Tuesday, 25 February 2014

KNOW ABOUT - Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARGESS)

KNOW ABOUT - Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARGESS)

JUSTIFICATION SUBMITTED BY NFIR TO SCRAP NEW PENSION SCHEME

JUSTIFICATION SUBMITTED BY NFIR TO SCRAP NEW PENSION SCHEME

Monday, 24 February 2014

50% DA MERGER - Impact of Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay


Any possible to convert 50% of dearness allowance to dearness pay..!

Everyone's pointing fingers at "Parliament Election"...! 



50% of dearness allowance had been merged with basic pay for Central Government Employees and Pensioners with effect from 1.4.2004. This was followed the recommendation of 5th Central Pay Commission and the Union Government had decided to merge 50% of dearness allowance with baisc pay and issued orders on 1.3.2004.  (61% - 50% = 11%) 50% of dearness allowance merged with basic pay and remaining 11% had been issued as normal dearness allowance with effect from 1.1.2004.


Example : An employee's Basic Pay had revised as under on 1.1.2004 after 50 % DA merged with basic pay...


Basic PayDearness allowance 61%TotalBasic PayDearness PayRemaining percentage of Dearness allowance 11%TotalDifference

4000

2440

6440

4000

2000

660

6660

220




[And the next instalment of additional dearness allowance from 1.7.2004 declared as 3%, then the total dearness allowance went up to 14%. When implementation of 6th CPC, the above employee's basic pay was 4200 as on 1.1.2006, it just multiply with 1.86 and add with corresponding grade pay.]

Everybody thinking as more benefit on 50% of DA merge with basic pay...not like that..!


It is essential to CG Employees, of course for others, getting from some other way in hike in regular income...

For Example, an employee's basic pay Rs.10000 as on 1.1.2011, after merging of 50% dearness allowance the calculation is clearly shows the difference only 50 rupees per month...


Basic PayDearness allowance 51%TotalBasic PayDearness PayRemaining percentage of DA 1%TotalDifference

10,000

5100

15100

10000

5000

150

15150

50




"Note that the 50% of Dearness allowance will not merged with basic pay, instead of the amount showing only as 'Dearness Pay'. This amount will pay upto only the date of implementation of 7th pay commission. 

This is only as a advance hike for all employees before the implementation of 7th CPC. 


When fixation of pay on the recommendations of 7th CPC on 1.1.2016 according to the revised pay rules, the amount of ‘basic pay’ will be taken without dearness pay. 


For example, approximately basic pay of the above employee will be 12,250 as on 1.1.2016 . This amount only will be taken as Basic Pay for the calculation of pay fixation against the amount of 18,375. 


The enhanced amount will be given for us as ‘Interim Relief’ for the period between announcement and implementation...It is not at all merged with ‘Basic Pay’..!

We can hear, what about hike in HRA and other entitlements...

The rate of HRA is provided according to the cities, like 10, 20 and 30%. Don't think all Central Govt Employees are getting 30%. And one more important points is the percentage hike in HRA will not applicable to those who are living in Government Quarters. In major metropolitan cities, thousands of employees are residing with Government Accommodation. They will pay more as HRA to Government and they don’t bother about increasing in HRA. 

Transport Allowance is providing according to their GP and classified cites, the amount is vary from 400 to 3200 plus DA thereon. The DA amount may decrease when 50% of DA merged with basic pay. 

So, ultimately hike in Basic pay only the factor is more beneficial in DA Merger.

But in 6th CPC there was no recommendation to convert dearness allowance as dearness pay each time the CPI increase by 50% over the base index recommended in pay commission report. 

All Central Government employees federations are showing maximum effort to achieve the demand of "Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay" at this time. 

 Federations sources said, there will be chance to announce before March...!
Source: 90paisa

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Regulation of pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 – Dopt Orders

No.6/3/2013-Estt (Pay-I) 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 6th February, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Regulation of pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965. 
  
The undersigned is directed to say that the following penalties prescribed in the Rule 11 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, have a bearing on the pay of the officer:

11. Penalties
Minor Penalties – 
(iii a) reduction to a lower stage in the time-scale of pay by one stage for a period not exceeding three years, without cumulative effect and not adversely affecting his pension. 
(iv) withholding of increments of pay;

Major Penalties – 
(v) save as provided for in clause (iii) (a), reduction to a lower stage in the time- scale of pay for a specified period, with further directions as to whether or not the Government servant will earn increments of pay during the period of such reduction and whether on the expiry of such period, the reduction Will or will not have the effect of postponing the future increments of his pay

(vi) reduction to lower time-scale of pay, grade, post or Service for a period to be specified in the order of penalty, which shall be a bar to the promotion of the Government servant during such specified period to the time-scale of pay, grade, post or Service from which he was reduced, with direction as to whether or not, on promotion on the expiry of the said specified period –

(a) the period of reduction to time-scale of pay, grade, post or service shall operate to postpone future increments of his pay, and if so, to what extent; and

(b) the Government servant shall regain his original seniority in the higher time scale of pay , grade, post or service;

2. Consequent upon implementation of the recommendations of 6 th CPC under the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 pay scale of a post/grade for below HAG level means the Pay Band and Grade Pay specified for that post. Under the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 a Pay Band may cover Government servants in more than one Grade Pay or posts in the hierarchy. As per Rule 9 of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, the rate of increment in the revised pay structure is 3% of the sum of the pay in the Pay Band arid Grade Pay applicable, which is to be rounded off to the next multiple of 10. Further, as per Rule 10 of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, there is now a uniform date of increment, that is, lst July of the year.

3. The mode of implementation of these penalties has been clarified to individual Ministries/Departments wherever references have been received. It is now proposed to issue detailed guidelines on the issue. The regulation of pay on imposition of these penalties is in the subsequent pants:

A. Reduction to a lower stage of pay by one stage (Rule 11( iii a)

On imposition of a penalty under this Rule, the pay would be fixed at the next lower stage in the Pay Band. In other words, in case of reduction by one stage, the revised pay would be the pay drawn in the Pay Band at the stage before the last increment. Grade Pay attached to the post would remain unchanged. The pay will be fixed by reversing the mode of allowing increments given in Rule 9 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008. The formula would be:-

Reduced Pay In Pay Band = {(Pay in Pay Band+ Grade Pay) x 100/103} less (Grade Pay) (rounded off to next 10) 
Pay would be Pay in Pay Band as above + Grade Pay

B. Withholding of increment {Rule 11(iv)} 

As the uniform date of increment now is 1st July, on imposition of a penalty of withholding of increment, the increment(s) due on the 1st of July falling after the date of imposition of the penalty would be withheld. In case where penalty of withholding of more than one increment is imposed, increments due on 1st of Juty in the subsequent years would similarly be withheld. The increment would be restored at the end of the period for which the penalty is imposed.

This also applies to cases where the penalty is imposed for part of a year. For instance, if the penalty of withholding of the increment for six months is imposed on a Government servant in April 2013, then the increment falling due on 1.7.2013 will be withheld for a period of six months, that is, till 31.12.2013. The increment would be released w.e.f. 1.1.2014. In this case the next increment falling due on 1.7.2014 will also be allowed.

C. Reduction to a lower stage in the time-scale of pay for a specified periodfRule 11(v)} 
The process of imposition of penalty of reduction by one stage under Rule 11(iii a) explained above shall be repeated for every additional stage of reduction by taking the pay arrived at notionally as pay for the second reduction, and so on. Grade Pay shall remain unchanged.

NOTE 1: It is not permissible to impose a penalty under this rule if the pay after imposition of the penalty would fall below the minimum of the Pay Band attached to the post.

NOTE 2: A Pay Band may cover Government servants in different Grade Pays or holding posts at several levels in the hierarchy. It needs to be kept in mind that reduction to lower pay scale or grade is a distinct penalty, under Rule 11(vi).Therefore, while imposing a penalty of reduction to a lower stage in the time-scale of pay under Rule 11(v) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, Disciplinary Authorities should weigh all factors before deciding upon the quantum of penalty, i.e., the number of stages by which the pay is to be reduced.

D. Reduction to lower time-scale of pay under Rule 11(vi) 
As a result of imposition of a penalty of reduction to lower time-scale of pay, the pay of the Government servant would be reduced to the stage of pay he /she would have drawn had he/she continued in the lower post for the period of penalty. The mode of fixation of pay in this case is similar to reversing the mode of fixation of pay on promotion. Therefore, both pay in Pay Band and Grade Pay would be reduced.

However, Disciplinary Authority has the power, in terms of FR 28, to indicate the pay which the Government servant on whom a penalty of reduction in rank has been imposed, would draw. The Government servant will be entitled to the Grade Pay of the post to which he has been reduced. Thus, the power of the Disciplinary Authority under FR 28 is limited to indicating the pay in the Pay Band applicable to the lower rank/post.

In some cases imposition of a penalty under Rule 11(vi) may also involve a change in Pay Band. For instance a Government servant holding a post in PB-2 with Grade pay of Rs.4200/- may be reduced to a post in PB-1 with Grade Pay of Rs.2800/-

It may also be noted that a Government servant cannot be reduced in rank to a post not held earlier by him in the cadre. For example, an LDC who qualifies as Assistant as a Direct Recruit and is later promoted as Section Officer cannot be reduced to the rank of LDC but only to that of an Assistant.

4. Some illustrations on pay fixation in above types of cases are annexed.

Sd/- 
(Mukesh Chaturvedi) 
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India 

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/6_3_2013-Estt.Pay-I-06022014.pdf

Representation of SC, ST, OBC, Minorities and the Women on Selection Board / Committees.

F.No.42011/2/2014-Estt.(Res)
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel &Training 

New Delhi, dated the 13th February, 2014 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: Representation of SC, ST, OBC, Minorities and the Women on Selection Board / Committees. 

The undersigned is directed to draw attention of the Ministries/Departments to this Department's O.M. No.42011/15/1995-Estt(SCT) dated 1lth July, 1995. Para 2 provided as follows:- 
" 2. In partial modification of the above instructions it has now been decided that wherever a Selection Committee Board exists or has to be constituted for making recruitment to ten or more vacancies in Group 'C' or Group 'D' posts or services it shall be mandatory to have one Member belonging to SC/ST/OBC and one Member belonging to Minority Community in such Committees/Boards. Further, one of the Members of the Selection Committees Boards whether from the general category or from the minority community or from SC, ST,OBC should be a lady failing which a lady member should be co opted on the Committee Board. It may please be ensured that where the number of vacancies against which the selection is to be made is less than ten no effort should be spared in finding SC/ST/OBC officer, minority community officer and a lady officer as explained in para (2) for inclusion in such Committees/Boards. " 

 2. The matter has been reviewed and in partial modification of above instructions, it has now been decided that wherever a Selection Committee/Board exist or has to be constituted for making recruitment to 10 or more vacancies in any level of posts or services, it shall be mandatory to have one Member belonging to SC/ST, one Member belonging to OBC category and one Member belonging to Minority Community in such Committees/Boards. Further, one of the members of the Selection Committees/Board, whether from the general category or from the minority community or from the SC/ST/OBC community should be a lady failing which a lady member should be co-opted on the Committee Board. It may also be ensured that where the number of vacancies against which selection is to be made is less than ten, no effort should be spared in finding the SC/ST, OBC officer and the Minority Committee Officer and a lady officer, for inclusion in such Committees Boards.

3. Similar instructions in Public Sector Undertakings and Financial Institutions including Public Sector Banks will be issued by Department of Public Enterprises and Ministry of Finance respectively. 

Sd/-
(Sandeep Mukherjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India 

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/42011_2_2014-Estt.-Res.pdf

Guidelines regarding change of cadre of Indian Administrative Service Officers appointed against vacancies reserved for Physically Handicapped (PH) category.



No.13017/16/2003-AIS-I (Pt) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 14th February, 2014 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Sub: Guidelines regarding change of cadre of Indian Administrative Service Officers appointed against vacancies reserved for Physically Handicapped (PH) category. 

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject cited above and to say that change of cadre of Indian Administrative Service Officers is governed by Rule 5(2) of the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954 and guidelines as contained in DOPT's O.M. No. 13017/16/2003-AIS (I) dated 08.11.2004. 

2. This Department has been receiving requests from IAS officers appointed against vacancies reserved for physically handicapped candidates for change of their cadre to a preferred cadre including their home cadre on the grounds of hardship. Therefore, a need has been felt to have a suitable policy by allowing separate dispensation for PH category officers in the matter of change of cadre. 

3. Accordingly, the Competent Authority has approved the following guidelines for change of cadre of Indian Administrative Service Officers appointed against vacancies reserved for Physically Handicapped (PH) category, with immediate effect:- 

A request/application for change of cadre by an IAS officer appointed against a vacancy reserved for PH category has to be made to the DoPT through the parent cadre/LBSNAA as the case may be so as to reach DoPT within three months from the date of notification of the cadre allocation in the official website of the DoPT. Along with application, documents in support of the ground(s) in which cadre change is sought, should also be enclosed. An 'advance copy' of the application must be sent to DoPT directly by the officer along with enclosures. 

(ii) In the said application, the officer appointed against vacancies reserved for PH Category while applying for change of cadre is required to indicate along with his/her request, a minimum of three states, in the immediate proximity / neighbourhood of their Home State, to which they would like to be transferred, in order of priority. The proximity or neighborhood as mentioned would mean States which are geographically contiguous to the home state of the officer. In the absence of three such contiguous states, the state(s) closest to the home state in terms of distance would be admissible. 

(iii) The Government may, on a case to case basis and taking into account [based on the report of a medical board] the extreme hardship faced by an IAS officer appointed against a vacancy reserved for PH category, permit his/her transfer to a cadre in the immediate neighbourhood / proximity of his/her Home State for the purpose of mitigating such hardship. No such transfer to the Home State of the officer shall be permitted. 

(iv) In case the transfer is agreed to 'in principle' by the Government (DoPT), the concurrence of the concerned State Governments shall be sought, as per the order of preference cited by the officer. In case none of the preferred states are willing, the Central Government may, after consulting another neighboring State Government willing to accept the officer, may affect such transfer. The decision of the Central Government on the selection of State / Cadre shall be final and binding on the officer. 

(v) These guidelines will be implemented with prospective effect. However, the officers already appointed to IAS against vacancies reserved for PH category and suffering extreme hardship in the cadre allocated, shall be given one-time option to exercise their choice for change of cadre under these guidelines within three months of the date of notification of these guidelines in the DoPT's web site. Such application should be made through the cadre where the officers are allocated presently. 

(4) The provisions of DOPT's O.M. No. 13017/16/2003-AIS-I dated the 8th November 2004 regarding change of cadre of All India Service officers will stand modified to the above extent. 


Sd/-
(Narendra Gautam)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/13017_16_2003-AIS-I-Pt.-14022014.pdf

Kendriya Vidyalayas set to switch to 5-day week for primary classes



All Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across the country are likely to switch to a five-day week for primary classes (up to Class 5) from the new academic session.


The proposal for a five-day week to “give space for students to pursue self-learning as per their aptitude and interest” is set to be taken up by the Board of Governors of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on Tuesday. Officials said the board was likely to clear the move. However, a proposal to cut the working hours of KV teachers was unlikely to be passed, said sources.


HRD Minister Pallam Raju chairs the board, while Minister of State Jitin Prasada is a member. The proposal to switch to a five-day schedule is in keeping with the Right to Education Act. The proposal was first mooted by the KVs in 2012, but was rejected.


“There should be no objection to a five-day week for primary students as the KVs will still be able to meet the 200 school days requirement mandated under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The schools will also be able to meet the stipulated minimum teaching hours requirement under the Act. So there is little argument to subject the younger children to an extra day at school,” said an official.


The KVs have increased working hours for teachers from 6 hours 10 minutes to 7 hours 30 minutes, as stipulated under the RTE Act. Teachers have opposed the decision.


Source:http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/kendriya-vidyalayas-set-to-switch-to-5-day-week-for-primary-classes/

10 Signs You're A Bad Employee

sleeping on job

Confidence and self-esteem in the workplace can go a long way. Too much of either, though, and you may end up being the dreaded "problem employee."

If you've got an inflated sense of self-worth or are just ignorant of how your bosses and co-workers perceive you, you could be dragging your team down without even realizing it.

Want to find out if you're the office outcast? Take a look at the list below. 

1. You're always late.

Maybe you just happen to move slowly in the morning, the line at your favorite lunch place adds 10 minutes to your break, or important calls seem to always come up before meetings. Whatever the case, rationalizing it won't help your reputation. Habitually poor time management will make your boss see you as selfish, disrespectful, unreliable, and disorganized. 

2. You make a lot of excuses.

People take notice when your excuses for why you can't do something outnumber the times you successfully do your work. And if problems you can't solve do arise during the day, communicate them to your boss and colleagues immediately and honestly.

3. You complain about unexpected assignments.

Nobody likes the surprise of extra work, but if you regularly communicate your dissatisfaction with grumbling or even an explicit denial of the assignment, you will be labeled as someone with a poor work ethic.

4. You love to gossip.


Getting the inside scoop on your colleagues can be hard to resist, and sharing all your problems with coworkers can be cathartic. But after time, rumors and complaints will be associated with you, and you will lose the respect of your peers.

5. You're convinced you're the smartest person in the office.

Let's just assume that you are as brilliant as you think you are; you're still part of a team. And arrogant employees who don't respect the corporate hierarchy aren't going to last very long.

6. You don't believe in your company's mission or values.

If you're regularly making snarky remarks about what your employer stands for, your colleagues will likely have a hard time trusting your judgment on decisions. If you separate yourself from your company, then your employer is going to catch on and could separate from you. 

7. You're noticeably less productive than your colleagues.

If your boss seems to be spending more time with you than your coworkers, and these colleagues are constantly having to assist you, your employer may eventually determine that trying to improve your performance is a waste of time and money.

8. Your colleagues clearly don't enjoy working with you.

If it seems like coworkers aren't making eye contact with you or are uncomfortable when working with you on a project, it may actually be because they are afraid of you, or at least categorize you as a bad team-player. If you're too aggressive or pushy, you'll come to be seen as a "lone wolf" that no one wants to deal with.

9. You find yourself regularly apologizing to clients — or having your boss do it for you.

Everyone makes mistakes, but if it seems like your customers are regularly dissatisfied with your work, your employer is going to start seeing you as a danger to the company.

10. You can't take "no" for an answer.


If you find yourself defending your idea even after everyone has expressed he or she disagrees with it, you'll start to be seen as a troublemaker. Sometimes you just need to let things go for the sake of the team.

Source - sfgate

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Govt likely to increase and merge dearness allowance with basic pay



NEW DELHI: The government may increase and merge dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay with the Union Cabinet expected to include the proposal as part of the terms of reference of the 7th pay commission. 

The move will facilitate announcement of interim relief to more than 50 lakh government employees and 30 lakh pensioners by the newly-constituted pay commission before the code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls come into force. 

Central government employees unions have been demanding that besides raising DA to 100%, the government should revise the pay and merge DA with basic pay, considering market inflation and price hike of essential commodities.

As per practice, DA is merged with basic pay when it breaches the 50% mark. DA merger helps employees as their other allowances are paid as a proportion of basic pay. 

An official said if merger of 50% DA with basic pay was decided, it could lead to hike in salary by around 30-35%. He added that there were instances of announcing interim relief to employees apart from DA by a newly constituted pay commission prior to their implementation. 

Merger of 50% DA with basic pay was done in the 5th pay commission, but the 6th commission did not recommended it. 

The Centre is expected to announce next month a hike in dearness allowance by 10% which would make it 100% of basic pay. It will be the second double digit DA hike in a row as the government had announced a hike of 10% in September last year, effective from July 1, 2013. 

An official said hike in DA will not be less than 10% and would be effective from January 1 this year.
Source..times of india

Good News - Transport Allowance at double the Normal Rates to Deaf and Dumb Employees

Transport Allowance at double the Normal Rates to Deaf and Dumb Employees

No.21(2)12011-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 19th February, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject- Grant of Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees – Extension of benefit of Transport Allowance at double the Normal Rates to Deaf and Dumb Employees – Implementation of the Order of the Apex Court – regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to Order dated 12th December, 2013 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 107/2011 of Deaf Employees Welfare Association & Another v/s Union of India & Others, and to say that in compliance of the said judgement of the Apex Court, it has been decided to extend the benefit of Transport Allowance, as admissible to blinds and orthopaedically handicapped employees in terms of para 2 (i) of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No.21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August, 2008, to deaf and dumb employees of the Central Government also, with immediate effect, subject to the condition that the recommendation of the Head of ENT Department of a Government Civil Hospital is received by the Head of Department and fulfilment of other conditions mentioned in Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M.No, 19029/1/78-E IV(B) dated 31st August, 1978 read with O.M. dated 29.08.2008.
2. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, this Order issues in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
sd/-
(Subhash Chand)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/ta_ota/TA_DeafDumb19022014.pdf]

Central Gov. Employee - Bonanza for central govt staff likely to the end of February


To woo central government employees ahead of the general elections, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is expected to ask the Seventh Pay Commission to consider merging 50 per centdearness allowance (DA) with basic pay of employees. This will form part of the terms of reference (ToR) for the Commission, to be considered by the Cabinet this week.

According to officials, the Pay Commission’s ToR categorically states a proposal in this regard should be actively considered.

The increases will be even more appealing as the Centre is expected to increase the DA by 10 per cent to 100 per cent by the end of February. Usually, the DA is merged with basic pay when the former goes beyond 50 per cent. It is 90 per cent now, but has not been merged so far.

Assuming an employee gets Rs 100 as basic pay and Rs 100 as DA at present, the basic will rise to Rs 150, even if 50 per cent allowance is merged. . A higher basic pay will also impact the house rent allowance (HRA) of employees as it is calculated at 30 per cent of the basic pay for central government employees.

DA is linked to the consumer price index (industrial workers). The government uses CPI-IW data of the past 12 months to arrive at a quantum for calculating any DA hike. The allowance will be announced from January. As such, the retail inflation for industrial workers between January 1 to December 31, 2013 would be used to take a final call on the matter. The average inflation during this period had stood at 10.66 per cent.

Earlier this month, the government had constituted the Pay Commission under the chairmanship of former Supreme Court Judge Ashok Kumar Mathur.

The other members of the panel are Petroleum Secretary Vivek Rae (full-time member), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Director Rathin Roy (part-time member) and Officer on Special Duty in the Expenditure Department Meena Agarwal (Secretary).

The Commission’s recommendations would be implemented from January 1, 2016, officials said. However, it may recommend interim relief as well, they added.

The Commission’s recommendations will directly benefit almost five million employees and three million pensioners. Employees of state governments, which will adopt the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will also benefit.

Some officials said the Cabinet is also expected to consider another proposal to modify the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme for minorities, which will enable allocation of at least 15 per cent of the total funds for welfare of minorities in major programmes such as National Rural Health Mission, Rashtriya Mahila Shiksha Abhiyan, Employment and Skill Development.

Source - business-standard

Monday, 17 February 2014

Defence budget hiked 10 per cent, government accepts 'one rank, one pension'


Defence budget hiked 10 per cent, government accepts 'one rank, one pension'

Defence budget hiked 10 per cent, government accepts 'one rank, one pension'

New Delhi: The Centre today announced that it has accepted the "one rank, one pension" principle for the forces as part of a 10 per cent hike in the defence budget, a decision that the ruling Congress hopes will win it the support of lakhs of soldiers ahead of the national election, due by May.

In his interim budget speech, Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced that the defence budget was being raised to Rs. 2,24,000 crore.

"Rs. 500 crore will be transferred in 2014-15 for implementing the one rank one pension decision," he added.

Under the "one rank, one pension" rule, retired soldiers of the same rank and length of service will receive the same pension, regardless of when they retire. Currently, pensioners who retired before 2006 receive less pension than their counterparts, even their juniors.

The mega announcement comes three days after Rahul Gandhi endorsed it after meeting a delegation of ex-servicemen last Friday. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the subject had been addressed comprehensively and he was confident that "our forces, officers and jawans will welcome the announcement." There are 14 lakh serving and 24 lakh retired military personnel in the country.

Rahul Gandhi is expected to address a rally of ex-servicemen in Uttarakhand on Saturday. 

The BJP welcomed the announcement on one rank, one pension for the forces, but party veteran Jaswant Singh, a former defence minister and a retired soldier, raised doubts about its implementation.

"This doesn't fully address the concerns of the forces. The budget helps UPA's politics more than the economy," Mr Singh told NDTV.

The Centre had earlier raised the subsidy cap on cooking gas cylinders from nine to 12, after Rahul Gandhi made an appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from a Congress party platform. 

The decades-old "one rank, one pension" demand has seen many protests by former soldiers; many decorated veterans have returned their medals and some have even gone on hunger strikes to fight for it.
Source..NDTV

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

GOOD News - Prime Minister Approves Composition of 7th Central Pay Commission of committee

Prime Minister Approves Composition of 7th Central Pay Commission Under the Chairmanship of Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal

The Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram has issued the following statement:

           “The Prime Minister has approved the composition of the 7th Central Pay Commission as follows:

1.         Shri Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur                            -                          Chairman           
            (Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired
            Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal)

2.         Shri Vivek Rae                                                             -                        Member (Full Time)
            (Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas)

3.         Dr. Rathin Roy                                                             -                        Member (Part Time)
            (Director, NIPFP)

4.         Smt. Meena Agarwal                                                   -                          Secretary
            (OSD, Department of Expenditure,
            Ministry of Finance)

Source - PIB

Monday, 3 February 2014

GOOD NEWS - Merger of 50 percent DA may soon be considered by Central Government – 38 लाख कर्मचारियों और 25 लाख पेंशनभोगियों को चुनावी सौगात!



50 फीसदी डीए को मूल वेतन में जल्द ही मर्ज करने की है तैयारी 



38 लाख कर्मियों, 25 लाख पेंशन- भोगियों को लुभाने की कवायद 



20 हजार करोड़ का अतिरिक्त बोझ पड़ेगा सरकारी खजाने पर 

Sources close to the Central Government Employees Federations told that Merger of 50% DA will soon be considered by Central Government before the budget session of Parliament in February 2014. According to the sources, the central government is likely to consider the central government employees demand for merging of 50 % DA, for the reason that the DA will be crossing 100% level after January 2014.

The rate of dearness allowance to be paid to govt servants has been increasing consistently due to the rise in the prices of essential commodities for the past two years. In 2011 the rate of DA was at 50 % level. Since then all the Federation demanded the central government to merge the 50 Percent DA with basic Pay. But the government did not accept this demand to merge the DA with basis pay, as it was not recommended by sixth CPC.
The demand would be considered in view of parliament elections

But federations kept on demanding the government that raising dearness allowance alone will not help to compensate the alarming rate of price rice. So they urged the government to consider their demand favorably. It is believed that after the defeat in the election of four state legislative councils, the UPA government has decided to reconsider about its decision on the issues which directly affects the common public. The high command of the ruling party thought that the reason for their defeat in the state election is mainly because of their government failed to contain the price rise. The gap between common public and UPA government has been considerably increased. To correct these failures the UPA government decides to do something to attract the voters.

After announcing the government’s proposal to constitute the 7th pay commission, the community of central government employees has been convinced to have soft view on this government. Further the 50 lakh central government employees would be made happy if the 50% DA is merged with Basic Pay. It is told that , as the central government staff association and federations demanding it very seriously, in case the government decides go with this demand, there will be around one crore voters will be in favour of UPA government. So the government may consider the demand of merging of 50% DA with basic Pay in view of forthcoming Parliament elections.
Allowances will have no impact on merging DA with basic Pay

The sources, associated with National Council JCM, said that the government initially was not willing to consider this demand as some allowance and advances have been raised by 25% whenever the DA crosses 50% level as per the sixth CPC recommendation. But federations insisted that the allowances, which are raised to 25 % level when DA crosses 50%, will have no impact on merging DA with basic pay. The only allowance will have an increase when Basic Pay increases are HRA. No other allowances will be increased and other entitlement of the respective Grade Pay will not be revised as the 50% DA to be merged will be kept under separate component like it was treated in 5CPC as Dearness Pay. “There is no need to worry about financial implications, as the 50% DA will be paid by just changing its nomenclature as Dearness Pay”, said sources.
50% DA merger to be decalered before DA crosses 100%

Further, it has been informed that it is good enough for the government to announce its decision before declaring the next additional installment of DA. Because the AICPIN for Industrial workers for the Month of December 2013 is awaited to determine the rate of dearness allowance to be paid from January 2014.The result of last 11 months AICPIN shows that DA will definitely be raised by 10 % from existing 90% level. So the rate of DA will be 100% with effect from 1st January 2014. After the DA increased to 100%, the demand for 50% DA merger will have to change its avatar. Probably the demand would be for 100% DA merger. So the federations expect the government may consider 50% DA merger soon.

However, decision if any in this regard should be taken before the announcement of election for parliament. It is expected that election announcement for parliament will be made by the end of February 2014. Before that, the announcement of 50% DA merger is expected from central government.



केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारियों और पेंशनरों तथा इनके परिवारजनों के तकरीबन ढाई करोड़ वोटों पर अब सरकार की नजर है। तकरीबन 38 लाख कर्मचारियों और 25 लाख पेंशनभोगियों को लुभाने के लिए शीघ्र ही 50 फीसदी महंगाई भत्ता (डीए) को मूल वेतन में मर्ज करने की तैयारी है।

इसका फैसला अगले पखवाड़े हो सकता है। यदि ऐसा हुआ तो सरकारी खजाने पर लगभग 20,000 करोड़ रुपये का अतिरिक्त बोझ पड़ेगा।

इसे ट्रेड यूनियन से जुड़े पदाधिकारियों का दबाव कहें, रेलवे समेत सभी केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों के अनिश्चितकालीन हड़ताल की धमकी या फिर ढाई करोड़ वोटरों को लुभाने की कोशिश कहें, लेकिन सच्चाई यही है कि डीए मूल वेतन में मर्ज हो रहा है। तकरीबन 12 लाख कर्मचारियों का प्रतिनिधित्व करने वाले संगठन एआईआरएफ के महासचिव शिव गोपाल मिश्रा का कहना है कि पिछले दिनों ही उन्होंने इस बारे में प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय और वित्त मंत्रालय से पत्राचार किया है। वह इस सिलसिले में व्यय सचिव से भी मिले थे।
Source - railnewscenter.com