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  • Saturday, 17 March 2018

    DOPT ORDER –  Extending the scope of Anomaly definition – 7th CPC
    Government of India
    Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
    Department of Personnel & Training
    Establishment {JCA} Section
    North Block, New Delhi
    Dated the 14th March, 2018
    Subject: Setting up of Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations — extending the scope of definition regarding.
    The undersigned is directed to refer to DoPT's Office Memorandum of even number dated 20/02/2017 on the subject as cited above, and to incorporate the following further modification in the definition of what would constitute an anomaly:
    "where the amount of revised allowance is less than the existing rate or any other anomaly observed while implementing the revised allowance"
    2. With the incorporation of the above para in the OM, the definition of anomaly will read as follows:-
    (1) Definition of Anomaly
    Anomaly will include the following cases
    a) Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the Seventh Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason;
    b) Where the maximum of the Level in the Pay Matrix corresponding to the applicable Grade Pay in the Pay Band under the pre-revised structure as notified vide CCS(RP) Rules 2016, is less than the amount an employee is entitled to be fixed at, as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the said Rules;
    c) Where the Official side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that the vertical and horizontal relatiyities have been disturbed as a result of the 7th Central Pay Commission to give rise to anomalous situation.
    d) Where the amount of revised allowance is less than the existing rate or any other anomaly observed while implementing the revised allowance
    3. The rest of the contents of the OM issued by DoPT under reference no. No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16.08.2016 shall remain unchanged.
    Deputy Secretary (JCA)

    Friday, 16 March 2018


    Govt is not in mood to increase 7th CPC Minimum Pay & Fitment Factor

    (a) whether Government is actively contemplating to increase minimum pay from Rs.18,000/- to Rs.21,000/- and fitment factor from 2.57 to 3, in view of resentment among Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC); 
    (b) if so, the details thereof and the date from which it would be implemented; and 
    (c ) if not, the reasons for the callous attitude of Government towards Government Employees? 
    (a),(b)&(c ): The minimum pay of Rs.18,000/- p.m. and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration.

    Thursday, 15 March 2018

    Compulsory military service for those seeking govt jobs, says Parliamentary Standing Committee

     Indian Army
    All those who want a cushy government job either with state or central government - may have to put in a compulsory five years with the armed forces to make-up for the shortage of personnel in the armed forces.
    The Indian Army alone is short of over 7,000 officers and over 20,000 men. Likewise, the Indian Air Force has a shortage of nearly 150 officers and over 15,000 men and the Indian Navy is short of 150 officers and nearly 15,000 men.
    The central government alone has about 30 lakh employees with the Indian Railways, while the state governments employ about another two crore people.
    Compulsory military service for those who want a subsequent employment with the government is being considered by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)- a wing of government that reports to the Prime Minister. The wing is tasked with administering and making policy for all government servants.
    The proposal to make military service compulsory for future government servants was moved by the Ministry of Defence as an emergency measure to fill the shortfall in the armed forces.
    Compulsory military service for aspirants of government employment has been recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
    The Committee while recommending five years compulsory military service to such aspirants wanting directly to join central and state government gazetted services have taken into account the fact that there are perennial and alarming shortages of officers and men in the Armed Forces, which needs to correct, a recently tabled report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee observed.
    The Parliamentary Committee has also asked the Ministry of Defence to push with the DoPT with more vigour and earnestness. Apparently, the Ministry of Defence has not taken up the matter with due seriousness.

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018

    7th Pay Commission: Serious resentment! Why over 50,000 govt employees participated in ‘March to Parliament’



    Over 50,000 Railway employees participated in “March to Parliament” to express their disappointment against the 7th Pay Commission report. The employees marched to the Parliament to raise their voice to fulfil the major demands. Restoration of Old Guaranteed Pension and Family Pension Scheme instead of NPS, Improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula, Stoppage of the policy of Contractorisation and Privatization on Indian Railways.
    Addressing the rally at the Parliament Street, the General Secretary, Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra said that there is serious resentment amongst the entire Central Government Employees including the Railway employees on the 7th CPC report. Resentful with the 7th CPC recommendations, all the Central government employees had decided to go on an indefinite strike which started from July 11, 2016.
    Notably, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and State Minister for Railways on June 30, 2016, had given assurance that they will definitely address the issues raised by the people within a period of four months. Following the assurance by the ministry, the employees called off the strike.
    Owing to pursuing the policy of contractorization and privatization there is a serious threat to Railway Safety, on the other hand, around six lakh contractual employees are being exploited to the greatest extent.
    Mishra asserted that the government must take a lesson from serious resentment of the employees across India and try to resolve their grievances at the earliest possible time, otherwise, All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) would be compelled to intensify the movement, responsibility for which shall squarely fall, on the Government of India and Ministry of Railways.
    Presiding over the mammoth gathering of the Railway employees, arrived in the “March to Parliament”, Comrade Rakhal Das Gupta, President/AIRF said that AIRF has rendered allout co-operation for smooth and efficient running of the Railways, but this should not be misunderstood. The Govt. of India and the Ministry of Railways must resolve the burning problems of the Railwaymen, like scrapping of NPS(now called National Pension Scheme), improvement in Minimum Wage and Pay Fixation Formula to all categories of the Railwaymen and stop outsourcing of perennial nature works in violation of the provisions of Contract Labour(Regulation & Abolition) Act and settle all other burning grievances, otherwise All India Railwaymen’s Federation would be compelled to intensify the struggle.

    Monday, 12 March 2018

    40,000 railway employees to march to Parliament for better wages40,000 railway employees to march to Parliament for better wages

    NEW DELHI: Nearly 40,000 to 50,000 people, members of various Railway unions, are holding a protest march to Parliament in the national capital on Tuesday. The unions are demanding the withdrawal of the National Pension System (NPS) and improvement of minimum wages. The unions are also demanding a hike in minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from the current Rs 18,000.
    "Under the NPS, the defined minimum pension or family pension is no more guaranteed for those employees who came in government service on or after 2004, although they are regularly contributing 10 per cent of their wages every month towards this scheme," said Shiv Gopal Mishra, general secretary of All India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF) at a press conference.
    Railwaymen from all across the country are participating in the protest. However, the union assured that no rail services will be disrupted and select few employees will continue to man the services.
    “We have given instructions that no trains will be stopped or delayed because of our march. However, there will be a lot of absentees. Most of those affected are youngsters and they are very upset and angry," said Mishra.
    In February 2016, the AIRF had conducted a secret ballot for its members to decide the future course of action if its demands weren't met. Ninety-five per cent of the 9,00,000 railwaymen who voted supported a strike. These employees included railway men from across the country, including 17 zones and seven production units of the Indian Railways.
    Mishra said while social security to retired government employees was achieved after a prolonged struggle, it was virtually withdrawn with the introduction of the NPS from January 2004.
    The demand to scrap the NPS was one of the main demands made by the central government employees last year. A three-member committee of ministers headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh was formed to discuss the grievances but there was no progress.
    "There is anger and anguish not just among railwaymen, but also among bureaucrats, over this. We have been assured again and again that our demands will be met, but nothing has happened so far. If they do not relent, then we will have to stick together and the next step could well be disruptive," Mishra said.
    In 1974, railway employees demanding a wage increase staged a strike that crippled life in the country for almost three weeks.

    Sunday, 11 March 2018

    7th Pay Commission: Latest news today 2018 – Long wait likely to end finally! Pay hike from April

    7th Pay Commission latest news today 2018: Putting an end to the long wait, Central government staff are likely to get a hike in their salaries from next month. As promised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in 2016, the Centre is likely to hike salaries.

    7th Pay Commission: The government is likely to increase the pay with effect from April

     7th Pay Commission latest news today 2018: The government is likely to increase the pay with effect from April
    7th Pay Commission latest news today 2018: Putting an end to long wait, Central government staff are likely to get a hike in their salaries from next month. As promised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in 2016, the Centre is likely to hike salaries of lower-level Central government employees as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from April. Staff deriving salaries from pay matrix level 1 to five will see a salary hike.
    As per reports, the NDA government is planning to increase the minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000.
    The fitment factor is also set to increase from 2.57 times to 3.00 times, as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. However, the Central government employees have demanded a spike in the fitment factor to 3.68 times, contrary to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7CPC, which recommends the fitment factor to be raised three times.
    It is also important to add that the increase will differ based on the pay matrix level. This is said to be government’s conscious effort to reduce the income disparity between the high-end and low-level government employees. Thereby, the already well-paid employees may not reap beyond ordinary benefits. Notably, in order to shrink the uneven income, the finance ministry, on February 12, had directed the merger of all Group B officers with Group C staff cadres of all Directorates under Central Board of Excise and Customs. This was seen as a pioneer attempt to merge the officers with the staff cadres. In order to resolve the issue of pay anomalies, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has formed National Anomaly Committee (NAC) in September 2016.
    7th Pay Commission in Tripura!
    Meanwhile, newly-elected Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Deb Kumar has announced that the Tripura government will constitute an expert committee to see for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for the state government employees. It is worth mentioning here that BJP has promised to implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission in the state during its election campaign.
    The announcement by Tripura CM comes a week after Gujarat state government announced 7th Pay Commission benefits for about 8.77 lakh people ( over 4.65 lakh Gujarat government employees and more than 4.12 lakh pensioners). Reportedly, the Vijay Rupani led Gujarat government will start to pass out these benefits to employees from this month onwards.

    Friday, 9 March 2018

    Dearness Relief to re-employed pensioners

    Amendment of instructions regarding dearness relief to re-employed pensioners consequent on revision of ignorable part of pension for fixation of pay in the re-employment post
    F.No. 42/14/2017-P&PW(G)
    Government of India
    Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
    Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
    3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
    Khan Market, New Delhi-110008
    Date:- 08th March, 2018
    Sub:- Amendment of instructions regarding dearness relief to re-employed pensioners consequent on revision of ignorable part of pension for fixation of pay in the re-employment post-reg
    The undersigned is directed to refer to subject cited above and to say that the grant of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners/family pensioners is presently regulated in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department's OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dated 02.07.1999 and subsequently amended vide this Department's dated 38/88/2008- P&PW(G) dated 09.07.2009
    2. DoPT, vide their OM No.3/3/2016-Estt.(Pay II) dated 01.05.2017 have issued instructions for revision of ignorable amount of pension from Rs. 4000/- to Rs. 15000/-(Rupees Fifteen Thousand) for the purpose of fixation of pay in the re-employment post. Accordingly, the amount of Rs. 4000/- appearing in this Department's OM dated 09.07.2009 is revised as Rs. 15000/-(Rupees Fifteen Thousand). The other conditions for grant of dearness relief in OM dated 02.07.1999 remain the same.
    3. In their application to Indian Audit Accounts Department, these orders are being issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
    4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure ID Note no. 181 /E-V/2017 dated 17.11.2017 and Department of Personnel & Training ID Note no 1265923/17-Estt(Pay-II) dated 18.09.2017.
    (Charanjit Taneja)
    Under Secretary to the Government of India