Sunday, February 21, 2016

Govt to monitor 'integrity' of Central Government Employees

Move to rate staffers on this count creates flutter in bureacracy 

The "integrity"of central government employees will now be under watch.

A confidential circular by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all officers of the rank of joint secretaries and above to rate the integrity of their subordinates.

The move forms part of reforms and making bureaucracy more accountable and functional. The intergrity report will be part of the annual confidential appraisal reports (ACARs).

The ACAR is designed to adjudge the performance of government servants every year in the areas of work, conduct, character and capabilities.

The ratings will be "beyond doubt, doubtful, most doubtful".

The circular has created a flutter within bureaucracy. Many officials told dna that it has not defined the integrity.

It has also asked supervisory officers to maintain a confidential diary to note the integrity and actions of subordinate staff, and consult this diary when filing the integrity column in the ACARs.
The filing of ACARs, which starts on March 31, has to be completed by May 23.

"Officers have been asked to make a note in the diary about instances that raise suspicion about the integrity of a subordinate and the action taken to verify the truth," said a senior central government official.

It further says that senior officers till the rank of secretaries should also note the action taken by supervisors while making confidential departmental inquiries or referring the matter to the police for further action.

Though a clause of integrity was incorporated in the ACAR some years back, reporting officers were not making a clear and categorical noting.

Now, with clear classification in the columns, they will have to report and rate the integrity of staff, said a DoPT official.

Meanwhile, Union minister of state in-charge of DoPT Dr Jitendra Singh said that the government will soon devise an institutional mechanism for the welfare and utilisation of the vast resource pool of pensioners.

At present, there are more pensioners than serving employees, he said. Retired employees need to engage themselves and contribute to government initiatives like educating people to use the accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya and Kaushal Vikas Yojana etc as per their interests, he suggested.

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Now, premature closure possible in PPF postal scheme

With the Public Provident Fund, recently re-launched as Ponmagan Podhuvaippu Nidhi, gaining more patronage, the postal department has relaxed a few norms for the savings scheme.

Soon, customers have the option of closing the deposit scheme after completing five years for reasons such as children’s higher education or expenditure towards medical treatment.

In the last six months alone, nearly 20,000 PPF accounts have been opened in Chennai city region. The scheme has nearly 1.21 lakh depositors so far in the region.

Earlier, the depositor could take loans and partially withdraw in the seventh year of the scheme.

Now, premature closure of the deposit is allowed. Officials of the postal department said the scheme, which does not involve any age limit, can also be opened in the name of children through their guardians. Depositors could save from Rs.500 to Rs.1.5 lakh in a year for which an interest of 8.7 per cent is provided.

However, the Tamil Nadu circle has only 1.78 lakh PPF accounts of which a major chunk has been opened in the Chennai region. Sources said the long-term savings scheme had not reached the rural and suburban areas. Though the Union government has decided to recalibrate interest rate of small saving schemes from April 1, depositors may enjoy the same interest rate for saving in PPF.

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Special Leave Petition (Civil)   21803 / 2014
Petitioner                                                  Union Of India and Ors.
Respondent                                              M.V. Mohanan Nair

Advocate(Petitioner)                               Mr. B. V. Balaram Das

Advocate(Respondent)                           Mr. C. K. Sasi

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Subject Matter                                         Matters Relating To Judiciary Matters Pertaining To Employees of District Courts  And Tribunals

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Pay Rise 54% in 6th CPC – 7th CPC Recommended only 14.3% - NFIR

The need for fixing the minimum wages at Rs 26,000/- and modifying the multiplying factor was explained in detail with full justification.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No: II/95/Pt VIII
Dt:19th February, 2016

On the Invitation of Shri R.K. Chaturvedi, Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance Dr M. Raghavaiah, Chairman/NJCA & GS/NFIR and Shri Guman Singh, Member/NJCA & President/NFIR representing Central Government Federations/Associations attended the meeting at North Block, New Delhi at 11.00AM on 19th February 2016 and explained NJCA’s 1 to 26 charter of demands with full justification for every demand.

The need for fixing the minimum wages at Rs 26,000/- and modifying the multiplying factor was explained in detail with full justification. The leaders drew the attention of Shri Chaturvedi to Page No 63 of 7th CPC which is as follows:
(in percent)
V CPC   
It is clear from above that the pay rise is only 14.3% in 7th CPC, which is causing lot of resentment and unrest among 34 lakh Central Govt Employees belonging to Railways, Defence, Postal etc., Mr R.K. Chaturvedi assured to explain the views expressed by NJCA leaders to the Cabinet Secretary and stated that within 10-15 days a meeting between NJCA, Empowered Committee and the Implementation Cell will be held for further discussions.

The NJCA leaders made it ample clear that in the event of No Negotiated Settlement all the central government employees will be compelled to serve Strike Notice on 11th March 2016 and proceed on strike from 6.00AM on 11th April 2016.

As already decided by NJCA all the Central Govt Employees must prepare themselves for Indefinite Strike from 11th April 2016.

(Marri Raghavaiah)

Source: NFIR

7th CPC - Minimum pay likely to be increased to “a balanced compromise”

New Delhi: Central government has admitted that central government employees are not happy with the minimum pay, which has been recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will include the increase the pay hikes of central government employees in the budget in this month.

The recommendation of the Pay Commission will be included in the budget but will not see the minimum pay Rs 18,000.

The commission findings of pay hikes of central government employees were published in November, with a promise of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to include the increase the pay hikes of central government employees in the budget in this month.

All trade unions and central government employees associations are unhappy with the proposed increase of minimum pay.
Some of the unions and associations had called for the minimum pay to be increased to Rs 26,000, while another wanted it raised to Rs 24,000.
Yesterday, the Finance Ministry official, works with implementation cell, said the minimum pay will be increased to “a balanced compromise”, while trade unions have said the increase should be made to good enough.

The Economists claimed minimum pay increase would cripple government finance as pay of all central government employees will be hiked on the basis of minimum pay, which also against the Pay Commission recommendations.

One of the famous economists, who requested to remain anonymous said , “policy decisions must be based on hard evidence, not aspirations. It is deeply frustrating to see important policy decisions being made in the absence of the necessary economic evidence.”

“There is no justifiable economic argument for increasing the minimum pay beyond the pay panel. It is sad to say but the only reason for the increase is political survival in the upcoming election of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in April-May,” he added

The Finance Ministry official said, “the evidence based approach, which is used by the Finance Ministry indicates that the Indian Economy can sustain a modest increase in the minimum pay of central government employees, without causing harm to other government businesses.”
Accordingly, the government determines to to hike Basic salary at least Rs 20,000 from Rs 18,000 recommended by the Seventh pay commission,

The The Seventh Pay Commission recommended raise in basic pay, a key segment that determines several allowances, is only 14.27 per cent – the lowest in 70 years. The previous commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

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