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Saturday, May 20, 2017

23rd May Dharna Program


To
All Affiliates
COC Karnataka
Comrades,
                 The affiliates of COC Karnataka are requested to observe the program of 23rd May 2017 as protest day, the Staff Side (JCM) leaders  on 30th June 2016 met the group of Ministers. The Ministers have assured the Staff Side (JCM) members that the all issues of the Central Government including revision of pay fixation, revised allowances, NPS issues  and pension issues will be resolved. But comrades nearly one year has passed the assurances of the Group of Ministers are not adhered , the Central Government Employees are disappointed a lot , only the pension issue was considered by the Union Cabinet, but practically the Group “C” and Group “B” employees’ pension revision was totally disappointing the pension amount increase was just from  Rs 5/- to Rs 500/ -  .

Coming to the allowances the meetings are taking place, the Union Cabinet may approve the revised allowances only in first week of June, there after the orders shall be issued, so the Government is planning to introduce revised allowances from 1st July 2017 after implementation of GST.

Regarding the pay fitment formula of 2.57 should be enhanced, no much progress is taking place, we have to build pressure on the Government to enhance the fitment formula .

The NPS issue needs to properly addressed, virtually no pension for younger generation CG employees.

Comrades the Confederation leaders are assembling on 23rd May 2017 at Finance Minster residence for observing the dharna program , the CG employees of Karnataka state  are expressing the solidarity with these leaders and  observing one day dharna program on 23rd May 2017 , please join enmass and support our leaders.
                                                             Comradely yours

                                                                  (P.S.Prasad)  

                                                               General Secretary  

Friday, May 12, 2017

REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2016 PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS

IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT DECISION ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION (7TH CPC) - REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2016 PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS (Click the link below to view)



What the above decision means for pre-2016 retirees?

Modification made appears fixing the pay of pre 2016 retirees notionally in revised pay matrix and then fixing pension at 50% of pay.  If the pension so fixed is more than the pension fixed with fitment formula of 2.57 then pension will be revised otherwise no change. It is presumed that option will be given to pensioners.  For arriving at pay in revised matrix of 7 CPC for those who retired prior to 1-1-1996 notionally there pay will be fixed under V CPC scales and VI CPC Pay structure.  Similarly for those who retired prior to 2006 it will be notionally fixed in VI CPC Pay structure and then in 7 CPC matrix.  The pay for this purpose is pay last drawn as recorded in their PPO.  For the information of readers fixation formula under V CPC, VI CPC and VII CPC rules is given below:

V CPC:
1
Basic pay as on 1-1-1996
xxx
2
DA appropriate to basic pay at 1510 pts
Xxx
3
I IR
100
4
2nd IR 10% of BP subject to minimum of Rs.100
Xxx
5
40% of BP
Xxx
6
Total
xxx

Pay in the revised scales to be fixed at the stage next above the total even if there is stage equal to the total.
Rates of DA as on 1-1-1996
For pay range upto Rs.3500pm
148% of pay
For pay range above Rs.35oo and upto 6000 pm
111% of pay subject to a minmum of Rs.5180 pm
For pay range above Rs.6000 pm
96% of pay subject to minimum of Rs.6660 pm


VI CPC
1
Existing pay scale
x
2
Applicable pay band and grade pay
a+b
3
Basic pay as on 1-1-2006
xxx
4
Pay after multiplication of BP by a factor 1.86 rounded off to next multiple of 10
Xxx
5
Pay in the pay band
Xxx
6
Grade Pay applicable to the post
b
7
Revised basic pay is pay in the pay band and grade pay.

Xxx +b


VII CPC

1
Existing Pay Band
a
2
Existing Grade Pay
a+b
3
Basic pay as on 1-1-2016
Xxx+b
4
Level corresponding to GP
C
5
Pay after multiplication of BP by a fitment factor of 2.57
Xxx
6
Revised Pay in Pay Matrix (either equal to or next higherCell
Xxx

Illustration:
‘X retired on 31-1-1992 and pay was Rs. 2900 in the scale 1640-2900
1.      His notional pay under 5 CPC scale of 6500-10600 is Rs.8900;
2.      His notional pay under 6 CPC (PB2 +GP 4200) is Rs.20760;
3.      His notional pay under 7 CPC (Level 6) is Rs.53600;
4.      Pension fixed on 1-1-2016 with a fitment formula of 2.57 is Rs.25847;
5.      Pension as per cabinet deciscion 50% of notional pay as per 7 CPC is Rs 26800.


Note: The above example is only an illustration.    

The pension fixation may vary from case to case. Final calculation has to be made as per the  Government orders. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits



The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).

The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1st January, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore.  Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:

1.        Revision of pension of pre – 2016 pensioners and family pensioners
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet.  The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor.  It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.

While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.

In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations.

In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner.  The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases.  The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases.  The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies. 

2.         Disability Pension for Defence Pensioners

The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.
           
The issue of disability pension was referred to the National Anomaly Committee by the Ministry of Defence on account of the representation received from the Defence Forces to retain the slab-based system, as it would have resulted in reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing pensioners and a reduction in the amount of disability pension for future retirees when compared to percentage-based disability pension. 

The decision which will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entail an additional expenditure of approximately Rs. 130 crore per annum.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – March, 2017


The All-India CPI-IW for March, 2017 increased by 1 point and pegged at 275 (two hundred and seventy five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.36 per cent between February, 2017 and March, 2017 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.37 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

DA as on March 2017 is 5.55% 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Committee on Allowance submits its Report

The Committee on Allowances headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday; The Report will be now placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. 

The Committee on Allowances, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India to examine the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances, submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday. The Committee was headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure),M/o Finance, Government of India and had Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Post and Chairman, Railway Board as its Members and Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) as its Member Secretary.

The Committee was set-up in pursuance of the Union Cabinet decision on 29.06.2016 when approving the 7th CPC recommendations on pay, pensions and related issues were approved. The decision to set-up the Committee was taken in view of significant changes recommended by the 7th CPC in the allowances structure and a large number of representations received in this regard from various Staff Associations as well as the apprehensions conveyed by various Ministries / Departments. The 7th CPC had recommended that of a total of 196 Allowances, 52 be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance.


The Committee took note of all the representations received from various stakeholders on the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances. Representations and demands for modifications were received in respect of 79 allowances which have been examined in detail by the Committee. In doing so, the Committee interacted with all the members of the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) as well the representatives of various Staff Associations of Railways, Postal employees, Doctors, Nurses, and Department of Atomic Energy. It also interacted with the representatives of the Defence Forces, DGs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) namely CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, and Assam Rifles as also senior officers from IB and SPG to understand the viewpoint of their personnel.  As mentioned in the Report, the Committee held a total of 15 meetings and was assisted by a Group of Officers headed by Additional Secretary (D/o Expenditure) in examining the representations. 


Based on such extensive stakeholder consultations and detailed examination, the Committee has suggested certain modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations so as to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the context of the rationale behind the recommendations of the 7th CPC as well as other administrative exigencies. Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as Railway men, Postal employees, Scientists, Defence Forces personnel, Doctors and Nurses etc.


The Report, now being examined in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, will be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set-up to screen the 7th CPC recommendations and to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. It may be recalled that while recommendations of the 7th CPC on pay and pension were implemented with the approval of Cabinet, allowances continue to be paid at old rates. After consideration by the E-CoS, the proposal for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances after incorporating the modifications suggested by the Committee on Allowances in its Report shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Allowances Committee Report and Financial Expenditure

Comrades,
                  The Central Government Civilian Employees numbering around  36 lakhs employees and Defence forces numbering around 15 lakhs are waiting for a long period for the allowances committee to submit its report and almost 10 months have passed , the allowances committee has not submitted its report so far , the patience of the Central Government Employees is almost over , the main demand of the CG employees is house rent allowance , the expenditure towards the  HRA is just at 4.15 % of the total expenditure , the breakup of pay and allowances is pay including DA constitute about 80%  and  all allowances together  constitute around 20% of the total expenditure,  even if  the 7th CPC recommendations are accepted the HRA expenditure shall be at just 9% of the total expenditure, even  if the staff side demands of the HRA is accepted the total expenditure shall not cross 10%, let us examine the following facts.


  The total expenditure towards pay & allowances for 36 lakhs Central Government employees  for the year 2015-16 is Rs  1,50,028.57 ( in crore) , Out of the total expenditure of 1,50,028.57 crore, the percentage expenditure on Pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and other allowances are Pay Rs 55,162.69 crores (36.77%) , DA Rs 64,304.33 crores (42.68%) , allowances constitute Rs 30561.55 crores  of which  HRA Rs  6,225.14 crores  (  4.15% ) and.  Transport Allowance constitute Rs 6186.05 crores and other allowances 16.22% respectively.

Out of the total expenditure of Rs 6,225.14 crore on HRA in 2015-16, the HRA expenditure for X class cities is Rs 2287.80 crore which is around 36.75% of the total expenditure on HRA.

Number of Sanctioned Posts is 36,49,468 and Number in Position is 32,28, 921 vacant posts is 4,20,547 , the Defence forces constitute around 15 lakhs with an Indian Army strength of 11 lakh.

Pay commission views : Para number 16.3
16.3 The increases in allowances relate to the following:
a) House Rent Allowance (HRA): This accounts for the principal increase in the
expenditure on allowances since it is calculated as a percentage of the basic pay and the rise in basic pay based on recommendations of the Commission would be reflected as increased HRA. The expenditure on account of HRA is likely to go up from 12,400 crore to 29,600 crore, an increase of 17,200 (138.71%). This figure also includes an expenditure of ₹3,700 crore that is likely to occur on account of the expansion in coverage of HRA benefiting personnel serving in the CAPFs (this figures include all Central Government employees including Defence employees)  

Hence the additional expenditure towards allowances will not financially impact the Central Government as already 70% of the 7th CPC expenditure has been borne out by the Government, only additional expenditure of just around 30% that is Rs 30,000 crores has to be met by the Central Government. even if 7th CPC report is fully implemented the expenditure towards pay and allowances shall not exceed 10% of the total revenue    We hope the Government understands the sentiments of the Central Government employees and announce the revised allowances immediately after the arrival of the Honorable Finance Minister from his official tour to US and Russia, which he is expected to return from foreign assignments on 27th April 2017.   

                                                                                Comradely yours

                                                                                     (P.S.Prasad)

                                                                           General Secretary   


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Allowances for CG employees

Comrades,
                  The allowances committee report is likely to submit its final report to the Honourable Finance Minister only by early next week, there after the report shall be placed for cabinet approval , the whole process may take another 15 days. 

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)

General Secretary  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CLARIFICATION REGARDING ADMISSIBILITY OF FLEXI-FARE IN SHATABDI/RAJDHANI/ DURONTO TRAINS WHILE AVAILING LTC.


No. 31011/3/2016-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions Department of Personnel & Training Establishment A-IV Desk North Block, 
New Delhi- 110001 
Dated April 17, 2017 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 Subject: Clarification regarding admissibility of flexi-fare in Shatabdi/Rajdhani/Duronto trains while availing LTC. 

As per Railway Board's Circular No. 46 of 2016 dated 07.09.2016, Ministry of Railways have introduced a flexi-fare system in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains, where the base fares will increase by 10% with every 10% of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit. In this regard, this Department is in receipt of references from various segments seeking clarification on the issue of admissibility of flexi-fare while booking the tickets of these trains for the purpose of LTC. 

2. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it has been decided that flexi fare (dynamic fare) applicable in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains shall be admissible for the journey(s) performed by these trains on LTC. This dynamic fare component shall not be admissible in cases where a non entitled Government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains. Such Government servants will get reimbursement of fare after deducting the dynamic fare component. 3. The above decision shall be applicable retrospectively with effect from 9th September, 2016, i.e. the date from which flexi-fare system was introduced by Railways. 4. 

Hindi version will follow. \\19171kA-0- 
(Surya arayan ha) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Meeting Of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM)

F.No. 3/3/2016-JCA (Pt)
Government Of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi Dated: 11th April, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Meeting Of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) – reg
The undersigned is directed to say that the meeting of Standing Committee has been scheduled to be held on 3/5/2017 (Wednesday) under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) to discuss the agenda item received from Secretary, Staff Side (NC-JCM), at 3.00p.m, in Room No. 119, South Block, New Delhi.

2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.
All Members of National Council (JCM) for the Standing Committee Members (As per list attached).
Copy for information to:
1. Secretary, Staff Side, National Council (JCM), 13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi.
2. General Secretary, AIRF, 4 State Entry Road, New Delhi
3. General Secretary, NFIR, 3 Chelmsford Road, New Delhi


View the Charter of Demands suggested by COC Karnataka;

CLICK HERE 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECISIONS

CIRCULAR DATED - 13.04.2017


CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDED TO INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE

MASS DHARNA IN FRONT OF FINANCE MINISTER’S OFFICE
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI
ON 23.05.2017 (TUESDAY 12 AM TO 04 PM)

NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATION AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES ON SAME DAY

MORE THAN 2000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROTEST DHARNA.

Demanding Honoring of assurance given by Group of Ministers including Finance Minister, settle the charter of demands submitted by Confederation, increase minimum pay and fitment formula, payment of revised allowances including HRA w.e.f 01.01.2016, implementation of option – I pension parity recommended by 7th CPC, Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme and bring all employees appointed after 01.01.2004 under the purview of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, Grant Civil Servant Status and revise the wages and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks, regularise all casual and contract workers, Revise pension of autonomous body pensioners and grant dearness relief due from 01.07.2016, withdraw “Very good” bench mark condition for MACP etc.


2nd PHASE OF AGITATION
HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & PENSIONERS

IN FRONT OF MAJOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY DURING LUNCH HOUR
ON 22.06.2017 (THURSDAY)

All affiliated organisations and COCs are requested to mobilise maximum number of employees & pensioners in the above two programmes. Detailed circular will be issued shortly