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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – September, 2015 and DA

The All-India CPI-IW for September, 2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 266 (two hundred and sixty six). DA as on September 2015 is 122.30 %.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Submission of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities

DOPT Order: The Annual Property Returns required to be filed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 for the year 2015 which are required to be filed by the 31st January, 2016, may be filed in the forms prescribed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964. The returns would be required to be filed by all the Government servants belonging to Group 'A', 'B', 'C' and erstwhile Group 'D'.


Monday, October 26, 2015

COC Karnataka Meeting on 28/10/15 (Wednesday ) at 6.30 pm at ITEF

All Affiliates
COC Karnataka


          The National Secretariat Meeting of the Confederation held at Hyderabad on 09th October 2015 while endorsing the decision of the National Joint Council of Action (Railway, Defence & Confederation) to organize massive protest dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 19th November 2015 and also Nationwide Protest Demonstration in front of all works spot & offices, has decided to further intensify the protest action against the negative attitude of the NDA Government by organizing the following programmes: -

(1)   2015 November 2nd to 6th - Campaign Week.
(2)   2015 November 6th – Nationwide Mass Dharna at all Important centres.

The Campaign and Protest Dharna will be organized mainly on the following three issues: -

(1)   Non Settlement of any of the legitimate demands raised by the JCM Staff Side, National Council by the NDA Government.
(2)   Causing engineered delay by the Government in the submission of 7th CPC report by granting four months extension upto 31st December 2015, even when the Pay Commission was ready to submit its report within the stipulated time i.e. 28th August 2015.
(3)   Unwarranted intervention of the Finance Ministry in the independent functioning of the Pay Commission by issuing a statement asking the 7th CPC to factor into its report the fiscal concern of the government and thereby to pressurize the commission not to recommend wage rise on the basis of a sound and scientific formulation.

In this connection the COC Karnataka meeting is being held on 28/10/15 (Wednesday )  at 6.30 pm at Income tax    Office at   ITEF Room Queens Road Bangalore, all are requested to attend COC  meeting to discuss the above  agenda.

                                                                                                     Comradely yours

                                                                                                    General Secretary

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000/-

The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to double the wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers and establishments with 20 or more workers.
“The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from existing Rs. 3,500 was approved by Union Cabinet here,” a source said after the Cabinet meeting.
The amendment bill will be made effective from April 1, 2015. Now the bill will be tabled in Parliament for approval.
The bill also seeks to enhance the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from the salary or wage of an employee from Rs. 10,000 per month to Rs. 21,000.
The Payment of Bonus Act 1965 is applicable to every factory and other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year.
The bill also provides for a new proviso in Section 12 which empowers the central government to vary the basis of computing bonus.
At present, under Section 12, where the salary or wage of an employee exceeds Rs. 3,500 per month, the minimum or maximum bonus payable to employees are calculated as if his salary or wage were Rs. 3,500 per month.
The last amendment to both the eligibility limit and the calculation ceilings under the said Act was carried out in 2007 and was made effective from April 1, 2006.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission, OROP Will Not Impact Fiscal Deficit

Seventh Pay Commission, OROP Will Not Impact Fiscal Deficit: Jayant Sinha

NEW DELHI: Increase in salary bill due to Seventh Pay Commission and Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) will not strain government’s fiscal position, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha today said.
Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha
Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha
“I think we are in a very good shape as far as fiscal management is concerned. That was appreciated by all economists,” he said while interacting with reporters after a meeting of economists which was chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at NITI Aayog.
He made it clear that the government’s fiscal position is strong enough to bear the impact of implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and OROP.
The Seventh Pay Commission report in December is expected to recommend a hike in salary of central government employees. OROP is likely to result in an outgo of Rs 8,000-10,000 crore this fiscal.
The pre-Budget meeting discussed various issues, including agriculture productivity, job creation and fiscal expenditure.
“We had some of India’s most eminent economists and commentators there. Obviously, it is very early in the cycle to start the consultation. But we felt that if there were good ideas, we could incorporate them even in this fiscal year. Obviously, for the preparation of the current budget, we could begin the work on that right now,” he said.
“It was very good interaction and we look forward to incorporating much of this for this fiscal year as well as coming fiscal.”
There were several topics that came up, Sinha said, adding that “one very important topic that we spent time on is agriculture and what we could do to increase productivity in agriculture”.
The meeting also dwelt at length on fiscal expenditure and how to ensure fiscal expenditure, particularly public investment, could be as productive as possible.
“Third major area that we spoke about is obviously the financial sector… more credit for agriculture, MSMEs and what could we do further to strengthen our banks. The final area that we also spent time on is how to ensure we are able to create more jobs for young people, whether it is in the manufacturing sector or the service sector,” he said.
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Urjit Patel were present.
Besides, the meeting was attended by Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and Financial Services Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal.
Economists such as Subir Gokarn, Director of Research at the Brookings Institution India, Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group, and Rajiv Lall, Vice-Chairman IDFC Ltd, also participated.
Inputs with PTI

Grant of permission for commercial employment after retirement

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bonus Enhancement

Govt to bring more workers under bonus ambit

Ajith Athrady, Oct 17, 2015: NEW DELHI: DHNS:

Bandaru Dattatreya. PTI file photo

Workforce of the country has another reason to cheer in this festive season as the Narendra Modi-led government is set to promulgate an ordinance to amend Payments of Bonus Act 1965 to make more employees eligible for annual bonus.

According to the proposal, those earning up to Rs 21,000 (basic + DA) a month will now be eligible bonus. This would be a steep jump from the current ceiling of Rs 10,000 (basic + DA) per month. 

The Election Commission has approved the Labour Ministry’s proposal and the Union Cabinet is likely to take up the issue on promulgating ordinance next week. From this year onwards, bonus will be linked to minimum wages. The government is in the process of revising the minimum wages, a senior official in the Ministry of Labour told Deccan Herald.

In a recent meeting with trade unions and the ministry, the government agreed to amend the Bonus Act by enhancing the eligibility ceiling under section 2(13) of the Act from Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000 month.

It also agreed to calculate ceiling under section 12 from Rs 3,500 per month to Rs 7,000 per month, or the minimum wage notified by the government for the category of employment, whichever is higher, an official in the Ministry told Deccan Herald.

Sources said despite reservations by the industry representatives on the revised ceilings, the government has decided to go ahead with the proposal.

Trade unions

Though the trade unions demanded the abolition on ceiling on payment of bonus due to rising inflation, the government rejected it.

The wage ceiling and the entitlement ceiling were last revised in 2007 and made effective retrospectively from 2006, . 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brief Note on JCM National Council Standing Committee Meeting

Brief Note on JCM National Council Standing Committee Meeting held on 9th October 2015 at New Delhi.
Dear Comrades,

The Standing Committee of the JCM National Council met on 9th October, 2015.  As you are aware, earlier, the National JCA had decided to defer the strike action and organize a massive Dharna programme at Jantar Mantar on 19th November, 2015 to register its strongest protest over the Government’s engineered delay in the submission of the 7th CPC Report.   Later, the Finance Ministry has issued a statement asking the 7th CPC to factor into its report the fiscal concern of the Government, which was an unwarranted interference in the independent functioning of the Commission and to pressurise the Commission not to recommend wage rise on the basis of a sound and scientific formulation. 

The Staff side on receipt of the invitation to have the meeting on 9thOctober, decided to respond and convey to the Government their strong resentment over the virtual dilution of the negotiating forum as also the above concerns.  In the meeting the Staff side was informed that the Secretary Personnel would be meeting the Standing Committee soon and the meeting on 9thwas in fact only a prelude to understand each other’s points of views. It was in the background the meeting was held on 9th October, 2015. 

The leader and Secretary, Staff Side conveyed the unanimous decision of the National JCA as under to the Government.

(a)    The Standing Committee, as per procedure evolved, must be chaired by the Secretary Personnel.
(b)   The JCM Machinery’s functioning should not be diluted.
(c)    The promised meeting of the National Council has not taken place so far.
(d)   The minutes of the last two meetings of the National Anomaly Committee have not been formally issued.
(e)   ‘The Official side Secretary must convene a meeting of the Staff Side to iron out any difference in the draft minutes.’
(f)     Normally meetings are held after circulation of the ATS.  This has not been done.
(g)    The Official Side must convey the anguish of the employees over the delay in the submission of the report by the 7th CPC which they rightly feel has been engineered by the Government.  They also pointed out that they are constrained to believe that the Govt. was unnecessarily interfering in the functioning of the Pay Commission.

We give hereunder a brief resume of the discussions held on the agenda items.

After the initial remarks made by the Staff Side all issues in the charter of demands were discussed.  There had been however, no final settlement on any issue as the meeting itself was not convened for that purpose.  The Staff Side stated that even the promises held out in the last meeting that the Departmental Council meeting would be held soon was not honoured. 

On the question of Pay revision related issues, viz. Interim relief, DA merger, inclusion of GDS etc . elaborate discussions were held.  It has come out clearly that on all these issues, the Finance Ministry has taken an nugatory Stand, even though the arguments put forth were extremely untenable.  It was pointed out by the Staff Side that the Interim relief and DA merger was denied on the specious plea of submission of the report in the stipulated time.  Having extended the time, the Govt. ought to have considered the grant of these two demands.  There had been a very elaborate discussion on the question of inclusion of the GDS within the purview of the 7th CPC.  The Postal Department’s representatives narrated the efforts made by them to the Government for conceding this demands.  The Finance Ministry has stood firm and objected to the demand being agreed to.  The Staff Side has, in the given situation of the 7th CPC having finalised its report, requested the Government to refer the matter to a Judicial Committee headed by the present Chairman, 7th CPC as he has now been fully apprised of the functioning of various ministries and Departments of the Government through the interaction with the Staff and official sides.    No commitment was however made by the Government to the above suggestion.

On the question of induction of FDI in Railways, Corporatisation of Postal Department and Defence organisations, the representative of the Railway Ministry stated that they are constantly discussing the issues with the Railway Federations and was exploring the possibility of reaching an agreement.  In the case of corporatisation of the Postal Department, it was stated that the recommendations made by the Committee was discussed with the Federations and it has been agreed that except induction of  certain professionals at the managerial level to fine tune the functioning of the Department in the changed scenario, the Federations have been assured that no structural changes would be made without consulting them.  However, in the case of Defence, no discussions with the Federations have been held so far.

PFRDA.  The Staff Side pointed out the present scenario in the Government offices, where the number of employees and officers who are outside the ambit of the statutory pension scheme has grown and have reached in certain organisations to the extent of 25 to 30%.  These employees are extremely concerned of the new scheme and their anguish have been expressed in many forms.  The Unions would be compelled to take drastic action if the Government refuses to heed to their plea to effect a relook or revisit on the matter.  The representatives of the Railways pointed out that the Honourable Minister for Railways was convinced of the situation and that was the reason why he had written to the Finance Ministry that in the given situation of the Railway functioning, the new scheme would not only jeopardise the interest of the Railwaymen but also of the Railway Industry itself.

On the specific question raised by the Staff side in the last meeting in respect of resolving the issues of Medical Store Deport and the Printing and Stationery department,  the Staff Side stated that only the meeting of the Medical Store Depot was held and the issues have been resolved to some extent.  The Printing and Stationery Department has now sent a communication to the Staff Side fixing the meeting on 15th October ‘15. The general issues emanating from the policy of outsourcing and contractorisation was also discussed at length. 

JCM functioning had been the central point of discussions.  The Staff Side has pointed out that unless the Government makes up its mind that the machinery should be put on operation, no industrial peace would come in the functioning of the various departments of the Govt. of India.  The Staff side asked the Department of personnel to collect the information of the number of cases litigated in the courts by the Government employees in 1991 and 2015 and make a comparison to know the seriousness of the problem.

On compassionate ground appointments question, it was  stated by the Staff Side that despite advancing no cogent argument by the official side for retaining the 5% ceiling,  the Department of personnel does not want to make a relook into the matter.  The Staff Side pointed out that large number of applications were pending in various Departments, and the concerned department would not be able to clear them even after 20 years for want of the requisite vacancies.  They also pointed out that the decision of the Government to impose the 5% ceiling was amounting to a cruelty imposed on the family members of the Government servants who dies in harness.

The Labour Ministry representative was present at the meeting. The meeting did not discuss the merits and demerits of the labour reforms as the Trade Unions in the country has rightly concluded that it has been conceived to favour the corporate houses and to take away the existing privileges of the workers.  The point at issue, however, at the meeting was as to why the Labour Ministry did not cause a consultation with the Industrial Federations in the Government of India, for whom the Industrial Disputes Act is applicable. The Labour Ministry has assured to convene a meeting of the representatives of such organisations soon. 

The Labour Ministry representative also stated that the government has agreed to raise the bonus ceiling but it would not be appropriate for him to make a mention of the quantum as the Cabinet is yet to give its clearance.  The Government would be able to take a decision in the matter only after the Bihar elections are over.

The Staff Side explained the background of the demand for five promotions.  The reaction of the official side was that the matter must be appropriately discussed only after the 7th CPC report is made available. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Adhoc Bonus Orders

The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley is on official tour to USA and Peru   from October 7-11 . Hence Adhoc Bonus orders is likely to be issued after 13th October 2015.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Enhancement of the ceiling of bonus expected


National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001


Dated: October 9, 2015

All Constituent Organizations of
National Council(JCM)(Staff Side)

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Enhancement of the ceiling of bonus

Ministry of Labour(Government of India) has sent a proposal to the Cabinet for enhancement of ceiling of bonus from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000 with a cap of maximum payment of Rs.20,000.

Though the Election Commissioner has cleared it, but it has not been included in the Cabinet Agenda for the reasons best known to government, but we are hopeful that, it may be finalized after Bihar elections.

With fraternal greetings!

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

National Council (JCM) Staff side meeting on 9th October 2015

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 5th October 2015


Subject: Meeting of the National Council (JCM) Staff side under the joint Chairmanship of JS (AV), DOP&T to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands by the Staff Side

The undersigned is directed to inform that a meeting, under the Chairmanship of Ms.Archana Varma, Joint Secretary, DOP&T with Joint Secretary (Pers.). Department of Expenditure and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour is scheduled to be held on Friday, the 9th October 2015 at 1500 hours in Room No.190, Conference Room, North Block, New Delhi, to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands.

2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Friday, October 2, 2015

CPI and DA as on August 2015

All-India CPI-IW for August, 2015 increased by 1 point and pegged at 264 (two hundred and sixty four).

The DA is  121.36%.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NJCA Circular

National Joint Council of Action decided to defer the Indefinite Strike from 23rd November 2015

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