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  • Thursday, 29 March 2018

    Educational Concession to the Children of Armed Forces Officers/ PBORS missing/disabled/killed in action: DESW Order

    No. 6(l)/2009/Edu. Concession/ D(Res-II)
    Government of India
    Ministry of Defence
    Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
    Room No. 237, ‘B’ Wing
    Sena Bhawan, New Delhi

    Dated: 23rd March, 2018
    To, 
    The Chief of the Army Staff, 
    The Chief of the Naval Staff, 
    The Chief of the Air Staff, 
    The Director General, Indian Coast Guard.
    Subject : Grant of Educational Concession to the Children of Armed Forces Officers/Personnel Below Officer Ranks PBORS) missing/disabled/killed in action. 

    In continuation of this Department’s letter of even no. dt 13.09.2017 on above subject (copy enclosed), it has been decided with the approval of competent authority that the cap of Rs. 10,000/- imposed on the combined amount of Tuition Fees and Hostel Charges vide para-5 of a above order is removed and the Educational Concession will continue to be admissible without the cap of Rs. 10,000/-per month. 

    2. Therefore, para-5 of ibid letter stands deleted while all other provisions shall remain unchanged.

    3. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Fin/Pen) vide their ID No. 10(23)/09/Fin/Pen dt. 23.03.2018.

    Encl: As above 
    (Santosh)
    Joint Secretary to the Government of India


    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    7th Pay Commission: No Salary Hike as Govt Rejects Reports on Increase in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor

    New Delhi, Mar 20: The government has rejected reports on an increase in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, saying it was not considering salary hike for its employees. There have been reports that the government was mulling to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. (Update: 7th Pay Commission: Employees’ Unions Plan Strike For Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor After Govt Rejects Salary Hike) Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar sought to know “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).” In a written reply to the question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan said the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “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,” said Radhakrishnan. Advertisement
    The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay of central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. The government approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission despite resentment among central government employees, who have been a hike in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.
    There had been reports that the government was mulling to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 and fitment factor 3.00. However, the government has now clarified that no such proposal was being considered.

    Saturday, 17 March 2018

    DOPT ORDER –  Extending the scope of Anomaly definition – 7th CPC
    No.11/2/2016-JCA
    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
    OFFICE MEMORANDUM
    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.
    (D.K.Sengupta)
    Deputy Secretary (JCA)
    CLICK HERE TO REFER DOPPW 'S DEVIATION FROM EARLIER STAND 

    Friday, 16 March 2018

    GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1170 ANSWERED ON-06.03.2018

    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? 
    ANSWER 
    MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE ( SHRI P RADHAKRISHNAN ) 
    (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.
    https://www.indiatoday.

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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

     

FINANCIAL EXPRESS


    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.
    http://www.financialexpress.com 

    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.
    http://zeenews.india.com/india 

    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.
    http://www.financialexpress.com 

    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
    OFFICE MEMORANDUM
    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

    Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    Cabinet approves two percent Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees
              The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensionersw.e.f. 01.01.2018 representing an increase of 2% over the existing rate of 5% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.
     This will benefit about 48.41 lakh Central Government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.
     The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs.6077.72 crore per annum and Rs.7090.68 crore in the financial year 2018-19 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2018 to February, 2019).
     This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.  http://pib.nic.inease.aspx/newsite 

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018

    PROTEST MOVEMENT BY DEFENCE VETERANS, UPDATE AND WAY AHEAD

        Dear Veterans,
    1.       Second Hearing in HSC against the NGT Order to lift Dharanas from Jantar Mantar has been fixed for 05 Mar 2018.  Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan is representing the case.  We are hopeful of some positive order from HSC.
    2.       Third Hearing of our OROP Case in HSC has been tentatively fixed for 1st week of Apr 2018.  We have made Prayers for the Implementation of Actual OROP and other related issues as under:-
    · Declaring the letter dated 07.11.2015 bearing reference 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Pol)-Part-II illegal, unconstitutional, and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution;
    · Declaring  the Notification dated 14.12.2015 bearing reference No. 12(01)/2014-D(Pen/Pol)-Part-II issued by Respondent No. 1 illegal, unconstitutional, and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution;
    · Declaring  the letter of Respondent No. 1 to the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, the Chief of Air Staff dated 03.02.2016 bearing reference 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy)-Part- II illegal, unconstitutional, and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution;
    ·Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that the pension of past pensioners be automatically and contemporaneously enhanced, whenever there is any future increase or enhancement in the rates of pension;
    ·Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that errors in tables prepared by the Central Government indicating One Rank One Pension computation, wherein there are numerous instances of ex-servicemen who retired with senior rank and longer length of service being shown to be eligible for lesser pension that ex-servicemen who retired with junior rank, be corrected to ensure One Rank One Pension;
    · Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that fixation of pension must be on the basis of financial year 2014-2015 and not calendar year 2013;
    ·Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing payment of revised pension with effect from 01.04.2014 instead of 01.07.2014;
    · Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that Havildars who retired as Hon. Naib Subedar be given the pension of Naib Subedar;
    · Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that all soldiers who have been conferred an Honourary superior rank, whether before or after retirement, be given the pension relatable to such superior rank;
                                                              
    ·Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that all ex-servicemen of the defence services be given benefit of full per-commissioning service period for pension calculation, regardless of their date of retirement;
    · Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that veterans who have retired as Major after 13 years of service be granted the pension of Lt. Colonel;
    ·Direction in the nature of mandamus to the Union of India directing that veterans who retired prior to 2004 as Lt. Colonel be given pension of Colonel;
    · Pass any other or future order(s) as this Hon’ble Court deems fit in the facts and circumstances of the present case.
    · 7th CPC  pensions need to be worked out afresh by multiplying the factor of 2.57 to    the Actual pensions as on 31 Dec 2015   and not the pensions of base year 2013.
    · 33 years  rule  having been cancelled,  the pensions of Defence Personnel need to be  reworked afresh based on the rank and engagement period.
    3.       Meeting of Defence Veterans alongwith the serving senior
     officers chaired by Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre Raksha Rajya Mantri (Minister of State for Defence) held on 16 Feb 2018 which was well attended.  All Organisations gave out their issues.  I attended the meeting on behalf of IESM, and raised the following issues.
     (a)   Implementation of Actual One Rank One Pension (OROP).
    (b)    Pensions of Defence Widows should be same as the ESM Pensions.
    (c)    Pensions of Defence Reservists be enhanced to equivalent to pension of Sepoy.
    (d)    Ensuring Second Career for the early Defence Retirees till the age of 60 years through the Act of Parliament.
    (e)    Improvements in Medical care Scheme ECHS.  The medical procedures which have been introduced in the Country be on ECHS Procedure list within, six months of their being operational in India.
    (f)     Dire need to have Veterans Hospitals on the line of other Democracies.
    (g)    Need to enhance ECHS Budget to efficiently manage Super Specialty Care for the Defence Personnel and their dependents.
    (h)    Need to have Covenant Act of Defence Forces on the lines of UK & other countries.
    (j)    Need to expedite construction of Martyrs Memorial at India Gate.  Long delays have already been caused.
    (k)    Need to enhance rates of Disability Pension for Defence Personnel.
    4.       We are planing to hold a Maha Rally at Delhi in mid March or a week later to resume Relay Hunger Strike across the Country.  Date and time will be communicated shortly.  All ESM are requested to take part in  Mahar Rally at Delhi  and resume Relay Hunger Strike  with intensity at various locations in the Country.
    5.       State Conveners and representatives at various locations are requested to hold Meetings, Seminars, Rallies regularly in the Country.  Feedback may please be forwarded to IESM HQ at 543 Sector 23, Gurgaon -122017 (Haryana).
    6.       ESM residing in NCR are requested to come to  Jantar Mantar regularly, atleast once a week to strengthen the  Protest Movement.  The Govt continues to deny our due Justice.  Not only we are being denied our dues, we are continuously being Downgraded, Degraded, ill-treated and mistreated. Legal option which has already been exercised, will take lot of time therefore we need to continue our Protest Movement with strength and intensity.
    7.       Governing Body Members responsible for various states are requested to constitute committees as under:-
    (a) Block Level          -        3 members.
    (b) District                -        5-7 members
    (c)  Big Cities             -        5-7 members.
    (d) State Level          -        9-11 members.
    8.       Details of members of the Committee be forwarded to IESM HQ for formalization.  Membership Drive be carried out as an ongoing campaign on war footing.
    9.       On 10th March 2018, we will be completing 1000th Day of our continuous Agitation at Jantar Mantar and at other locations across the Country.  All Members of the Defence Family residing in NCR and areas close by Delhi are requested to visit Jantar Mantar from 1230PM to 4PM to commemorate 1000th Day of Protest Movement.  ESM at other locations are requested to assemble at their respective locations, schedule to be decided by local conveners and committees to commemorate 1000th Day to strengthen, our resolve to get “Justice to Jawan”.
    10.     Another important issue is health Care of ESM and members of their families.  We are in touch with the ECHS HQ for update and their assistance to resolve our problems and issues.  Requests, where Empanelled Hospitals deny admission in emergency situation are being attended to on priority.  We request that any such difficulty be brought to our Notice.  Col RP Chaturvedi, Mob No 9891279035 and email: rpchaturvedi@gmail.com ,is our Head ECHS.  We have also  asked the Govt to issue  instructions for all new  medical  procedures be brought on the ECHS  list within six months of their being operational in India.  Efforts are being made to improve the availability of medicines at ECHS Clinics.

    11.     We are also keeping close liaison with Veterans Directorate at Delhi Cantt.  We have brought to their notice issues concerning ESM & their dependents.  Copies of our letters to MoD & PMO are regularly being sent to the three Chiefs for their info and action.  We will continue to raise issues with Govt through requests, representations, meetings etc.
    12.     We will shortly be starting our Scheme of “Measures for the benefit of Armed Forces Veterans, War widows, their dependents and Veer Naries”.  Soldiers have given supreme, sacrifice for mother land but their families have not got the recognition by the Government which they deserved for the sacrifice given by their husbands.  IESM has been recognized in corporate sector as one of the pioneer organization which is spearheading welfare measures for veterans,  veernaries,  their families and citizen of India.  Corporate houses have started contributing funds reserved as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to IESM for the purpose. Recently, one corporate  has contributed Rs 25 lakhs and to start with IESM  has allotted another  Rs 25 lakhs to make corpus  fund of Rs 50 lakhs for the  purpose.  We hope this fund will increase every year.  We plan to given scholarships to the children of veernaries, veterans and their dependents at School, College and professional level.  We plan to given financial help to veernaries who wish to start their own cottage industry and financial help to old age homes/orphanages out of this fund.  The scheme will be upgraded as we go along.  Detailed SOP is being issued separately.
    13.     Lastly, friends, we do need resources to continue our Agitation, May I request all numbers of the Defence Fraternity to contribute voluntarily for the cause.  Efforts be also made to approach corporates, organizations, individuals for their contribution for the cause.  
    Yours Sincerely,
    Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
    Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen & Chairman IESM                                                                                          Mobile: 9312404269, Tel: 0124 4110570
    Email: satbirsm@gmail.com

    Sunday, 4 March 2018

    7th Pay Commission: Govt may not raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times

      7th Pay Commission: Govt may not raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times
    If the central government employees' demands are accepted, around 48 lakh employees are likely to see minimum pay hike from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor from 2.57 times to 3.68 times. These benefits were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC and approved by the Cabinet.  According to reports, pay hikes will come into effect from April 2018. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier had promised salary increase for the lower-level employees beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission and had also said this in the Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016.
    The government had approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in June 2016 and raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month with fitment factor 2.57 times. The central government employees are demanding for a minimum pay hike to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.68 times from 2.57 times. The government has reportedly formed a committee to look into the matter.
    Finance Ministry sources had earlier said the demand for hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations won’t be accepted as it will bring a financial burden on the government.  According to an earlier report, 34 modifications by the 7th Pay Commission had been approved by the Union Cabinet, which means an additional annual burden of Rs 30,748 crore to the exchequer. All allowances are given the effect from July 1, 2017.
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, had promised to consider their demand for higher minimum pay. Even if the higher minimum pay is announced, central government employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5 will only get the benefit of it and mid-level and top-level employees will continue to get salaries according to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
    According to several reports, the government is planning to give minimum pay of Rs 21,000 instead of current Rs 18,000. However, it is beleived that the increase will differ based on pay matrix level, an official said earlier. The government is reportedly working on pay hike for the lower-level employees from April, following the promise of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament and the demands of the unions despite the DoPT letter on October 30, last year.
    The letter published by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) stating that the demand for an increase  in pay and fitment factor do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC. The government had also formed the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to resolve pay-related anomalies that may arise during the implementation of recommendations.
    http://www.zeebiz.com/indi 

    Friday, 2 March 2018

    Minutes of National Anomaly Committee Meeting

    F.No.11/2/2016-JCA-I(Pt.)
    Government of India
    Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
    Department of Personnel Training
    North Block, New Delhi
    Dated: 16 February, 2018
    To
    Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
    Secretary, Staff-Side
    National Council (Staff Side)
    Joint Consultative Machinery for, Central Government Employees
    13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001
    Subject: Minutes of the Meeting held on 11.01.2018 to discuss the admissibility of the agenda items received from the Staff Side, NC (JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) for the 7th Central Pay Commission.
    Sir,
    Please find enclosed a copy of the Minutes of the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Establishment) on Thursday the 11th January, 2018 at 1500 hours in Room No. 190, conference Room, North Block, New Delhi with the representatives of Staff Side, NC(JCM) for information and necessary action.
    2. As per discussion in the above meeting, Staff Side may please reconsider their views on Item No. 7. A copy of the recording during the meeting enclosed for perusual.
    Yours faithfully,
    (D.K. Sengupta)
    Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
    Tel. 23040255
    MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 11.01.2018 TO DISCUSS THE ADMISSIBILITY OF THE AGENDA ITEMS RECEIVED FROM THE STAFF SIDE FOR DISCUSSION IN THE NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE (NAC) FOR THE 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

    A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Shri G.D. Tripathi, Joint Secretary (Establishment), Department of Personnel & Training with the representatives of Staff Side of the National Anomaly Committee and senior officers from the other Ministries/Departments concerned at 3.00 p.m. on 11.01.2018 in Room No. 190, North Block, DoPT, New Delhi to consider the admissibility of the 18 itmes of anomaly forwarded by the Staff-Side of the National Council of JCM for settlement through discussion at the NAC constituted after the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The list of participants is at Annexure.
    2. The Chairman welcomed the representatives of the Staff-Side of the National Anomaly Committee and asked Deputy Secretary (JCA) to briefly inform the participants the purpose for convening this meeting.
    3. Deputy Secretary (JCA) informed that following the acceptance of the recommendations – to the extent they have been – of the 7th Central Pay Commission by the Government, the National Anomaly Committee has been constituted by DoPT. Subsequently, on receipt of a representation from the Staff Side, NC(JCM), the definition of what would constitute an anomaly has been revised and notified. Therefore, as per the revised scope of definition, 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 relativities have been disturbed as a result of the 7th Central Pay Commission to give rise to anomalous situation.
    4. Deputy Secretary (JCA) mentioned that a letter dated 16.08.2017 had been received from Secretary, Staff-Side proposing to discuss 15 items in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). Subsequently, another letter dated 31.08.2017 was also received proposing 3 additional items. On examining these 18 items against the three (03) yardsticks as stated in para-3 above, it was felt that while some agenda items clearly fall within the definition of ‘anomaly’, there are a few which cannot be termed ‘anomaly’ as such, bordering more, as they are, on the side of ‘demands’. There are a few more which apparently by virtue of affecting the interests of one Department should rather be taken up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee. On sharing the findings of this Preliminary examination with the Secretary, Staff-Side, a communication was received from him suggesting inter-alia, besides giving their own reasons for retaining the same agenda – except one item – for the NAC deliberations, that a meeting be convened to discuss and finalize the items so as to to avoid delay in convening the NAC meeting.
    5. The Chairman then requested the leader of the Staff-Side and other members to put across their points of view on the issue.
    6. The Leader, Staff-Side, thanked the Chairman for convening the meeting at the suggestion of Secretary, Staff-Side and initiated the discussion by emphasising that the next meeting of the National Council under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary should be held urgently as more than 7 years have passed since the last such meeting was held. He referred to the background against which the JCM scheme has been institutionalized and stressed that the purpose of JCM is to avoid confrontation between the Government and its employees. He requested that the sentiments of the Staff-Side may be conveyed to the Cabinet Secretary so that the meeting of the National Council, JCM may be held without any further delay. He also suggested that the Cabinet Secretary should meet the Standing Committee of the National Council, JCM soon after the Republic Day celebrations so that the deliberations can be be held on all pending issues. The Leader, Staff-Side further stated that there are many issues arising out of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations which are still to be settled to the satisfaction of the Staff-Side. He particularly mentioned about the recommendations relating to New Pension Scheme, Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, etc.
    7. Secretary, Staff-Side also expressed similar views about lack of interaction between the Official-Side and the Staff-Side. He mentioned that the institutions of JCM machinery has become defunct and stated that the meetings of the Standing Committee and the National Council, JCM should be called without any further delay. He also mentioned that the Group of Ministers had met the staff representatives and given some assurances for favourable consideration regarding the Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula. But even after 1-1/2 years, no decision has been conveyed by the Government. He regretted that inspite of the report submitted by NPS Committee, nothing fruitful has been done for bringing new pensioners under defined and guaranteed pension scheme. He stated that based on the assurance given by the group of Ministers, the Staff Side had deferred the call for strike but now it is getting very difficult for them to control the resentments of the staff. He stressed the need for frequent interactions so that each side can appreciate the other’s views. He also mentioned that no decision has yet been conveyed on the 6th CPC related unresolved anomalies which, the Staff-Side feels, should be sent for arbitration as the Staff-Side has recorded its dissatisfaction on them.
    (Action: D/o Pension & JCA Division, DoPT)
    8. The Staff-Side members representing M/o Defence stated that they are on a hunger fast joining with the 4 lakhs Defence Civilian Employees to protest against the various decisions taken by Ministry of Defence against their interest. They lodged their protest aginst what they called ‘arbitary’ policy decisions made by the Government about outsourcing of jobs hitherto done in the ordince factories, converting Army Base Workshops to GOCO Model, closure of Station Workshops, Military Farms and Depots under Army Headquarters thereby rendering 31,000 Employees surplus including 9000 employees of Military Engineer Service, granting Uniform Allowance to the soldiers by stopping the practice of getting them stitched through almost 12000 Employees in 5 Ordnance Factories etc. This is against the assurance given by the Defence Ministry in the past to the Staff Side that the jobs being perfomed by ordnance factories would be outsourced. They also protested against the violation of the direction of Cabinet Secretary by the Ministry of Defence in that the Staff Side has not been consulted before deciding on outsourcing, closure, merger, declaring manpower surplus etc. They demanded that MoD may be directed to immediately hold discussions with the Staff Side and settle the issues in the interst of the Defence Industry and its employees
    (Action: M/o Defence)
    9. The Staff Side also raised the following issues:-
    a) The demand of the Staff Side for extension of the date of option for switching over to 7th CPC Pay Scales from a date on which the employee got promotion/MACP is not yet settled. Necessary instructions may be issued in this regard.
    (Action: Establishment Division, DoPT)
    b) The Report of the NPS Committee even though submitted to the Government in August, 2017 the Staff Side is not yet given a copy of the same. The same may be given to the Staff Side and a meeting may also be held with the Staff Side by the Government before taking any decision on the recommendations of the NPS Committee.
    (Action: D/o P & PW)
    c) The Staff Side also pointed out what they felt arbitrariness of the decision of the Government to close down the various printing presses without even holding any discussion with the Staff Side. The employees have been asked to immediately get themselves, relived and join at faraway places. They added that assurances were given by the Cabinet Secretary at the National Council that the Government would discuss the problems faced by the staff and resolve the same in all cases when the Government decides to wind up any of its functions.
    (Action: M/o Urban Development)
    10. The Chairman stated that he has taken note of all the concerns expressed by the Leader, Staff-Side, Secretary Staff-Side and the other representatives of the Staff-Side. He stated that the work on finalizing the comments on the Agenda for the meeting with the National Council, JCM has been going on and another two weeks would be required to finalize the comments and thereafter the convenience of the Cabinet Secretary would be sought so that the meeting of the Standing Committee can be held in the month of February, 2018. He stated that the purpose of today’s meeting was to familiarize with the issues as well as to arrive at a mutually agreed decisions as to which of them should be taken up for discussion and settlement at the NAC so that the first meeting can be convened at the earliest. He further emphasised that the items on which the Government, has held a view different from that of the 7th CPC would not be taken up for discussion at the NAC since the Government decisions on them are well-thought-out and conscious ones. However, where there is a disagreement between what has been recommended and what the 7th CPC should have recommended as part of its policy/principles would figure in NAC discussion.
    11. It was seen that there are seven (7) proposed items which clearly fall within the definition of ‘Anomaly’. At the conclusion of the discussions, the following was agreed to in respect of the remaining eleven (11) items:
    Item No.
    Description
    Decision
    1
    Anomaly in computation of minimum wage
    In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Division will re-examine.
    2
    3% Increment in all stages
    In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
    6
    Remove Anomaly due to index rationalization
    In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
    7
    Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option No.1 in pension fixation
    Sent back to Staff-Side for reconsideration of its views
    10
    Minimum Pension
    The Staff-Side will take up this issue with the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare separately. This will not be treated as an anomaly.
    11
    Date of effect of Allowances-HRA, Transport
    Allowance, CEA etc
    Thil will be taken up separately as an item in the Standing Committee meeting
    12.
    Implement the recommendation on Parity in Pay Scale between Sr. Auditors / Sr. Accountant of 1A & AD and organized Accounts with Assistant Section Officer of CSS.
    As this was already under examination in the Department of Personnel & Training it would not be taken up for
    discussion in NAC at this stage. If it remains undecided at the later stage,
    it will be included for discussion in NAC.
    13
    Parity in pay scales between Assistants/
    Stenographers in field/ subordinate offices and Assistant Section Offices and Stenographers in CSS
    The Staff-Side, NC (JCM) will provide additional details
    15
    Technical Supervisors of Railways
    The Staff-Side, NC(JCM) will take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Railways.
    16.
    Anomaly in the assignment of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence, Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keepers.
    The Staff-Side, NC (JCM) will take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Defence. JCA Division will
    write to Ministry of Defence in this regard.
    18.
    Anomaly in the grant of DA instalment w.e.f.
    01.01.2016
    In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Division will re-examine.
    12. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
    LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE PRE-NATIONAL
    ANOMALY COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL (JCM) HELD ON 11/01/2018
    S.No.
    Staff-Side
    Official-Side
    1
    Shri Shiv Gopal Misra
    Shri G.D. Tripathi
    2.
    Shri M. Raghavaiah,
    Shri Amar Nath Singh
     3
    Shri Rakhal Das Gupta
    Shri Harjit Singh
     4
    Shri J.R. Bhosle
    Ms. Sujasha Choudhury
     5
    Shri Guman Singh
    Ms. Nirmala Dev.
     6
    Shri C.Srikumar
    Shri Jaya Kumar.G.
     7
    Shri K.K.N. Kutty
    Shri A.K. Jain
     8
    Shri Sankara Rao
    Shri Charanjit Taneja
     9
    Shri R. Srinivasan
    Shri Rajeev Kumar Bahree
     10
    Shri R.P. Bhatnagar
    Shri Ram Gopal