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    7th CPC: Unions reject Centre's pay hike, threaten to go on strike

    NEW DELHI: The Confederation of Central Government Employees on Wednesday rejected the pay hike announced by the government and threatened to go on a strike next week, a decision which got support from the central trade unions.
    The Confederation said the pay hike approved by the Cabinet on the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations is “not acceptable”.
    RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and other trade unions also rejected the hike, saying this is the lowest increase in the past 17 years that would increase disparity between the minimum and maximum pay.
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    Central trade unions have also sided with government employees and have given a call to hold nationwide demonstrations against the pay hike.
    “In the prevailing economic conditions, the proposed hike as per the Pay Commission is inadequate. It is not acceptable to us,” M Duraipandian, General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Tamil Nadu, said.
    He added the Confederation will be forced to advance the indefinite strike call to July 4 instead of July 11, if the government does not heed to its demand of revising the hike.
    Earlier in the day, its members staged a demonstration at Rajaji Bhavan in Chennai, home to several state government’s offices.
    All India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev said: “It is the lowest increase in last 17 years. Central trade unions will support the strike call given by central government employees.”
    While, BMS said it will organise country-wide protests on July 8 against the decision, adding the government has “disappointed” the employees and it may lead to industrial unrest.
    “The formula should be 3.42 instead of 2.57 as approved by the government. Similarly the annual increment should be 5 per cent instead of 3 per cent given. The disparity between the minimum and maximum pay has also been increased,” BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said.
    In a statement, he said the Sangh will organise protests across the country in all districts on July 8 and will discuss on the alternative of going on a strike at its national executive in August.
    BMS also demanded for a uniform minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month to all the workers including the private sector.

    The BJP-led NDA government on Wednesday announced an overall increase of 23.5 per cent for over one crore government employees and pensioners in line with the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations, which left most services dissatisfied. The hikes will come with the August paychecks and be paid with effect from January 1, 2016. The arrears for the six months will be disbursed during the current financial year (2016-17) itself.
    In November 2015, within the overall hike of 23.55-per cent, the pay panel had recommended increases of 16% in pay and 24 per cent in pensions. The starting salary for new recruits at the lowest level has been raised to Rs. 18,000 from Rs. 7,000 per month. Freshly recruited Class I officers will receive Rs. 56,100. This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that the pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at the lowest level.
    The approved maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, is Rs. 2.5 lakh per month (against the current Rs. 90,000), higher than the salaries drawn by MPs.
    To examine the concerns employees have raised, the Union Cabinet decided to set up four committees: The first will look into the implementation issues anticipated and the second one will go into the likely anomalies. Another one will further examine the recommendations on allowances, which have largely been kept on hold. The fourth will suggest measures for streamlining the National Pension System.
    Nod for new pay matrix
    The Union Cabinet dispensed with the present system of pay bands and grade pay and okayed a new pay matrix as recommended by the Pay Commission.
    Employee status, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the pay matrix. Separate pay matrices have been drawn up for civilians, defence personnel and for Military Nursing Service with all existing levels subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with.
    Gratuity ceiling raised
    The gratuity ceiling stands enhanced from Rs. 10 lakh to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 per cent whenever dearness allowance rises by 50 per cent.
    The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the commission to enhance the ceiling of house building advance from Rs. 7.5 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh. All but four interest-free advances have been abolished
    “The fifth and sixth pay commissions had narrowed the gap between salaries paid in the private and government sectors…the seventh has moved further in the same direction. An IIM-Ahmedabad study has found that pay in the government sector is distinctly greater than that in the private sector so there can’t be protests from employees,” said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

    Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission

    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits.   It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.

    In the past, the employees had to wait for 19 months for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations at the time of 5th CPC, and for 32 months at the time of implementation of 6th CPC.  However, this time, 7th CPC recommendations are being implemented within 6 months from the due date.

    The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year. 

    The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.


    1.            The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service. The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.

    2.            All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy.

    3.            The minimum pay has been increased from Rs.  7000 to 18000 p.m.  Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs.  18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs.  56100.  This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.

    4.            For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices.

    5.            Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

    6.            The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.

    7.            Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :

    ·               Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs.  10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.
    ·               A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.
    ·               Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs.  1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.
    ·               Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.
    ·               Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.

    8.            The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs.  7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished.

    9.            The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

    10.        The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.

    11.        The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances.  The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

    12.        The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees (i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and (ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.

    13.        Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.

    14.        As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.


    Military service pay

    Non combatant from 1000 to-3600

    JCO/OR  from 2000 -5200

    MNS from 4200-10800

    Officers-from 6000-15500

    MF 2.57 on 7th CPC basic

    Monday, 27 June 2016



    Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report on 29.6.2016 (Wednesday)

     Highly placed sources have told ‘India Today’that Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasasked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s port on the seventh Pay Commission in
    the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.n what promises to be a big bonanza for cntral government employees, a hike of 15-0 per cent in salaries is expected toe proposed under the Seventh Pay Commission.Hihly placed sources have told ‘India Today’hat Prime Minister Narendra Modi todaysked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’seport on the seventh Pay Commission in
    the next Cabinet meeting on June 29. Sources say that government
    employees are likely to get pay hike of between 15-20
    per cent over their current compensation with sources saying the recommendations of the pay commission are likely to be accepted by the Modi government.n January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. Over 98.4 lakh government employees will be impacted by the Seventh Pay
    Commission recommendations. Thisigure includes 52 lakh pensioners

    Seventh Pay Commission: Good news! Cabinet to decide 'salary hike' on June 29

    New Delhi, June 27: It looks like Central Government employees will get good news regarding their 'salary increment' under Seventh Pay Commission scheme soon. Reportedly, the Union cabinet will take up the recommendations of 7th CPC on Wednesday (June 29).
    Read more: 7th Pay Commission decoded: Know all about salary increment, past pay commissions
    Media reports say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed Finance Ministry to speed up the whole process and place Empowered Group of Secretaries' recommendations in next Cabinet meet.

    7th CPC: Good news for Govt employees!
    It is being said that Central government will get 15-20 increment on their basic salary.
    Read more: Seventh Pay Commission: Here is the list who all are set to get benefit
    This development has come to fore at a time when there is huge suspence over implementation of 7th CPC. Earlier reports said that govt may delay 'salry increment' in the wake of volatility in the markets following after Britain's decision to pull out the European Union.
    Modi Government needs Rs 1.02 cr to implement Seventh Pay Commission. It will take into effect from January, 2016.
    OneIndia News

    Saturday, 25 June 2016

    Seventh Pay Commission: Brexit fallout may force Modi govt to delay ‘salary hike’

    New Delhi, June 25: Modi government may delay most awaited Seventh Pay Commission as a result of Brexit fallouts. Reportedly, implementation of the 7th CPC could be delayed for 2-3 months in the wake of volatility in the markets following after Britain's decision to pull out the European Union. Read more: Seventh Pay Commission: Good News! Govt staff likely to get 30% more 'increment' than recommended As per media reports, it will take minimum 2-3 months for markets to gain its stability back. At a time when fiscal health is already under stress, government can't put more burdens on exchequer. Around Rs 1, 00,000 cr is needed to implement salary increment and arrears under Seventh Pay Commission scheme. Brexit: 7th CPC likely to be delayed As per Zee News, "In order to stabilize overall outflows from the domestic equity markets, government needs to adopt wait-and-watch policy for another quarter before thinking of implementing the payout as any haste can further increase volatility in the market". Earlier reports said that Government could implement Seventh Pay Commission from August 1. It was said that Central government Employees would get increment in their July salary and six months arrears in the month of October. On Friday, Britain voted to quit the European Union after 43 years of membership, throwing the world markets in a tailspin and leaving European leaders worried over how to stem a rising Eurosceptic tide. The vote rattled Indian financial markets too, shaving over 1,000 points, or 4 per cent, off a key equities index, while pulling the rupee just below the 68 mark to the dollar. Read more: 7th Pay Commission decoded: Know all about salary increment, past pay commissions Both Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan sought to calm the markets and said there was no cause for panic as India's economic fundamentals remained strong and along with other macro indicators. "We are well prepared to deal with the short and medium term Brexit consequence -- strongly committed to our macro-economic framework with focus on stability," Jaitley tweeted from Beijing. Rajan said investors need not panic over the rupee. "We are comfortable on foreign exchange reserves. We can use it when necessary." OneIndia News (With inputs from agencies) Post Comment Read more about:
    Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-brexit-fallout-govt-likely-delay-increment-arrears-2136813.html

    Friday, 24 June 2016





    A massive parliament march and rally of about 20000 Central Government Employees was held at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 24th June 2016. The rally was organized by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Government Employees comprising Railways, Defence, Confederation and Postal organizations demanding modification in the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commissions including minimum wage and fitment formula. Other demands are scrapping of New Contributory Pension Scheme, No FDI in Railways and Defence, Grant of Civil Servant status to Gramin Dak Sevaks, filling up of vacancies, enhancement of bonus ceiling, No outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation and corporatisation etc.
    The NJCA had already given strike notice to Government on 9th June 2016. The Modi Government is not ready for a negotiated settlement with the staff side. The rally called upon the entirely of Central Government employees to intensify the campaign and preparations and make the strike a total success.
    The rally was presided by Shri. N. Raghavaiah (General Secretary, NFIR & Chairman NJCA), Coms. Shiv Gopal Mishra (General Secretary AIRF & Convenor NJCA), Sreekumar (Secretary General AIDEF) M. Krishnan (Secretary General, Confederation) R. N. Parashar (Secretary General, NFPE) Guman Singh (President, NFIR), Rakal Das Gupta (President, AIRF) K. K. N. Kutty (President, Confederation) B. C. Sharma (NFIR) S. K. Tyagi (AIRF), Mrs. Champa and Mrs. Gita Pandey addressed the rally
    About 33 lakhs Central Government Employees will participate in the strike. 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners have declared their solidarity with the strike. Central Trade Unions had also extended their full support. State Government Employees Federations have cautioned the Central Government that they will also be compelled to join the strike if Government refuse to settle the demands relating to 7th CPC recommendations as majority of the state Governments are implementing the Central pay parity to their employees also.
    Source: Confederation

    Thursday, 23 June 2016

    Ex-Servicemen move SC for 'fair' OROP working, annual revision

    The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) has moved the Supreme seeking implementation of one rank one pension scheme in a fair manner with an automatic revision on annual basis instead of the current policy of periodic review of once in five years.
    IESM along with other ex-service personnel has assailed the NDA government's policy of periodic review once in five years, saying that such an approach was dilution of the February 26, 2014, announcement by which the revision in the pension was to automatically pass on to the past pensioners on the annual basis.
    Confirming that they have moved the top court seeking fair and automatic revision in pension on annual basis, Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retired), spearheading the movement for OROP, told IANS, "As per the original definition given by government of India on February 26, 2014, the change in pensions would have been automatically passed on to past pensioners every year."
    "It (Feb. 26, 2014 announcement) had said that whenever there was a change in rate of pension, it would be automatically passed on to past pensioner. It should be done every year but government has now made provision for revision every five years. This kills the very soul of OROP," said Satbir Singh.
    The petition which is likely to be argued by the senior counsel Ram Jethamalani when the top court opens after the summer vacations has contended that five-yearly periodic review did not meet the demand of the ex-servicemen seeking one rank one pension for the service personnel who had retired with same length of service in the same rank.
    Seeking annual revision of the pension for the past pensioners, the IESM in its petition has referred to the December 19, 2011, report of the Rajya Sabha's Petition Committee then headed by Bhagat Singh Koshyari which rejected all reservation advanced by the government while "strongly recommending" OROP.
    In its 142nd report, the Koshyari Committee had said, "the Committee strongly recommends that Government should implement OROP in the defence forces across the board at the earliest".
    Having recommended the implementation of OROP, the Koshyari Committee said, "for future, the pay, allowances, pension, family pension, etc. in respect of the defence personnel should be determined by a separate commission so that their peculiar terms and conditions of service, the nature of duties they are required to perform, etc., which are quite different from the civilian work force, are duly taken into account while taking decision on the same."
    Koshyari, who was Rajya Sabha member belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, was Uttarakhand Chief Minister from October 30, 2001 to May 1, 2002.
    The petition by the IESM has referred to September 9, 2008, Supreme Court verdict by which it had directed that "the pay of all pensioners in the rank of Major General and its equivalent rank in the two other Wings of the Defence Services be notionally fixed at the rate given to similar officers of the same rank after the revision of pay scales with effect from 1.1.1996, and, thereafter, to compute their pensionary benefits on such basis with prospective effect from the date of filing of the writ petition."
    While directing the government to pay the difference in the revised pension and what Major Generals and their equivalent ranks in the Air Force and the Navy were getting earlier within three months with interest at 10 per cent per annum, the court had dismissed the plea by the Centre challenging the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgement.
    The high court by its May 26, 2005, judgement had directed the Centre to fix minimum pay scale of the Major General above that of the Brigadier and grant pay above that of a Brigadier as has been done in the case of post-January 1, 1996, retirees and consequently fix the pension and family pension accordingly.
    http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/OROP IN COURT

    Friday, 17 June 2016

    7th CPC: Secretaries group submits final report to Fin Min; Cabinet approval in 15 days

    New Delhi: It's good news for central government employees eagerly waiting for the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
    The implementation of 7th Pay Commission appears to be a matter of a few days now. As per Dainik Jagran report, the Cabinet Secretary met the PMO officials on Wednesday and apprised them about the secretaries panel's recommendations on the salary and allowances hike recommended for central government employees.
    The secretaries panel reviewing the 7th pay commission's recommendations have submitted its report to the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry will prepare a note and present it before the Cabinet in the next 15 days.
    With the threat of strike by central government employees looming large, the Cabinet is expected to take a prompt decision on the recommendations resulting in notification.
    The salary hikes recommended are expected to apply from July. 

    Source:- http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/7th-cpc-secretaries-group-submits-final-report-to-fin-min-cabinet-approval-in-15-days_1896922.html

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016

    7th Pay Commission Latest News – Empowered Committee Meeting may be held Today

    New Delhi: The final meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries, who is processing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission is set for today as the secretaries’ committee hopes to make its final recommendations before the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley within this month.

    Secretaries’ committee has been comparing notes, taking into account concerns from employees’ unions, Trade Unions and departments demands through Implementation Cell of Pay Commission recommendations in Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.

    “This will be the final meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries. After that, Pay Commission award will come out,” an official in Finance Ministry said adding “we have kept our fingers crossed on the Pay Commission award.”

    Monday, 13 June 2016


    Today being the first anniversary of OROP agitation at Jantar Mantar, National federation of ESM felicitates all associations & its members who have participated in this historic Non-violent agitation. 
    This issue was outstanding for the last 40 years & many political parties and their successive Govts professed it but not implemented. Accidently the present political outfit which formed the Govt at centre also tried to take advantage the aspiration of ESM by including the OROP in their manifesto but soon after coming to power they were reluctant to grand OROP.
    It is under these circumstances we have united under the leadership pf Col.Inderjeet Singh & Gen Satbir Singh and formed united front of ESM which eventually became a mass all India movement.
    Realising the support it received from the various section of society, the reluctant Govt was forced to announce OROP though with some anomaly & efforts are still on to rectify the anomalies. The movement has shown an example to future generation of ESM to fight for their rightful dues in a non-violent manner.
    Let us congratulates all the veterans who have participated in the agitation at JM & different parts of the country. We also salutes those veterans who have spear headed this movement 1976-77

    Wednesday, 8 June 2016

    OROP: Govt may extend tenure of judicial panel

    The Centre informed Delhi High Court Thursday that the tenure of the one-member judicial commission to look into the public hearing of One Rank One Pension scheme will be extended, as representations filed by ex-servicemen and others are yet to be submitted to the Commission.
    The central government’s standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, appearing on behalf of Defence Ministry, told the court that “over 2,500 representations” had been received by the ministry so far. “The representations are now being processed, and will then be submitted to the judicial commission,” said Ahluwalia, adding that the panel’s tenure “would have to be extended”.
    Former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L Narsimha Reddy was appointed the judicial commissioner to look into the implementation of the OROP scheme. The commission was expected to submit its recommendations within six months and its tenure is set to expire on June 14.
    Ex-serviceman S P Singh filed a PIL before the high court earlier this week, seeking orders to have an “effective public hearing” on the issue and claiming that the “people were not informed” how to submit their representations. The court, however, noted that a particular address had been allocated to the commission, and the representations could be sent via post.