Thursday, July 07, 2016

7th Pay Commission to be implemented with central government’s notification

7th Pay Commission to be implemented with central government’s notification, Please read this news paper report published in Hindi Daily Hindustan:-

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Comm & IT ministry splits, Manoj Sinha new telecom minister

The high-profile Communications and IT Ministry has been split with Manoj Sinha today taking the charge of the telecom ministry, which is all set to conduct the largest-ever spectrum auctions in the country. 

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the new Minister for Law and Justice, will continue to look after Department of IT and Electronics. So far, Prasad was handling both Communications and IT portfolios.

"I will share my views (on telecom) day after tomorrow," Sinha told reporters after assuming the charge at his new office as Minister of State (Independent Charge). 
He is a Lok Sabha MP from Ghazipur constituency of Uttar Pradesh. 
Sinha, an M Tech in civil engineering, will have his hands full as the new minister for the telecom sector which boasts of the world's second largest mobile subscriber base and the lowest tariffs, and where the biggest corporate houses - RIL, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular - are slugging it out for market dominance. 

While on the one hand, Telecom Department is gearing up for the mega spectrum auction, where airwaves worth Rs 5.66 lakh crore will be up for bidding, on the other, Sinha will have to address issues such as call drops wherein the Supreme Court has struck down telecom regulator Trai's plans of making operators compensate mobile phone users for call drops. 

In fact, to check call drops, Trai has demanded more teeth, including imposing fine of up to Rs 10 crore on operators and jail term of up to two years for their executives, prompting the telecom companies to term such powers as 'draconian'. 

Sinha will also have to handle framing of regulation on the much-debated net neutrality issue, where battlelines are already drawn between telecom operators and internet based content providers. As such, Trai has started pre-consultation process on net neutrality, and has already got written comments from industry stakeholders and members of civil society. 

Former telecom minister Prasad had earlier said that the government will take a view on net neutrality after receiving Trai's recommendation. 

Sinha will have the challenging task of protecting consumer interest for affordable telephony services while maintaining investor confidence in the sector. 

The IT-BHU pass-out Minister will also look after the Department of Posts which is undergoing massive reforms to start 650 payments bank branches by September 2017. 

It is after 20 years, the telecom ministry has been handed over to an MoS (Independent Charge). Before this, former telecom minister Beni Prasad Verma, also from UP, handled the ministry with independent charge between 1996-98.

7th CPC report & NDA Government - from Com. M. Krishnan, Sec. Genl. confederation


M. Krishnan, Secretary General,
Confederation of C. G. Employees & Workers

Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) headed by Retired Supreme Court Justice, Ashok Kumar Mathur was submitted to Government on 19th November 2015 after 21 months. The Union Cabinet announced its decision to implement the recommendations on 29th June 2016. Through the press release circulated to media and the statement of Finance Minister, the Government made a calculated move to create an impression among the public that the Modi Government is magnanimous enough to extend big bonanza to the Central Government employees. Eventhough, immediately after submission of the 7th CPC report, the Joint Council of Action of Central Government Employees (NJCA) representing Railways, Defence and Confederation including Postal had submitted a memorandum to Government demanding modifications of the retrograde recommendations of the 7thCPC, the Government while announcing its decision, rejected all the demands raised by the staff side.

The 7th CPC recommended only Rs.18000/- as minimum pay by arbitrarily modifying and manipulating Dr. Aykroyd’s Need based minimum wage formula on untenable premises and incorrect data. The main demand of the NJCA is to re-compute the minimum wage on the basis of actual commodity prices as on 01.07.2015 and factor Dr. Aykroyd formula stipulated percentage for housing, social obligations and children’s education etc. and to revise the fitment formula and all pay scales on the basis of the so determined minimum wage. The methodology adopted by 7th CPC is irrational, imaginary and even absurd.

The Government’s claim that big increase is given to the employees is totally false. In para 4.2.9 of the report, the 7th CPC has given a table depicting the percentage of increase provided by the successive pay commissions appointed after independence. According to the table, the 2nd CPC has made a paltry increase of 14.2.% (1960), the 3rd CPC gave a rise of 20.6% (1973), the 4th CPC 27.6% (1986), the 5th CPC 31% (1996) and 6thCPC 54% (2006) whereas the average increase granted by 7th CPC is only 14.29% (2016), while the percentage increase had been in ascending order all along, the 7th CPC has sought to reverse that trend. The megre increase recommended and accepted by the Government without any change is the worst ever any pay commission has recommended since 1960. In 1960 five days historic strike of entire Central Government employees took lace demanding modifications of 2nd CPC recommendations.

Another claim of the Government is that it has accepted the recommendations of the 7th CPC to increase the existing salary by 2.57 times !!!. This is a totally misleading propaganda. The existing basic pay of a lowest level employee of the Central Government called Multi-Tasking staff (MTS) is 7000 plus 125% Dearness Allowance as on 01.01.2016. Thus the total salary as on 1st January 2016 is 7000 + 8750 DA = 15750. The Minimum pay recommended by 7th CPC is 18000 i.e; the actual increase in salary is Rs. 2250/- only at the lowest level. The fitment factor of 2.57 is worked out excluding the 125% DA an employee is getting at present. As the next wage revision takes place only after ten years in 2026, the above increase of 2250/- in the salary is megre.

In the past, every time, either before or immediately after the appointment of pay commissions, the employees are granted DA merger, Last time, before appointment of 6th CPC, Government has granted merger of 50% DA in 2004 and the merged DA is treated as Pay for all purposes. This time no DA merger is granted. Suppose, as in the past, the Government has accepted the demand for merger of 50% DA as on 01.01.2011 when DA crossed 50%, the total salary of an employee at the lowest level as on 01.01.2016 will become Rs.18395/- (7000 + 50% DA 3500 = 10500 + remaining 75% DA as on 01.01.2016 Rs.7875 = 18395). Thus it can be seen that even if no pay commission is appointed by Government, simply by granting DA merger alone the lowest level salary will become more than 18000/- which is recommended by 7th CPC after 21 months study and spending crores of rupees for its functioning.

The Government’s press release further claim that the ratio between lowest and highest salary (compression ratio) is 1:3.12. The highest level employees are Cabinet Secretary and Secretaries of various departments. The recommended salary of the Cabinet Secretary is 2,50000. Government deliberately avoided comparison between salary of lowest employee and highest level employee, instead compared with middle level Class-I officer only. Actual ratio between the lowest and highest salary come to 1:14 (18000:2,50000). No other pay commission has recommended such a huge margin.

Other retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC are as follows:

1. House Rent Allowance (HRA) rate reduced from 30%, 20% and 10% to 24%, 16% and 8%
2. 52 existing allowances are to be abolished.
3. All interest-free advances including Festival advance, are to be abolished. Only interest bearing advances to be retained.
4. Salary for the second year of Child care leave granted to women employees should be reduced to 80%.
5. For Three Time bound promotions (Assured Carreer Progression) passing examination and other conditions made mandatory.
6. New Pension Scheme (NPS) shall continue, recommended only some cosmetic changes.
7. Contractorisation and casual labour System shall be continued.
8. Outsourcing of Government functions to continue.
9. Employment of retired personnel to be legalized and panel of experienced retired personnel should be kept ready.
10. Filling up of vacancies – commission pointed out that there are six lakhs unfilled vacancies in Central Government services, but no recommendations for filling up the vacancies in a time bound manner by special recruitment.
11. Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks of Postal department – rejected.
12. Increase in minimum pension percentage, Fixed medical Allowance to Pensioners and increment rate – rejected.

Inspite of several round of country wide agitational programmes conducted by NJCA including massive Parliament March, the NDA Government refused to negotiate the demands with the staff side, but declared unilateral implementation of the recommendations without any modifications. The resentment, anger and protest of the entire Central Government employees increased day-by-day and the NJCA decided to go ahead with indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 and preperations and campaigning for making the strike a thundering success went on in full swing. Modi Government understood that if it still refuse to discuss with the NJCA then from 11th July 6 AM onwards the entire Central Government establishments including Railways, Defence, Postal and other departments. will come to standstill marking the commencement of the biggest strike action of the Central Government employees.

It is in this background the Hon’ble Prime Minister directed three Cabinet Ministers including Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitly and Railway Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu to hold discussion with the NJCA leaders on 30th January 2016. Major demands in the Charter of demands were discussed with particular reference to Improvement in Minimum wage and fitment formula. Issues relating to parity in pension was also discussed. Finally the Ministers assured that a high level committee will be appointed to consider the issues raised by the NJCA.

As no written minutes or communications is forthcoming from the Government regarding the 30th June discussion and assurances, the NJCA decided to go ahead with the strike. Country wide demonstrations were held daily in front of all offices and at all important centres. On 6th July 2016 when the NJCA meeting was in progress, Hon’ble Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh again invited the NCA Leaers for discussion. The Minister reiterated the earlier assurances and told that Finance Minister will issue a press statement making the Government stand clear on the demands.

Accordingly, the Government issued a press statement on 6th July 2016 in which it is stated that – “The Ministers assured the Union leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee.”

Thus, the unite struggle of the entire Central Government Employees compelled the unwilling NDA Government to accept the reality that modification in the 7th CPC recommendations is a must and before arriving at a final conclusion the staff side should be given a fair chance to present and discuss the case with the Government. It was assured that the proposed High Level Committee to be appointed by the Government shall complete its task within a time frame.

Advancement in the wages and service conditions of Central Government Employees can be achieved only through the united struggle of all Central Government employees for which the unity built up under the banner of NJCA is to be maintained and strengthened. Further the neo-liberal policy offensives of the NDA Government in the Central Government Employees Sector including privatisation, outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation, corporatization, winding up of departments, New Pension Scheme etc. can only be resisted and reverted by building up united movement of the entire employees. Eventhough the strike is deferred, the Central Government employees shall continue its united struggle against the anti-people and anti-labour policies of the NDA Government. We should self-critically analyze the strength and weakness of the NJCA and shall arrive at proper conclusion for taking corrective measures, if necessary, and also for further unity and advancement. The final outcome of the united struggle is, no doubt, one step forward.

India Post to adopt zoo animals

Indore: In a first of its kind move, India Post has decided to adopt animals of Kamla Nehru Zoo to sensitise people about the importance of conserving wild life.

A fox and an emu bird from Indore zoo will be adopted for six months by postal life insurance section of India Post. The adoption ceremony of the animal and the bird will be held in next week at Indore Zoo. "It is the first time that a government department has stepped forward and has adopted an animal. This scheme has been functional at zoo for a long time, under which any individual can adopt an animal, which is essentially paying for all the costs of animals for the fixed period," Uttam Yadav, Zoo in-charge said.

Spread across 51 acres of land, Indore zoo hosts large variety of animals including tiger, leopard, monkeys, alligators, crocodiles, bear and white tiger.

On any given day, the zoo requires 300 kg of vegetables, 20 kg chicken, 125 kg meat, 7.5 kg fish, 1000 kg green grass, 500kg dry grass, 145 kg grains/jaggery and 10 litre milk.

Model Question Paper for LGO Exam 2016 Paper II (RMS Section)



01.What is the maximum weight limit of a letter?
a) 500 Gms
b) One Kg
c) Two Kg d) Five Kg

02.Postal Articles exchanged in the foreign post are broadly divided into:
a) Letter Post
b) Parcel Post
c) Logistics Post
d) Both (a) and (b) only 

(Post Office Guide – II clause 2)

03 For insurance following articles can be accepted:
a) Unpaid
b) Underpaid
c) Fully pre-paid
d) All of these

(Post Office Guide – II clause 79-c)

04. . How many members are there in postal services Board?
a) Three
b) Five
c) Six ( d) Eight

05. The working of all mail offices under RMSl Divisions is directly controlled by:
a) The HRO
b) The Inspector of Posts
c) The Postmaster General

06. what is the fee for recall of an inland article?
a) Rs.2/-
b) Rs.5/-
c) Rs.6/-
d) Rs.10/-

07. A customer posted four articles at the same time, at the same office, to the same addressee for delivery in India. What fee will be paid by the customer for recall of these four articles?
a) Rs. 6/- b) Rs.12/-
c) Rs.24/-
d) Rs.25/-

(Post Office Guide – I clause 34 - 4)

08.Letters, letter cards and post cards are treated as articles of:
a) ordinary mails
b) First class mails
c) second class mails
d) none of these

09. How many classes of Inland Postal articles are there?
a) 12
b) 10 
c) 8
d) 7

10. Out of ten postal articles, how man postal articles come under First class mails?
a) Two
b) Three c) Five
d) Seven

11. What is the maximum weight limit of a letter?
a) 500 Gms
b) One Kg
c) Two Kg 
d) Five Kg

12. What is IPS
a. International Postal System
b. Indian postal system
c. Inland post service
d. none of the above.

13. Expand COD
a. Cash on Delivery
b. Customs Office Document
c Cash on Demand

d. none of the above.

14. D bag means
a. Bag containing mails and registered bag
b Due bag
c . Direct bag
d. None

15. Empty bags after the use of a set in a mail offices are returned to
a. Circle Bag Office
b District Bag Office
c. Divisional office
d. Next set.

16 Mail Abstract is broadly divided into two parts-viz:
a. Mails and Bags
b. Due and usual
c. Receipt and Despatch

17. All India Mail Survey is conducted during the month of

18. Which of the following may not be destroyed without special permission of Head of the circle?
a. Work paper of sections
b. Order book of a mail office
c. Order book of a Record |Office.
d. Arrangement register

19. An Order Book has----- serially numbered pages.
a. 100
b. 200
c. 500
d. None of the above.

20. AMPC stands for
a. Automatic |Mail Processing Centre
b. Air Mail Processing Centre
c. Auto Multi Puppose Counter
d. None of the above.

21.Check List is maintained in PARCEL BRANCH for
a. registered parcels
b. parcel bags closed.
c. insured parcels
d. unregistered parcels

22. Report against a section should contain ,
a. No and date of the set concerned.
B Name and date of the set concerned
c. Both a and b
d. none of these.

23. Which of the following is not a part of a port folio
a. Stamps and seals.
b. Order book
c. first aid box
d postage stamps

24. Parcel bags received by Mail Agent is transferred to PSA under receipt taken on
a. Mail list
b. mail abstract
c. parcel abstract
d. parcel list

25. Rate of handling within one office as per accepted practice should not exceed
a. 2
b. 1.5
c. 1.6
d None of the above.

26. A transit bag contains 
a. closed bags
b. forward bags
c. letters and packets
d. registered bags.

27. A barcode affixed on an article will have ----characters’
a. 10
b 11
c. 13
d. None of the above.

28.The Head Sorting Assistant has to submit a daily report in form no.
a. MS 83
B. MO 75
C. M 83
D. RP34

29. Supply of work papers to the set is made by
a. S R M
C record officer

30. What do you mean by ACS?
a. Advanced Compact Suit
b. American Compact Suit
c. Advanced Computer Suit
d. Accounting Computer Software.

31. In charge of the CRC is
a. System Administrator
b. Registration Sorting Assistant
c. H.S.A
d. None of the above.

32. Weight of INSURED PARCEL BAG should be written on
a. In the parcel list
b. In the mail abstract
c. In the parcel abstract
d. none of the above.

33. The H.S.A prepares his Daily Report
a. From his memory
b. From, the rough note books of the set.
c. From the statements of officials in the set
d. none of the above.

34. Which of the following are not included in the bag despatched under W/S?
a. Registered Articles
b. Speed post articles
c. Insured articles.
d. None of the above

35. The following bags are received without mail list
a. Parcel bags
b. Mail bags
c Account Bags from SPO to HO
d None of the above.

36.In which column the Transit Bags are entered in the Mail List?
a. Mail |Bag column
b. unsual bag column
c. ML column
d. None of the above.

37.Automatic Mail Processing Centre is headed by
a. Manager
b. H.S.A
c Director
d. Administrator

38. Which of the following should be included in Port Folio of a section?
a. Sweeping brush
b. Twine Ball
c. Labels
d. Order Book

39. In which of the following bundles , the no of articles included is noted on the check slip?
a. Letter Bundle
b. Money Order Bundle
c. Territorial bundle
d. Station Bundle

40. MAIL portion of Mail Abstract is considered as tallied, when
a. If the total of Mails column tallies with that of Bags column
b. Actually received tallies with actually despatched
c. The totals of forward bags on both sides agree
d None of the above.

41. Acquittance for registered bags is obtained by MSA from RSA on
a. Mail list
b Mail Abstract
c Regd. List
d. Regd. abstract

42 Which of the following should be reported in the DR of H.S.A ?
a. Receipt and despatch of special bags
b. Misuse of bags
c. Receipt of a Regd. Article in torn condition
d. All of the above

43. A orders are issued by
a. Superintendent
b. PMG
c. DPS

44. The work papers of Mail Office should be put up in
a. Weekly bundles
b. daily bundles
c. yearly bundles
d. none of the above

45. How many kinds of First Class mails are there?
a. 10
b. 5
c. 3
d. none of the above.

46. Bag marked as A stands for
a. A/C bag
b. Transit bag
c. Special bag
d. None of the above.

47. PARCEL BAG is entered in the mail list as
a. Due mail
b. Packet bag
c. Unsual Mail
d. None of the above.

48. Protecting bags containing articles marked as By Parcel Post
a. Should be entered in the Due mails column
b. Unusual mail column
c. Only included in the total number of unsual mails at top of the list
d. None of the above.

49. The insurance seals must always remain in the possession of
a. H.S.A
b. S.R.O
c. M.S.A
d. P.S.A

50. Match the columns
Column 1 column2
A .Mail department 1.Registration Sorting Assistant 
B .Parcel department 2. Head sorting assistant
C. Sorting department 3.parcel sorting assistant
D Registration department 4. Sorting assistant

a. A4, B3, C2 ,D1 
b. A3, B2 ,C1, D4
c. A2, B3, C4, D1
d. A1, B3, C2 ,D4

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Strike is deferred, but the struggle shall continue - com. M. Krishnan, sec. Genl. Confederation

DATED - 07.07.2016


Finally, the united struggle of 33 lakhs Central Government Employees under the banner of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) comprising Railways, Defence and Confederation has compelled the totally negative and unwilling NDA Government to negotiate with the staff side leaders. Hon’ble Prime Minister has intervened and directed three Cabinet Minsters viz. Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitly and Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu to hold discussion with the NJCA Leaders on 30th June 2016. After discussing the demands raised in the Charter of demands, the Ministers assured that a high level committee will be constituted to consider the demands raised by NJCA especially the demand for improving the minimum wage and fitment formula.

As no written communication or minutes regarding the assurances given by Group of Ministers is forthcoming, the NJCA met again and 6th July and decided to go ahead with the strike decision. Again Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh called the NJCA leaders for discussion on 6thJuly and reiterated the assurances already given on 30th June and stated that the Finance Minister will issue a press statement on 6th July itself confirming the assurances given by the Group of Ministers. It was further assured by the Minister that the proposed High level committee will submit its recommendations to Government within a time frame.

Accordingly, the Government issued the press statement and after detailed deliberations the NJCA unanimously decided to defer the indefinite strike till the committee finalizes its report. The press statement of the NJCA and the Government are attached.

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7th CPC Minimum Wages & Fitment Formula, the indefinite strike deferred - NJCA Press Statement

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

No.NJC/2016/7th CPC
July 6, 2016

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) met at the Staff Side office, JCM, New Delhi today at 11.30 AM as scheduled. During the discussions, the Convener received an invitation from the Honourable Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh. The following members of the NJCA met the Home Minister in a delegation.
1. Dr. M. Raghaviah (NFIR),
2. Shiv Gopal Misra (AlRF),
3. Rakhal Dasgupta(AIRF).
4. Guman Singh (NFIR),
5. K.K.N. Kutty (Confederation)
6. C. Srikumar (AIDEF)
7. M. Krishnan (Confederation,)
8. Ashok Singh (INDWF)
9. R. Srinivasan (INDWF)
10. MS. Raja (Confederation)
11. JR Bhosale (AIRF)
12. Bhatnagar(NFlR)
13. RN. Parashar (NFPE)
14 Giriraj Singh (NFPE),
15. Satish Chander (FNPO),
16.B Shiva Kumar (FNPO),
17. N. Kannaiah (AIRF)

The issues in the charter of demands were discussed with special reference to the 7th CPC related demands. The delegation brought to the notice of the Honourable Home Minister that the NJCA has not received a communication from the Government over the assurances held out on 3oth June, 2016 when the NJCA delegation met the Honourable Home Minister, Finance Minister and the Railway Ministers. On 3oth June 2016, the Government had assured to refer the revision of Minimum wage and fitment formula to a Committee. The Finance Minister had also clarified that the Government has taken the decision to implement the recommendation of the 7th CPC to bring about parity between the past and present pensioners. They added that such a communication in confirmation of the assurances will enable them to take a decision over the strike action which is to commence from 11th July, 2016.

The Honourable Home Minister assured the delegation that the Government will honour the assurances held out to the NJCA leaders on 3oth June, 2016 and accordingly the Honourable Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley will issue a Press Statement today, with copy to NJCA.

Accordingly, The NJCA has received the Press communiqué issued by the Honourable finance Minister today. The Committee set up to look into the matter of minimum wage and fitment formula is expected to submit their report to the Government in the given time frame of not more than four months. In view of these developments, the indefinite strike call which is to commence from 11th July, 2016 is deferred till the committee finalises its report.

The NJCA congratulates all affiliates, their units and branches for their strenuous efforts in mobilizing the workers under the banner of NJCA and keeping the unity and strength of the Central Government The NJCA congratulates all affiliates, their units and branches for their strenuous efforts in mobilizing the workers Under the banner of NJCA and keeping the unity and strength of the Central Government employees intact. The NJCA takes this opportunity to assure all that it would be its endeavour to ensure that a decent and satisfactory settlement is brought about on all 11 point charter of demands.

The NJCA particularly notes that the Government has set up a separate committee for reviewing the New Pension Scheme, which has been a matter of concern to all employees and workers who are recruited to Government service after 1.1. 2004.

The NJCA expresses it gratitude to all the members of Public, Print and Electronic Media for the support they had extended to the Central Govt employees.

Haryana: Small in size, rich in financial resources

Haryana will raise the salaries and pensions of its employees according to the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. If increased in toto, the hike in salaries and pensions would entail an extra annual burden of Rs 4,000 crore on the state exchequer.

The state has close to 280,000 employees and 180,000 pensioners. Haryana has estimated the salary and pension bill at Rs 24,951 crore for 2016-17, as against Rs 20,693 crore (Revised estimate) for 2015-16. According to sources in the finance department, the annual salary bill of the state would be 19,340 crore and the estimated annual pension was Rs 5,611 crore.

Captain Abhimanyu, Haryana’s finance minister said the state government usually follows the recommendations of the Pay Commission that are approved by the Centre and employees would be granted an increase in pay and arrears accordingly.

He had said during discussions after the state Budget this March that provisions had been made in the annual Budget of the state for 2016-17 to enhance the salaries and pensions of government employees in line with the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations.

7th Pay Commission – Unions to Defer July 11 Strike – deferred for 4 Months

7th Pay Commission – Unions to Defer July 11 Strike – “A new high-level committee will soon be set up to look into the grievances raised by the employee unions,” a top government official told PTI.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, various central government employees’ unions have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from July 11. Representatives of various unions met Home Minister Rajnath Singh for deliberations over their concerns after which the government termed the talks as “positive”.

“A new high-level committee will soon be set up to look into the grievances raised by the employee unions,” a top government official told PTI.

Central government employees’ unions today deferred by four months their proposed indefinite strike from July 11 against 7th pay panel’s recommendations after government agreed to set up a high-level committee to look into their grievances.

The decision came after the central government formally communicated to the unions that a high-level committee would consider their demand for minimum pay that’s over and above the level suggested by the 7th Pay Commission.

We have decided to defer our indefinite strike by four months against the 7th pay commission’s recommendations as government today assured us it would resolve the issues raised by us and refer them to a high-level committee,” the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of central government employees’ unions Shiv Gopal Mishra told.

“We were told that both the issues will be referred to committee, which will take a decision within four months. We have asked the Finance Minister to submit the same in writing, after which we will defer the strike. We will meet again on July 9,” SN Malik, Press Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, told.

The government has decided to set up a high-level committee after the representatives of the unions met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.

“Employee unions requested that certain issues raised by them in relation to the pay scales and other recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission be allowed to be raised before a Committee of Secretaries looking into different aspects of grievances of employees in relation to the Pay Commission recommendations,” said the Finance Ministry, adding that the Centres has assured the unions on the issue.

Railway staff strike on July 11 - The Hindu News dated 07.07.16

The joint action committee of railway employees and labour unions has called for an indefinite strike from July 11 in protest against the Seventh Pay Commission.

Protests against PM

Employees walked out of the railway station after the Bidar-Yeshwanthpur train left at 6 p.m. recently. They held placards and shouted slogans against the Union government. They also shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance Minister Arun Jaitley. They demanded the closing of the Bibek Debroy Committee on Mobilization of Resources for Major Railway Projects and Restructuring of Railway Ministry and Railway Board.

The protesters also burnt an effigy of Mr. Modi.

‘More deductions’

“The much-hyped Pay Commission report is eyewash. It does not increase the salaries of any employee substantially. The increases are slight but the deductions have been increased by several times. The net result is that we are getting lesser money than we could be getting after the Sixth Pay Commission. This is the worst Pay Commission since Independence,” Ramesh Kumar, president, Bidar unit, South Central Railway Employees Union, said.

Addressing his colleagues, Mr. Kumar added that the Pay Commission and the share market linked new pension scheme were sounding a death knell to Union government employees.

Mr. Modi, a leader who has claimed to have risen to the post of PM after selling tea in railway stations in his childhood, has betrayed railway employees, he said.

False claims

Members of Parliament have doubled their salaries without referring it to any committee. But we have got a raw deal even after 10 years of a committee of experts deliberating on the issue, he said.

Our demands for five promotions in the service of an employee and the annual five per cent increments have been neglected. However, the Union government is getting undeserved publicity by falsely claiming that its employees are getting a bonanza, he alleged.

BJP had opposed FDI in Railways vehemently when it was in the Opposition. Now however, the party has opened up Railways for 100 per cent FDI. This will destroy the Railways, Mr. Kumar said.

Abdul Rehman, Venkatesh, Basavaraj, Suresh Babu, Balaji, Sharanappa and other leaders were present.
Railway employees and labour unions call for an indefinite strike against the Seventh Pay Commission


Day-2 - IPO Exam - CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965

1. What are the deductions permitted from the subsistence allowance?
Compulsory Deduction
Optional Deduction
Deduction Prohibitive
Income Tax
Premium due on PLI
Subscription to GPF
HRA and allied charges, i.e. electricity, water and furniture etc
Amount due to Co-operative Credit Societies
Amount due on court attachment
Repayment of Loans and advances taken from Government
Refund of advances taken from GPF
Recovery of loss to Government for which a government servant is responsible.

Not – The deduction should not more than one-third of the subsistence allowance excluding dearness allowance and other compensatory allowances from subsistence allowance. 

2. What are the administrative effects of suspension? 

a) Government servant is not supposed to attend office or mark attendance. Entry Card is withdrawan 

b) Scooter or car advance cannot be granted 

c) HBA can be granted 

d) LTC can be granted only to the family members 

e) Government servant can function as defense assistant. 

f) Government servant cannot be sent on training deputation etc. 

3. Resignation of a Government servant under suspension can be accepted only in public interest if:- 

a) Charges do not involve moral turpitude. 

b) Available evidence is not likely to lead to removal or dismissal 

c) The proceedings are likely to be very protracted and it would be cheaper to the Government to accept the resignation 

d) In above cases, resignation can be accepted with the approval of minister-in-charge in case of Group A and B officers and Head of Department in case of other officers. 

e) Sealed cover procedure has to be followed if a Government servant under suspension becomes eligible for consideration for promotion etc. 

f) Permission for voluntary retirement during suspension can be denied by the competent authority. 

g) On attaining the age of superannuation the suspended Government servant will be retired. Subsistence allowance shall be stopped. He will be paid only provision pension. 

h) LTC can be withheld if there is possibility of some money becoming recoverable as a result of the proceedings. 

i) Permission can be given to appear in Departmental Examination, but promotion will be considered only after finalization of the proceedings. 


Ministry of Finance
06-July, 2016 20:50 IST

Government assures Representatives of Unions representing employees of the Central Government that the issues raised by them relating to the pay scales and other recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission would be considered by a High Level Committee

Representatives of Unions representing employees of the Central Government had met the Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and the Minister for Railways Sh. Suresh Prabhu in the evening of 30th June, 2016.

They had requested that certain issues raised by them in relation to the pay scales and other recommendations of the Pay Commission be allowed to be raised before a Committee of Secretaries looking into different aspects of grievances of employees in relation to the Pay Commission recommendations.

The Ministers assured the Union leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee.

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केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारी यूनियनों ने अपनी बेमियादी हड़ताल चार महीने के लिए टाली

केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारियों के यूनियनों ने सातवें वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशों के खिलाफ 11 जुलाई से प्रस्तावित अपनी बेमियादी हड़ताल चार महीनों के लिए टालने का फैसला किया है । यूनियनों ने यह फैसला तब किया जब सरकार उनकी शिकायतों पर विचार करने के लिए एक उच्च-स्तरीय समिति के गठन के लिए तैयार हो गई । 

केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारियों के यूनियनों की राष्ट्रीय संयुक्त कार्य परिषद :एनजेसीए: के संयोजक शिव गोपाल मिश्रा ने पीटीआई- को बताया, वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशों के खिलाफ अपनी बेमियादी हड़ताल हमने चार महीने के लिए टालने का फैसला किया है, क्योंकि सरकार ने आज हमें आश्वस्त किया कि वह हमारी ओर से उठाए गए मुद्दों को सुलझाएगी और उन्हें उच्च-स्तरीय समिति के पास विचार के लिए भेजेगी । 

आज दिन में यूनियनों के प्रतिनिधियों की केंद्रीय गृह मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह से मुलाकात के बाद सरकार ने एक उच्च-स्तरीय समिति गठित करने का फैसला किया । समिति केंद्र सरकार के विभिन्न कर्मचारी यूनियनों की ओर से वेतनमानों सहित सातवें वेतन आयोग की अन्य सिफारिशों के बाबत उठाए गए मुद्दों पर विचार करेगी । एनजेसीए रेलवे, डाक एवं तार विभाग एवं रक्षा मंत्रालय सहित केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारियों के विभिन्न यूनियनों की एक संयुक्त संस्था है । 

मिश्रा ने कहा, सरकार ने हमें भरोसा दिलाया है कि वह जल्द ही मुद्दों को सुलझा लेगी । आश्वासन को देखते हुए हमने अपनी हड़ताल चार महीने के लिए टालने का फैसला किया है ।

एक शीर्ष सरकारी अधिकारी ने पीटीआई- को बताया, एक नई उच्च-स्तरीय समिति कर्मचारी यूनियनों की ओर से की गई शिकायतों पर विचार के लिए जल्द ही गठित की जाएगी । वेतन आयोग की विभिन्न सिफारिशों पर असंतोष जताते हुए विभिन्न केंद्रीय कर्मचारी यूनियनों ने 11 जुलाई से बेमियादी हड़ताल पर जाने की धमकी दी थी । 

Source: NavbharatTimes

Andhra Pradesh & Telangana: Govt employees already draw Centre-like pay

The pay hike for central government employees due to the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations is a non-event for state government employees in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

This is because they enjoy a revision in pay every five years, unlike once in every 10 years for central government employees, and draw relatively higher salary. The employees in both states drew 10-20 per cent higher salary than that of central employees till the Centre announced a 23.5 per cent pay hike for its staff last week, according to Deviprasad, leader of Telangana Non Gazetted Officers' Association.

After the implementation of the new pay scales by the Centre, the gap between the average salary of state employees and the central staff would be only four-five per cent, he says. "This gap will be more than compensated once the new PRC (pay revision commission) is set up in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in 2019," he told Business Standard.

The state government employees were granted a record 27 per cent interim relief in July 2013, a year before the bifurcation that created Telangana and truncated Andhra Pradesh, pending the final report of the 10th PRC. About 950,000 state government employees and another 550,000 pensioners benefited from this. Given the turmoil generated by the demand for separate Telangana among government employees, the then chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy tried to win them with an income revision which was five per cent higher than the one announced by Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in 2009, an election year.

After bifurcation, Telangana's first chief minister, K Chandrasekhara Rao, rewarded government employees with a 43 per cent fitment. Under pressure, Andhra Pradesh government announced a similar pay hike for its staff, even though the latter had to take a bigger hit on account of higher share in employees after the bifurcation. It may be recalled that government employees were distributed between the two states on the basis of their respective population.

Thus Andhra got a 58.32 per cent share in employees whose salaries accounted for 73 per cent of the state's own revenues, compared with 53 per cent in the undivided state. This way, government employees in both states got a 43 per cent hike during the last pay revision, effective 2013.

This comes on top of a liberal 39 per cent pay hike they had got in the previous PRC period. Salaries of government employees of both states rose 82 per cent under the last two PRCs, compared with a 40 per cent hike received by central employees during the same period.

Prabhu writes to FM on 7th Pay burden

New Delhi: In the wake of railway workers threatening a strike and total ‘chakka jam’ from July 11 onwards, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley about the perceived problem and burden on Railways following the implementation of the just announced 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Railway Ministry sources said that Prabhu has conveyed in his letter to Jaitley that the implementation of 7th Pay commission recommendations will lead to an additional burden of Rs.31,000 crore.

“Seventh Pay Commission has been accepted recently and there are lots of queries as to how Railways is going to fund. Our internal calculation is that the burden on railways will be around Rs.31,000 crore, which is the requirement was a little more than the commission’s estimate of Rs.28,000 crore,” Prabhu is believed to have apprised the Finance Minister.

Prabhu has said that around Rs.12,000 crore will be on account of wages, Rs.8,000 crore on account of pensions and the balance on account of various allowances which may lead to deterioration in Railways’ operating ratio.

“Last year, we ended with around 90 per cent. This will deteriorate to 92 per cent. Railways will try to see whether it is able to raise the resources on our own. We have approached the Ministry of Finance. If necessary, we will approach them for some assistance,” said a railway official.

On the impending strike call by railways unions, railway officials said the railway authorities held a meeting with representatives of employees’ unions over issues related to the pay hike and hoped that there would be no disruption of services.

Railway and other central government employees have decided to go on strike from July 11 against the pay commission recommendations approved by the government on Wednesday.

Asked whether the prospect of a strike by railway workers was worrying them, the official said that there are two recognised unions and their leadership is quite mature. “We are talking to them, we have had a few rounds of discussions already with them and we hope to find a solution. At this moment, I can only say that,” he said.

Railways’ passenger, freight services may be severely disrupted from July 11

If you are planning to travel by train on or after July 11, then keep a plan B ready.

Indian Railways’ trade unions have called for a nationwide indefinite strike by workers from July 11, for protesting new pension scheme and minimum wages announced by Cabinet on June 29.

Indian Railways is one of the largest employers with around 10 lakh 40,000 employees, and moves around 2.3 crore passengers and 1100 mt of freight everyday.

Any strike, depending on the magnitude of it, is going to cause passengers inconvenience and lead to spurt in prices of essential commodities.

The members of All India Railwaymen’s Federation and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen met Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on 29th June 2016 and conveyed serious disappointment as well unhappiness among railway employees on the government’s decisions relating to minimum wage, multiplier factor, abolition of National Pension System in Railways.

The unions are expected to meet again on July 6 to take stock of the situation.
Ministers talk to Trade Unions to avert Railway strike

Hectic efforts are on to avert proposed railway strike from July 11. Senior ministers met railway trade unions to make them agree to withdraw their call for strike from July 11. However, no agreement could be reached on the issue of minimum salary and the mechanism of calculating the salary in the 7th Pay Commission.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley assured trade union leaders to consider their demand of increase in the minimum wage and calculations of salary announced in the 7th pay panel.

Trade union leaders have demanded a written assurance which the government is yet to come out with.

The government had called a meeting of trade union leaders on Thursday night at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The finance minister along with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and MoS for Railways Manoj Sinha attended the meeting.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) Shiv Gopal Mishra told DH on Friday, “If the government agrees to our major demands, we may reconsider our call for strike from July 11. The final call will be taken on July 6 in a meeting of National Joint Action Committee of central government employees.”

He said the government has assured us that it would send our demands to the high-power committees which have been formed to look into minimum wage, allowances and calculation of salary.

Mishra said the government’s claim on enhancement of the minimum wage is false and misleading. The government has said that the wage has increased to Rs 18,000 per month from Rs 7,000.

“A new recruit currently gets approximately Rs 16,000 a month, including the Dearness Allowance. The government has increased Rs 2,000 in 10 years since the last pay commission was implemented,” he said.
WR demands written support from Staff

Against the wake of an impending nationwide strike call by nearly 33 lakh government employees to protest the 7th pay commission, the Western Railway has come up with a list of directives for its employees to ensure smooth functioning of trains.

Among the set of instructions is an order for staffers to fill in a form to show their unwillingness to join the agitation, which is likely to start from July 11. The WR administration took the decision after the WR Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) and Western Railway Employees Union sent out a communication asking employees to join the strike.

According to the note signed by N M Agrawal, WR employees will not be allowed to take leave prior to the strike or during it. The notice has further has asked all the employees who are on leave to resume office from June 5. The strike, if comes into effect, will affect all the departments of the railways and will hamper train services in a big way.

Ajay Singh, divisional secretary of WRMS, said the hike suggested by the 7th pay commission is meagre. “It has only accounted for three people in the family. According to the recommendations of the 7th pay commission, we will get a hike of 2.57 per cent as against our demand of 3.67 per cent. We will not budge an inch, and stop the railway functioning unless out demands are met.”

Singh is also the zonal head of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen. WRMS has about 84,700 employees working in WR are affiliated to it.

The employees who would want to go on leave citing medical reasons will be allowed to abstain from work only after they produce a medical certificate of a doctor of the railways, says the note from Agrawal.

A senior railway official explained that there is still some time for the strike and that talks are being held between the government and trade unions.

Within railways, the strike call has been given by the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen and All India Railwaymens Federation. About 33 lakh government employees have threatened to go on strike.