Monday, June 13, 2016

Demonstration in Suport of CHQ Charter of Demands on CBS CIS by AIPEU Gonda and Jaunpur (UP)

As we all know that Group C staff are suffering badly from CBS and CIS issues.

Demands Day celebrated through out the UP Circle on call of AIPEU Gr C (CHQ) New Delhi.

Comrades of UP are ready for massive demonstration and day long Dharna on 17/6/16 at O/o CPMG UP Circle in the leadership of Com Subhash Mishra Circle Secretary AIPEU Gr C UP

Participation shows the anguish level of Postal Employees on Finacle failure

All India Postal Employees Union
Group C Gonda (UP)





MEETING WITH GDS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY AT GDS COMMITTEE OFFICE

A Meeting was held on 25.05.2016 with GDS Committee Chairman Shri Kamalesh Chandra and Secretary Shri T.Q. Ahmed at GDS Committee office to give oral evidence on AIGDSU memorandum. Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah, General Secretary, Com. B.V. Rao, Asst. General Secretary and Circle Secretary A.P Circle, Com. Lakhwinder Pal Singh, Treasurer CHQ and Circle Secretary Punjab Circle, Com. Rajendra Prasad Singh, Working President CHQ and Circle Secretary Bihar Circle, Com. C.B. Tiwari, Asst. General Secretary and Circle Secretary U.P. Circle, Com. Dhanya Kanth Borah, Org. Secretary CHQ and Circle Secretary Assam Circle, Com. Vijay Sharma, Circle Secretary, Haryana Circle, Com. Pradeep Singh, Asst. Circle Secretary U.P. Circle participated in the meeting.

At first the delegation of AIGDSU honoured the Chairman and Secretary with flower Boquet. The Secretary welcomed the delegation. After introduction, the committee saw the documentary films made by Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah, General Secretary on GDS system.

Discussion were held from 10-00 A.M to 4-00 P.M. nearly six hours in pleasant atmosphere on each and every point of Memorandum. The General Secretary submitted documentary evidence to support the argument on every item.

The Chairman and the Secretary showed much attention and interest and pleased with the arguments of the representatives response has come from the GDS Committee. We hope that the GDS committee will make the best recommendations for the betterment of GDS and the same assurance was given by the Chairman and The Secretary.

At end the delegation expressed heartfelt thanks to the GDS committee and meeting was ended in friendly manner.

Central unions prepare for strike from July 11

The unions are in favour of an amicable settlement to long-pending demands. “While we hope the Centre will keep this in mind, we are also preparing for a fight,” said National Joint Council of Action Convenor Shiva Gopal Mishra pertaining to railway personnel.

SCR Mazdoor Union general secretary Ch. Sankara Rao, Central Government Employees Confederation representative V. Nageswara Rao, and All India Defence Employees Federation leader G.T. Gopal Rao.

On behalf of an estimated 33 lakh central government employees, the unions on June 9 served indefinite strike notice on Centre (to go on strike from July 11).

‘We are for an amicable settlement, but also preparing for a stiff fight. Hope govt. takes our strike notice seriously’

Source : http://www.thehindu.com

Income tax: Know your taxes and exemptions

CHENNAI: The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax, is what Albert Einstein had famously said. Amid the long list of taxation categories, to assimilate what is taxable and what is exempted is hard. Even harder is to pay them, of course. As the June 15 deadline to pay the first tranche of advance I-T for 2017-18 nears, here’s a ready reckoner on all income that’s tax-free.

Investments

Dividend income from a company’s profits, or MFs and stocks is tax free for individuals. However, in the recent budget, the Finance Ministry slapped a 10% tax of gross amount of dividend exceeds Rs 10 lakh per annum. Interest earned on savings bank accounts, which pay 4-6% interest, up to Rs 10,000 is exempt from gross total income. So is maturity amount received from a life insurance policy, including bonus payment. Likewise, any payment received from a statutory provident fund and pension provident fund is completely exempted from tax.

Other income

If you have a partnership firm, any income from this is not taxable, provided the firm has been assessed. This is to avoid double taxation. Gifts from specified relatives is tax-free and has no upper limit, but if they aren’t related, the exemption limit cannot exceed Rs 50,000. All farm income including rent from or sale of farm land is tax-free.

From government

Income arising out of interest, premium on redemption or other payment on securities, bonds, annuity certificates, savings certificates and other instruments issued by the Central government is free of tax, awards, cash or kind, by the Central and state government aren’t taxable under the Indian laws. Also, money received as part of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, students fund or foundation for communal harmony all are exempted from being taxed.

From employer

House rental allowance is tax-free if you are renting the property. However, if you own it, you have to cough up taxes. Leave travel allowance is also exempted, but the limit varies from person to person based on the income range. Besides, several other provisions like conveyance allowance, daily allowance, helper/assistance allowance, uniform allowance, and research allowance are all tax-free. Cash received as ‘leave encashment,’ during retirement is tax-free. For government staff there’s no limit, for private staff, the limit is Rs 3 lakh towards leave encashment. In case the company is winded down, compensation received by such staff comes under the tax-free income category.

Retirement income

Gratuity is tax-free subject to certain limitations depending on the income level and of course based on type of entity i.e, government or private. As for pension, it is exempted for all government employees. But for private salaried individuals, it is part exempted depending on the amount of gratuity that has been given tax-free. Also, if a company follows a government-prescribed VRS framework, payment received during the voluntary retirement up to Rs 5 lakh is exempted.

Source : http://www.newindianexpress.com

As big corporates shy away, can India Post get the payments bank model right?

(This is an updated version of an earlier story)
Of the 11 companies that were given in-principle nod by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up payments banks in August, 2015, three -- Tech Mahindra, Cholamandalam Finance and Dilip Shanghvi-IDFC Bank-Telenor JV, have already dropped out. This leaves only eight applicants in the list — India Post, Airtel Money, Reliance Industries, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone MPesa, Fino PayTech and NSDL.

Why are firms shying away from their plans on payments banks? The reason is simple. Unlike regular banks, which typically do business for interest earnings from the lending business using deposit money, these entities do not have the liberty to lend. Payments bank have to primarily survive on fee-income since 75 percent of their deposits need to be mandatorily invested in government bonds with maturity up to a year. Also, payments banks can only accept deposits up to Rs 1 lakh.

To get deposits, competing with regular banks which offer up to 7 percent return on their savings deposits, payments banks will have to offer aggressive rates. However, since payments banks need to invest majority of their deposits in government bonds for a maximum 7.45 percent-8 percent (the approximate yield on one year paper), this would mean no real business for them. The cost to set up and run operations far outweighs the benefits for the payments bank. Of course, these companies aren’t here for charity.

As SBI chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya, pointed out, there is a big challenge on customer acquisition front too. Why would someone who is using a mobile banking service that is readily available be willing to migrate to a new bank? This too, given that technology, such as unified payments system, would enable cheaper transactions through mobile phones.

The cost of rolling out the service will be far lower for companies with an existing telecom infrastructure network than a firm which wants to start from the scratch.

India Post — the real game changer

But, as far as India Post, is concerned, the story could turn out to be entirely different. With existing infrastructure and government-backing, India Post is the giant among payments banks. India Post also has an existing client base through its various deposit schemes.

As communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said recently, India Post plans to open 650 branches of the payment bank by September 2017. But, besides these full bank branches, India Post’s 1.5 lakh offices nationwide, including about 27,000 core banking enabled branches would also be used to roll out payments bank services (in the form of correspondent branches), according to the broader plan of the department.

The postal department, which failed to get into the list of full service banks when the RBI gave permits to IDFC and Bandhan in April 2014, has been trying for long to get into the banking business. The department has begun to set up ATMs and connect its offices through core banking solution network. As of 31 March 2015, the outstanding balances under the post office savings scheme stood at Rs 6.19 lakh crore.

Backed by its existing outlets across the country, Post Bank can offer a stiff competition to public sector banks in the deposit market as compared with other payments bank aspirants, if it can offer competitive returns. Given the fact that India Post is present in many far-flung areas of the country, where even nationalized banks do not have branches, a Post Bank can change the way people save in these parts. The only question is can India Post operate profitability within the limited scope of operations as laid out by the RBI guidelines? One has to wait and see.

7th CPC Empowered Committee Meeting on 11th June, 2016 held or postponed, mixed news from media

7th CPC Empowered Committee Meeting on 11th June, 2016 held or postponed, mixed news from media
The most awaited meeting of Empowered Committee of Secretaries on Seventh Pay Commission's recommendation was to be held on 11th June, 2016 in the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretaries. Whether meeting held or postponed the mixed news are coming from media and union? Zee News says that meeting was postponed for 17th June and the other hand the Sen Times says that the meeting held. Here are the details about it:-

7th CPC: Secretaries panel yet to decide final monthly salary for central government employees - Zee News

New Delhi: The meeting of the Empowered Group of Secretaries reviewing the 7th Pay Commission, to finalize the payout to the central government employees did not take place as scheduled earlier on Saturday.

The office of the Cabinet Secretary confirmed that the meeting did not take place on Saturday. It did not reveal either when would the secretaries panel meet again to give the final shape to the salaries of central government employees.

"The meeting is expected to take place on Tuesday, June 14", said V.P. Mishra, President, Indian Public Service Employment Federation. "When we met the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha on June 3, he told us that we would be meeting on June 14", added Mishra confirming that the 7th Pay Commission report is said to be finalised soon. [Read more at: Zee News]

7th Pay Commission review panel meets Saturday, pay hike to be implemented by August - The Sen Times

New Delhi: The Empowered Committee of Secretaries, who is processing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission met Saturday to discuss the issue of pay hike of central government employees and pensioners.

Sources told the Sen Times that Empowered Committee agreed to implement to hike pay to 48 lakh of central government employees and and 52 lakh pensioners from August 1,

However, the source declined to reveal details of the meeting.

The final decision on the matter has been taken in the meeting of the 7th Pay Commission review committe chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha in New Delhi on Saturday.

The meeting’s agenda also included adding final touches to the recommendations before they are handed to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

7th Pay Commission award comes into effect with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016, salary packages of central government employees and pensioners will be impacted.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries proposed to credit the arrears along with the revised pay.

The Secretaries’ group has recommended proposed a minimum salary at Rs 21,000 and the highest salary at Rs 2,70,000 for hiking salary around 30 per cent also recommended for doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances. [Read at The Sen Times]

DNA India also agreed with the Sen Times News

7th Pay Commission: New monthly salaries to be effected by August 1, report says - DNA India

The 7th Pay Commission committee met on Saturday to discuss the roll out plan and add final touches to the revised salary recommendations.

Revised, higher monthly salaries for lakhs of central government employees and pensioners may come into effect as soon as August 1, a report in The Financial Express said, quoting officials working closely with the 7th Pay Commission.

The final decision on the matter was supposed to have been taken in the April 11 meeting of the 7th Pay Commission committed chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha in New Delhi. The meeting's agenda also included adding final touches to the recommendations before they are handed to the Finance Ministry. The details of what transpired in the meeting on Saturday haven't been revealed yet.

When it comes into effect with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016, salary packages of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners will be impacted.

On the other hand AIRF is agree with the Zee News:-

7th CPC Empowered Committee Meeting on 11th June, 2016 held or postponed, mixed news from media -AIRF

Internal meeting of group of secretaries which was scheduled to be held on 11.06.2016 has been cancelled. Meeting didn’t take place at all. Shri P.K. Sinha Cabinet Secretary is heading the committee of Group of Secretaries.

On the clarion call of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, 11-point Charter of demands of the Central Government employees as also non-settlement of long pending genuine demands of the Railwaymen, AIRF and its affiliates organized huge demonstrations at all Zonal Headquarters of Indian Railways on 9 June 2016. On this occasion the employees of Indian Railway participated in mass demonstrations with full enthusiasm with holding banners in hand and shouting slogans for early redressal of their long pending genuine demands.

Cadre Restructuring proposal of Group "C" employees of Railways Mail Service (RMS) , SBCO and Postmaster Cadre Officials





GO AHEAD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11th JULY-2016.

GO AHEAD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11th JULY-2016.

NJCA PRESS STATEMENT


NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055


PRESS STATEMENT.
Dated 9th June, 2016.

The National Joint Council of Action was formed as an apex level organization of the under-mentioned Associations/Federations participating in the negotiating body of the Central Government employees at the National level, called the Joint Consultative Machinery.

1. All India Railway men Federation.
2. National Federation of Indian Railway men
3. All India Defence Employees Federation
4. Indian National Defence Workers Federation
5. Confederation of Central Government employees and workers representing the
Unions and Associations in all Departments other than Railways and Defence.
6. National Federation of Postal Employees
7. Federation of National Postal organizations.

It was formed in the wake of the then UPA Government refusing to enter into any meaningful negotiations with the Employees Federation. In the face of the unprecedented rise in the inflation of the Indian Economy during 2006 -16, the employees demanded the Government to effect wage rise for the emoluments fixed on the basis of the 6th CPC was incapable of meeting the both end of an employee especially at the lowest level. Though under threat the then Government conceded the demand for setting up of the 7th CPC, they stubbornly refused to grant any interim relief or DA merger, which alone would have mitigated the difficulties of the low paid workers When the NDA Government came to power, the NJCA approached them also with a request that the difficulties of the low paid workers in Central Government must be appreciated and the demand for Interim Relief or DA merger be conceded. The NDA Government too did not respond to the plea made by the NJCA. 

The 7th CPC which was set up in Feb. 2014 was to submit its report in August, 2016. However, at the intervention of the Government, the report was further delayed and it ultimately reached the Government only in November, 2015. Their recommendations were to be effective from 1.1.2016. Except setting up an empowered Committee of Secretaries, the Government did not do anything so far on the report. It is now more than six months the report is with the Government. Normally the revised allowances which form part and parcel of the salary of the employees are granted with prospective effect i.e. from the date of the issue of the orders. The delay in taking decision on the report will rob the employees of the increased allowances for ever. This apart, the report of the 7th CPC was totally disappointing as it did not address any of the issues projected before them in a proper manner and most of the demands were rejected sans reasoning and logic. The increase they recommended was a paltry 14%, the lowest any Pay Commission had ever suggested. The NJCA in a detailed memorandum submitted on 10th December, 2015, conveyed to the Government as to how the recommendations on all major issues were bereft of logic and reasoning and suggested as to what improvements were required thereon. The NJCA had been pursuing to have a meaningful negotiation and settlement of the issues. Except hearing the leaders, the empowered Committee did not go further. It acted as if it was powerless and the final decision will have to be taken by the Government. At the request of the Cabinet Secretary on Ist March, 2016, when the NJCA deferred the strike action which was to commence in April, 2016. 
  • As there had been no fruitful negotiations or discussions and having realized that the Government has no intention to settle the Charter of demands, the NJCA decided to serve the notice for an Indefinite strike action on 9th June, 2016. Accordingly, all the constituent organizations have served the strike notice today to their respective heads of Departments. The indefinite strike will commence on 11th July, 2016, if no satisfactory settlement is brought about on the charter of demands (which is enclosed). 
  • About 35 lakh workers and employees belonging to various Departments of the Government of India will participate in the strike action, which is to commence on11th July, 2016. It will certainly be the largest participated strike action of the Central Civil Servants of the country since its independence. The determination of the Minimum wage on the basis of Dr. Aykhroyd formula enunciated in 1957 to which the Government of India was a party is the most significant issue in the charter of demands. A right settlement thereon will have far reaching impact in the wage determination of the entire working class in the country. The confrontation is between the forces who wanted India to be the destination for cheap labour and others who fight against the exploitation. 
The new Contributory Pension scheme introduced by the Government in 2004 has made one third of the Civil servants unsure of their entitlement at the evening of their life even though they were to contribute huge sums from their wages every month compulsorily. The PFRDA bill became an Act in the country as the members of Parliament both belonging to NDA and UPA voted in favour of the loot of the workers. Even the recommendation made by the Standing Committee of the Parliament to provide for a minimum guaranteed annuity pension was rejected when the Bill was passed. The other issue which must have a satisfactory settlement in the charter of demands is about the contributory pension scheme. 

There was perhaps only one and only one positive recommendation made by the 7th CPC. That was to give some relief in the pension entitlement of the past pensioners. The Government has now proposed to reject that recommendation on the specious plea that the relevant records required for the verification of the claim of the individual pensioners especially those retired long time back may not be available with the Government. If the Government chooses to accept such also untenable advices from whichever quarter it emanates, it would not only be unfortunate but will make the strike action an imminent inevitability. While the NJCA hopes that the good counsel will prevail upon the Government to avert the strike action, it appeals all its constituents and through them all Central Government employees to go ahead with the preparation of the strike action, which is slated to commence from 11th July, 2016 with courage and determination.

Shiva Gopal Misra.
Convener 

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

Part A.

1. Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7 CPC sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.
2. Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc. in Railways& Defence, different categories in other Central Govt establishments by the 7 CPC.
3. Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.
4. i) No privatization/outsourcing/contractorisation of governmental functions.
ii) Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and allowances to the GDS.
5. No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.
6. Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; regularize the casual/contract workers.
7. Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.
8. Extend the benefit of Bonus Act,1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with effect from the Financial year 2014-15.
9. Ensure Five promotions in the service career of an employee.
10. Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour Reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers.
11. Revive JCM functioning at all levels.


CHARTER OF DEMANDS
Part B
1. Re-compute the minimum wage on the basis of the actual commodity prices as on 1.7.2015and factor the Dr. Aykroyd formula stipulated percentages for housing and social obligations, children education etc. Revise the fitment formula and pay levels on the basis of the so determined minimum wage;
We are not in agreement with the methodology adopted by the 7th CPC in computing the minimum WAGE. We give hereunder briefly the reasons thereof.
1. The retail prices of the commodities quoted by the Labour bureau is irrational, imaginary and even absurd in respect of certain articles at certain places. The Staff Side had objected to the adoption of those rates in its meeting with the Commission on 9th June, 2015. 
2. The adoption of 12 monthly average of the retail prices is contrary to Dr. Aykroyd formula. Same is the case with the reduction effected by the Commission on housing and social obligation factors. The house rent allowance is not a full compensation of the expenditure incurred by an employee for obtaining an accommodation. Therefore, no reduction on that count in arriving at the minimum wage is permissible. We may cite the minimum wage computation made by the 3rd CPC in this regard, The employees were in receipt of HRA even at that time. But still the 3rd CPC, and rightly so, adopted the 7.5% as the factor for housing. In respect of the addition to be made for children education and social obligation as per the Supreme Court judgement, (25%) the Commission has reduced the percentage to 15% on the specious plea that the employees are separately given children education allowance. The Children education allowance is not a full reimbursement of the expenses one has to incur. After the liberalization of the Education Sector where private parties were allowed to set up universities and colleges, the expenses for education had increased heavily . No concession or allowance is granted to the employees for educating the children beyond the higher secondary levels. The earlier Pay Commission has only tried to compensate a little in the increasing cost of education and that too at the primary level, since even the Governmental institutions had started charging abnormal tuition and other fees.
3. The website maintained for the Agriculture Ministry depicts the retail prices of commodities which go into the basket of minimum wage computation. Even though the rates quoted by them vary from the real retail prices in the market, it provides a different picture. If one is to take the rates quoted by them for different cities and make an all India average of the prices as on 1.7.2015, it will work out to Rs. 10810. It will result in the computation of the minimum wage of Rs. 19880. Adding 25% for arriving at the MTS scale, it will rise to Rs. 24850. To convert the same as on 1.1.2016, 3% will be added as suggested by the 7th CPC. The final computation will be Rs. 25,596, when rounded off shall be Rs. 26000.
4. The Andhra Pradesh State Pay Commission in its report has taken the commodity prices at Rs. 9830.- as on 1.7.2013 which works out to a minimum wage of Rs. 18080. The wage of MTS will then be Rs. 22600 as on 1.7.2013, The Corresponding figure for 1.1.2016 shall be Rs. 26758 , rounded off to Rs. 27000.
5. The Staff side had computed the minimum wage as on 1.1.2014 at Rs. 26,000, taking the commodity price at Rs. 11344. The rates were taken on the basis of the actual retail prices in the market as on 1.1.2014( average prices of 8 Cities in the country) substantiated by the documentary evidence of Cash bill obtained from the concerned vendors. As on 1.12016, the minimum wage work out to Rs. 29339, rounded off to Rs. 30,000.
6. The 5th CPC adopted the rate of growh in the economy ( as reflected in the increase in the per capita net national produce at factor cost) over a period of ten years to arrive at the increase required to be made to arrive at the minimum wage. The per capita NNP at factor cost registered an increase of 65.28% over a period of ten years in 2013-14. If we apply the same percentage to the emoluments (Pay +DA) as on 1.1.2016 (assuming that DA will be 125% as on that date), the minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 for an MTS will have to be Rs. 26030, rounded off to Rs. 27000.
7. In para 4.2.9 of the report, the Commission has given a table depicting the percentage increase provided by the successive Pay Commissions, according to which the 2nd CPC had made a paltry increase of 14.2%. The 3rdCPC gave a rise of 20.6, 4th 27.6, 5th 31.0 and 6th CPC 54%. While the per centage increase had been in ascending order all along, the 7th CPC has sought to reverse that trend ostensibly for reasons unknown. It is was the meager increase of 14% provided for by the 2nd CPC that triggered the volatile situation in the civil service and led to all India strike encompassing all employees which lasted for 5 days in 1960. We do not know whether the 7 CPC really intend to create such a scenario once again.
8. In the case of Bank, Insurance and many other Public Sector Undertakings wage revision takes place once in 5 years. In the recently concluded agreement, Bank employees were provided more than 15% increase.
9. After the implementation of the Pay Commissions Report the AP State Employees have been given a wage structure based on a minimum wage far above the level of Central Government employees. In their case also wage revision does take place once in 5 years.
It could be seen from the above that the computation of minimum wage by the 7 CPC is prima facie wrong and computed on untenable premises and incorrect data. The minimum wage therefore requires re-computation and revision. Once the minimum wage gets revised, the fitment formula, the multiplication factor applied for determining the pay levels and the pay matrix itself will have to consequently revised.

Determination of Pay Level Minimum

It is seen that the 7th CPC has applied varying multiplication factors for different pay levels. The 6th CPC has taken the emoluments in the private sector to hike the salary of officers by applying different yardstick to compute the pay bands disturbing the vertical relativity while the 7th CPC has further accentuated the gap of differences in wages between officers and employees. This being unacceptable we urge upon adoption of uniform multiplication factor for determining pay levels.
2. Revise the pay matrix basing upon the revised minimum wage and rounding off the stages to the next hundred. Accept the suggestion made by the Staff Side in its memorandum to 7 CPC for de-layering viz. to abolish the pay levels pertaining to GP 1900, 2400 and 4600.


In our memorandum to 7th CPC the staff side had requested for de-layering by abolition of Grade Pay of Rs 1900, 2400 & 4600. The pay levels pertaining to GP 1900, 2400 and 4600 may be abolished and merged with the next higher levels.

3. Revise the rate of increment to 5 % and Grant two increments in the feeder cadre levels as promotion benefit.

The rate of increment has been pegged down to 3% by the 7th CPC. At this rate an employee will not be able to double his pay even after 30 years. The demand of the staff side to increase the rate of increment to 5% to be accepted.

Promotion from one cadre to another is a rare phenomenon in government services especially in lower grades. If one to be awarded only an increment amounting to 3% of pay, it might not become a sought after affair and will in fact act as a de-motivating factor. This apart, in most of the Govt. Departments, promotion is followed by posting to a different location. Those who are posted to unclassified cities or from Metro cities to towns will financially suffer due to such mandatory transfer on promotion. This is because of the fact that the rate HRA, Transport Allowance etc vary from one station to another. The financial benefit on promotion must be, therefore, at least two increments i.e. 10% of the pay.

4. Fill up all vacant posts by holding special recruitment drive

5. MACP to be treated as financial up-gradation, without any grading stipulation; to be provided on the basis of the promotional cadre hierarchy of the concerned department; increase the number of MACP to five on completion of 8, 15,21,26 and 30th years of service. Reject the Efficiency Bar stipulation made by 7th CPC. Personnel promoted on the basis of Examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre.

6. Upgrade the LDCs in all departments as UDCs for it is stated by the Commission that the Government has stopped recruiting personnel to this cadre.

The cadre of LDC, after the introduction of MTS has presently overlapping functions. Most of the specific functions have also become obsolete on introduction of computerized diarizing and maintenance register. There is no specific need for this cadre in any of the offices. While future recruitment can be stopped, which the government has conveyed to the Commission, what has to be done to the existing cadre is not mentioned. It is therefore necessary that the existing incumbents be promoted as UDCs by upgrading all posts of LDC as UDCs.

7. a) Parity to be ensured for all Stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all the organized Accounts cadres with Central Sectt. By upgrading their pay scales ( and not by downgrading the pay scales of the CSS)
b) Drivers in all Government offices to be granted pay scale on par with the drivers of the Lok Sabha

The question of Parity, as has been rightly mentioned by 7th CPC, is a settled matter. It is the Department of Personnel which the cadre controlling Department for CSS cadre that unsettles the parity every time. The recommendation to downgrade the CSS is however not acceptable. What is required is to grant higher pay levels at par with CSS ministerial and stenographer cadres and other similarly placed cadres in the field/subordinate offices and IA&AD & Organized Accounts cadres. 

8. To remove existing anomaly, the annual increment date may be 1st January for those recruited prior to 30th June and 1st July in respect of those recruited prior to 31st December.

9. Wage of Central Government Employees be revised in every 5 years

10. Treat the GDS as Civil Servant and grant them all pay, allowances and benefits granted to regular employees on Pro -rata basis

11. Contract/casual and daily rated workers to be regularized against the huge vacancies existing in various Government offices.

12. Introduce PLB in all departments. All existing bilateral agreement on PLB must continue to be in operation

13 Revise the pension and other retirement benefits as under:-
(a) Parity between the past and present pensioners to be brought about on the basis of the 7th CPC recommendations with the modification that basis of computation to be the pay level of the post / grade/ scale of pay from which one retired; whichever is beneficial.
(b) Pension to be 60% of the last pay drawn in the case of all eligible persons who have completed the requisite number of years of service.
(c) The family pension to be 50% of the last pay drawn.
(d) Enhance the pension and family pension by 5% after every five years and 10% on attaining the age of 85 and 20% on attaining the age of 90.
(e) Commuted value of pension to be restored after 10 years or attaining the age of 70, whichever is earlier. Gratuity calculation to be on the basis of 25 days in the month as against 30 days as per the Gratuity Act.
(f) Fixed medical allowance for those pensioners not covered by CGHS and REHS to be increased to Rs. 2000 p.m.
(g) Provide one increment on the last day in service if the concerned employee has completed six months or more from the date of grant of last increment.
14 Exclude the Central Government employees from the ambit of the National Pension Scheme (NPS) and extend the defined benefit pension scheme to all those recruited after 1.1.2004

15 In the absence of any recommendation made by 7 CPC, the Government must withdraw the stipulated ceiling on compassionate appointments

16 Revise the following allowances/advances as under in place of the recommendations made by the 7th CPC :
The 7th CPC has recommended to abolish large number of allowances and interest free advances without going into the exact relevance in certain departments where the allowances are provided for. The allowances which are stated to be subsumed and which are clubbed with other s also require consideration. If these allowances are withdrawn, it might affect adversely the very functioning of the Department itself in certain emergent situation. Of the allowances mentioned in the report for abolition, we have mentioned hereunder those pertaining to civilian employees which require to be retained.
In respect of advances the Commission appears to have taken a shylock view of the matter. Most of the under mentioned advances are required to meet out contingencies which the employees cannot manage to organize. These advances are, therefore, to be retained.
(i) Allowances
(a) Retain the rate of house rent allowance in place of the recommendation of the Commission to reduce it.
(b) Restructure the transport allowance into two slabs at Rs. 7500 and 3750 with DA thereof removing all the stipulated conditions.
(c). Fixed conveyance allowance: This allowance had no DA component at any stage.. This allowance must be enhanced to 2.25 times with 25% DA thereon as and when the DA crosses 50%
(d) Restore the island Special duty allowance and the Tripura Special compensatory remote locality allowance.
(e) The special duty allowance in NE Region should be uniform for all at 30%
(f) Overtime allowance whenever sanction must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee
(g) Cash handling /Treasury allowance. The assumption that every transaction in Government Departments are through the bank is not correct. There are officials entrusted to collect cash and therefore the cash handling allowance to be retained.
(h)Qualification Pay to be retained.
(i) Small family norms allowances;
(j) Savings Bank allowance
(k) Outstation allowance
(l) P.O. & RMS. Accountants special allowance.
)m) Risk allowance
(n) Break-down allowance.
(o) Night patrolling allowance.
(p) Special Compensatory hill area allowance.
(q) Special allowance for Navodaya Vidyalaya Staff. 
(r) Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs. 32,400/- p a
(s) Nursing Allowance to be raised to 2.25 times of Rs 4800/-
(t) All fixed allowances must be raised to 2.25 times as per the principle enunciated by the Commission
(u) The erroneous statement in Para 9.2.5 to be corrected. Vide OM No. 13018/1/2009-Estt (L) dated 

22.07.2009, DOP, P&W, the leave period for Child adoption has been increased to 180 days
(v).Restore the allowances abolished for the reason that it is either not reported or mentioned in the Report by the Commission
17 Advances.
Restore the following advances and revise the same to 3 times.
(a). Natural calamity advance;
(b). Festival Advance
©. LTC and TA advances
(d). Medical advance
(e). Education advance.
(f) Vehicle advances including cycle advance

18 The stipulation made by the 7th CPC to grant only 80% of salary for the second year of CCL be rejected and the existing provisions may be retained

19 50% of the CGEIS premium to be paid by the Government in respect of Group B and C employees.

20 Health insurance to be introduced in addition to CGHS/REHS and CCS(MA) benefits and the premium to be paid by the Government and the employee equally. 

21 Reject the recommendations concerning PRIS

22 Full pay and allowances to be provided for the entire period of WRII .

23 The conditions stipulated in clause (4) & (5) under Para 9.2.37 be removed

24 Reject the recommendation made by the 7th CPC in Para 8.16.9 to 8.16.14 concerning dress allowance to PBOR as otherwise the five Ordnance Equipment factories under OFB will have to be closed down

25 Set up a Group of Ministers’ Committee to consider the anomalies including the disturbance of the existing horizontal and vertical relativities at the National level and Departmental/Ministry level with provision for referring the disputed issues to the Board of Arbitration under the JCM scheme

26 To increase the promotional avenue for Technical and other Supervisory staff.

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Clarification regarding Procurement of APY at Branch Office

Clarify the accepting APY for the account standing at Branch Offices account with CBS SOs for which NLCC registration has been done.
As of now, Accounts standing at BOs attached to CBS HOs and SOs should not be accepted for APY.
Refer the SOP of APY Available in the below link
See Also :Standard Operating Procedure for APY

Extract from SOP for the above clarification:

2.         Activities to be carried out at authorized CBS Post Offices.

 2.1       CBS Post Offices are being registered as NLCC for accepting subscription to APY. In first phase, all CBS HOs are being registered and list of CBS HOs with their NLCC number has already been sent to circles over mail from Director CBS. This will be extended to CBS SOs and then BOs under CBS Hos and SOs in a phased manner. Therefore, any Savings Account standing at any CBS SO or HO will be eligible for subscribing in APY but registration can be accepted only at authorized CBS HOs having NLCC number. For the time being, Accounts standing at BOs attached to CBS HOs and SOs should not be accepted for APY. SOP for handling Accounts standing at BOs attached to CBS SOs and HOs will be circulated separately.

 2.10     CPA has to ensure that account stands in any CBS Post Office i.e SO or HO (not in BOs attached to CBS SO or HO) and fill the following fields from the Subscription Registration Form as shown below:-
Subsequently, instruction has been received for accepting APY for the account standing at CBS SOs for which NLCC registration has been done.

Distribution of Group 'C' Posts After Cadre Restructuring

CADRE RESTRUCTURING OF GROUP ’C’ EMPLOYEES IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

No. 25-04/2012-P.E.1
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
(PE-I Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110001

Dated: 27th May, 2016.

ORDER

Sub: Cadre Restructuring of Group ’C’ employees in Department of Posts.

The Cadre Restructuring of Group-C employees of Department of Posts has been undertaken in consultation with Department of Expenditure , Ministry of Finance in pursuance of the approval concurrence of the Department of Expenditure vide ID No. 2(45)E.III Desk/2015 dated 12th May,2016 , a list at distribution of the posts containing the existing and revised posts of Postal Assistants, Lower Selection Grade, Higher Selection Grade II & I and also a few HSG-I (Non-Functional Grade) is enclosed for implementation with the following instructions:

a) The post of SPMs in Single Handed and Double Handed Post Offices to the cadre of LSG posts (GP Rs.2800) shown in the annexure now allotted to the Circle , will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800/- in the Pay Band-I..

b) The post of SPMs in Triple Handed Post Offices, in the extent of HSG-II posts (GP4200) shown the annexure now allotted to the Circle and all other existing norms based LSG Posts in Post offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.4200- in the Pay Band-II. In no case, the total number of HSG-II posts shall exceed the number of posts allotted to the Circle.

c) Existing posts in HSG-II to the extent of posts now allotted and shown in the annexure , will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- in the Pay Band-II along with the existing HSG-I Posts . Remaining HSG-II posts if any shall remain in the GP of Rs.4200 only. In no case, the total number of HSG-I posts shall exceed the number of posts allotted in the Circle.

d) The Cadre Restructuring of these posts are only in respect of the posts from Postal Side other than the posts of RMS ., Circle and Regional Offices and SBCO Wings.

e) If the revised number of posts is in excess of the existing strength of a particular grade the difference will be deemed as newly sanctioned posts in that grade . Similarly, if the revised number of posts is in a grade is less than the existing strength the number of posts equal to the difference will be treated as having been abolished in that grade.

f) The vacancies arising out of the restructuring will be filled up only from the amongst the official who fulfill the eligibility criteria laid down in the recruitment rules for the post.

g) The new HSG-I (Non Functional Grade) with the grade pay of Rs.4800/- is only for those who are senior most and completed not less than a minimum service of 2 years in HSG-I subject to the number of posts specified for the Circle in HSG-I (Non Functional Grade) (for example the number of NFG officials in AP Circle should never exceed (17) after following usual procedure of non functional upgradation(s).

2. These instructions will be effective from the date of issue of the orders. The actual benefit would however be admissible to the eligible officials from the date of actual promotion.

3. Receipt of the order may be acknowledged. Immediate action initiated and compliance report sent at the earliest.


Sd/-
(Tarun Mittal)
Assistant Director General (PE-II)


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Date of Birth on 1st January 1956 forced him to retire a month advance affects his 7th CPC benefits

Date of Birth on 1st January 1956 forced him to retire a month advance affects his 7th CPC benefits

A government servant who was born on 1st January 1956 was forced to retire on 31 st December 2015 as per the provision of CCS Rules. As a result of this he would be categorised as Pre 2016 Pensioner and he will be incurring huge financial loss due to this. He made an appeal to raise this issue at appropriate Level. JVSR Krishna writes about this…

A Govt Servant’s Appeal, who retired on 31-12-2015 which made him pre 2016 Pensioner

Extension of 7th CPC benefits to those employees having date of birth on 01/01/1956 and retired on 31/12/2015. Except 1st Jan. all others will be benefited. This will happen once in 10 years during the pay commission year.

Hence, this genuine issue may please be raised at the appropriate forum.

AS YOU ARE AWARE PRESENTLY VARIOUS MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS ISSUE ORDERS TO RETIRING OFFICIALS ON SUPERANNUATION, BORN ON THE 1st OF A MONTH, ON THE LAST DAY OF THE PRECEDING MONTH. ACCORDINGLY, SIMILAR ORDERS ISSUED TO ME EFFECTING FROM 31ST DECEMBER, 2015. AS A RESULT OF WHICH, I WOULD BE CATEGORIZED AS PRE-2016 PENSIONER.
IN THIS CONNECTION I BEG TO SUBMIT AS FOLLOWS:

(i) Prior to the practice/instructions/rules of retiring on superannuation of all those born on the 1st of a month on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month, Article 14 of the Civil Service Regulation which were being followed for decades provided that an officer whose date of birth was the 1st day of a month ceased to be on duty on attaining the age of superannuation on his 61st Birthday. Besides, the AUDIT INSTRUCTIONS below FR 56 as existed then had similar provision. This rule applied to all Government servants, whether civil or military.

(ii) The other statutory Rule 5(2) of the Central Civil Service (Pension) Rule, 1972 framed under Article 309 of the Constitution of India also provided that “The day on which a Government servant retires or is retired or is discharged or is allowed to resign from service, as the case may be, shall be treated as a non-working day.

(iii) According to Rule 83(1) of the Pension Rules, 1972 framed under the Article 309 of the Constitution of India, as existed earlier also provided that pension becomes payable from the date on which Government servant ceases to be born on the establishment.

(iv) Even at present, Leave Preparatory to retirement has to be till the date one attains the age of superannuation. According to the Rules/instructions one retires on superannuation on the date of birth of the relevant year and pension is payable from that date.

(v) According to the Halsbury’s Law of England “In computing a period of time, at any date, when counted in years or months, no regard is generally paid to fractions of a day, in the sense that the period is regarded as complete although it is short to the extent of fraction of a day. Similarly, in calculating a person’s age, the day of his birth counts as a whole day; and he attains a specified age on the day next before the anniversary of his birth day.”

(vi) As the current practice/instructions/rules was discriminatory against all those born on the 1st of a month and harshly operating against them, particularly with reference to pensioners / terminal benefits.

(vii) When, those born on other than 1st, attained the age of superannuation they were deemed not to have attained the same and allowed to continue till the last of the month, whereas those born on the 1st deemed to have attained the age superannuation on a day before the last day of the preceding month. In other words the date of birth of those born on the 1st , is being changed from the 1st to the last day of the preceding month.

(viii) The applicant would not be at par with those born on the 2nd on wards in as much as they would superannuate on the last day of January, 2016 as against 3Ist December, 2015 for the applicant. As a result, there would be two separate groups- one those born between 2nd and 31st and the other those born on the 1st – resulting in discrimination against those born on the 1st.

(ix) Based on the recommendations of the 3rd CPC it was decided that the date of annual increment would be the 1st of a month irrespective of fact whether one completes one year on the last day of the month. Similarly, it was also decided that all those born on the 2nd on wards would retire on the last day of the month irrespective of the fact whether he attains the age on the age of superannuation on the 1st of the month. Based on the principle of annual increment it was also decided that enhanced pension at the age of 80 years etc. would also be granted from the 1st of a month irrespective of the fact whether one attains that age on the 30th of the month.

(X) I WOULD BE ATTAINING THE AGE OF SUPERANNUATION ON THE 31ST DECEMBER, 2015, WHICH WOULD BE A WORKING DAY FOR ME AND I WILL BE PAID PAY AND ALLOWANCES FOR THAT DAY ALSO.

(XI) I WOULD NOT START GETTING PENSION FROM THAT DATE, I.E., THE 31ST DECEMBER, 2015. PENSION WOULD START WEF 1ST OF JANUARY, 2016. AS SUCH I WOULD BECOME A PENSIONER FROM 1ST OF JANUARY, 2016.

(XII) WHILE GRANTING COMMUTATION FACTOR, FOR THE INDIVIDUAL HAVING DATE OF BIRTH FROM 2ND TO 31ST OF THE PRECEDING MONTH AND THE INDIVIDUAL HAVING DATE OF BIRTH 1ST OF NEXT MONTH ALSO HAVING SAME FIGURE IN BOTH THE ABOVE, NEXT BIRTH DAY DATE WILL BE DIFFERENT AND COMMUTATION FIGURE ALSO SHALL BE DIFFERENT.

(XIII) FR 5-A STATES “WHERE ANY MINISTRY OR DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT IS OF OPINION THAT THE OPERATION OF ANY OF THESE RULES MAY CAUSE UNDUE HARDSHIP TO ANY PERSON, THAT MINISTRY OR DEPARTMENT, AS THE CASE MAY BE, MAY BY ORDER, FOR REASONS TO BE RECORDED IN WRITING, RELAX THE REQUIREMENT OF THAT RULE TO SUCH EXTENT AND SUBJECT TO SUCH CONDITIONS AS IT MAY CONSIDER NECESSARY FOR DEALING WITH THE CASE IN A JUST AND EQUITABLE MANNER”.

It is also to bring to your kind notice that I will be incurring a huge financial loss by effecting my retirement on 31st Dec, 2015, the day on which my pay & allowances are paid and treated as in service.

IN VIEW OF THE FACTS AND LEGAL POSITION MENTIONED ABOVE IT IS REQUESTED THAT ORDERS MAY KINDLY BE GET ISSUED, RETIRING ME EFFECTIVELY WITH EFFECT FROM THE 1ST JAN, 2016, ON ATTAINING THE AGE OF SUPERANNUATION ON THE 31ST DECEMBER, 2015. AS A RESULT, TREATING THE INDIVIDUAL AS POST-2016 PENSIONER.

By JVSR KRISHNA