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Department of Personnel and Training has given detailed procedures of Joint Consultative Machinery and Arbitration as Frequently Asked Questions…
The JCM Scheme provides for setting up of Joint Councils at the National, Departmental and Regional/Office levels. This mechanism is available for resolving issues pertaining to Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ employees. The National Council is the apex body. The Council deals with matters affecting Central Govt. employees generally. The Chairman of this Council is Cabinet Secretary. The ordinary meeting of the Council shall be held as often as necessary, and not less than once in four months.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1. What is Joint Consultative Machinery?
The scheme of Joint Consultative Machinery is a platform for constructive dialogue between the representatives of the staff side and the official side for peaceful resolution of all disputes between the Government as employer and the employees. The scheme was introduced in 1966 with the objectives of promoting harmonious relations and securing the greatest measure of cooperation between the Central Government as the employer and the employees in matters of common concern and with the object of further increasing the efficiency of the public service combined with the well being of those employed. The scheme is a non statutory one mutually agreed upon between the staff side and the official side.
2. What is the applicability of the JCM Scheme?
The scheme covers all regular civil employees of the Central Government, except:
(a)The Class -I services;
(b)The Class-II services, other than the Central Secretariat Services and the other comparable services in the headquarters organisation of the Government;
(c) Persons in industrial establishments employed mainly in managerial or administrative capacity, and those who being employed in supervisory capacity drawing salary going beyond grade pay of Rs.4200/- per month;
(d)Employees of the Union Territories; and
3. What is the structure of the Joint Councils under the JCM Scheme?
The scheme provides for setting up of Joint Councils at the National, Departmental and Regional / Office levels. The National Council, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, is the apex body.
4. How are staff side members selected for various Joint Councils?
The representatives of the staff side for various Joint Councils are chosen / selected from members of the recognized service
5. What is the time schedule for holding meetings of the National! Departmental Councils?
As per the JCM Scheme, ordinary meeting of the National Council/ Departmental Council may be held as often as necessary as but not less than once in four months.
6. How recognition is granted to the staff associations?
The Department of Personnel & Training being the nodal department for matters relating to Joint Consultative Machinery and Compulsory Arbitration, has notified Central Civil Services (Recognition of Associations) Rules, 1993 for the purpose of granting recognition to various service associations. Recognition is actually granted by the concerned Ministry/Department in accordance with the CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993. In case of any doubt or confusion, the matter is referred to the JCA Section of the Department of Personnel & Training for clarification / advice.
7. What are the facilities available to recognised associations?
The recognized associations/ unions enjoy certain facilities like:
(a) Negotiations with the employer;
(b)Correspondence and meetings with the head of the administrative departments;
(c)Provision of accommodation for the associations subject to availability;
(d)Facility of special casual leave up to 20/35 days in a year to the office bearers of the associations.
(e)Payment of T.A/ D.A for attending officially sponsored meetings; and
(f) Facility of seeking transfer of Chief Executive of the Union /association to the Headquarters of the appropriate head of administration.
8. What will happen if there is no agreement between the staff and the official side?
If there is no agreement between the staff and the official side on an arbitrable issue, then the matter is to be referred to the Board of Arbitration if so desired by the staff side.
9. What are the Issues on which arbitration is possible?
The arbitration is limited to the following issues:
(a) Pay and allowances;
(b) Weekly hours of work; and
10. Is the award given by the Board of Arbitration binding on the parties?
The award given by the Board of Arbitration is binding on the Government as well as the staff side subject to the overriding authority of the Parliament. The award can be modified / rejected only with the approval of the Parliament through a
formal resolution on grounds affecting national economy or social justice.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
No, 1/16/2011- P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhavan,
New Delhi the 8th December, 2011.
Sub: Family pension - list of documents to be submitted by a claimant member of family (other than spouse) along with Form 14. PPO and death certificate in respect of the deceased pensioner/family pensioner regarding.
The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has been receiving references for clarification by various Ministries/Departments of the Government regarding the documents for family pension, including certificate of income, required to be submitted by a claimant member of family (other than spouse) along with application form (Form 14), PPO and death certificate after the death of a pensioner/family pensioner. The matter was also discussed at length in the 20mth meeting of SCOVA held on 21st September, 2011 (item No. 92 of the Minutes refers). It was agreed in the meeting that a list of such documents will be made available at the website of the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare. It was pointed out in the meeting that it is indicated in this Departments Office Memorandum No.45/51/97-P&PW(E), dated 21.7.1999 that a self certificate for the income of those who are self employed or are in receipt of income from sources other than employment may be accepted. It was decided to send a copy of this O.M.to all member associations of SCOVA.
2. This is informed that the claims submitted by a claimant member of family (other than spouse) for family pension after the death of a pensioner/family pensioner, in Form 14 and supported by the death certificate and PPO of the pensioner/family pensioner, may be processed in consultation with the Pay and Accounts Officer, who is the custodian of the pension file which contains all relevant Forms and information of the pensioner. In a very rare case where the name of the claimant member is not available in the records of the Head of Office as well as the Pay & Accounts Officer concerned and the claimant member also fails to submit a copy of PPO or Form 3 containing 'Details of Family submitted earlier by the deceased employee/pensioner, the certificates prescribed at serial number 9(v) of Form 14 may be accepted. In addition to these certificates, PAN Card, Matriculation Certificate, Passport. CGHS Card, Driving License Voter’s ID Card and Aadhar Number may also be accepted. Acceptance of voter’s ID card and Aadhar Number is subject to the condition that the pensioner/family pensioner certifies that he/she is not a matriculate and he/she does not have any of the documents mentioned in Form 14 or above Apart from these documents, the Ministries/Departments may accept any other document submitted by the claimant, which may be relied upon and which establishes the relationship of the claimant with the pensioner and/or contains his/her date of birth.
3. The applicant has also to prove that no other surviving member in the family, who may have a prior entitlement for family pension is eligible. For this purpose, the above and/or any other documents, such as marriage/death/income certificates of the other members which may be essential in a given situation may be used.
4. As decided in the SCOVA meeting, a copy of O.M. No.45/51/97-P&PW(E), dated 21.7.1999 is enclosed for circulation to all Ministries/Departments/Associations.
New Pension Scheme
PIB : New Pension Scheme (NPS) is a defined contribution scheme, its pay out depends upon the amount of contribution and the growth on the investment over a period of time for an individual while defined benefit schemes pay out is defined and is based on salary and number of years in service etc. at the time of retirement of an individual.
At the time of normal retirement after attaining 60 years, the subscriber can withdraw 60% of the accumulated wealth and will be required to invest remaining 40% of the accumulated wealth to buy a life annuity from insurance company approved by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). The mandatory provision of annuitisation will be invested to buy life annuities as per various options available to him. The amount of annuity varies depending upon the option selected by him. Registration of ASPs (Annuity Service Providers) is under process and as soon as they get registered, other details will be made available.
In old pension scheme government pays pension after retirement as its liability while in NPS government co-contributes to employee during his service period to build up a corpus on which annuities will be paid.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha