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Monday, March 27, 2017
Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare
3rdFloor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd March, 2017
Subject: Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.
The minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi is hereby forwarded for information and further necessary action.
Encl. as above.
Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi
A meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System was held under the Chairmanship of Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi with JCM ( Staff side). The following were present:
1. Ms. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare).
2. Shri Gyanendra Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (representing Secretary DoPT).
3. Shri G.S. Yadav, Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor, Department of Legal Affairs).
4. Shri Amar Nath Singh, Director, Department of Expenditure (representing JS (Pers), Deptt. Of Expenditure).
5. Dr. B. S. Bhandari, Member, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.
6. Shri Pravesh Kumar, DGM, PFRDA.
JCM (Staff Side)
7. Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side (JCM),
8. Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader(JCM Staff Side) & General Secretary, NFIR
9. Shri Guman Singh, President, NFIR
10. Shri K.K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of CG employees & Workers
11. Shri C. Srikumar, General Secretary/AIDEF, Member National Council, JCM
12. Shri R. Srinivasan, General Secretary, INDWF, Member, National Council (JCM).
2. Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation on the recommendation of the 7th CPC and the decision of the Government on setting up of the Committee, composition of the Committee, formation of three Sub Committees and issues being considered by each of the Sub Committee. The presentation also brought out the issues raised and suggestion made by the employees’ Associations and other stakeholders for streamlining the implementation of NPS.
3. Thereafter, JCM (Staff side) made following observations / suggestion :
• NPS amounts to discrimination between employees appointed before and after 01.01.2004 and also between service personnel and civilian employees within Defence Department. Personnel retiring with less service period are getting very little pension with no revision linked to price index. Government employees should be excluded from the purview of NPS. In case, however, it minimum was not possible to exempt the Government employees from the NPS, a pension @ 50% of the last pay drawn with dearness relief may be ensured to all NPS employees on their retirement.
In the Defence Department, the contributions of around 250 employees have not been credited to their NPS accounts and are presumed to be lying in suspense account. The matter should be looked into.
There is lot of confusion over NPS among employees due to deficiencies in communication of information. Employees are not getting any statement of their deductions /accumulated fund. The statement of transaction i.e. details of contribution made by employees, matching contribution from the Government and the accumulated wealth as on date should be communicated to employees at regular intervals. This may be provided in the form of passbook to the employees in physical form.
Employees should be made aware about the grievance mechanism available under NPS and the authorities whom they could approach for redressal of their grievances. Employees should be made aware of the procedure for correction of Name, address and contact details etc. in the NPS account.
Rules on entitlements to employees / family on death or disability of an employee covered under NPS may be framed. There may be no objection to option to the employee / family to get family pension / disability pension under the old pension scheme or the benefits under NPS, in the event of death / disability of the employee during service.
Study on International practices on the pension should be done and functional difficulties in NPS may be sorted out. Best practices should be adopted after the study.
4.Secretary ( Pension) assured that the concern raised by the JCM (Staff side) would be duly considered and addressed in the report of the Committee.
5. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
DoPT Minister replied in Lok Sabha on 22nd March 2017 regarding the status of the Committee on Allowances.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Shri DR. JITENDRA SINGH said in a written reply to various questions regarding the report of allowance committee in Parliament on 22.3.2017 as follows…
“Several representations have been received from various employees’ associations on allowances by the Committee on Allowances. Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) has also requested to resolve the pending issues including allowances as soon as possible.
To examine the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on Allowances (other than Dearness Allowance), a Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary, Expenditure has been set up by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure on 22.07.2016.
In the 13 meetings held so far, the Committee has interacted with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and the representatives of All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF), National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), All India Train Controllers Association (AITCA), All India Guards Council (AIGC), Federation of National Postal Organization, National Federation of Postal Employees, Bhartiya Postal Employees Federation, Bhartiya Postal Employees Association (Group-C), Joint Action Council of Service Doctors Organization (JACSDO), All India GDMO Association (AIGDMOA), Delhi Administration Doctors Welfare Association (DADWA), Faculty Association (Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospitals), Faculty Welfare Association (Lady Hardinge Medical College), Safdarjung Hospital Medical Officers Association, All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF), Railway Nurses of India, All India ESIC Nurses Federation, PGI Nurses Welfare Association, Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), National Federation of Atomic Energy (NFAEE).
The Committee has not yet submitted its report to the Government. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee.”
Monday, March 20, 2017
The meeting of the COC Karnataka is being held on Wednesday the 5th April 2017 at 6.30 pm in the premises of ITEF (Income tax Office) Queens Road Bangalore , all affiliates of the COC Karnataka are requested to attend the COC Karnataka meeting to discuss the following agenda.
1) Review of strike held on 16th March 2017.
2) Holding of 9th State Level Conference of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State.
3) Elections of COC Karnataka for the period 2017-2020
4) Financial position of COC Karnataka .
Please attend the above meeting without fail.
Friday, March 17, 2017
I thank one and all the Central Government Employees of the Karnataka State who are affiliated to the Confederation of CG employees for making the 16th March 2017 strike a grand success , the leaders of the affiliates were working for making this strike a success . The Central leaders Com KKK Kuttyji President Confederation of CG employees had been to the state of Karnataka many times , his valuable guidance has inspired us very much . I also thank Com Krishnanji Secretary General Confederation of CG employees for his valuable guidance in making 16th March 2017 strike a grand success.
The participation of employees in 16th March 2017 strike was very good in Karnataka state , apart from Bangalore CG employees in all districts of the state of Karnataka had participated in the strike , this time there was huge success , this is due to the success campaign by all leaders , it was a joint effort .
The strike in Postal was historic, many of the Post offices were locked and the strike participation was nearly 90%.
The participation in ITEF, AICGWBEA, RMS was near to 100%, In Survey of India, AG’s Census it was nearly 70%, Civil Accounts for the first time participated with 95% strike.
The media have given good coverage of the strike, the article and photos of the strike were taken and published in many newspapers in many parts of the state.
Com Tapen Senji Hon’ble Member of Rajya Sabha has raised our justified demands in the floor of the Rajya Sabha. On behalf of COC Karnataka I express my gratitude to Com Tapen Senji for taking up the issues.
I hope our demands gets attention of the Government, the promises made to our leaders by the Group of Ministers is kept up and your issues get resolved at the earliest. I once again thank all the employees and leaders for making this strike of 16th March 2017 a success.