allowance, Night Duty Allowance, Children Education Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Dress Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Patient Care Allowance, Risk Allowance etc. was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary DOPT. Though no final decision was arrived at, a healthy discussion took place.
MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE, JCM
The Standing Committee that met immediately after the meeting on DOPT specific allowances on 25th October 2016 discussed all the agenda items submitted by the Staff Side. (Circular issued by Confederation is attached for details).
The following items were discussed in addition to certain Defence specific items:
Functioning of JCM at all levels, Compassionate appointment, 5 promotions in a career, LTC – permission for booking tickets from agencies other than Ashoka Travels and Balmer Lawrie, restoration of advances, grant of entry pay on promotions (6 CPC), full re-imbursement of medical Expr incurred in a recognised hospital, income criteria for dependant parents, amendment to the definition of anomaly, MACPS (bench mark and hierarchy), pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen, extension of revised option to beyond 25.7.2016, Bonus ceiling to GDS, regularisation of casual labourers as MTS as one time measure, filling up vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner and abolish LDC post and upgrade all LDCs as UDCs as one time measure.
As in the case of DOPT specific allowances, the discussion was quite lively and pointed. The official side agreed to have a re-look on certain items and take decision there-of.
MOBLISE FOR DHARNA ON 7TH NOVEMBER & PARLIAMENT MARCH ON 15 DEC2016
The discussion on 24th October 2016 is an indicator of the intention (rather non intention) of the Government on the issues raised by the Staff Side. It looks as if the Government is not serious on the commitment made by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016, re-iterated by the Hon’ble Home Minister on 6th July 2016 to the NJCA leadership.
We cannot find fault with anybody, if one doubts that the government’s intention is to drag the grant of revised HRA and transport allowance from next financial year.
Only sustained campaign and massive mobilisation of the rank and file of the central government employees and also employees of autonomous bodies (it looks as if the government wants to deny them the 7 CPC benefits) can generate enough pressure on the government to come forward for a negotiated settlement on the demands raised by us.
All our Units may ensure participation in the Dharna under the banner of Confederation on 7th November 2016 in very good numbers, mobilising the entirety of members.
Each Unit has been given quota for the Parliament March on 15th December 2016. Each Unit should mobilise the members and ensure that quota is fulfilled. .The NE members in charge of the units should co-ordinate, if required by visiting the units.
Report on participation in the Dharna on 7th November and the mobilisation for Parliament March may be sent by email (not by phone calls or whatsApp).
M. S. Raja
CIRCULAR DATED 26TH OCTOBER 2016
REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA
2ND MEETING OF THE GROUP OF SENIOR OFFICERS WITH JCM (NC) STAFF SIDE
2nd Meetings of the Group of Senior Officers (Constituted as per the assurance given by Group of Minister to NJCA) to discuss the grievances arising out of recommendations related to 7th Central Pay Commission, was held with JCM (NC) staff side on 24.10.2016 at 4 PM. The staff side explained in detail the justification for modification in the minimum pay and fitment formula, which was already explained in the memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015 and also in the presentation made before Joint Secretary Implementation Cell and Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary.
From the response of the Senior Officers, it is not clear whether they are mandated to submit a proposal on increasing the Minimum Pay and Fitment formula to Government, as assured by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016. Eventhough, the time frame of four months is almost over, the urgency and seriousness was lacking on the part of the Group of officers. It seems that that Government is adopting a delaying tactics or to deny the assured increase. Perhaps, they may recommend an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula at a later date, but it is quite uncertain.
Confederation National Secretariat after reviewing these developments has decided to intensify the campaign and agitational programmes demanding the Government to honour its assurance given to NJCA leadership and also to settle the 20 point charter of demands. Make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme a grand success. Ensure maximum participation of employees in the 15th December 2016 massive Parliament March. Get ready for strike.
ALLOWANCE COMMITTEE MEETING ON DOP&T SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES
Meeting of the Allowance Committee to discuss the DOP&T Specific allowances was held on 25.10.2016. Secretary, Department of Personnel Chaired the meeting. Important allowances like Children Education Allowance, Night Duty Allowance, Overtime Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Dress Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Patient Care Allowance, Family planning Allowance, Risk Allowance etc. are discussed. The Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and interacted with staff side on certain points. No commitment on any allowance was given.
JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL – STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
The JCM (NC) Standing Committee meeting under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel was held on 25.10.2016. All agenda items were discussed. Some of the items are – JCM functioning, Compassionate appointments, amendment to the definition of anomaly, Changing MACP conditions, Ex-Servicemen pay fixation, Pay fixation option on promotion after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016, GDS bonus enhancement to 7000/-, casual labour regularization and bonus enhancement, filling up of vacancies, upgradation of LDCs to UDCs, one time relaxation of LTC-80 availed by air by purchasing tickets from other than authorized agents, Restoration of Festival Advance, Natural Calamity Advance and Advance of leave salary, grant of entry pay recommended by 6th CPC to the promotes, reimbursement of actual medical expenditure incurred by the employees in a recognised hospital etc.
Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and clarified certain points. No final decision was taken on any of the agenda items. Gist published below. Minutes will be published later. It was informed that based on the discussion, each item will be examined further and decision will be taken.
AUTONOMOUS BODIES – EXTENSION OF 7TH CPC REVISED PAY STRUCTURE AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS
The issue was raised in the JCM Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 by the staff side. The official side informed that an overall review regarding the performance and financial viability etc. of each Autonomous body is being carried out by the Government. Only after completing the process decision regarding extension of 7th CPC revised pay structure and pensionary benefits, Bonus etc. will be taken. Extension of the benefits depends upon the policy decision of the Government. Hence the official side has not told any time frame for final decision. It is likely to be delayed.
Confederation has already included the demands of the employees of the autonomous bodies in its 20 point charter of demands. All Unions/Associations/Federation and employees of all autonomous bodies are requested to understand the gravity of the situation and make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme and 15th December 2016 Parliament March a grand success. Join the Parliament March with your flags, banners and placard with demands. Let the Government understand the discontentment and protest of employees and pensioners of Autonomous bodies. There is no short-cut to get our justified demand accepted by the Government.
GDS BONUS ENHANCEMENT TO 7000
This issue was discussed in the JCM Standing Committee meeting as a notified agenda. The official side informed that the file is still under process in the Finance Ministry and a decision is yet to be taken. Once the approval of the Finance Ministry is given the proposal is to be submitted to Cabinet for approval.
All affiliates and C-O-Cs are once again requested to extend full support and solidarity to the proposed Postal Strike on 9th & 10th November 2016, demanding bonus calculation ceiling limit enhancement to 7000/- for GDS and immediate payment of revised wages to casual labourers from 01.01.2006. Conduct solidarity demonstration in front of important Postal/RMS office on 9th & 10th November 2016.
GIST OF THE JCM STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 25.11.2016
Meeting was held under the chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel. Items discussed and outcome is given below.
1. JCM FUNCTIONING
Decision: After discussion Secretary (P), assured that the JCM would be activated and steps may be taken to hold regular meetings of JCM at National and Departmental level.
2. COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT:
Decision: The demand of the staff side to remove 5% ceiling would be considered after studying the various. Supreme Court Judgments and the decisions of previous National Council JCM meetings.
3. RESTORATION OF INTEREST FREE ADVANCES WITHDRAWN BY THE GOVERNMENT BASED ON 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS
Decision: The demand of the staff side to restore Festival advance, Natural Calamity advance and leave salary advance will be examined further.
4. AMENDMENT TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM “ANOMALY”
Decision: The proposal given by the staff side would be considered is consultation with Department of Expenditure.
5. FIXATION OF PAY OF RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMEN
Decision: - The anomalies in the fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen is under consideration of DOP&T.
6. OPTION FOR THOSE TO BE PROMOTED AFTER 25.07.2016, I.E. AFTER THE NOTIFICATION OF CS (REVISED PAY) RULES 2016.
Decision: - This issue would be considered by the Implementation Cell of 7th CPC.
7. WITHDRAWL OF NEW CONDITIONS FOR THE GRANT OF MACP & GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY
Decision: The demand of the Staff Side for withdrawal of “Very Good” grading would be re-examined. Regarding justification of MACP on Promotional hierarchy all the points submitted alongwith the Note on agenda items by staff side was discussed in detail. The official side agreed to examine issue further based on the points raised by the staff side.
8. BONUS CEILING TO BE RAISED TO 7000 FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAK EMPLOYEES OF POSTAL DEPARTMENT
Decision: - Revision of Bonus ceiling for GDS and Casual Labourers would be considered by Department of Expenditure.
9. REGULARISATION OF CASUAL LABOURERS
Decision: The proposal of the staff side for regularization of all casual labourers would be considered after considering various Supreme Court judgements.
10. FILLING UP OF EXISTING VACANT POSTS
Decision: – Since there is no ban on recruitment, vacancies can be filled up. Instructions in this regard will be issued once again.
11. UPGRADATION OF THE POSTS OF LOWER DIVISION CLERKS TO UPPER DIVISION CLERKS
Decision: The demand of the staff side would be considered in consultation with other Ministries.
12. GRANT OF ONE TIME RELAXATION TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE AVAILED LTC-80 AND TRAVELLED BY AIR BY PURCHASING TICKETS FROM OTHER THAN AUTHORIZED AGENCIES
Decision: - The proposal of Ministry of Defence in this regard is under examination of DOP&T
13. GRANT OF ENTRY PAY RECOMMENDED BY 6TH CPC TO THE PROMOTEES UNDER THE PROVISION OF CCS (RP) RULES 2008.
Decision: - The Judgment of Chennai CAT and Principal Bench New Delhi would be examined by DOP&T and Department of Expenditure.
14. REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY THE EMPLOYEES IN A RECOGNIZED HOSPITAL.
Decision: - A separate meeting would be held by the Health Ministry with the staff side to discuss this demand.
Some more items related to Ministry of Defence was also discussed.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-26/2016 Dated: 14th October 2016
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
CONFEDERATION CALLS FOR PHASED AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES IN SUPPORT OF THE CHARTER OF DEMANDS INCLUDING REVISITING OF 7 CPC RECOMMENDATIONS;
ENSURE MASSIVE PARTICIPATION IN
* DEMONSTRATION ON 20TH OCTOBER
** DHARNA ON 7TH NOVEMBER &
*** PARLIAMENT MARCH ON 15TH DECEMBER
National Executive Committee of the Association that met at New Delhi on 1st October 2016 (Pl refer Circular 25) endorsed the decision of the Confederation of CG Employees and Workers to organise various agitational programmes – culminating in strike action - in support of the enclosed 19 point Charter of Demands.
All Units are requested to mobilise the membership for the programmes on 20th October and 7th November, without fail.
We should hold the demonstration on 20th October 2016 outside the gate of the office building wherever the office is working in own building. It will be good if we can break the ban and hold the demonstration inside the premises itself. We should try that.
Local COC may be contacted about the Dharna on 7th November 2016 and we should ensure massive participation from our units.
Each Unit may ensure that the quota given below for the March to Parliament on 15th December 2016 is met without fail:
Shimla: 50; Punjab: 50; Haryana: 50; Gwalior: 100; Allahabad: 200; Jaipur: 100; Bhopal: 50; Raipur: 10; Nagpur: 40; AP&TS (including SC Rly Audit): 50; Mumbai: 30; Bengaluru: 20; Chennai: 50; Kerala: 20; Assam: 10, NE (other than Assam): 15; Odisha: 20; WB: 100; Delhi: 100; Ahmedabad: 20; Rajkot: 30; Lucknow: 5; Hubli: 5; Dehradun: 25; Kapurthala: 5; J&K: 10, Hajipur: 5.
M. S. Raja
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1. Settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I).Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
2. Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10thDecember 2015. (See Annexure-I)
3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4. Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Enhance bonus calculation ceiling of GDS also to 7000 from 01.04.2014.
5. Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated Mazdoor and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.
6.No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.
7. Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
8. Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
9. Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Regional basis.
10. Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
11. Grant five promotions in the service career to all Central Govt. employees.
12. Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
13. Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Lok Sabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
14. Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
15. Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
16. Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
17. Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.
18.Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.
19. Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.
NJC/2015/7th CPC dated 10th December, 2015. (see item No. 1 of the charter of demands).
1. Re-compute the minimum wage on the basis of the actual commodity prices as on 1.7.2015and factor the Dr. Aykroyd formula stipulated percentages for housing and social obligations, children education etc. Revise the fitment formula and pay levels on the basis of the so determined minimum wage;
We are not in agreement with the methodology adopted by the 7th CPC in computing the minimum WAGE. We give hereunder briefly the reasons thereof.
1. The retail prices of the commodities quoted by the Labour bureau is irrational, imaginary and even absurd in respect of certain articles at certain places. The Staff Side had objected to the adoption of those rates in its meeting with the Commission on 9th June, 2015.
2. The adoption of 12 monthly average of the retail prices is contrary to Dr. Aykroyd formula. Same is the case with the reduction effected by the Commission on housing and social obligation factors. The house rent allowance is not a full compensation of the expenditure incurred by an employee for obtaining an accommodation. Therefore, no reduction on that count in arriving at the minimum wage is permissible. We may cite the minimum wage computation made by the 3rd CPC in this regard, the employees were in receipt of HRA even at that time. But still the 3rd CPC, and rightly so, adopted the 7.5% as the factor for housing. In respect of the addition to be made for children education and social obligation as per the Supreme Court judgement, (25%) the Commission has reduced the percentage to 15% on the specious plea that the employees are separately given children education allowance. The Children education allowance is not a full reimbursement of the expenses one has to incur. After the liberalization of the Education Sector where private parties were allowed to set up universities and colleges, the expenses for education had increased heavily. No concession or allowance is granted to the employees for educating the children beyond the higher secondary levels. The earlier Pay Commission has only tried to compensate a little in the increasing cost of education and that too at the primary level, since even the Governmental institutions had started charging abnormal tuition and other fees.
3. The website maintained for the Agriculture Ministry depicts the retail prices of commodities which go into the basket of minimum wage computation. Even though the rates quoted by them vary from the real retail prices in the market, it provides a different picture. If one is to take the rates quoted by them for different cities and make an all India average of the prices as on 1.7.2015, it will work out to Rs. 10810. It will result in the computation of the minimum wage of Rs. 19880. Adding 25% for arriving at the MTS scale, it will rise to Rs. 24850. To convert the same as on 1.1.2016, 3% will be added as suggested by the 7th CPC. The final computation will be Rs. 25,596, when rounded off shall be Rs. 26000.
4. The Andhra Pradesh State Pay Commission in its report has taken the commodity prices at Rs. 9830.- as on 1.7.2013 which works out to a minimum wage of Rs. 18080. The wage of MTS will then be Rs. 22600 as on 1.7.2013, The Corresponding figure for 1.1.2016 shall be Rs. 26758, rounded off to Rs. 27000.
5. The Staff side had computed the minimum wage as on 1.1.2014 at Rs. 26,000, taking the commodity price at Rs. 11344. The rates were taken on the basis of the actual retail prices in the market as on 1.1.2014 (average prices of 8 Cities in the country) substantiated by the documentary evidence of Cash bill obtained from the concerned vendors. As on 1.12016, the minimum wage work out to Rs. 29339, rounded off to Rs. 30,000.
6. The 5th CPC adopted the rate of growth in the economy (as reflected in the increase in the per capita net national produce at factor cost) over a period of ten years to arrive at the increase required to be made to arrive at the minimum wage. The per capita NNP at factor cost
registered an increase of 65.28% over a period of ten years in 2013-14. If we apply the same percentage to the emoluments (Pay +DA) as on 1.1.2016 (assuming that DA will be 125% as on that date), the minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 for an MTS will have to be Rs. 26030, rounded off to Rs. 27000.
7. In para 4.2.9 of the report, the Commission has given a table depicting the percentage increase provided by the successive Pay Commissions, according to which the 2nd CPC had made a paltry increase of 14.2%. The 3rd CPC gave a rise of 20.6, 4th 27.6, 5th 31.0 and 6th CPC 54%. While the percentage increase had been in ascending order all along, the 7th CPC has sought to reverse that trend ostensibly for reasons unknown. It was the meager increase of 14% provided for by the 2ndCPC that triggered the volatile situation in the civil service and led to all India strike encompassing all employees which lasted for 5 days in 1960. We do not know whether the 7 CPC really intend to create such a scenario once again.
8. In the case of Bank, Insurance and many other Public Sector Undertakings wage revision takes place once in 5 years. In the recently concluded agreement, Bank employees were provided more than 15% increase.
9. After the implementation of the Pay Commissions Report the AP State Employees have been given a wage structure based on a minimum wage far above the level of Central Government employees. In their case also wage revision does take place once in 5 years.
It could be seen from the above that the computation of minimum wage by the 7 CPC is prima facie wrong and computed on untenable premises and incorrect data. The minimum wage therefore requires re-computation and revision. Once the minimum wage gets revised, the fitment formula, the multiplication factor applied for determining the pay levels and the pay matrix itself will have to consequently revised.
Determination of Pay Level Minimum
It is seen that the 7th CPC has applied varying multiplication factors for different pay levels. The 6th CPC has taken the emoluments in the private sector to hike the salary of officers by applying different yardstick to compute the pay bands disturbing the vertical relativity while the 7th CPC has further accentuated the gap of differences in wages between officers and employees. This being unacceptable we urge upon adoption of uniform multiplication factor for determining pay levels.
2. Revise the pay matrix basing upon the revised minimum wage and rounding off the stages to the next hundred. Accept the suggestion made by the Staff Side in its memorandum to 7 CPC for de-layering viz. to abolish the pay levels pertaining to GP 1900, 2400 and 4600.
In our memorandum to 7th CPC the staff side had requested for de-layering by abolition of Grade Pay of Rs 1900, 2400 & 4600. The pay levels pertaining to GP 1900, 2400 and 4600 may be abolished and merged with the next higher levels.
3. Revise the rate of increment to 5 % and Grant two increments in the feeder cadre levels as promotion benefit.
The rate of increment has been pegged down to 3% by the 7th CPC. At this rate an employee will not be able to double his pay even after 30 years. The demand of the staff side to increase the rate of increment to 5% to be accepted.
Promotion from one cadre to another is a rare phenomenon in government services especially in lower grades. If one to be awarded only an increment amounting to 3% of pay, it might not become a sought after affair and will in fact act as a de-motivating factor. This apart, in most of the Govt. Departments, promotion is followed by posting to a different location. Those who are posted to unclassified cities or from Metro cities to towns will financially suffer due to such mandatory transfer on promotion. This is because of the fact that the rate HRA, Transport Allowance etc. vary from one station to another. The financial benefit on promotion must be, therefore, at least two increments i.e. 10% of the pay.
4.Fill up all vacant posts by holding special recruitment drive
5. MACP to be treated as financial up-gradation, without any grading stipulation; to be provided on the basis of the promotional cadre hierarchy of the concerned department; increase the number of MACP to five on completion of 8, 15,21,26 and 30th years of service. Reject the Efficiency Bar stipulation made by 7th CPC. Personnel promoted on the basis of Examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre.
6. Upgrade the LDCs in all departments as UDCs for it is stated by the Commission that the Government has stopped recruiting personnel to this cadre.
The cadre of LDC, after the introduction of MTS has presently overlapping functions. Most of the specific functions have also become obsolete on introduction of computerized diarizing and maintenance register. There is no specific need for this cadre in any of the offices. While future recruitment can be stopped, which the government has conveyed to the Commission, what has to be done to the existing cadre is not mentioned. It is therefore necessary that the existing incumbents be promoted as UDCs by upgrading all posts of LDC as UDCs.
7a) Parity to be ensured for all Stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all the organized Accounts cadres with Central Sectt. By upgrading their pay scales (and not by downgrading the pay scales of the CSS)
b) Drivers in all Government offices to be granted pay scale on par with the drivers of the Lok Sabha
The question of Parity, as has been rightly mentioned by 7th CPC, is a settled matter. It is the Department of Personnel which the cadre controlling Department for CSS cadre that unsettles the parity every time. The recommendation to downgrade the CSS is however not acceptable. What is required is to grant higher pay levels at par with CSS ministerial and stenographer cadres and other similarly placed cadres in the field/subordinate offices and IA&AD & Organized Accounts cadres.
8. To remove existing anomaly, the annual increment date may be 1st January for those recruited prior to 30th June and 1st July in respect of those recruited prior to 31st December.
9.Wage of Central Government Employees be revised in every 5 years
10. Treat the GDS as Civil Servant and grant them all pay, allowances and benefits granted to regular employees on Pro -rata basis
11. Contract/casual and daily rated workers to be regularized against the huge vacancies existing in various Government offices.
12. Introduce PLB in all departments. All existing bilateral agreement on PLB must continue to be in operation
13Revise the pension and other retirement benefits as under: -
(a) Parity between the past and present pensioners to be brought about on the basis of the 7thCPC recommendations with the modification that basis of computation to be the pay level of the post / grade/ scale of pay from which one retired; whichever is beneficial.
(b) Pension to be 60% of the last pay drawn in the case of all eligible persons who have completed the requisite number of years of service.
(c) The family pension to be 50% of the last pay drawn.
(d) Enhance the pension and family pension by 5% after every five years and 10% on attaining the age of 85 and 20% on attaining the age of 90.
(e) Commuted value of pension to be restored after 10 years or attaining the age of 70, whichever is earlier. Gratuity calculation to be on the basis of 25 days in the month as against 30 days as per the Gratuity Act.
(f) Fixed medical allowance for those pensioners not covered by CGHS and REHS to be increased to Rs.2000 p.m.
(g) Provide one increment on the last day in service if the concerned employee has completed six months or more from the date of grant of last increment.
14 Exclude the Central Government employees from the ambit of the National Pension Scheme (NPS) and extend the defined benefit pension scheme to all those recruited after 1.1.2004
15 In the absence of any recommendation made by 7 CPC, the Government must withdraw the stipulated ceiling on compassionate appointments
16 Revise the following allowances/advances as under in place of the recommendations made by the 7th CPC:
The 7th CPC has recommended to abolish large number of allowances and interest free advances without going into the exact relevance in certain departments where the allowances are provided for. The allowances which are stated to be subsumed and which are clubbed with others also require consideration. If these allowances are withdrawn, it might affect adversely the very functioning of the Department itself in certain emergent situation. Of the allowances mentioned in the report for abolition, we have mentioned hereunder those pertaining to civilian employees which require to be retained.
In respect of advances the Commission appears to have taken a shylock view of the matter. Most of the under mentioned advances are required to meet out contingencies which the employees cannot manage to organize. These advances are, therefore, to be retained.
(a) Retain the rate of house rent allowance in place of the recommendation of the Commission to reduce it.
(b)Restructure the transport allowance into two slabs at Rs. 7500 and 3750 with DA thereof
removing all the stipulated conditions.
(c). Fixed conveyance allowance: This allowance had no DA component at any stage. This allowance must be enhanced to 2.25 times with 25% DA thereon as and when the DA crosses 50%
(d) Restore the island Special duty allowance and the Tripura Special compensatory remote locality allowance.
(e)The special duty allowance in NE Region should be uniform for all at 30%
(f) Overtime allowance whenever sanction must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee
(g) Cash handling /Treasury allowance. The assumption that every transaction in Government Departments are through the bank is not correct. There are officials entrusted to collect cash and therefore the cash handling allowance to be retained.
(h)Qualification Pay to be retained.
(i) Small family norms allowances;
(j) Savings Bank allowance
(k) Outstation allowance
(l) P.O. & RMS. Accountants special allowance.
(m) Risk allowance
(n) Break-down allowance.
(o) Night patrolling allowance.
(p) Special Compensatory hill area allowance.
(q) Special allowance for Navodaya Vidyalaya Staff.
(r) Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs. 32,400/- p a
(s) Nursing Allowance to be raised to 2.25 times of Rs 4800/-
(t) All fixed allowances must be raised to 2.25 times as per the principle enunciated by the Commission
(u) The erroneous statement in Para 9.2.5 to be corrected. Vide OM No. 13018/1/2009-Estt (L) dated 22.07.2009, DOP, P&W, the leave period for Child adoption has been increased to 180
(v). Restore the allowances abolished for the reason that it is either not reported or mentioned in the Report by the Commission
Restore the following advances and revise the same to 3 times.
(a). Natural calamity advance;
(b). Festival Advance
(c). LTC and TA advances
(d). Medical advance
(e). Education advance.
(f). Vehicle advances including cycle advance
18. The stipulation made by the 7th CPC to grant only 80% of salary for the second year of CCL be rejected and the existing provisions may be retained
19.50% of the CGEIS premium to be paid by the Government in respect of Group B and C employees.
20 Health insurance to be introduced in addition to CGHS/REHS and CCS(MA) benefits and the premium to be paid by the Government and the employee equally.
21Reject the recommendations concerning PRIS
22Full pay and allowances to be provided for the entire period of WRII.
23The conditions stipulated in clause (4) & (5) under Para 9.2.37 be removed
24 Reject the recommendation made by the 7th CPC in Para 8.16.9 to 8.16.14 concerning dress allowance to PBOR as otherwise the five Ordnance Equipment factories under OFB will have to be closed down
25 Set up a Group of Ministers’ Committee to consider the anomalies including the disturbance of the existing horizontal and vertical relativities at the National level and Departmental/Ministry level with provision for referring the disputed issues to the Board of Arbitration under the JCM scheme
26 To increase the promotional avenue for Technical and other Supervisory staff.