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Friday, March 16, 2018

The 10th Wage Agreement of Coal India Workers

The minimum wage for Coal India workers effective from 1/7/2016 is arrived at Rs 29,394/- . 

20% wage hike for the Coal India workers.

This wage agreement for the Coal India workers for the period 2016-2021 that is 5 years wage revision .  

The minimum wage for the Central Government employees are fixed at Rs 18,000/- with effect from 1/1/2016 for 10 years wage agreement at 14.25 wage hike.   

The Central Government employees are deprived of proper wage hike and 5 years wage hike . 

Click here for the agreement copy . 

CLICK Here for Wage Agreement Copy-II 

Click here for the Press statement 

Wednesday, March 7, 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 installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.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.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) & DA — January, 2018

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2018 increased by 2 points and pegged at 288 (two hundred and eighty eight). 

The DA as on Feb 2018 is 8.01 % .



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.
Anomaly in computation of minimum wage
In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Division will re-examine.
3% Increment in all stages
In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
Remove Anomaly due to index rationalization
In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option No.1 in pension fixation
Sent back to Staff-Side for reconsideration of its views
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.
Date of effect of Allowances-HRA, Transport Allowance, CEA etc
Thil will be taken up separately as an item in the Standing Committee meeting
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.
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
Technical Supervisors of Railways
The Staff-Side, NC(JCM) will take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Railways.
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.
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.


Shri Shiv Gopal Misra
Shri G.D. Tripathi
Shri M. Raghavaiah,
Shri Amar Nath Singh

Shri Rakhal Das Gupta
Shri Harjit Singh

Shri J.R. Bhosle
Ms. Sujasha Choudhury

Shri Guman Singh
Ms. Nirmala Dev.

Shri C.Srikumar
Shri Jaya Kumar.G.

Shri K.K.N. Kutty
Shri A.K. Jain

Shri Sankara Rao
Shri Charanjit Taneja

Shri R. Srinivasan
Shri Rajeev Kumar Bahree

Shri R.P. Bhatnagar
Shri Ram Gopal

Monday, February 26, 2018

Central Trade Unions decides to observe All India Protest Day on 15th March 2018

The meeting of the Central Trade Unions held on 22nd February 2018 at INTUC Office New Delhi expressed indignation and strongly condemned the Government of the day for their intensified attack on the lives and livelihood of the people and seriously compromising the national interest. 

Attack on working class centering around dismantling labour laws designed to completely casualise employment conditions through various routes like amending Contract Labour Act, introducing Fixed Term Employment etc has assumed aggressive height. Further it is noted that the Government is out to erase the public sector from the industrial map of the country.  Specific cases of attack on privatization of railways, opening coal mining to private and foreign companies without any restriction whatsoever, mass scale privatization as well as destruction of defence production network through widespread outsourcing, thereby  dismantling the  almost half of the ordinance factories are some of the examples of the gross anti-people and anti-national actions of the Govt. Accumulation of huge non-performing assets of the public sector banks arising out of pilferage of bank-funds by deliberately defaulting private corporate coupled with recent explosion of frauds with bank fund engineered by the same corporate class is also a reflection of the anti-national act of the Govt indulging and patronizing the same big-business class.

The Central Trade Unions reiterated their utter condemnation against the Union Budget 2018-19 which is basically anti-worker and anti-people in character and engineered a deception on the mass of the people through loud populist slogans without actually making any resource allocation.

The Central Trade Unions denounced the Govt of India’s surreptitious move in postponing the 47th session of Indian Labour Conference, thereby reducing tripartism to a mockery.  

CTUOs noted with satisfaction the surging struggles by the working people in different sectors throughout the country, both organised and unorganized.

The workers and federations of coal and transport have been preparing for united industrywide actions to be undertaken shortly. All the Federations of Defence Production workers have jointly decided to go in for nationwide strike on 15th March 2018. Many more sectoral actions are in the offing.

The CTUOs while reiterating their resolve to intensify preparation for indefinite strike in the days to come, calls upon all their constituents and working people in general irrespective of affiliations to jointly observe

·    In solidarity with the striking Defence Production workers against anti-national privatization move
·    Against the Anti-people Deceptive Union Budget 2018-19.

The CTUOs will meet shortly after 15th March 2018 to decide their next course of united countrywide action.

 INTUC                                    AITUC                                    HMS                CITU             
AIUTUC          TUCC             SEWA            AICCTU         UTUC                  LPF  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Comrade S K Vyasji Remembrance Day 13th Feb 2018 .

Comrade S K Vyasji, veteran leader of the Central Government Employees and Pensioners. He passed away on February 13, 2015 . Let us remember him on 13th February 2018  by holding the special  meetings and  paying honor for his services . 

With the passing away of Com. S.K.Vyas on 13th February 2015 , at the age of 86, the Trade Union movement in general and Central Government Employees and Pensioners’ movement in particular have suffered an irreplaceable loss. In whatever capacities this stalwart of Trade Union movement has served an imprint of his personality was indelibly left behind.

 When we reminisce the yeoman services rendered by Vyasji, we will be astounded at his encyclopedia and knowledge and erudition in service matters and Trade Union movement. The way in which he drafted Memoranda submitted to the various Pay Commissions was marvelous and even the Chairmen of the Commissions could not find any loopholes or irrationality in them. The vast knowledge coupled with impeccable integrity and peerless courage of conviction and uncompromising nature on principles are worthy of emulation. In agitations he stood like a General at the war front and never negotiated out of fear while he never feared to negotiate.

Let us remember his service to the Central Government Employees and Pensioners’ movement.

Issued by COC Karnataka .

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Comparison of Minimum Pay

Comparison of Minimum Pay of Central Government and a few State Governments as on 1/7/2017.

Pay Commission Objective: It is the endeavour of every pay commission to ensure that the pay and allowances of employees should be ‘fair and reasonable’. The pay structure should also motivate the employees to reasonable levels of performance in the tasks assigned to them, so that the general public derive the benefit of their service as intended.

7th CPC of Central Government:

The Central Government has been following the practice of pay revisionfor employees once in ten years. Pay scales of the Central government employees have been revised with effect from 1.1.2016 based on the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The revised minimum pay effective from 01.01.2016 is 2.57 times the pre-revised basic pay. The minimum pay of the central employees has been worked out at Rs.18,000/- per month and represents a real increase of 14.29% of the pre-revised wages. The multiplication factor adopted for revising all the other scales ranges between 2.57 and 2.72 resulting in maximum pay of  Rs.2,05,400 corresponding to the highest pre-revised pay scale other than the apex pay scale of Rs.80,000 which is raised to Rs.2,25,000. The Cabinet Secretary’s pay is fixed at Rs.2,50,000. 

 Employees Associations (Staff side JCM) have also sought minimum pay revision to Rs.26,000 with effect from  01.01.2016.

Pay Revision of various State Governments:  

Government of Kerala Pay Scales:

The revised pay structure introduced by the Government of Kerala witheffect from 1.7.2014 is based on the recommendations of the 10th PayRevision Commission and relates to index level of 239.92 points ofAIACPI (IW). Basic Pay of Group “D” employee is fixed at Rs 16500/-

The rates of increment range from Rs.500 to Rs.2,400. The payment of DA formula is unaltered and continues to be as per the central government formula to neutralise the price rise over and above the 239.92 points twice in a year.

Andhra Pradesh Pay Scales:

The revised pay structure formulated by Government of Andhra Pradeshon the basis of the recommendation of 10th Pay Revision Commissionrelates to index level of 220.61 points of AIACPI (IW), Basic Pay of Group “D” employee is fixed at Rs 13000/-

The HRA ranges from 30% to 12% of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.20,000 depending upon the classification of places and pay.

Karnataka Pay Scales:

The revised pay structure formulated by Government of Karnataka on the basis of the recommendation of 6th Pay Revision Commission relates to index level of 276.9  of AIACPI (IW).

Costs of consumable items obtained from the Department of Economics & Statistics, Government of Karnataka are utilised for their calculation.

(For English version read from page number 135 on wards) 

The 6th pay commission appointed by the Karnataka Government  recommended a 30% increase in the salaries of around 5,20,000 government employees and 73,000 employees from “aided institutions”.

The revision of pay and pension is to come into effect from 1 July 2017 with benefits paid from 1 April 2018. The Group “D”  minimum  basic pay is fixed at  Rs 17000/-.  

Methodology for calculation of minimum wage adopted by Pay commissions both Central and State Pay Commissions: 

Central pay commissions as well as pay commissions in some states have adopted the approach of determining the minimum pay for employees based on the cost of a minimum acceptable standard of living for a household. This is calculated on the basis of the current prices of daily necessities like food, clothing, housing, etc., for a family of three consumption units typical in the case of young employees starting their careers in government. The normative consumption requirements of the family as adopted in the 15th Indian Labour Conference in 1957 are considered for this purpose. While the minimum pay is thus worked out on the basis of a set of quantitative norms and based on Dr. Wallace Aykroyd’s formula , the maximum pay for employees at the highest levels is to be determined as that required to attract and retain persons of qualifications and skills appropriate for the higher positions in government services.

Comparative picture of pay of Central Government and State Government in regards to minimum wage as on  1.7.2017

Govt. of India
Group “C”  Min Basic Pay =Rs 18000/-
DA 5% =                       Rs 900/-
Total  Basic Pay + DA =Rs 18900/-     

Andhra  Pradesh &  Telangana 
Group “D”  Min Basic Pay =Rs 13000/-
Provide for Skill by adding 25% =Rs 3250-
Total Group “C”  Min Basic Pay = Rs 16250/-
DA @ 24.1% =     3916/-
Total Basic Pay + DA=Rs 20166/-

Group “D”  Min Basic Pay =Rs 16500/-
Provide for Skill by adding 25%   Rs 4125/-                                                    
 Total Group “C”  Min Basic Pay  =Rs 20625/-
DA @ 14% =   2887/-
Total Basic Pay + DA= Rs 23512/-

Group “D”  Min Basic Pay   =         Rs 17000/-
Provide for Skill by adding 25% =  Rs 4250-
Total Group “C”  Min Basic Pay =  Rs 21250/-
DA  = NIL    
Total Basic Pay + DA = Rs 21250 /-

Ratios between minimum and maximum pay :

The existing ratios between minimum and maximum pay of the central government and the States is as follows:

Government of India 1 :12.5
Andhra Pradesh 1:8.527
Kerala 1 :7
Karnataka 1:8.86
The gap is highest in Central Government should be reduced ratios between minimum and maximum pay to 1: 8
Hence there is need for revision of minimum wage for Central Government employees and also fitment formula on the lines of the State Government Pay Commissions, the State Government economic conditions are not as good as the Central Government still the State Governments are paying more for their employees comparing it to the Central Government, in case of the 7th CPC the Central Government Employees got only 14.29% , the Group "A"and above officers of Central Government got more pay hike due to higher fitment formula of 2.72 . Thus injustice is done for Group "C" and Group "B".

whereas the Karnataka State Government employees got 30% wage hike ,  Central Government Employees got only 14.29% wage hike , the uniform multiplication factor should  be  fixed for the Central Government employees and also Central Government Employees should also get 30% wage hike . 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Abolition of posts of vacant for more than 05 years.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure
North Block; New Delhi
Dated, the 16th January, 2018
Office Memorandum
Subject : Submission of Action Taken Report regarding abolition of posts of vacant for more than 05 years.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 17.04.2017 and subsequent reminders of even no. dated 02.05.2017 and 21.07.2017, wherein Financial Advisers of all Ministries/Departments  were requested to submit an Action Taken Report regarding abolition of posts which are vacant for more than 05 years in their respective attached/subordinate/statutory bodies. Some Departments has responded in this regard, but instead of providing a comprehensive report, the requisite information has been provided in piece meal manner.

2.  Therefore, Financial Advisers and Joint Secretaries (Administration) of all Ministries/Departments are requested to identify the posts which are vacant for more than 05 years and submit a comprehensive report of abolition of such posts in main Ministry and their respective attached/subordinate/statutory bodies to this Department  by 25.01.2018.
3.   This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Pers.).
(Sobeer Singh)
Under Secretary (E.Coord.I)