Saturday, 13 February 2016

Draft Memorandum of NFPE to be submitted on GDS Issue to the Chairman, GDS Committee


Draft Memorandum of NFPE to be submitted on GDS Issue to the Chairman, GDS Committee

From: – …………………………………………
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To Shri Kamlesh Chandra
Chairman,
Gramin Dak Sevak Committee
Ministry of Communication & IT
Government of India
Malcha Marg Post office Building
New Delhi – 110021
Sub: – Memorandum on GDS issues,

With due respects and regards, we submit the following for your kind consideration and favourable recommendations to the Government.
  1. Departmentalization of GDS by declaring them as Civil Servants and grant all benefits of regular employees on pro rata basis.
  1. Change the nomenclature of GDS as “Gramin Dak Karmachari” or “Rural Postal Employees”
  1. Considering the need and requirement of Rural Post Offices after modernization viz., Core Banking Solutions (CBS), Core Insurance Solution (CIS) and introduction of handheld computers at BOs and additional responsibilities, the working hours of all BOs may be extended to 8 hours and all GDS may be granted full time Civil Servant status. There should no combination of duties. The illegal condition that GDS shall not on duty for more than five hours should be removed.
  1. Minimum five hour wages should be paid even if the work load is less than 5 hours and if work load is more than five hours wages for full time (8hours) should be paid. Nomenclature of TRCA should be changed and it should be called as ‘Pay’. There should not be any reduction in wages under any circumstances.
  1. The Branch Postmaster shall be paid at the pro rata wages of Postal Assistants; GDSMD/GDSSV shall be paid equal to Postmen; and all other categories with the comparison of MTS. GDS shall be appointed and not engaged and the word ‘engagement’ shall be deleted in the existing rules.
  1. Time bound promotion (ACP) to higher pay scale on completion of 10 years, 20 years and 30 years may be granted to GDS. Point to Point fixation is requested for senior GDS. The pay shall be fixed to the seniors in the revised pay based on the number of years of service rendered to that extent by granting notional annual increments. The percentage of annual increment shall be at par with regular employees to whom the comparison is being made. The nomenclature of increment shall be introduced in the place of ‘future entitlement’.
  1. The GDS may be considered for grant of HRA, Transport Allowance, Split duty Allowance on pro rata basis at par with regular departmental employees whom we are comparing for wage fixation. The rent of the building in which BO is housed may be paid by the department.
  1. TA/DA may be granted to GDS if ordered in the interest of service and all other Allowance like Boat Allowance, SDA, may be extended to GDS.
  1. The GDS shall be covered with the Children Education Allowance and hostel subsidy at par with regular employees.
  1. The GDS shall be covered under the CS (MA) Rules or a new set of rules equal to that which provide full reimbursement of medical expenses to the GDS and their families.
  1. The GDS may be granted leave on the following norms.
(i)           E.L – One Day for each completed calendar month with accumulation.
(ii)          HPL – 20 days per year, with accumulation facility.
(iii)        Commuted leave may be introduced.
(iv)         Maternity leave – 180 days at par with regular employees with full pay & allowances. Pay shall be made from salary head and not from the welfare fund of GDS.
(v)          Child care leave shall be granted at par with regular employees.
(vi)         Special Disability Leave – As applicable to regular employees.
  1. Notwithstanding our claim of introduction of pension scheme at par with regular employees prior to 01-01-2004, we request to modify the S.D.B.S scheme to the extent of 10% recovery from the officials; 20% from the department. Ex-gratia gratuity shall be granted on completion 10 years service. Family pension shall also be introduced.
  1. All vacancies in the departmental posts viz. MTS, Postmen, shall be filled only by GDS and there shall be no other open market direct recruitment. In respect of PA cadre, the GDS possessing Qualifications and computer knowledge shall be permitted to write the competitive exam along with postman & MTS for the Departmental Quota vacancies.
  1. The GDS Conduct & Engagement rules 2011 shall be scrapped and CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964 may be made applicable to GDS also. It shall be covered under Article 309 of the Union Constitution.
  1. 50% of the past services of GDS shall be counted as regular service on promotion for pensionary benefits including gratuity.
  1. GDS shall also be covered under LTC Scheme to have recreation in life.
  1. GDS may be provided with uniforms and also grant of Washing Allowance.
  1. All advances like festival, medical, LTC, Tour TA, scooter, HBA, Motor Cycle Advance shall be extended to the GDS. All incentives, honorariums shall be introduced for the excess work performed by GDS.
  1. Furnishing of security band shall be dropped. Similarly the residential condition may also be dropped in the recruitment rules.
  1. Transfer facilities may further be liberalized; there shall be no loss of service or pay on transfer. Identity cards to GDSs are a must and that shall be supplied to GDS free of cost of the Department.
  1. Compassionate appointment may be granted to the dependents of deceased GDS, removing the existing conditions.
  1. GDS may be granted all Trade Union rights at par with regular employees.
  1. The amount payable under Group Insurance Scheme may be enhanced to five lakhs.
  1. The 50 years age limit for appearing for departmental examination may be removed.
  1. One point may be granted for Rs.4000- of cash handling in BOs.
We submit that these poor and down trodden 2.76 lakhs of Gramin Dak Sevaks should not be neglected and shall be extended with all benefits applicable to departmental employees. As Justice Talwar Quoted that ‘the weak and downtrodden need protection’. We hope that the respected Chairman, GDS Committee will look in to the prayers made by the All India Postal employees Union GDS (NFPE) also we made in the pre paras and render justice to this down-trodden section of the Postal employees.

With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,
Place: -
Date:-
(Name of the GDS with Designation)

OROP Pension Discrepancies : Details of Nodal Officers of respective PSA


OROP Pension Discrepancies : Details of Nodal Officers of respective PSA

Nodal Officers : In case of any doubt relating to revision of pension in terms of these orders, PDAs may immediately take up the matter with Nodal Officers of the respective PSAs by name as under:-

For commissioned officers

Army: Shri. R.B.Sharma, Sr. AO(P)
O/o the PCDA (P) Allahabad- 211014
Phone – 0532-2421877 Extn. 144
Email – cda-albd@nic.in

Navy: Smt Vandana Shetty, Sr. AO
O/o the PCDA (NAVY), Mumbai- 400039
Phone – 022-22696139
Email – pcdanavy@nic.in

Air Force: – Shri Ravinder Grover, Sr. AO
O/o the JCDA (Air Force) New Delhi- 110066
Phone – 011-25695012
E-mail- dcdaaf-delh.cgda@nic.in

For JCOs/ORs
Army: – Shri S.C. Saroj, Sr. A.O(P)
O/o the PCDA (P) Allahabad- 211014
Phone – 0532-2421877 Ext. 206
Email – cda-albd@nic.in

Navy: Smt Vandana Shetty, Sr. AO
O/o the PCDA (NAVY), Mumbai- 400039
Phone – 022-22696139
Email – pcdanavy@nic.in

Air Force: – Shri Amar Singh, Sr. A.O
O/o the Jt. CDA (Air Force) New Delhi
Phone – 011-25695012
Email – dcdaaf_delh.cgda@nic.in

Note- Pension cases to be referred in respect of Commissioned Officer and JCOs/ORs, pensioners and family pensioners of Air Force and Navy retired/discharged/invalided out up to 31.10.1985 shall be forwarded to the PCDA (P) Allahabad, and the cases pertaining to retirement/ discharge/invalidment after 31.10.1985 shall be forwarded to the office of the Jt. CDA (Air Force), Subroto Park, New Delhi and PCDA (Navy), Mumbai as the case may be, as indicated above.

Authority: pcda circular 555

OROP Pension Calculation – Rounding of Qualifying Service


OROP Pension Calculation – Rounding of Qualifying Service

Rounding of Qualifying Service : While calculating the length of qualifying service for the pensionary benefits, a fraction of a year equal to 3 months and above but less than 9 months is treated as one half (1/2) year period, and nine months or more but less than a year is treated as a completed one year for determining the amount of pension w.e.f. 28/06/1983. Prior to 28/06/1983, the broken period of service of 180 days or more is to be treated as 1⁄2 years w.e.f. 22/04/1960. In view of above, if qualifying service has been mentioned as 17 years 10 months in PPO/Corr PPO, it should be rounded upto 18 years for post 28.06.1983 retirees, 17.5 years for pre-28.6.1983 but post 22.04.1960 and 17 years for pre-22.04.1960 retirees.

The provisions of this circular shall be applicable to all Pre-01.07.2014 pensioners/family pensioners and their pension/family pension shall be stepped up with reference to rank, group and qualifying service in which they were pensioned. Note: -a) The officers retired on or after 1.1.1996 in the rank of Major and who have completed 21 years of service have been allowed the pay of Lt.Col. Accordingly, pension of these officers have been revised by issue of Corr. PPOs.

It is therefore, requested to revise the pension of post-96 Army Officer with rank Major and its equivalent in the Air Force and Navy who have completed 21 years. b) In case of pre-1.1.2006 retirees, rank for pension and rank last held may be different. While revising the Pension/Family Pension under these orders, rank for pension, which is shown in the PPOs, may be considered for pre 1-1-2006 retires. c) A JCOs/ORs pensioner, who had retired with a particular rank and granted ACP-I will be eligible for revision of pension of next higher rank; if ACP-II has been granted, he will be eligible for revision of pension of next higher rank of ACP-I; and if ACP-III has been granted, he will be eligible for revision of pension of next higher rank of ACP-II w.e.f. 01.07.2014.

For example- a Sepoy granted ACP-I will be eligible for revision of pension of Naik rank, sepoy granted ACP-II will be eligible for revision of pension of Havildar rank and sepoy granted ACP-III will be eligible for revision of pension of Naib Subedar rank.

Full pension of PSU absorbees, who had opted for 100% commutation of pension, shall be revised by concerned PSAs under these orders with reference to revised pension of the rank determined for regular category of pensioners. However, there shall be no change in restored amount of pension already notified by respective PSAs in their cases.
Thursday, 11 February 2016

Secretaries panel on Pay Commission to double basic pay percentage


Secretaries panel on Pay Commission to double basic pay percentage

The secretary-level committee screening the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations is likely to recommend to double the percentage of pay hikes what the pay commission recommended with examining the all previous pay commissions’ reports.

The 7th Pay Commission submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in November, recommending 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay of Central government employees, which is the lowest in 70 years.

The pay commission recommended fixing the highest basic salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000and its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.

Every pay commissions reduced the ratio of pay between lowest earning employees and top bureaucrats from 1:41 in 1947 to about 1:12 in 2006.

The minimum basic salary of central government employees is now Rs 7730 while maximum salary at the level of Secretary is Rs 80,000.

Accordingly, the 7th Pay Commission didn’t go on line to consider reduction in the disparity of pay ratio between its highest and lowest paid employees.

Pay gap determines the socialism view of the government and the higher number of central government employees are in the minimum pay slabs.

The pay gap increases employee’s turnover and work-related illness, with all the associated economic consequences.

The bureaucrats with high pay are generally happier, healthier and a better place to live for almost everyone in them compare to the lower earning employees.

The central government set up the high-level Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary to examine the such type of issues related to the 7th Pay Commission report.

The Empowered Committee is continue receiving a lot of submissions of employees’ associations strongly opposed 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

The previous Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent basic pay hike of central government employees, which the the secretary-level committee on that time recommended for 40 per cent basic pay hike .

Accordingly, the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

So the government believes a 30 per cent basic pay hike of central government employees is the appropriate rate, in the present scenario and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) asked the secretaries Committee to process on this way, a PMO official told us but he requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

This recommendation will now have to be considered by the secretaries Committee after the budget.
It is likely change to the hike in basic pay would be announced in April or May, he added.

The pay hike would affect the lives of over 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners and could trigger off similar pay hike across state governments as well.

The 7th Pay Commission has recommended a 23.55 percent hike in salary, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore for the government, of which increase in salary would be Rs 39,100 crore, allowances Rs 29,300 crore and pension Rs 33,700 crore.

The new pay scales, subject to acceptance by the government, will come into effect from January 1, 2016.
Finance Ministry Jaitley had said that Budget for the next fiscal needs to provide Rs 1.10 lakh crore for implementing the 7th Pay Commission award and OROP.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

NJCA DECIDED INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11th APRIL 2016


NJCA DECIDED INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11th APRIL 2016

Meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (Railways, Defence, Postal, Confederation) held on 08th February 2016 unanimously decided to serve indefinite strike notice on 11th March 2016 and to commence indefinite strike from 11th April 2016.

Further details will follow.

M.Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers
e-mail:mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Mob:09447068125

Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Seventh Pay Commission: Good News! PMO orders to speed up process; notification soon


Seventh Pay Commission: Good News! PMO orders to speed up process; notification soon

New Delhi, Feb 6: This will definitely cheer up all the central government employees who are disappointed at the moment as government is delaying the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission. Sources say that after One Rank One Pension, notification for 7th CPC could be released in coming months.

Reportedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered officials to speed up review process so that it could be implemented soon. Modi has asked Committee of Secretaries to provide maximum benefits to central staff.

Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha headed empowered committee which was appointed to overview whole process has been told to accept pay commission's recommendations without diluting them.

PMO wants committee to review all the recommendations as soon as possible, so that Cabinet could take final decision over the same.

One of the officials was quoted by the Express News as saying, "The committee has been told to address the genuine concerns raised by stakeholders and accommodate their demands as much as possible. Although, there is indication that the committee may suggest some changes keeping in mind representations from middle and junior level, the decision will be taken after consultations with all the stakeholders. The entire process will take a couple of months".

Meanwhile, reports also say that in coming months, notification for 7th pay commission could be issue. A Finance Ministry source was quoted by news reports as saying, "One Rank One Pension (OROP) is now going to be implemented after notification. Hence Finance Ministry will issue the notification of ‘Pay Commission award' in forthcoming months".

Source :http://www.oneindia.com

7.6% GDP says govt policies, reforms showing results: Finmin


7.6% GDP says govt policies, reforms showing results: Finmin

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry today said the projected 7.6 per cent growth rate for current fiscal is satisfactory and is a reflection of the policies and reform measures undertaken by the government in last 19 months.

“Overall, what is important is the direction of the numbers… There is improvement in the numbers which is quite satisfying.

“The policies and the reform measures the government has undertaken in last one and half years are beginning to show results. The policies and reform measures will continue,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das told reporters.

He was reacting to the advance estimates for national income of 2015-16 fiscal by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which today projected the GDP growth rate at 7.6 per cent.

According to the data, the economy grew at 7.6 per cent in first quarter, 7.7 per cent in second quarter and 7.3 per cent in the third quarter ending December 31, 2015.

“Especially satisfying and noteworthy is the industrial growth with special focus on manufacturing. Agriculture continues to be a matter of concern because of consecutive drought. Overall the direction of the numbers is very positive,” Das said.

The CSO’s estimate of 7.6 per cent growth in current fiscal is higher than the projection by RBI, Finance Ministry and IMF.

While RBI projected a growth rate of 7.4 per cent, Finance Ministry’s mid-year economic review had estimated the growth to be between 7-7.5 per cent.

Besides, IMF had said India will clock 7.3 per cent growth in 2015-16 and ADB projected it at 7.4 per cent.

PTI