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Thursday, 30 June 2016

7th Pay Commission: Armed forces treated shoddily by Modi government, says Congress


DNA CORRESPONDENT | Wed, 29 Jun 2016-11:35pm , dna

Defence experts, decorated soldiers and retired Army chiefs have openly expressed their resentment, the Congress said. In a statement release by Congress on Wednesday, spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised One Rank-One Pension for the forces and resolution of all other issues armed forces personnel now but this entire rhetoric was a mere "jumla" (gimmick).

"Our frontline defence warriors, armed forces have been treated shabbily and shoddily by Modi government in implementing the 7th Pay Commission. Naturally, our defence personnel are feeling cheated and ignored leading to wide discontent," Surjewala said.

The statement released by Surjewala also said— "Defence experts, decorated soldiers and retired Army chiefs have openly expressed their resentment. According to one Ex-Army Chief, the Uniform Pay Matrix has not been implemented.

The Defence Pay Matrix in 7th Pay Commission has only 24 pay levels, on the other hand, the bureaucratic pay matrix has 40 levels. Due to this, not only the salary hike gets stagnated after some years of service, but the pensions which defence personnel draw is Rs 20,000 lower than civil employees after retirement. "The demand to provide allowances at par with civilian employees has also not been taken into account. Civilian employees are entitled to large number of allowances, which are not provided to defence personnel.
For example, a CRPF DIG posted in Leh, will get Rs 57,000 as part of allowance. Whereas, an Army Brigadier posted in the same region gets only Rs17,000 as allowance. "Another demand of military employees was to increase the Disability Pension at par with the civilian employees. While an Additional Secretary would get Rs 60,000 as disability pension, a Lt General of Armed Forces would get only Rs 27,000.

"There are less than 50 military allowances, compared to about 90 for civilian employees. Moreover, a large number of military allowances have been subsumed into a "risk-hardship matrix", in which every military posting gets a standard allowance based on the "risk" and "hardship" profile.

The Siachen Glacier, which has the highest degree of both risk and hardship, brings soldiers posted there an allowance of Rs 31,500 per month. In contrast a civilian bureaucrat from the All India Services draws 30 per cent of his salary as "hardship allowance" when posted anywhere outside what officials regard as a comfort zone. For example a senior IAS official posted in Guwahati will draw Rs 70,000 per month as "hardship allowance", compared to Rs31,500 per month drawn by military officers in Siachen.

"Modi ji promised one Rank One Pension for our Forces and resolution of all other issues, some of which are listed above. Armed personnel now realize that this entire rhetoric was a mere 'jumla'."

Central govt staff disappointed, call for strike on July 11

Expressing “serious disappointment” with the NDA government for not accepting modifications suggested by them, the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC), comprising 35 lakh Railway, Defence, Central government and Postal employees, has called for a strike on July 11.

“We have been pushed to the wall. The government has time till July 10 to reach a negotiated settlement with us,” Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convenor of NJAC, told reporters, seeking the Prime Minister’s intervention to quell “growing anger” among government employees.
Among other things, the NJAC is demanding higher minimum wages, restructuring of the National Pension Scheme, scrapping of the Bibek Debroy report on Railway restructuring, no FDI in Railways and Defence, regularisation of casual/contract workers. “Although there is justification of upward revision of minimum wage, the government has not done justice to the employees. Similarly, the multiplier factor has not adequately been revised,” said M Raghavaiah General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen. To decide the future course of action and prepare for the strike in “full swing”, the NJAC is slated to meet on June 30, M Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees, announced. In a statement issued earlier this month after giving strike notices, the NJAC had said that it had been wanting “meaningful negotiation and settlement” of the issues. But, except hearing the leaders, the empowered Committee of Secretaries did not go further. “It acted as if it was powerless,” it said.

Read at  http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/central-govt-staff-disappointed-call-for-strike-on-july-11/article8788825.ece

7th Pay Commission highlights: All you want to know about report in graphic detail Commission highlights: All you want to know about report in graphic detail

After finding mention in FM Arun Jaitley's Budget speech, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Cabinet is expected to pass the 7th Pay Commission report recommendations today including a bigger hike in basic pay than the nearly 15% recommended by the Commission for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners. The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. Among other things, as per the commission, interest-bearing Advances, only Personal Computer Advance and House Building Advance (HBA) have been retained. HBA ceiling has been increased to Rs 25 lakhs from the present Rs 7.5 lakhs. After considering the increase proposed in allowances, the hike in remunerations comes to 23.55 per cent.

The 7th Pay Commission report may become effective from January 1.

Here are the 7th Pay Commission report highlights:

1. Recommended Date of implementation: 01.01.2016

2. Minimum Pay: Based on the Aykroyd formula, the minimum pay in government is recommended to be set at Rs 18,000 per month.

3. Maximum Pay: Rs 2,25,000 per month for Apex Scale and Rs 2,50,000 per month for Cabinet Secretary and others presently at the same pay level.

4. Financial Implications:
a) The total financial impact in the FY 2016-17 is likely to be Rs 1,02,100 crore, over the expenditure as per the 'Business As Usual' scenario. Of this, the increase in pay would be Rs 39,100 crore, increase in allowances would be Rs 29,300 crore and increase in pension would be Rs 33,700 crore.
b) Out of the total financial impact of Rs 1,02,100 crore, Rs 73,650 crore will be borne by the General Budget and Rs 28,450 crore by the Railway Budget.
c) In percentage terms the overall increase in pay & allowances and pensions over the „Business As Usual‟ scenario will be 23.55 percent. Within this, the increase in pay will be 16 percent, increase in allowances will be 63 percent, and increase in pension would be 24 percent.
d) The total impact of the Commission‟s recommendations are expected to entail an increase of 0.65 percentage points in the ratio of expenditure on (Pay+Allowances+ Pension) to GDP compared to 0.77 percent in case of VI CPC.

5. New Pay Structure: Considering the issues raised regarding the Grade Pay structure and with a view to bring in greater transparency, the present system of pay bands and grade pay has been dispensed with and a new pay matrix has been designed. Grade Pay has been subsumed in the pay matrix. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the pay matrix.

6. Fitment: A fitment factor of 2.57 is being proposed to be applied uniformly for all employees.

7. Annual Increment: The rate of annual increment is being retained at 3 percent.

8. Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP): a. Performance benchmarks for MACP have been made more stringent from “Good” to “Very Good”. b. The Commission has also proposed that annual increments not be granted in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or for a regular promotion in the first 20 years of their service. c. No other changes in MACP recommended.

9. Military Service Pay (MSP): The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects of military service, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only. As before, Military Service Pay will be payable to all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. The current MSP per month and the revised rates recommended are as follows: Create your own infographics

10. Short Service Commissioned Officers: Short Service Commissioned Officers will be allowed to exit the Armed Forces at any point in time between 7 and 10 years of service, with a terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments. They will further be entitled to a fully funded one year Executive Programme or a M.Tech. programme at a premier Institute.

11. Lateral Entry/Settlement: The Commission is recommending a revised formulation for lateral entry/resettlement of defence forces personnel which keeps in view the specific requirements of organization to which such personnel will be absorbed. For lateral entry into CAPFs an attractive severance package has been recommended.

12. Headquarters/Field Parity: Parity between field and headquarters staff recommended for similar functionaries e.g Assistants and Stenos.

13. Cadre Review: Systemic change in the process of Cadre Review for Group A officers recommended.

14. Allowances: The 7th Pay Commission has recommended abolishing 52 allowances altogether. Another 36 allowances have been abolished as separate identities, but subsumed either in an existing allowance or in newly proposed allowances. Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix.
(a). Risk and Hardship Allowance: Allowances relating to Risk and Hardship will be governed by the newly proposed nine-cell Risk and Hardship Matrix, with one extra cell at the top, viz., RH-Max to include Siachen Allowance. The current Siachen Allowance per month and the revised rates recommended are as follows: This would be the ceiling for risk/hardship allowances and there would be no individual RHA with an amount higher than this allowance.
(b). House Rent Allowance: Since the Basic Pay has been revised upwards, the Commission recommends that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the new Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent respectively when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent. (c). In the case of PBORs of Defence, CAPFs and Indian Coast Guard compensation for housing is presently limited to the authorised married establishment hence many users are being deprived. The HRA coverage has now been expanded to cover all.
(d). Any allowance not mentioned in the report shall cease to exist.
(e). Emphasis has been placed on simplifying the process of claiming allowances.

15. Advances:
(a). All non-interest bearing Advances have been abolished.
(b). Regarding interest-bearing Advances, only Personal Computer Advance and House Building Advance (HBA) have been retained. HBA ceiling has been increased to Rs 25 lakhs from the present Rs 7.5 lakhs.

16. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS): The Rates of contribution as also the insurance coverage under the CGEGIS have remained unchanged for long. They have now been enhanced suitably. The following rates of CGEGIS are recommended:

17. Medical Facilities:
(a). Introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners has been recommended.
(b). Meanwhile, for the benefit of pensioners residing outside the CGHS areas, CGHS should empanel those hospitals which are already empanelled under CS (MA)/ECHS for catering to the medical requirement of these pensioners on a cashless basis.
(c). All postal pensioners should be covered under CGHS. All postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS.

18. Pension: The Commission recommends a revised pension formulation for civil employees including CAPF personnel as well as for Defence personnel, who have retired before 01.01.2016. This formulation will bring about parity between past pensioners and current retirees for the same length of service in the pay scale at the time of retirement. The past pensioners shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix being recommended by the Commission on the basis of Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level in the pay matrix. This amount shall be raised to arrive at the notional pay of retirees, by adding number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service at the rate of 3 percent.In the case of defence forces personnel this amount will include Military Service Pay as admissible. Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the new pension. An alternative calculation will be carried out, which will be a multiple of 2.57 times of the current basic pension.The pensioner will get the higher of the two.

19. Gratuity: Enhancement in the ceiling of gratuity from the existing Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity may be raised by 25 percent whenever DA rises by 50 percent.

20. Disability Pension for Armed Forces: The Commission is recommending reverting to a slab based system for disability element, instead of existing percentile based disability pension regime.

21. Ex-gratia Lump sum Compensation to Next of Kin: The Commission is recommending the revision of rates of lump sum compensation for next of kin (NOK) in case of death arising in various circumstances relating to performance of duties, to be applied uniformly for the defence forces personnel and civilians including CAPF personnel.

22. Martyr Status for CAPF Personnel: The Commission is of the view that in case of death in the line of duty, the force personnel of CAPFs should be accorded martyr status, at par with the defence forces personnel.

23. New Pension System: The Commission received many grievances relating to NPS. It has recommended a number of steps to improve the functioning of NPS. It has also recommended establishment of a strong grievance redressal mechanism.

24. Regulatory Bodies: The Commission has recommended a consolidated pay package of Rs 4,50,000 and Rs 4,00,000 per month for Chairpersons and Members respectively of select Regulatory bodies. In case of retired government servants, their pension will not be deducted from their consolidated pay. The consolidated pay package will be raised by

25 percent as and when Dearness Allowance goes up by 50 percent. For Members of the remaining Regulatory bodies normal replacement pay has been recommended. 25. Performance Related Pay: The Commission has recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of Central Government employees, based on quality Results Framework Documents, reformed Annual Performance Appraisal Reports and some other broad Guidelines. The Commission has also recommended that the PRP should subsume the existing Bonus schemes.

26. There are few recommendations of the Commission where there was no unanimity of view and these are as follows:
(i). The Edge: An edge is presently accordeded to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) at three promotion stages from Senior Time Scale (STS), to the Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) and the NFSG. is recommended by the Chairman, to be extended to the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).Vivek Rae, Member is of the view that financial edge is justified only for the IAS and IFS. Dr. Rathin Roy, Member is of the view that the financial edge accorded to the IAS and IFS should be removed.
(i)i. Empanelment: The Chairman and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, recommend that All India Service officers and Central Services Group A officers who have completed 17 years of service should be eligible for empanelment under the Central Staffing Scheme and there should not be “two year edge”, vis-à-vis the IAS. Shri Vivek Rae, Member, has not agreed with this view and has recommended review of the Central Staffing Scheme guidelines.
(ii)i. Non Functional Upgradation for Organised Group ‘A’ Services: The Chairman is of the view that NFU availed by all the organised Group `A‟ Services should be allowed to continue and be extended to all officers in the CAPFs, Indian Coast Guard and the Defence forces. NFU should henceforth be based on the respective residency periods in the preceding substantive grade. Shri Vivek Rae, Member and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, have favoured abolition of NFU at SAG and HAG level.
(iv). Superannuation: Chairman and Dr. Rathin Roy, Member, recommend the age of superannuation for all CAPF personnel should be 60 years uniformly. Shri Vivek Rae, Member, has not agreed with this recommendation and has endorsed the stand of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

7th Pay Commission latest news today: Disappointment for Defence personnel

7th Pay Commission latest news today: Disappointment for Defence personnel, ex Army chief cries ‘injustice’ Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has agreed that the some of the suggestions of defence forces could not be taken into account.

New Delhi, June 29: Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the revised recommendations of 7th pay Commission. A salary hike of 23.5 per cent, including allowances would be implemented. The basic pay would be increased by 15 per cent.
Although the hike has satisfied the bureacrats to an extent, there is wide discontent among the defence personnels who are unhappy with their demand not paid heed to by the Secretaries Panel.
Ex army chief General Roy Chowdhury has demanded the Finance Ministry to review the recommendations before taking the final call.

According to Gen Chowdhury, Committee of Secretaries has failed to failed to do justice with the defence personnels. The Uniform Pay Matrix has not been implemented.

The Defence Pay Matrix in 7th Pay Commission has only 24 pay levels, on the other hand, the bureaucratic pay matrix has 40 levels. Due to this, not only the salary hike gets stagnated after some years of service, but the pensions which defence personnel draw is Rs 20,000 lower than civil employees after retirement.

The demand to provide allowances on par have also not been taken into account. Civilian employees are entitled to large number allowances, which are not provided to defence personnels. For example, a CAPF DIG posted in Leh, will get Rs 57,000 asw part of allowance. Whereas, a brigadier posted in the same region gets only Rs 17,000 allowance.

The third demand of military employees was to increase the disability pension with that provided to the bureacrats. While an Additional Secretary would get Rs 60,000 as disability pension, a Lt General would earn only Rs 27,000. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has agreed that the some of the suggestions of defence forces could not be taken into account. “Some of their demands have been accepted, some haven’t,” he said.

Salient features of the acceptance of 7th Central Pay Commission

Salient features of the acceptance of 7th Central Pay Commission
Some salient features of the acceptance note of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations:

Separate Pay Matrices for Civilian employees, defence personnel and members of the Military Nursing Service.

Minimum starting pay for an employee would be Rs 18,000, minimum for Group A officer Rs 56,100.

Fitment of Pay and Pension shall be 2.57.

Pay matrices for Lt Col, Col and Brig enhanced.

Ex-gratia enhanced till Rs 45 lacs

Military Service Pay for Officers (upto Brigadier), Junior Commissioned Officers + other personnel enhanced to Rs 15,500 and 5,200 respectively.

Terminal Gratuity to be calculated at the rate of 10.5 times of emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who are released between 7 and 10 years of service.

Both recommended options of pensionary revision accepted.

The option with 2.57 fitment of current pension to be implemented immediately while the modalities of the other option shall be examined by a committee which shall render recommendations within 4 months.

The fresh allowances recommended by the Commission shall not be implemented till rationalized by a committee which shall also render its report within 4 months.

Increment retained at 3%.

All benefits to be paid within this year.

The issue of Non Functional Upgradation (NFU), as far as my information goes, has not been rejected and the deliberation shall remain open.

Recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission approved: Main Points & Highlights

Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission:
PIB News: - Main Points:

It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.

Arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) Minimum pay has been increased from Rs. 7000 to 18000 p.m.
A fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. the ceiling of House Building Advance enhanced from Rs. 7.50 lakh to 25 lakh Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances.

The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees for
(i) NPS
(ii) Anomalies Press Information Bureau Government of India Cabinet  29-June-2016 18:49 IST Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits. It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.

In the past, the employees had to wait for 19 months for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations at the time of 5th CPC, and for 32 months at the time of implementation of 6th CPC.

However, this time, 7th CPC recommendations are being implemented within 6 months from the due date.

The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year. The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

Highlights:

1. The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service. The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.

2. All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy.

3. The minimum pay has been increased from Rs. 7000 to 18000 p.m. Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs. 18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs. 56100. This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.

4. For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices. After taking into account the DA at prevailing rate, the salary/pension of all government employees/pensioners will be raised by at least 14.29 % as on 01.01.2016.

5. Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

6. The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.

7. Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include : · Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %. · A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories. · Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs. 1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel. · Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service. · Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.

8. The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs. 7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished.

9. The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

10. The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.

11. The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

12. The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees (i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and (ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.

13. Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.

14. As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.

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7th Central Pay Commission Implemented – Highlights

7th Pay Commission Latest News The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits. It will come into effect from 01.01.2016. In the past, the employees had to wait for 19 months for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations at the time of 5th CPC, and for 32 months at the time of implementation of 6th CPC. However, this time, 7th CPC recommendations are being implemented within 6 months from the due date.

The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year. The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.
Highlights of 7th CPC recommendations:

The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved.
The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service.
The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.
All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy. The minimum pay has been increased from Rs. 7000 to 18000 p.m. Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs. 18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs. 56100.

This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.

For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices.
Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.
Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :
Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %. A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.

Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs. 1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.
Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.
Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL).
Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.

The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs. 7.50 lakh to 25 lakh.

In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained.

All other interest free advances have been abolished.

The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission.
The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation.

Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months. The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees
(i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and
(ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.
Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.

As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.

7th Pay Commission: Big Hike Cleared For Around 50 Lakh Government Employees

The Union Cabinet today cleared Seventh Pay Commission recommendations (File photo)

Story Highlights Pay Commission recommended 23.55% hike in salaries, allowances, pensions

The move will impact nearly 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners

Many senior government officials will now draw higher salaries than MPs

New Delhi: A big pay hike for over a crore government employees and pensioners was cleared by the cabinet on Wednesday. With this raise, several senior government officials will draw a higher salary than lawmakers in Parliament. Salaries and allowances will rise by at least 23.5 per cent, which had been recommended by the 7th Pay Commission - the panel that decides on government salaries.
Show Full Article The hike - the lowest in the last 70 years - is expected to cost the taxpayer an additional Rs 1 lakh crore annually, or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP. The move will impact nearly 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners. The changes will be effective retrospectively from January 1 this year. The raise is built around a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay. Rs. 73,650 crore of the total payout will come from the general budget, while Rs. 28,450 crore will come from the railways. The previous pay panel had recommended a 20 per cent hike which was eventually doubled when it was implemented in 2008. The highest pay is pegged at Rs. 2, 25,000 per month for apex scale and Rs. 2,50,000 per month for cabinet secretary and others at the same pay level. The rise will be more than double as the current pay in this scale is Rs. 90,000 per month. The move has led to the discontent among the lawmakers who allege disparity with government officers. To address their resentment, the government is also considering a hike in salaries and allowances of lawmakers. The minimum pay recommendation is Rs. 18,000 per month. This too is more than double of the present Rs. 7,000.

Sources say Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made provisions for the payout. Though the government is making an effort to increase revenue by bringing more under the tax net, the payout will reduce its kitty. The Centre also needs about Rs.70,000 crore to meet the One Rank One Pension (OROP) commitment for the armed forces.

On the flipside, the huge payout will boost demand at a time the economy is sluggish. While some believe additional cash in the market may fuel an inflationary trend, experts say that the impact of the pay hike may become a turning point for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to trigger.

LIVE 7th Pay Commission: Union Cabinet approves pay panel recommendations

The 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1, and the Cabinet will decide if the arrears for the six months have to be paid in one go or in installments.

BY: EXPRESS WEB DESK | NEW DELHI |

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the recommendations made by the 7th pay commission. The approval, which will be made public soon, is likely to see a higher increase in the basic pay than the nearly 15 per cent recommended by the 7th Pay Commission for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners. The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

After considering the increase proposed in allowances, the hike in remunerations comes to 23.55 per cent. The 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1, he said, adding that the Cabinet will decide if the arrears for the six months have to be paid in one go or in installments.

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How can your bank account with internet banking facility can be hacked? 

 1. Hacker accesses your name and date of birth from Facebook.

 2. With these details he goes to the Income Tax site and updates them. From there he obtains the Pan card and mobile numbers.

 3. Then he gets a duplicate Pan card made.

 4. After this he lodges a mobile theft complaint in a police station. 

 5. With the duplicate Pan card he gets another Sim card from the mobile company.

 6. Through internet banking he is now ready to access your account. 

 7. He goes to the site and uses the forgot my password option. 8. Now he easily gets past other options and gets the Internet banking pin on his Sim card. This information was issued by the Cyber Cell Police recently. All those who use Net Banking are requested to edit Facebook profile and delete the birth date and mobile number as a safety measure. 

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

AF PENSIONERS' ISSUES DISCUSSED IN THE SCOVA MEETING HELD ON 27.6.2016

SCOVA Meeting was held yesterday 27th Jun 2016.
The Hon'ble Minister Dr Jitendra Singh presided in the second half. Prior to his arrival Shri C Vishwanath, the new Secy (Pensions) presided. Senior representatives of Ministries together with Finance Expenditure, Defence and CGDA were present.

Following was discussed:

1. ISSUE OF PPO's Though CGDA
representatives indicated that all PPO's after 6th Pay Commission had been issued, this was refuted both by AVM Chopra representing AFA and the undersigned. However it was explained that the frequency of orders issued by MoD and the extra paperwork created by PCDA(P) itself was causing considerable backlog. The following was also brought to the notice of Secy (Pensions)

1.1 That orders issued were not composite covering all types of pensions.

1.2. Incorrect interpretation of orders.

1.3. Opaque method of functioning of PCDA(P) with no replies to queries.

1.4 Issue of unnecessary Annexure's to be filled by JCO's and Other Ranks thus creating further delays in disbursements to them.

1.5 Non-Digitalisation of PPO's and resorting to PPO's through post. Recommended all PPO's to be digitally sent to Record Offices in the case of JCO's and Other ranks and correspondence/queries in regards such personnel resorted to over mail. Record Offices needed to be encouraged to correspond or forward PPO's received to CPPC Units.

1.6.Assistance of Postal Authorities not resorted to in affixing orders issued or finding out whereabouts of pensioners.

1.7. Pensions of widows of those that die delayed by over 4 months instead of being instantaneous.

1.8 Denying pensions approved by authorities to retired personnel unilaterally.

2.Other issues concerning Pensions etc.

Not receiving a satisfactory response from the Jt.CDA present, instructions were immediately issued which were subsequently approved by the Minister that a meeting would be held early next week with CGDA, Jt Secy ESW and other government authorities responsible with DIWAVE and AFA being present. We requested presence of IESL also.

3. PROSTHESIS

Ministry of Health has undertaken the task of insurance for pensioners with CGHS and others. We requested that PROSTHESIS to Orthopedically handicapped should also be included for Prosthesis. This would greatly assist non government disabled as well and lower costs. The same is available abroad. This suggestion was agreed to and a note on the same was requested.

4. SPECIAL HIGHER PENSIONS FOR THE WIDOWS OF WAR DISABLED PENSIONERS INVALIDED OUT OF SERVICE
According to the Ministry of Defence note, the proposal had been rejected. We emphasised that The said examination of our proposal was incorrect and on wrong parameters. Whereas the proposal was examined with all 50000 disabled to be covered our proposal was only for the DISABLED INVALIDED OUT WIDOWS and no other.These numbered approx 4500. The Secy (pensions) immediately indicated where 4500 or 10000, it did not matter and ordered re-examination of the proposal. This suggestion/proposal had been rendered after observing some widows begging outside places of religious worship. Mod Representatives could not respond nor CGDA. Immediately The senior representative from Min of Fin (Expenditure) present, informed the chair, that if this proposal was sent to them, they would clear it immediately. The Re-examination of the proposal was ordered.

5. EXTENSION OF BENEFIT of OM DATED 28-01-2013

(Revision of Disability Pension w.e.f 1-1-2006 We informed the chair that though MoD had issued the orders, the payments had been indirectly stopped by PCDA(P) because of an ANNEXURE required to be filled by JCO"s and OTHER RANKS. It was pointed out that in every order which at present was at a frequency of one per quarter, the same ANNEXURE was being requested for. Thus no one had benefitted so far.

TO BE DISCUSSED IN MEETING WITH CGDA IN MEETING TO BE HELD.

6.FULL PENSION TO PRE-2006 PENSIONERS WITH LESS THAT 33 YEARS OF SERVICE
It was pointed out that the orders were defective in as much that JCO's and Other Ranks would suffer as they were being brought down from Maximum to Minimum of Rank. Further orders for Defence Civilians had been published the very next day whereas no orders had been issued for the Defence Pensioners so far. On a request by Secy (Pensions) for a suggestion in regards JCO's and Other ranks, we suggested that they be retained at Maximum of Pay.

7. ISSUES RELATING TO CGHS IN DEHRADUN

During the discussion in this regard, we brought out that Civilian Defence Employees of IMA and RIMC had no medical cover and they should be included. This was noted.

8. OTHER ISSUES

We pointed out that whilst implementing OROP orders, THE PCDA(P) had reduced the service element of DISABLED WAR VETERANS INVALIDED OUT OF SERVICE AND THEIR WIDOWS unilaterally and arbitrarily reduced their entitlements to actually rendered service. This had resulted in recovery and no benefit to them.

We added that Capt's and Major's had been equated to the Hony Lts or Hony Capts. An incorrect assumption. This was noted and would be discussed in the special meeting to be held with CGDA and JS (ESW) and other present.

Col H N Handa
President For: Disabled War Veteran's (India) C6-18/1 Safdarjung Development Area, Behind Haus Khas Telephone Exchange, New Delhi 110016 Tele: 011-41315492 Fax: 011-41315492/0124-4051572 Mob: +919811920190/+919811199367 Mail: diwave1@gmail.com website: www.diwave.org

(Source- Via e-mail from Vet Col SS Sohi)

7th Pay Commission – Cabinet may approve 7th CPC report on 29th June 2016

Search GConnect Team June 28, 2016 7th Pay Commission Latest News 7th Pay Commission – Cabinet may approve 7th CPC report on 29th June 2016 – Prime Minister directed the Finance Ministry to implement the 7th Pay Commission – Media reports say  The Cabinet is likely to take up Seventh 7th Pay Commission recommendations for government employees on June 29. Implementation of new pay scales recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer annually. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in his Budget for 2016-17 provisioned Rs 70,000 crore towards Seventh Pay Commission awards, which is around 60 per cent of the incremental expenditure on salaries. The Pay Commission’s recommendations are due from January 1, 2016. The central government constitutes the pay commission every 10 years to revise the pay scales of its employees. The Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to revise remuneration of about 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday directed the Finance Ministry to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, results of which could be termed as a huge bonanza for lakhs of government employees. The move will be cleared in the Cabinet meeting which will take place on Wednesday. A total of 98 lakh employees — 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners — will benefit from the move. The employees are likely to get a hike of 15-20 per cent. The implementation of the new pay scales is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer in 2016-17. Subject to acceptance by the government, it will take effect from January 1, 2016. Want to read this news in Hindi ? Click here Checkout the following News video for more details Error loading player: No playable sources found The Budget document has stated that “the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission due from January 1, 2016 is to be implemented during fiscal year 2016-17 as also the revised One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for Defence services”. The Finance Ministry has provisioned for this in the Demands for Grants for individual departments and ministries. It is built and subsumed into those allocations. In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of The Empowered Committee of Secretaries which will function as a Screening Committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the Commission in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion. Faced with the burden of Pay Commission recommendations, there were concerns on whether the government would be able to stick to the fiscal deficit target of 3.9 per cent for 2016-17. Source: News 18

Tax to be levied at Source only if Payment in Cash is above Rs.2 lakh

Prakash Malankar June 28, 2016 News

Tax to be levied at Source only if Payment in Cash – TCS will not be levied if the cash receipt does not exceed Rs. two lakh even if the sale consideration exceeds Rs. two lakh.

No tax will be collected at source when cash component of the payment for goods and services is less than Rs.2 lakh even if the total consideration is more than this amount.

CBDT has issued a new circular on Tax Collected at Source (TCS) clarifying that the levy will not be applicable when cash part of the payment for certain goods or services is less than Rs.2 lakh, even when the total payment is more than this amount. “TCS will not be levied if the cash receipt does not exceed Rs. two lakh even if the sale consideration exceeds Rs. two lakh,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes said.

It illustrated this statement by an example that in a case where a good worth Rs.5 lakh is sold for which the consideration amounting to Rs.4 lakh has been received in cheque and Rs.1 lakh has been received in cash. “As the cash receipt does not exceed Rs.2 lakh, no tax is required to be collected at source as per Sec. 206C (1D),” the Central Board of Direct Taxes said. The circular added that TCS is “required to be collected at source on cash component of the sales consideration and not on the whole of sales consideration“.

The Income Tax Department has been levying 1 per cent TCS on cash purchase of bullion in excess of Rs 2 lakh and jewellery in excess of Rs 5 lakh since July 1, 2012 and there has been no change in that position. However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget 2016-17, had imposed TCS of one per cent on goods and services purchased in cash in excess of Rs 2 lakh.

Source: IE

7th Pay Commission latest news: Salary of central government employees to be hiked by 23.5 per cent

7th Pay Commission latest news: Salary of central government employees to be hiked by 23.5 per cent The basic salary hike has been revised only to 14.25 per cent. In 2008, the 6th Pay Commission had implemented a 20 per cent increase in the basic salary. By Mohammed Uzair Shaikh on June 28, 2016 at 12:38 AM  Email  New Delhi, June 27: Central government employees along with the pensioners will now finally reap the benefits of 7th Pay Commission recommendations. As per latest reports, the Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has recommended a hike of 23.5 per cent in salaries of government employees, along with pensions extracted by the retired personnels. With a hike of 23.5 per cent, the additional burden on state exchequer is expected to be Rs 1.02 lakh crores.  This could by far be the lowest salary hike implemented through any CPC recommendation. The basic salary hike has been revised only to 14.25 per cent. In 2008, the 6th Pay Commission had implemented a 20 per cent increase in the basic salary. The salary hike would impact nearly 53 lakh government employees, along with 47 lakh pensioners. Apart from the salary hike, the employees would also receive arrears, calculated from the month of January. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Rs 70,000 crore allotted by Finance Ministry on basis of A K Mathur-led committee recommendations) As per the revisions made by Secretaries Panel, the minimum salary has been upgraded to Rs 18,000, whereas, the maximum salary has been capped at Rs 3,25,000. The original report of CPC was prepared by Justice A K Mathur in November. It was expected to be implemented from January. However, government decided to review the salary hike and formed the Secretaries Panel under P K Sinha. According to Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, the report has been finalized and the Cabinet note would soon be filed on the recommendations. A positive news is expected to break on June 29.  Modified Date: June 28, 2016 12:38 AM

Monday, 27 June 2016

Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ soon

Bureau Government Of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (27-June, 2016 17:39 IST )

Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ soon

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS (IC) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said all Central Ministries and Departments will be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ very soon. Chairing the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that with this step, the pension release to the retired employees will be expedited and it will also help quick resolution of pending issues.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. India has a large number of pensioners today and to make best use of them is a challenge, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government has started ‘Anubhav’ scheme for the retiring employees to write an account of their experiences which can be helpful in improving the system. He also said that a focused approach and emphatic attitude needs to be developed towards the pensioners. Earlier, the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Shri C. Viswanath directed that all the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) should be digitized.

The 28th SCOVA meeting was attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India. The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has taken various initiatives for the welfare of the pensioners. The online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ has introduced transparency and accountability into the pension sanction and payment process, thereby helping eliminate delays and bring satisfaction to the retiring employees and pensioners. The system keeps retiring employees and administration informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/e-mail.
In the year 2015-16, the scheme has been scaled up and will eventually cover all 9,000 Drawing & Disbursal Offices (DDOs) in the country. ‘Sankalp’ is an initiative for motivating retiring employees and pensioners to take up voluntary work after retirement so as to channelize their experience and skill towards productive work for society and nation building. The Department has so far registered 1,812 Pensioners, 16 Organisations and 19 Pensioners Associations under this project. Some Pensioners Associations have done exemplary work under the initiative. ‘Anubhav’ was launched in February, 2015 on the direction of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This initiative is to showcase the outstanding work done by retiring employee that contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in Government functioning. It is envisaged that over a period of time this will create a wealth of information, institutional memory and innovative ideas and will motivate employees. ‘Jeevan Pramaan’ is a facility created for submission of Aadhaar based digital life certificate. This scheme was initiated by the Prime Minister on November 10, 2014. This scheme provides an excellent facility for the benefit of pensioners to submit their digital life certificate from the comfort of their homes. The Pensioners Associations are actively involved in motivating their fellow pensioners to get their pension accounts seeded with Aadhaar Number. Due to continuous efforts, as on date around 34 lakh i.e 71% of Central Government pensioners have seeded their bank accounts with Aadhaar Numbers.

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Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Wednesday)

Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Wednesday) 15-20 per cent hike likely in Seventh Pay Commission, decision on Wednesday Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29. In what promises to be a big bonanza for central government employees, a hike of 15-20 per cent in salaries is expected to be proposed under the Seventh Pay Commission. Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

Sources say that government employees are likely to get a pay hike of between 15-20 per cent over their current compensation with sources saying the recommendations of the pay commission are likely to be accepted by the Modi government. In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. Over 98.4 lakh government employees will be impacted by the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. This figure includes 52 lakh pensioners

Source: www.indiatoday.in

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet to decide final payout for central government employees on June 29


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New Delhi: The much awaited seventh pay commission is going to enter the last phase of implementation soon. The Union Cabinet is expected to take up the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on June 29. As per reports, Prime Minister has directed Finance Ministry to implement the Pay Commission for government employees, and place the Empowered Group of Secretaries report on the central government employees' salary and allowances hike in the next Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, June 29.

It is expected that Empowered Group of Secretaries panel has raised the fitment factor to around 2.7, up from 2.57 as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. The entry level salary is expected to rise to Rs 23,000, up from Rs 18,000 as recommended by the AK Mathur panel. Implementation of the Pay Commission report is going to cost the government Rs 1.02 lakh crore.

The Commission will revise the pay of nearly 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners, which will be effective from January 1, 2016. With the threat of strike by central government employees looming large, the Cabinet is expected to take a prompt decision on the recommendations resulting in notification. The salary hikes recommended are expected to apply from July.

Seventh Pay Commission: Panel recommends Performance Related Pay

New Delhi, June 26: The Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees has been recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission, media reported.
The panel has also suggested not to award annual increment to those employees who fail to meet performance criterion. For this, it has sought upgradation of performance benchmark to "very good" from "good" level, reported the Indian Express.

According to other reports, implementation of the 7th CPC could be delayed for 2-3 months in the wake of volatility in the markets following after Britain's decision to pull out the European Union. Read More: Seventh Pay Commission: Brexit fallout may force Modi govt to delay 'salary increment' Nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners will be befitted by the pay commission.

A number of paramilitary chiefs recently held meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issues related to Seventh Pay Commission.

OneIndia News

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Largest participation in the Mammoth demonstration held in front of parliament on 24th June 2016

Largest participation in the Mammoth demonstration held in front of parliament on 24th June 2016 – NFIR  June 26, 2016 By admin —Leave a Comment 0 Share  Largest participation in the Mammoth demonstration held in front of parliament on 24th June 2016 – NFIR NFIR National Federation of Indian Railwaymen 3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055 Sub: Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016-reg. At the outset, NFIR richly compliments its affiliates for ensuring largest participation in the Mammoth demonstration held in front of parliament on 24th June 2016 which has been a historic success. The massive demonstration, hopefully, conveyed to the Government of the united struggles of Central Government employees under the banner of NJCA. In the massive rally held an 24th June 2016, it was urged upon the Government of India to modify the retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC, abolish Pension Scheme, revise upwardly the minimum wage and settle other issues through negotiations before it is too late.  The NJCA in its meeting held on 25th June 2016 has decided to call upon all its affiliates at all levels to build up further momentum already generated by holding daily demonstrations, rallies at all work places from to July 2016. NFIR, therefore, urges upon its affiliates to work hard enlisting the total support of Railway employees for launching Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016. The Federation is confident that its leadership and cadres at different levels would prove that they are second to none in this unique struggle of Central Government Employees for achieving the ultimate success on the Charter demands. With greetings, Yours fraternally, sd/- (Dr. M. Raghavaiah) General Secretary Source: NFIR

Seventh Pay Commission: Brexit fallout may force Modi govt to delay ‘salary increment’


Modi government may delay most awaited Seventh Pay Commission as a result of Brexit fallouts. Reportedly, implementation of the 7th CPC could be delayed for 2-3 months in the wake of volatility in the markets following after Britain's decision to pull out the European Union.

Good News! Govt staff likely to get 30% more 'increment' than recommended As per media reports, it will take minimum 2-3 months for markets to gain its stability back. At a time when fiscal health is already under stress, government can't put more burdens on exchequer. Around Rs 1, 00,000 cr is needed to implement salary increment and arrears under Seventh Pay Commission scheme.

As per Zee News, "In order to stabilize overall outflows from the domestic equity markets, government needs to adopt wait-and-watch policy for another quarter before thinking of implementing the payout as any haste can further increase volatility in the market". Earlier reports said that Government could implement Seventh Pay Commission from August 1. It was said that Central government Employees would get increment in their July salary and six months arrears in the month of October. On Friday, Britain voted to quit the European Union after 43 years of membership, throwing the world markets in a tailspin and leaving European leaders worried over how to stem a rising Eurosceptic tide.

The vote rattled Indian financial markets too, shaving over 1,000 points, or 4 per cent, off a key equities index, while pulling the rupee just below the 68 mark to the dollar. Read more: 7th Pay Commission decoded: Know all about salary increment, past pay commissions Both Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan sought to calm the markets and said there was no cause for panic as India's economic fundamentals remained strong and along with other macro indicators. "We are well prepared to deal with the short and medium term Brexit consequence -- strongly committed to our macro-economic framework with focus on stability," Jaitley tweeted from Beijing. Rajan said investors need not panic over the rupee. "We are comfortable on foreign exchange reserves. We can use it when necessary."

OneIndia News (With inputs from agencies)

Saturday, 25 June 2016

NJCA MEETING HELD TODAY

NJCA MEETING HELD TODAY (25.06.2016) FORENOON.

DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH INTENSIVE PREPARATIONS FOR MAKING THE INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11th JULY 2016 A THUNDERING SUCCESS.

DETAILED NJCA CIRCULAR WILL FOLLOW.

M. KRISHNAN SECRETARY
GENERAL CONFEDERATION

HONOUR AND RESPECT BESTOWED BY PEOPLE ON ARMED FORCES VETERANS TO SHOW THEIR GRATITUDE, LOVE AND AFFECTION ON THEM : IF ONLY THIS HAPPENS IN MERA BHARATH MAHAAN - WISH STEPS LIKE THIS ARE TAKEN BY GOVT TO RECOGNISE AND APPRECIATE SACRIFICES MADE BY VETERANS COMMUNITY

HONOUR AND RESPECT BESTOWED BY PEOPLE ON ARMED FORCES VETERANS TO SHOW THEIR GRATITUDE, LOVE AND AFFECTION ON THEM : IF ONLY THIS HAPPENS IN MERA BHARATH MAHAAN - WISH STEPS LIKE THIS ARE TAKEN BY GOVT TO RECOGNISE AND APPRECIATE SACRIFICES MADE BY VETERANS COMMUNITY
I am army officer retired in 1994 and would like to share with my veteran country mates something. Our niece stays at Chicago, USA and we decided to visit her, which we could not do it earlier. On 14.05.2016, I &my wife reached Chicago on a 2 month sojourn.
When we landed in Chicago, there were three other heavy duty aircraft which also landed each having 350 to 400 passengers. By the time we could arrive at the point of immigration department, there were around 1200 people ahead of us. We were wondering as to how long we have to stand in the queue for immigration and customs clearance. As we were standing in the line, I enquired from the uniformed airport homeland security staff if there was any separate queue for the Veterans.
He looked at me and took me to the Supdt of customs and immigration. The Supdt asked me if I was carrying any Identity card and then I showed my Retired Officers Identity Card. After a glance at the card he took us to an enclosure and asked us to wait there. Within minutes an young lady in uniform arrived and enquired from me “Sir, were you identified as a Veteran?” When I replied in affirmative she took me to the serpentine long line seen by me earlier and most reverently placed me and my wife at the top of the queue ahead of those 1200 people who were ahead of us when we joined the line. She then went ahead and met the official stamping the passports with Visa immigration stamps and whispered something in the ears of this official who looked at us.
After he finished the stamping formalities of the person ahead of us, he gestured at us. As I approached the immigration stamping official he stood up from his chair and appreciated my embroidered regimental cap that I was wearing. Very politely he asked for our passport, had a quick check, completed the biometric check, on finishing the formalities, he quietly affixed immigration stamp and then instantly added respectfully, “Welcome to USA, Sir and have an enjoyable stay here. Customs is waived for you, please go and collect your luggage from the belt and proceed ahead to the exit door.” And that was the respect they show to a veteran of another country. ============================================= 30th May of every year is observed as Memorial Day throughout USA. It is a day dedicated in the memory of brave hearts who have fallen while protecting the unity and integrity of the country and in the service of the nation. The Veterans are given the due respect and remembrance for protecting them against all external and internal adversaries working against the national interest. The day is observed as a National Holiday. Oblivious of the importance and significance of the day, we were in the market going through the grandiose of the products in various stores. In one of the stores we bought some items and when I came to the counter for paying the bills, the attendant looked at my cap, hesitated for a splitting second and enquired if I am a Veteran? I replied in the affirmative, and he checked my credit card where my name starts with my rank and then he promptly announced – “Sir, 15% discount for the respected Veterans on Memorial Day! We are indeed grateful to the Veterans.” =========================================== We had to travel a lot across the country and for domestic air travellers very stringent security measures are adopted in all airports. I am very happy to say that many a times the security personnel at the airports gave me and my wife a broad coloured paper on which priority and expedited security check was written and we were told not to remove shoes and jackets and head gear we were wearing and eased through the body check booth. At San Diego Sea World water-park where killer whale shows are held, the Director of the park came on the stage and announced if there are any Veterans in the audience and he made a specific mention that not only US Veterans but Veterans from all other countries are included in the count. There were 15 veterans in the audience of around 650 people and when all 15 of us stood up, the entire amphi-theatre erupted into a clamour for clapping which continued for good five minutes. Then the Director announced, “We are so very happy that you all are with us today. We are safe because of you and your mates. This show is dedicated to you!" There was tumultuous clapping thereafter. =========================================== The point I am making is the quantum of honour and respect these people bestow on people of Defence background to show their gratitude, love and affection for the sung and unsung heroes who had withstood like a rock against all efforts for disrupting the integrity of the country and humbled every possible attempt for disintegration of their nation. A true homage indeed!! Wish we had some steps like this nature in our beloved country to recognise and appreciate the sacrifices made by us!!! (SOURCE- VIA EMAIL FROM VETERAN BRIG VA SUBRAMANYAM)

Brexit fallout: 7th Pay Commission payout likely to be delayed

New Delhi: Amid all the implications of Brexit on India, something that may stand out is a strong possibility of the delay of much-awaited payout of 7th Pay Commission Commission for another 2-3 months. The linger may result in wake of increased volatility in the markets as a result of Britain's exit from the European Union. For the markets to re-stabilize, it may take another 2-3 months. The same period also awaits the next bi-monthly RBI Monetary Policy (of the outgoing RBI Governor) which may most likely see interest rates remain intact. Even a slight hike holds adequate possibility. This talked about tenure is critical as amid the already happening exodus from domestic equity markets, load of huge 7th Pay Commission payout on the government exchequer can further jeopardize its fiscal health.  MUST READ Brexit consequence: Jaitley, Rajan say country will withstand Similar to Europe's main stock markets which observed a around 10 percent fall, India's market benchmark Sensex tanked over 1,000 points on Friday as UK's vote to exit European Union sent financial markets into a tailspin.
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First Published: Friday, June 24, 2016 - 18:04

Friday, 24 June 2016

PARLIAMENT MARCH & RALLY OF ABOUT 20000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – CONFEDERATION

PARLIAMENT MARCH & RALLY OF ABOUT 20000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – CONFEDERATION MASSIVE PARLIAMENT MARCH & RALLY OF ABOUT 20000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11TH JULY 2016 33 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL PARTICIPATE A massive parliament march and rally of about 20000 Central Government Employees was held at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 24th June 2016. The rally was organized by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Government Employees comprising Railways, Defence, Confederation and Postal organizations demanding modification in the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commissions including minimum wage and fitment formula. Other demands are scrapping of New Contributory Pension Scheme, No FDI in Railways and Defence, Grant of Civil Servant status to Gramin Dak Sevaks, filling up of vacancies, enhancement of bonus ceiling, No outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation and corporatisation etc. The NJCA had already given strike notice to Government on 9th June 2016. The Modi Government is not ready for a negotiated settlement with the staff side. The rally called upon the entirely of Central Government employees to intensify the campaign and preparations and make the strike a total success. The rally was presided by Shri. N. Raghavaiah (General Secretary, NFIR & Chairman NJCA), Coms. Shiv Gopal Mishra (General Secretary AIRF & Convenor NJCA), Sreekumar (Secretary General AIDEF) M. Krishnan (Secretary General, Confederation) R. N. Parashar (Secretary General, NFPE) Guman Singh (President, NFIR), Rakal Das Gupta (President, AIRF) K. K. N. Kutty (President, Confederation) B. C. Sharma (NFIR) S. K. Tyagi (AIRF), Mrs. Champa and Mrs. Gita Pandey addressed the rally About 33 lakhs Central Government Employees will participate in the strike. 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners have declared their solidarity with the strike. Central Trade Unions had also extended their full support. State Government Employees Federations have cautioned the Central Government that they will also be compelled to join the strike if Government refuse to settle the demands relating to 7th CPC recommendations as majority of the state Governments are implementing the Central pay parity to their employees also. Source: Confederation

ERRORS IN OROP TABLES (ONLINE RTI COMPLAINT)


Dear Veterans,

This is in reference to my previous post on the subject and my mail to PCDA (Pensions) and DESW dated 24 May 2016, in which I have brought the errors in their knowledge, but no reply from them.

Finally today I have lodge an online complaint on pgportal vide reference number DOPPW/E/2016 /05880.

Complaint lodged and errors in table are attached herewith for the knowledge of all the veterans.
I am sorry to state that we have to wait for another 7 months to file as case since date of One Man Commission on OROP has been extended till Dec 2016.
For the tables you all can understand how PCDA(P) has cheated us, even in the formula of (average of pension of Minimum & Maximum for a Rank, Same length of service & group )developed by them.
Regards
Rajeev Behal Coordinator Punjab & Member Legal Cell Voice of Ex-Servicemen Society Regd 9357172728 Whatsup voesmpunjab@gmail.com ================================================

AFA Clarification on Rank with word like Retd or Ex.

AFA Clarification on Rank with word like Retd or Ex.
*AFA Clarification* _
Many Veterans have been enquiring about the usage of the words like 'Retired' or 'Ex' with their Ranks_.
*The reference,therefore, must be made to the Article 18 of Indian Constitution*!and the Abolition of Titles as envisaged through this Article in our Constitution.
The extract of the Constitution reads:-

"Article 18: Abolition of titles:-
Article 18
(1): No title, not being a military or academic distinction, shall be conferred by the State. Article 18
(2): No citizen of India shall accept any title from any foreign State. Article 18
(3): No person who is not a citizen of India shall, while he holds any office of profit or trust under the State, accept without the consent of the President any title from any foreign State.

Explanation:-

The Article 18 , through its provisions, thus prevents the people from using any other title except the military and the academic distinctions because the State can award only these two titles, namely the Military (Ranks) and the Academic qualifications (gained on completion of university courses).

Titles such as Rai Bahadur, Sawai, Rai Sahab, Zamindar, Taluqdar etc which were prevalent in the medieval or the British India thus stand completely abolished .
Other suffixes like the IAS, IPS etc also do not form part of the State awards. These are civil appointments and thus do not form part of the 'Ranks' sanctioned under the provisions of Article 18 of the Indian Constitution.

The word 'Retired' used by our 'Traditionalists' is essentially a matter of habit and the present instructions issued on the subject by different Service Headquarters are 'ultra vires' to the provisions of the subject Article of the Indian Constitution.

*The word 'Veteran' is thus the most appropriate prefix/suffix with a warrior's name*.

Examples:- "Veteran Air Marshal XXX, MVC"or "Air Marshal XXX, MVC, Veteran" Or "Veteran Sgt XXX, VSM or "Sgt XXX, VSM, Veteran".

It is for this reason only that the three Services have established Directorates dealing with 'Veteran' affairs and the Govt of India is also working on establishing a ' Veterans' Commission'.
*The term 'ex-servicemen' is explanatory only to our having been in the defence services and is not to be mixed up with our *Ranks which will remain with us till even hereafter*.

(SOURCE- SAINIK DARPAN)

54 INDIAN POWS LANGUISHING IN PAKISTAN JAILS

Dear Gen, 
What an initiative which remained our concern as faujis. Yours truely was the one who received 686 repatriated personnel into the camp at Delhi Cantt in 1972 being Adjt of camp & wholesole i/c as i moved to camp on condition that there shall be no CO camp , who was unable to manage a large assembly of support persons from most centres. I used to get the details who were left behind as some would confide in me & the same persons were directed to interrogators & thus some details were known. 
A BSF JCO got some names hidden in his mirror & so on. I am thankful to you personally for this initiative as it always touched me & angered me that nincompoops amongst us could barter away 93K & yet not get our hundreds. 
Since your initiatives are linked to 4 decades plus cases, my respectable salute to you with good wishes to make it happen more resolutely than OROP.

 With due respect, Yogi Dated: 23 June 2016 

54 INDIAN POWS LANGUISHING IN PAKISTAN JAILS 
 Dear Veterans, 
 Letter to Hon’ble Raksha Mantri,copy endorsed to Hon’ble Prime Minister and three Chiefs dated 23 June 2016 regarding 54 Indian POWs Languishing in Pakistan Jails is enclosed herewith for your information and widest circulation please.

 With regards, 
 Yours Sincerely, 
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen & Chairman IESM Mobile: 9312404269
014110570 
 Email:satbirsm@gmail.com 
 23 June 2016 
 Shri Manohar Parrikar Hon’ble Raksha Mantri 104, South Block, New Delhi 

 54 INDIAN POWS LANGUISHING IN PAKISTAN JAILS 

 Hon’ble Raksha Mantri 

 1. The issue of 54 Indian POW of 1971 WAR in Pakistan Jails has been pending for the past 46 years. While India Returned 93000 Pak POWs of 71 WAR, our 54 POWs have not been returned by Pakistan. The list of Indian POWs in Pak Jails is attached. 

2. While some of these brave soldiers would have died, many may be still alive languishing in Pakistan Jails. The Govt of India has been taking up the case with the Govt of Pakistan but without any positive outcome. Very reliable evidence is available but our POWs have not come back. The Govt of India needs to take up the case directly with the Govts of Pakistan afresh and also approach the International Court of Justice to get our POW released. 

3. One of most authentic piece of evidence is the SAARC Meeting 1989. During the SAARC Meeting at Islamabad, Benzazir Bhutto Pime Minister of Pakistan admitted that there were 41 Indian POWs held by them against the claim of 43 POWs, given by late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. Mrs. Bhutto promised to release them soon but never kept her promise to release them.

 4. This is motive issue and needs to be taken up by the Govt on Priority. May we request you for your kind indulgence to get our POWs released at the earliest please? 
 With regards, 
 Yours Sincerely, 
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen & Chairman IESM Mobile: 9312404269
014110570 
 Email:satbirsm@gmail.com 

 Copy to :- Shri Narendra Modi Hon’ble, Prime Minister of India Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) New Delhi – 110 001 For info with request to accord priority to get our soldier POWs back from Pakistan. 

 General Dalbir Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC Chief of the Army Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Army) South Block, New Delhi-110011 You are requested to jointly and strongly take up the issue with the Govt.

 Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC), Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force) Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011 Our request as above. 

Admiral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC Chief of the Naval Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy) South Block, New Delhi -110011 Our request as above. -

7th Pay Commission: Lower rank employees to get highest percentage salary hike

In a populist move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government is likely to pay highest percentage of salary hike to the lower rank government employees with the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

7th Pay Commission: Review panel working on effective mechanism for implementation of salary hike by
August 1 
7th Pay Commission: Bad news for government employees, allowance hike may be delayed by 2 years

7th Pay Commission Latest News:

Government may refuse 30 per cent hike proposal, says Finance Ministry

7th Pay Commission: How new pay scale will affect the salaries of Central Government employees from August 1

New Delhi, June 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government is likely to pay highest percentage of salary hike to the lower rank government employees with the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has reportedly asked Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha led Empowered Committee of Secretaries, that is examining the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, to increase the pay of lower grade employees.
The PMO told the Empowered Committee that the salaries of employees in the lower ranks should rise by the highest percentage, reported The Sen Times.
The government decided to give highest percentage salary hike to bottom grades employees and maintain parity of incomes between mid-level tier officers and the bottom grade employees.

Notably, all pay commissions in the past had not only recommended highest percentage of salary hike for top central government officials but also considered the disparity ratio between its highest and lowest paid employees. The ration of highest and lowest paid employees was about 1:12 in 2006. The 7th Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, had originally proposed hike of 14.27 in basic pay, 23.55 per cent in salary, allowances and pensions.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries has reportedly recommended a whopping 30 per cent hike in government employees’s salary, making the minimum amount Rs 23,500 and the maximum to Rs 3,25,000.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will submit its final report later this month and the Cabinet will take final call on the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in July.
47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners will be benefited from the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.

Modified Date: June 24, 2016 2:41 AM

Thursday, 23 June 2016

How did Media arrive the 7th CPC Minimum Pay as Rs.23400?

For the past few days some News Agencies belongs to TV networks are blabbering about 7th CPC Minimum Pay and Implementation. They repeatedly claimed that Empowered Committee recommends 30% Increase in minimum wage. Thus Minimum Pay will be increased from 18000 to 23400 and highest pay will be increased from 250000 to 325000.

They actually exposing their ignorance by saying 30% increase will increase the Minimum Pay to 23400/-

The 7th CP recommended 14.29 % increase in minimum Pay The Minimum Pay in Sixth CPC = 7000 Total DA as on 1.1.2016 125% = 8750 Total Pay = 15750

Minimum Pay Recommended by 7th CPC = 18000 Increase Over Sixth CPC Pay = 14.29%
If the Cabinet Committee decides to increase 30% , The Minimum Pay will be Rs. 20475. Rounding of to 1000 may take it to Rs.21000.

How are Some familiar and Established news Media telling that 30% increase will take the Minimum Wage to Rs.23400? Without knowing the fundamentals of fixing Minimum Pay, they simply calculated 30% increase over Rs.18000 (which already has 14.29% inbuilt increase) and predicted Rs.23400 will be the Minimum Wage.

This false news created buss among cg employees. Now everybody talking about Rs.23400 as Minimum Pay. The NCJCM demanded to fix Rs.26000 as Minimum Wage according to Dr. Akroyd Formula based on the retail prices as on 1.1.2014. This is 65% increase over sixth CPC Minimum Wage +125% DA (7000+8750=15750).

If the government decide to increase the Minimum Wage 30% level, then the Minimum Pay will be Rs.21000 and Fitment factor will be fixed at 3.0.

Source: Govtstaffnews.in

For retiring soldiers, it’s darkness at noon 

Dear fellow Faujis,

 A news report from "The Hindu" is pasted BELOW. It is titled "For retiring soldiers, it's darkness at noon", and concerns the thoughtlessness of MoD in tackling the corruption within DGR. 

 Finally, it is the Jawan who gets screwed because of corruption at (civilian & military) officer-levels ... ! Even when the courses are re-started, Jawans would have lost that time, besides suffering the "inconvenience" (loss in many ways) due to across-the-board cancellation. Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere *******************************************
  For retiring soldiers, it’s darkness at noon www.thehindu.com “Resettlement courses will be restarted after making sure there are no irregularities. The Defence Ministry has asked to ascertain whether these courses fit into the criteria of the Ministry of Skill National New Delhi, June 23, 2016 For retiring soldiers, it’s darkness at noon Special Correspondent PIC: The now-withdrawn resettlement courses used to equip jawans for a civilian job. File Photo: Nissar Ahmad A govt. decision to cancel all resettlement courses has disrupted the retirement plans of thousands of jawans. Retirement plans of thousands of jawans have been disrupted by a government decision to cancel all resettlement courses that prepare them for a second career after leaving military service. There is widespread resentment in the ranks over the sweeping decision taken in the recent weeks. Many soldiers feel the decision was taken without considering the difficulties they will go through on leaving the military, most of them in their youth, after completing just 20 years of working life. “Resettlement courses will be restarted after making sure there are no irregularities.
 The Defence Ministry has asked to ascertain whether these courses fit into the criteria of the Ministry of Skill Development,” a senior Defence Ministry official told The Hindu. After April 2016, all such courses should be compliant with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) of the Ministry, he said. “It was also found that many of these courses and institutes are fraud or do not exist. This will not benefit the jawans. So they will be restarted as soon as they are checked,” the official said. The last six months to a year of his active military life can be used by a soldier to attend a resettlement course that will give him a qualification to pick up a civilian job. 

During this period, he is paid his salary and provided the course free of cost. The Ministry explanation for the postponement of the course has not impressed the other ranks of the military. “Why have they postponed all courses? There are courses that are already compliant with the Skill Development Ministry guidelines, many of the institutes are approved by the NSDC [National Skill Development Corporation],” one of the affected soldiers said. According to those in the know, the DGR (The Directorate-General Resettlement) in the MoD that assists retiring service personnel with courses for starting a second career, approves resettlement course programme once every two years. 

Currently, such approved resettlement course programme 2015-17 is under progress. Meanwhile, the Central government has asked the DGR to redesign courses as per the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). Sources claim that the Ministry of Defence had agreed to conduct the courses in NSDC-approved institutes, even as they prepare all courses under NSQF. The sudden move to postpone all courses indefinitely meant for jawans came after reports emerged in media last month about CBI investigation into alleged irregularities in DGR. “We are not saying that all courses were clean. Of course, there was corruption and misuse.

 However, there are several institutes that are reputed, inspected and verified by the DGR and others. Why has the government taken the easiest route, of just cancelling all the courses?” one retiring soldier said. The question is whether the government realises the inconvenience caused to thousands of retiring soldiers, they say. Thousands of them have moved families back home, and were to start the courses. In the way of the government decisions, they will all now go back to their units.

BROAD BANDING OF DISABILITY ELEMENT FOR ALL CATEGORIES

BROAD BANDING OF DISABILITY ELEMENT FOR ALL CATEGORIES

CDA has issued Cicular No; 561 in this regard.
All affected veterans of all category, whether  released/ discharged on completion of terms and condition etc may now apply for Broad banding .

Most important demand is that of the CG employees is the minimum wage and fitment formula – P.S.Prasad


“The formal announcement by the of the 7th CPC acceptance is likely to be made by the Government just before the 11th July strike by the CG employees indicating the actual minimum wage and fitment formula.”

7th CPC latest

Comrades,

The empowered committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary had discussion from past five months on the charter of demands raised by the staff side, The finance ministry is working out the financial implications arising out of the improved recommendations of the 7th CPC especially on the minimum wage and fitment formula being improved, granting two increment on promotion and having annual increment on 1st Jan and 1st July instead of just on 1st July.

This will benefit a lot of persons on promotion. The other aspect is considering grant of advances, which the 7th CPC has recommended for abolition. The formal announcement by the of the 7th CPC acceptance is likely to be made by the Government just before the 11th July strike by the CG employees indicating the actual minimum wage and fitment formula.

The cabinet Secretary will present the view of the empowered committee of Secretaries before the Union Cabinet meeting based upon the principle adopted in actual calculation of the minimum wage and fitment formula

The 7th CPC had adopted the Dr Aykroyd formula minimum wage is calculated on the basis of the 15th ILC norms. But erred in many aspects for example the average of prices of last 12 months was taken, The housing weight age , education weight age etc . The prices of essential items are rising from past many years, even in last six months the retail inflation is rising above 5.4%.

Secondly the prices quoted by the GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LABOUR BUREAU CLEREMONV, SHIMLA

Http://Labourbureaunew.Gov.In/ , the Director of Economic & statics , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi & the retail market prices are varying .

If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LABOUR BUREAU taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 21,000 / and fitment formula works to 3.00. This will result in 34% wage hike without allowances.

If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the Director of Economic & statics , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 23,000 / and fitment formula works to 3.30. This will result in 50% wage hike without allowances.

If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the retail market taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 28,000 / and fitment formula works to 4.00. This will result in 70% wage hike without allowances.

The most important demand is that of the CG employees is the minimum wage and fitment formula. The Staff side had demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71. Against this the 7th CPC had recommended minimum wage of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57.

The 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240/- to Rs 3500/- increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000/- to Rs 6500/- increase per month. After deductions & income tax the net increase will be just from Rs 500/- to Rs 3000/- only. This increase is lowest by any pay commission, hence vast changes are required as the prices of essential commodities have gone up and also the inflation rate has gone up. Comrades it is the time to struggle, we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we should get at least 50 % wage hike without allowances, as allowances are not taken into pension benefit. Only struggle will get us benefit. Please don’t believe on rumours. Now it is now or never.
Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad) General Secretary
Source: www.karnatakacoc.blogspot.in

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