Sunday, December 20, 2015

ACCORDING TO 7TH CPC REPORT, NET INCREASE IS ACTUALLY VARIES FROM 1% TO 4 %

Confederation Of Central Government Employees And Workers Karnataka State

Wage hike and trade union action 

Comrades ,
The 7th CPC has cheated the 35 lakhs Central Government Employees and 50 lakhs pensioners, by announcing meagre 14.29% wage hike, in actual term of increase for serving employees after deduction of Income tax, enhanced subscription of CGEIS,licence fee, CGHS etc the net increase is actually varies from 1% to 4 % increase.

The similar situation was existing for central Government employees during the 5th CPC , as the 5th CPC had recommended 20% wage hike after strike notice was served then the Third Front Government agreed to provide 40% wage hike, recently the 6th CPC had provided 54% wage hike.This is lowest wage hike by any pay commission.

The Central Government Employees are having 10 years wage revision against the basic principle of 5 years wage revision adopted by all other Government agency such as Banks Employees, PSU employees etc. The bank employees were initially offered around 10% wage hike , after sustained trade union action they got 15% wage hike from with effect from 1st November 2012. Cumulatively it works out to more than 35 % wage hike for 10 years. The AP and Telangana state government employees got recently 40 % wage hike the pay commission of AP had also adopted Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms and fixed at Rs 13,000/- minimum wage as on 1st July 2013 , if we calculate the minimum wage on this basis for the Central Government Employees the minimum wage works out to Rs 25,000/- and fitment formula of 3.57 .

Comrades let us fight united under the NJCA banner to achieve a decent wage hike, the 7th CPC has erred in the calculation of minimum wage for the Central Government Employees it has fixed at Rs 18000/ against the staff side demand of Rs 26,000/-. while calculating the minimum wage as per Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms the 7th CPC has taken wrong prices of the essential items for example the price of one kg of pulses as Rs 97.84 against the market price of Rs 180/- , similarly the price of one kg of rice and wheat as Rs 25.93 against the market price of Rs 50/- & Rs 40, and 7th CPC has modified the Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms. The 7th CPC has taken 125% DA into consideration, at present the DA is likely to cross 125% , the prices of essential commodity including rice and pulses are showing increase in last month and further rise due to floods and draught in many states.

Overall the 7th CPC has erred in calculation of minimum wage for the Central Government Employees there by denying the correct fitment formula and right wage hike. Comrade it is time to mobilize, educate and prepare for trade union action. Like bank employees we should also get right wage agreement.


Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary
Karnataka CoC

Why implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendation is a herculean challenge

Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, a former Supreme Court judge and chairman of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC), has returned to his home town Jodhpur in Rajasthan after spending two years in Delhi and submitting a 900-page humongous report recommending a hike in pay, allowances and pension for 47 lakh government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

Even as the government kickstarts the process of implementing the report, something that will cost the exchequer over Rs 1 lakh crore, Mathur nowa-days hears only the disgruntled voices.

He continues to read complaints in newspapers and hears deep anxiety among civil servants over phone calls.

The Confederation of Civil Service Associations (COSCA), comprising 20 different class-I services such as Indian Police Service, Indian Revenue Service and Indian Information Service, amongst others, met finance minister Arun Jaitley early this month. The purpose of that meeting was to press their demand that the empowered panel of secretaries, which will examine the report before the Cabinet takes the final call, must not be dominated by one service, read IAS.

What they want is the removal of the edge that the IAS enjoys so far, something that was fiercely opposed by one member in the CPC, thereby making it difficult for the government to draw a conclusion. Then, the Central Secretariat Service which is considered the backbone of the Central government ministries and the one that comprises over 12,000 employees, is planning a massive agitation in the coming week near North Block. They will protest against what they call an unfair treatment meted out by the CPC because "some officers with vested interests" misled the Commission.

Meanwhile, the armed forces personnel, the officers in particular, have made their unhappiness public. Though the CPC increased their pay substantially — packages are about 30 per cent higher than their civilian counterparts — the withdrawal of free ration in peace areas for officers by the Commission seems to have hurt them the most.

Not a Cakewalk

"It's Dil Maange More for everyone in the government. I wish I could make everyone happy... I feel very sad to hear that many in the armed forces are still not satisfied," Justice Mathur told ET Magazine over phone from Jodhpur, adding that he travelled across the country including Siachen to get a pulse of the conditions the forces serve in before making his recommendations.

For the government, the challenge begins only now. Implementing a pay commission report is not a cakewalk particularly when the chairman and two of its members are not on the same page on a number of issues — including the contentious one of whether IAS officers should be allowed to continue with the edge that they have enjoyed so far over other civil servants.

In 2008, the then United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government took about five and a half months to implement the Sixth Central Pay Commission, and in the backdrop of disparate voices and continuous lobbying by various services even after the submission of the Seventh CPC report, the present government's job could turn out to be much more challenging.

"The government can't make the pill more bitter than it is. We expect the government instead to sweeten the Commission's recommendations further," says IRS officer Jayant Misra, who is also the convenor of COSCA. "We have also appealed to the finance minister and cabinet secretary that the empowered committee of secretaries must not have more than 25 per cent members from one particular service so that the report can be examined objectively and impartially."

The government has set up an implementation cell for the Seventh CPC, to be headed by a joint secretary-ranked IAS officer, RK Chaturvedi. This cell, which comes under the department of expenditure, will give all the inputs to a committee of secretaries (CoS) to be formed under the cabinet secretary for examining the report. The expenditure secretary will then compile the decisions of the CoS and prepare the Cabinet note. And the Union Cabinet will take the final decision on which of the recommendations could be accepted, and which discarded.

This process may take six months or more. But as it involves Rs 1,02,100 crore, with the new pay scale likely to be effective from January 1, 2016, the government has to make a provision for the last quarter of the current fiscal year, apart from earmarking a sizeable expenditure in the coming Budget to be presented in February. The Railways, which have to bear Rs 32,000 crore of the burden, also has its task cut out. "The Seventh Pay Commission is a big challenge for the Railways. We have to talk to the finance ministry and collectively find a way out," says railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who has his hands full in his attempt to restore the financial health of the organisation. With a workforce of about 1.4 million, the highest in any government department, the Indian Railways will face the brunt of the Seventh CPC load.

The Balancing Act

Overall, the government will take a hit of Rs 39,100 crore on account of salary hikes and another Rs 29,300 crore from allowances, if the government decides to accept the CPC recommendation as it is. Of the allowances, a whopping Rs 17,200 crore will be on account of only one allowance — house rent.

It is on the allowances front that the government can save some money if it delays implementing the report. While the pay hike per se will be retrospective, with government servants getting arrears with effect from January 1, 2016 if the Centre accepts it as the effective date, the payment on account of allowances is prospective in nature.

Money is, however, not the only challenge that the government has to cope with at this juncture. The bigger challenge is how to arrest the growing discontent among various layers of civil servants who are at loggerheads with each other. Whereas IPS, IRS, IIS among others want parity with IAS in terms of rank and pay, the next layer, the Central Secretariat Service, has its angst against their immediate superiors in the civil services hierarchy. "We are not in a tussle with the IAS. But many Group "A" services officers don't want us to move up the ladder. We have taken the agitation path, as the Pay Commission did not even hear us out because of some officials with vested interests," says Rakesh Kumar, general secretary of the Central Secretariat Service Forum.

Back in Jodhpur, Justice Mathur may be wishing he could have pleased all government officers, but as he himself realises the only way to achieve that would be to drive the government bankrupt. 

Next year will be challenging because of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission and OROP:Jayant Sinha

Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha

On fiscal deficit, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said the government will meet the target for current as well as for the next fiscal.

"We will achieve 3.9 per cent fiscal deficit target for the current fiscal and 3.5 per cent for the next fiscal," he said, adding that next year will be challenging because of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission and One Rank One Pension (OROP).

"It's going to be a challenging year because we have the headwinds of two major factors that are slowing us down... agriculture and exports slowdown. Those two factors are dragging us down," he said. 

In addition to that, the government has to deal with OROP and 7th Pay Commission liability which is going to be Rs 1 lakh crore.

With regard to key legislations, Sinha said "on our side we are ready and prepared to introduce the bankruptcy legislation. If indeed we are able to bring in the bankruptcy legislation, it will be the second best relative to getting GST." 

The government has three working days to introduce the Bill as the winter session of Parliament ends on Wednesday.

"We have said all along that our two top priorities are GST and the bankruptcy legislation. We are continuing to discuss GST legislation for which we have not got support from our colleagues, from principal opposition party," he said. 

PTI

Tamilnadu State Govt. : Miladi (Milad) un Nabi Holiday Date Change to Dec 24, 2015

Tamilnadu Miladi Nabi/ Milad un-Nabi/ Id-e-Milad 2015 Holiday will be declared on December 24, 2015. Earlier TN government announced that on occasion of holiday Miladi Nabi holiday declared on December 23, 2015.
Milad un Nabi date calculation moon sight seen on 12th December and festival is to be celebrated on 12th day (December 24, 2015). Miladi Nabi 2015 date confirmed by Tamil Nadu Wakf Board, Government Chief Kazi, Janab.Mufti Dr.Kazi Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub.

Chief Secretary to Government. Thiru K. Gnanadesikan announced that holiday date has been shifted from December 23 2015 (Wednesday) to December 24, 2015 (Friday)

All state government offices employees will have continuous four days holiday. Dec 24 leave for Miladi Nabi, Dec 25 for Christmas and Dec 26 & Dec 27 are Saturday and Sunday. Similarly all nationalised banks will be closed from December 24 – December 27. Because of the rule all banks will be declared holiday on 2nd and 4th Saturday.

According to 7th CPC report, net increase is actually varies from 1% to 4 %

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State

Wage hike and trade union action 
Comrades ,
The 7th CPC has cheated the 35 lakhs Central Government Employees and 50 lakhs pensioners, by announcing meagre 14.29% wage hike, in actual term of increase for serving employees after deduction of Income tax, enhanced subscription of CGEIS,licence fee, CGHS etc the net increase is actually varies from 1% to 4 % increase.

The similar situation was existing for central Government employees during the 5th CPC , as the 5th CPC had recommended 20% wage hike after strike notice was served then the Third Front Government agreed to provide 40% wage hike, recently the 6th CPC had provided 54% wage hike.This is lowest wage hike by any pay commission.

The Central Government Employees are having 10 years wage revision against the basic principle of 5 years wage revision adopted by all other Government agency such as Banks Employees, PSU employees etc. The bank employees were initially offered around 10% wage hike , after sustained trade union action they got 15% wage hike from with effect from 1st November 2012. Cumulatively it works out to more than 35 % wage hike for 10 years. The AP and Telangana state government employees got recently 40 % wage hike the pay commission of AP had also adopted Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms and fixed at Rs 13,000/- minimum wage as on 1st July 2013 , if we calculate the minimum wage on this basis for the Central Government Employees the minimum wage works out to Rs 25,000/- and fitment formula of 3.57 .

Comrades let us fight united under the NJCA banner to achieve a decent wage hike, the 7th CPC has erred in the calculation of minimum wage for the Central Government Employees it has fixed at Rs 18000/ against the staff side demand of Rs 26,000/-. while calculating the minimum wage as per Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms the 7th CPC has taken wrong prices of the essential items for example the price of one kg of pulses as Rs 97.84 against the market price of Rs 180/- , similarly the price of one kg of rice and wheat as Rs 25.93 against the market price of Rs 50/- & Rs 40, and 7th CPC has modified the Dr. Aykroyd formula and 15th ILO norms. The 7th CPC has taken 125% DA into consideration, at present the DA is likely to cross 125% , the prices of essential commodity including rice and pulses are showing increase in last month and further rise due to floods and draught in many states.

Overall the 7th CPC has erred in calculation of minimum wage for the Central Government Employees there by denying the correct fitment formula and right wage hike. Comrade it is time to mobilize, educate and prepare for trade union action. Like bank employees we should also get right wage agreement.
Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary
Karnataka CoC