Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Guidelines Regarding Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace – DOPT.

Guidelines Regarding Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace – DOPT.

No.11013/7/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 22 nd December, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1961 – Guidelines regarding prevention of sexual harassment of women at the workplace – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the DoPT OM number No.11013/2/2014-Estt.A-III, dated the 16th July, 2015 etc., vide which need for effective mechanism to ensure that inquiries in the case of allegations of sexual harassment are conducted as per the prescribed procedure and that they are monitored have been issued. Recently, a meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Minister, Women and Child Development wherein concern was expressed that the inquiries in such cases are taking unduly long time. It has, therefore, been decided that the following further steps may be taken to ensure that the inquiries are conducted expeditiously and the aggrieved women are not subjected to victimization:

(1) As already conveyed vide OM dated 2nd February, 2015 all Ministries/Departments shall include in their Annual Reports information related to the number of such cases and their disposal.

(2) As far as practicable, the inquiry in such cases should be completed within 1 month and in no case should it take more than 90 days as per the limit prescribed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

(3) It should be ensured that the aggrieved women are not victimized in connection with the complaints filed by them. For a period of five years after a decision in a proven case of sexual harassment, a watch should be kept to ensure that she is not subjected to vendetta. She should not be posted under the Respondent, or any other person where there may be a reasonable ground to believe that she may be subjected to harassment on this account. In case of any victimization the complainant may submit a representation to the Secretary in the case of Ministries/Departments and Head of the Organization in other cases. These representations should be dealt with sensitivity, in consultation with the Complaints Committee, Ministries/Departments and Head of the Organization in other cases. These representations should be dealt with sensitivity, in consultation with the Complaints Committee, and a decision taken within 15 days of the submission of the same.

(4) All Ministries/Departments shall furnish a monthly report to the Ministry of Women and Child Development giving details of number of complaints received, disposed of and action taken in the case.

Sd/-
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)

Source : http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_7_2016-Estt.A-III-22122016.pdf
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railway Employees – Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railway Employees – Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S.No.PC-VII/12
No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1

RBE No.155/2016
New Delhi, dated 19/12/2016

The General Managers
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railway Employees – lmplementation of seventh CPC recommendations.

The Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme was introduced with effect from 01.09.2008 in pursuance of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission by this Ministry’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dated 10.06.2009 (RBE No.101/2009). Thereafter, subsequent amendments/clarifications were issued from time to time. These instructions are in force with effect from 01.09.2008.

2.The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in para 5.1.44 of its report has recommended inter-alia as follows:

“MACP will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. In the new Pay Matrix, the employee will move to immediate next level in hierarchy. Fixation of pay will follow the same principle as that for a regular promotion in the Pay Matrix. MACPS will continue to be applicable to all employees up to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) level except members of Organised Group ‘A’ Services.”

3.The Government has considered the above recommendation and has accepted the same. In the light of the recommendations of the 7th CPC accepted by the Government, the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. Further, Para 1 and 2 of the existing Scheme (Annexure to this Ministry’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dt.10.06.2009) will be substituted by the following words:-

“1. There shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS as per 7th CPC recommendations, counted from the direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years services respectively or 10 years of continuous service in the same level in Pay Matrix, whichever is earlier.

2. The MACPS envisage merely placement in the immediate next higher level in the Pay Matrix as given in PART ‘A’ of Schedule of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules. 2016. Thus, the level in the Pay Matrix at the time of financial upgradation under the MACPS can, in certain cases be different than what is available in the normal hierarchy at the time of regular promotion in one’s AVC. In such cases, the higher level in the Pay Matrix attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the concerned cadre/organization will be given only at the time of regular promotion.”

4. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in Para 5.1.45 of its report has in teralia recommended as follow:-

“Benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPS to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’.”

5. The Government has considered the above recommendation and has accepted the same. In the light of the recommendations of the 7th CPC accepted by the Government, Para 17 of the Scheme (Annexure to Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dt. 10.02.2009) shall be substituted by the following words:-

” 17. For grant of financial upgradation under the MACPS, the prescribed benchmark would be ‘Very Good’ for all the posts.”

6. These changes will come into effect from 25th July, 2016, i.e., from the date of resolution notified by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance regarding acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.

6.1 MACPS where it was due earlier to 25.07.2016, but not decided yet due to Administrative delay, will be decided as per criteria prevalent at that time. Cases that became due on or after 25.07.2016, will be decided as per new criteria. However, Past Cases, decided otherwise, need not be re-opened.

7. The comprehensive MACP Scheme on acceptance of Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations will be issued separately.

8. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

9. Hindi version is enclosed.

(Authority: DOP&T’s OM No.350344/3/2015-Estt.(D), dt.28.09.2016)

Sd/-
(N.P.Singh)
Dy.Director,Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

Source: NFIR
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act

Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
21-December-2016 13:41 IST
Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act 

It is seen from the media reports that there is a general impression that is being created that the Government is bringing an amendment to the Payment of Wages Act to make mandatory the payment of wages to the workers only through cheque or accounts transfers. This is not the correct position.

It is clarified that the government proposes to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Payment of Wages Act which will further provide crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

This is being done to facilitate the employers from making payment of wages using the banking facilities also in addition to the existing modes of payment of wages in current coin or currency notes.

Also, the appropriate Government (Centre or State) will have to come up with the notification to specify the industrial or other establishments where the employer shall pay wages through cheque or by crediting the wages in employees’ bank account. It is, therefore, clear that the option of payment through cash is still available with the employers for payment of wages.

It may be understood that the Payment of Wages Act was passed in the year 1936 (eighty years ago) and the situation prevailing at that point of time has completely undergone a technological revolution. Most of the transactions now take place through the banking channels. The proposal of Ministry of Labour and Employment to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Act is an additional facility of crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

The above proposed amendment will also ensure that minimum wages are paid to the employees and their social security rights can be protected. Thus the employers can no longer under-quote the number of employees employed by them in their establishments to avoid becoming a subscriber to the EPFO or ESIC schemes.

It is also pointed out that the states like Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana have already come out with notifications to provide for payment through banking channels.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Inclusion of Aadhaar Number (Unique Identification Issued by UIDAI) in Service Book of Government Servants.

Inclusion of Aadhaar Number (Unique Identification Issued by UIDAI) in Service Book of Government Servants.

GOVERNMENT INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(G)2016/FR 1-6

New Delhi, dated 2/12/2016

The General Manager(s),
Zonal Railways &
Production Units, etc

Sub: Inclusion of Aadhaar Number (Unique Identification Issued by UIDAI) in Service Book of Government Servants.

As Railway administrations are aware, in terms of extant rules/instructions every event in a Government servants’ official life must be recorded in his Service Book and each entry is to be attested by the Head of office.

2. An extract of Paras 1234 and 1235 of the ‘Indian Railway Administration and Finance Code’ which provides that the Heads of offices are to obtain signatures of the Railway servants in token of them having inspected their Service Books annually is reproduced below:-

“1234. Scrutiny by Employees: It shall be the duty of every Head of Office in initiate action to show the Service Books to railway servants governed by pension rules under his administrative control every year and to obtain their signature therein in token of their having inspected the Service Books. A certificate to the effect that he has done so in respect of the preceding financial year should be submitted by him to his next superior officer by the end of every September. The railway servants shall inter-alia ensure before affixing their signature that their services have been duly verified and certified as such. In the case of a railway servant on foreign service, his signature shall be obtained in his Service Book after the Accounts Officer has made threin necessary entries connected with his foreign service.

1235. The scrutiny of his Service Book by the railway servant concerned, must be made in the presence of a responsible official. As a token of his scrutiny and acceptance of entries in the Service Book the railway servant should sign in the relevant column of the Service Book and official who supervised the scrutiny will also endorse his signature as evidence that scrutiny was conducted under proper supervision and the supervising officer is satisfied that it was bona fide and no unauthorized changes were made in the entries in the Service Book in the course of such scrutiny.”

3. Furthermore, Rule 47 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules 1993 provides for issuing a communication on completion of 18 years of service and five years before retirement, as part of preparatory work for sanctioning pensionary benefits.

4. Besides aforesaid directives, pursuant to Government of India’s instructions, it has also been decided that Aadhaar numbers of all Railway Servants should be included in their Service Book.

5. Therefore, all Zonal Railways/Production Units etc, are directed to ensure that the Service Book of all employees have an entry of the employee’s Aadhaar number. Immediate necessary action in this regard may please be taken and the number of employees whose Service Books have been seeded with their respective Aadhaar number may be intimated to Board’s office within a month’s time.

6. In this connection, attention of Zonal Railways is invited to Board’s letter No. 2015/ED/ERP/UIDAI/01 dated 21/7/2016 wherein Railways/Production Units were directed to arrange for Aadhaar numbers and field units are expected to have taken action already.

7. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte.

8. Please acknowledge receipt.

9. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(D. Joseph)
Dy.Director Estt. (Genl.)

Source: NFIR
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

CONFEDERATION NEWS - REVISED ALLOWANCES WILL NOT BE PAID IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

CONFEDERATION NEWS - REVISED ALLOWANCES WILL NOT BE PAID IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG

REVISED ALLOWANCES WILL NOT BE PAID IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

ALLOWANCES COMMITTEE'S TIME LIMIT EXTENDED UPTO 22.02.2017

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AGAIN CHEATED BY NDA GOVERNMENT

STRIKE IS INEVITABLE

MAKE 15th DECEMBER PARLIAMENT MARCH 
A THUNDERING SUCCESS!

          Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India has made the following observations in a media conversation which is published in RBI website.

(1) The disbursement of salaries and arrears under 7th Pay Commission award has not been disruptive to inflation outcomes.

(2) The extension of two months given to the Ministry of Finance to receive the notification on higher allowances under the Pay Commission's award, COULD PUSH IT'S FULLER EFFECT INTO THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR rather than this financial year.

          The above statement by the Governor, RBI clearly indicates that THE ALLOWANCES WILL BE REVISED ONLY AFTER FEBRUARY 2017 AND WILL COME INTO EFFECT IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR ONLY.

          Earlier to a question regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula Minister of State for Finance Shri Arun Ram Meghwal gave the following reply in the Raja Sabha on 23.11.2016.

          "The anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission will be examined by the Anomaly Committee which has already been constituted. Based on the report of the Committee, the matter will be considered by the Government and appropriate decision will be taken. 

          From the reply it is clear that the question of increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment factor is to be decided by the Anomaly Committee. That is why the Government has not formally constituted THE HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE as assured by the Group of Ministers to the JCM Staff side leaders in the  30th June night  discussion. And this is the reason for Group of Senior Officers behaving as if they .don't know what the task is assigned to them. Now by 30th December SIX months will be over after the 30th June assurance given by Group of Ministers including Shri Rajnath Singh , Hon'ble Home Minister , Shri Arun Jaitley , Hon'ble Finance Minister and Shri Suresh Prabhu , Hon'ble Railway Minister . Employees and Leaders have never expected such blatant breach of assurance given by Senior Cabinet Ministers of NDA Government.

          The revision of pay and pension of thousands of Autonomous body employees and Pensioners  is also pending for the last six months. On 17.11.2016 Finance Ministry has given instructions to all Autonomous bodies NOT TO EXTEND the benefits of 7th CPC to employees and Pensioners of Autonomous bodies UNTIL FURTHER ORDERS.

          The One man Committee constitute by Government for revision of wages and service conditions of three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of Postal Department had submitted it's report to Government on 24th November 2016.  Even after 20 days, the Government is not ready to publish the report or give copy to the recognised Federations.

          The revision of wages of Casual, Part-time Contingent and Contract workers, consequent on implementation of 7th CPC wage revision is also pending.

          The one and the only favourable recommendation of 7th CPC ie; Parity between past and present pensioners (Option - 1) stands referred to a Committee which has taken a stand that Option - 1 is not feasible.

          None of the demands raised by Confederation in its 20 point charter of demands is settled.

THERE IS NO SHORT-CUT OTHER THAN STRUGGLE.

AWAKE!    ARISE!!  UNITE COMRADES!!!

RALLY ROUND CONFEDERATION.

WE THE WORKERS, WE THE NATION, 
WE ARE NOT BEGGAR FOLKS

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Milad-Un-Nabi Holiday Changed to 12th December 2016 - DoPT Order 2016

Milad-Un-Nabi Holiday Changed to 12th December 2016 - DoPT Order 2016
F.N0.12/18/2016-JCA2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
JCA Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 7th December, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi.

As per list of holidays circulated vide this Ministry’s 0.M.No.12/7/2015-JCA-2 dated the 11th June, 2015, the holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad falls on Tuesday the 13th December, 2016. It has been brought to notice of this Ministry that in Delhi Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad will be celebrated on 12th December, 2016.

Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad holiday to 12th December, 2016 in place of 13th December, 2016 as notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi / New Delhi.

2. For Offices outside Delhi / New Delhi the Employees Coordination Committees or Head of Offices (where such Committees are not functioning) can decide the date depending upon the decision of the concerned State Government.

Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_18_2016-JCA2-07122016.pdf
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Saturday, December 03, 2016

AICPIN for the Month of October 2016 – Expected DA from January 2017

AICPIN for the Month of October 2016 – Expected DA from January 2017

No. 5/1/2016- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 30th November, 2016

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — October, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for October, 2016 increased by 1 point and stood at 278 (two hundred and seventy eight). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.36 per cent between September and October, 2016 when compared with the increase of (+) 1.13 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.01 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Besan, Black Gram, Gram Dal, Poultry (Chicken), Milk (Buffalo & Cow), Brinjal, Cauliflower, French Bean, Lady’s Finger, Methi, Peas, Tomato, Cooking Gas, Petrol, Toilet Soap, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Moong Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Apple, Banana, Potato, Electricity Charges, Soft Coke, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 3.35 per cent for October, 2016 as compared to 4.14 per cent for the previous month and 6.32 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 2.99 per cent against 4.05 per cent of the previous month and 7.50 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Mundakkyam and Darjeeling reported the maximum increase of 8 points each followed by Jamshedpur and Amritsar (5 points each). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 4 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 13 centres and 1 point in 20 centres. On the contrary, Goa recorded a maximum decrease of 7 points followed by Bhavnagar (5 points). Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 4 centres and 1 point in 8 centres. Rest of the 15 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 35 centres are above All-India Index and other 42 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Vishakhapathnam centre remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of November, 2016 will be released on Friday, 30th December, 2016. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

Sd/-
(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Source:http://www.labourbureaunew.gov.in/UserContent/Press_Note_CPI_IW_Oct_2016_EH.pdf
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

No Limit on Holding of Gold Jewellery or Ornaments by anybody provided it is acquired from explained sources of Income including inheritance.

No Limit on Holding of Gold Jewellery or Ornaments by anybody provided it is acquired from explained sources of Income including inheritance. 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

01-December-2016 18:24 IST

Various points clarified with respect to gold jewellery and ornaments; No limit on holding of gold jewellery or ornaments by anybody provided it is acquired from explained sources of income including inheritance. 

In order to remove any doubt about the current position of Income Tax Law with respect to gold jewellery and ornaments, the following points are hereby categorically clarified: 

(a) There is no limit on holding of gold jewellery or ornaments by anybody provided it is acquired from explained sources of income including inheritance 

(b) Vide circular dated 11.5.1994, instructions have been issued in the matter of search and seizure of gold jewellery. 

(c) Jewellery and ornaments to the extent of 500 gms for married lady, 250 gms. for unmarried lady and 100 gm for male member will not be seized, even if prima facie, it does not seem to be matching with the income record of the assesse. 

(e) Officer conducting search has discretion not to seize even higher quantity of gold jewellery based on factors including family customs and traditions. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Running Staff – RBA 90/2016

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Running Staff – RBA 90/2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBA No.90/2016

No.2016/AC-II(CC)/IPAS/37/7(Zonal Railways)

25th November, 2016

a) General Managers, All Zonal Railways (including Metro Railway, Kolkata);
b) Director/Finance, CRIS

Railway Board (Pay Commission Dte.) vide their letter No.PC-VII/2016/1/7/2/1 dated 11th November, 2016 (RBE 131/2016) had communicated payment of DA @ 2% per month to all categories of Railway Employees w.e.f 1st July, 2016. The issue regarding admissibility of DA on running allowance paid to Running Staff has been examined in this Ministry and it has been decided that DA @ 2% shall be admissible to Running staff on the Basic pay plus Running allowances drawn w.e.f 1st July, 2016.

2. CRIS may incorporate the above rule in IPAS application, so that payroll of running staff for November, 2016 could be drawn accordingly.

3. It may please be ensured that Salary Advance of Rs.10000/- paid to Non-Gazetted employees in terms of Railway Borad’s letter No.2016/E(LL)/APW/1 dated 17.11.2016 is recovered from the concerned staff in salary bill of November 2016.

3. The issues with the approval of competent authority.

Sd/-
(V.Prakash)
Joint Director(Accounts)

Source: AIRF
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Monday, November 28, 2016

HRA should be paid @ 35, 25 and 15% of pay – BPMS

REF: BPMS/Cir/17th TC/ 11

Dated: 02.11.2016

To,
The President/General Secretary
Unions Affiliated to the Federation
& Office Bearers & Executive Committee Members
BPMS

Subject: Agitational Programme to be held from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is hoped that all of you are well and busy in accelerating trade union activities. Under the banner of Government Employees National Confederation, we continuously demanded for removal of anomalies related to pay fixation, bonus, income tax, recommendations of Pay Commissions but the Governments did not pay any heed to our genuine demands and it is leading discontentment amongst the employees. Therefore, Government Employees National Confederation has decided that all the constituent Federation of GENC will observe an agitation programme throughout the country from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016.

Being a constituent of GENC, this federation BPMS has decided that all the affiliated unions will organize agitation programme from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016 like Gate Meeting, Slogan Shouting, Dharna etc. On 09.12.2016 a memorandum should be submitted to their respective Heads of the establishment addressed to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India mentioning the following demands:

1. Minimum Pay should be fixed Rs 24,000/- and fitment formula should be 3.42 in place of 2.57.

2. Under MACP Scheme, 05 financial upgradation should be granted in promotional hierarchy in the service of 30 years.

3. Annual Increment should be @ 5% in place of 3%.

4. The Benchmark ‘very good’ should be abolished for granting of promotion, financial upgradation and annual increment.

5. The Grade pay of Group ‘C’ Rs 1900/- and Rs 2000/- should be merged and upgraded to Rs 2400/-.

6. HRA should be paid @ 35, 25 and 15% of pay.

7. New Pension Scheme should be scraped.

8. FDI should be scraped in Defence and Railway.

9. Bonus should be calculated on Rs 18,000/- in place of 7,000/- because minimum pay has been enhanced from 7,000/- to 18,000/-.

10. Income tax exemption limit (tax free income) should be extended to Rs 8,00,000/-.

11. The wards of employees died in harness should be guaranteed with 100% compassionate ground appointments.

Thanking you

Sincerely yours

(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

Copy to:
1- The General Secretary BMS, New Delhi
2- Shri K.N.Sharma, I/C BPMS, Lucknow For information
3- The Secretary General, GENC, Kanpur

Source: http://bpms.org.in/documents/circular-11-k2dn.pdf
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Meeting on 7th CPC Allowances: View points of BPMS

Meeting on 7th CPC Allowances: View points of BPMS

REF: BPMS / MOD / 07th CPC / Allowances / 251A (8/2/M)

Dated: 23.11.2016

To,
The Dy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
Sena Bhawan, DHQ PO,
New Delhi 110011

Subject: Meeting on Allowances: View points of BPMS
Reference: This federation’s letter of even no. dated 15.11.2016

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to power point presentation in the meeting held on 18.11.2016 under the chairmanship of Defence Secretary on the allowances payable on the recommendations of 7th CPC.

Some of the following issues raised during the meeting, need to be considered by the committee in addition to the points mentioned by BPMS vide letter cited under reference:

1. Extra Work Allowance (Chapter No. 8.3) (Para 8.3.23):
(a) Caretaking Allowance (Para 8.3.20) at the rate of 10% of Basic Pay is being paid to Group ‘C’ Staff. Now 7th CPC has recommended for 2% of Basic Pay per month. It is demanded that this Caretaking Allowance should also be admissible to Defence Civilians performing the similar duties.

2. Allowances related to Knowledge Updates (Chapter 8.4)
(a) Professional Update Allowance (Para 8.4.7): This allowance should be extended to Group ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ incumbents engaged in Ordnance Development Centre (OFB), Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ of DRDO and Laboratory Technicians in Pathology of Govt Hospitals.

3. Allowances related to Working on Holidays (Chapter 8.6)
(a) Holiday Monetary Compensation (Para 8.6.6): Group ‘B’ Gazetted Supervisory Staff (Junior Works Manager) in Ord Fys have to work on Sunday and other holidays. This allowance should be extended to this Cadre also.

4. Qualification Allowance (Chapter 8.9)
(a) Air Worthiness Certificate Allowance (Para 8.9.5): At present this allowance is being paid to Technical Tradesman in Aircraft trade @ Rs. 225/- to 450/- per month. But their Civilian counterparts are not granted this allowance. This should be looked into.

5. Allowances related to Risk and Hardship (Chapter 8.10)
(a) Boiler Watch Keeping Allowance (Para 8.10.7): Presently it is admissible to Boiler Watch Keepers on Naval Ships @ Rs. 3000/- per month. Similar nature of work is performed by the Boiler Attendants of Ord Fys. Hence, this allowance should be admissible to Boiler Attendants of OFB.

(b) Field Area Allowance (Para 8.10.18):
This allowance is granted to Defence, CAPF and Indian Coast Guard. Civilian counterparts of Ministry of Defence should also be granted the Field Area Allowance.

(c) Operation Theatre Allowance (Para 8.10.35):
This allowance @ Rs. 240/ per month is granted to Staff Nurse in Central Government Hospitals, who work in ICU/Operation Theatre. This federation is not agree with the 7th CPC’s recommendation (Para 8.10.80) to abolish this allowance as the amount is meagre rate. Hence, this allowance should be continued and enhanced.

(d) Submarine Technical Allowance (Para 8.10.54):
It is granted to Naval Artificers and Mechanicians for the period they are deployed for submarine maintenance duties. The present rate is ₹300 pm. Civilian counterparts of Navy should also be granted this allowance.

6. Allowance related to Travel (Chapter 8.15)
(a) Daily Allowance (Para 8.15.15): The 7th CPC has recommended for reimbursement of Travelling Charges for Level 5 and below at the rate of Rs. 113 per day. This is very meagre amount. Hence, it should be enhanced to Rs. 200 per day.

(b) TA on Transfer (Para 8.15.41):
The 7th CPC has recommended for ‘reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal effects’ at the rate of Rs. 25 per km for Level 5 and Rs. 15 per km for Level 4 and below category. It is not understandable how a transporter will discriminate among the employees of different categories for rate for transportation by road. Hence, it is demanded that the rate for transportation by road should be equal for all categories of employees.

This is submitted for your kind consideration and necessary action.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours

(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

Source: BPMS
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Government Committee for Consideration of Issues of 7th CPC Recommendations

Government Committee for Consideration of Issues of 7th CPC Recommendations

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-713

ANSWERED ON - 22.11.2016

Government Committee for consideration of issues of 7th CPC recommendations

713 . Shri Neeraj Shekhar

(a) whether Group of Ministers including Union Minister for Finance had assured the representatives of various trade unions/JCM to set up a Committee to consider the demand of revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula under 7th CPC with a mandate to finalize its report within four months;

(b) if so, the present status of the Committee;

(c) the reasons for the delay in report by the said Committee even after elapsing of more than four months;

(d) whether the Committee on Allowances has finalized its report;

(e) if so, the details thereof along with the salient recommendations thereof; and

(f) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) to (c): In pursuance of the assurance given by the Union Ministers to the representatives of the National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, meetings have been held by a group of senior officers with them to discuss their demands in this regard.

(d) to (f): The Committee on Allowances has been interacting with various stake-holders to discuss their demands and has so far held discussions with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, representatives from staff associations and officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Posts. The Committee may also interact with the representatives of some other major Ministries/Departments and stakeholders with whom consultations are yet to be held before finalizing its Report.

Source: Rajya Sabha
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Relaxation from Payment of Service Charge in Internet Booking of Railway Tickets through IRCTC

Relaxation from Payment of Service Charge in Internet Booking of Railway Tickets through IRCTC 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

Relaxation from payment of Service Charge in internet booking of Railway tickets through IRCTC 

Ministry of Railways has decided that in order to help passengers and incentivise the payment through credit/debit/cash cards instead of cash payment for booking of reserved tickets, Service Charge shall not be collected on booking of e-tickets/ i-tickets from 23rd November to 31st December, 2016. Service Charge is Rs. 20 on sleeper/ 2nd Class and Rs. 40 on AC classes for booking through IRCTC.
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Employment for Disabled People - PIB

Employment for Disabled People - PIB

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Employment for Disabled People 

The Department of Personnel & Training collects online data about the representation of persons with disabilities in the posts/services in Central Government Departments/Ministries. As per information received from 71 Ministries/Departments, there were 16,304 persons with disabilities in the Central Government Ministries/Departments as on 01.01.2014 and 20,570 persons with disabilities as on 01.01.2015 as per information received from 59 Ministries/Departments. By virtue of Entry 9 of State List of the Constitution of India, the respective States are required to implement the provisions relating to reservation for person with disabilities in their establishments. Therefore, data on official figures of employed disabled people in the States/ Union Territories are to be maintained by them.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has requested States/Union Territories from time to time to implement Section 33 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 which mandates 3% reservation in vacancies for persons with disabilities in establishment. In the Conference of States/Union Territories Social Welfare Ministers/ Secretaries/Administrators in-charge of Disability affairs dealing with empowerment of persons with disabilities held on 02.06.2016, States/Union Territories were urged to draw a mechanism to have consolidated data on employment of persons with disabilities in the State establishments.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Seventh Pay Commission Allowances to Govt Employees: Official Answer in Lok Sabha

Seventh Pay Commission Allowances to Govt Employees: Official Answer in Lok Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO: 57
ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016

Allowances to Govt. Employees

VIJAY KUMAR S.R.
SUDHEER GUPTA

Will the Minister of
FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has deferred the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations on various allowances, perks and perquisites and referred the matter to a Committee;

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the terms of reference and aims and objectives of this move;

(c) whether the Committee has submitted its report to the Government and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons for the delay; and

(d) the timeframe drawn for the Committee to submit its report to the Government and the date from which the allowances including house rent, education and transport allowances are likely to be made effective?

ANSWER
FINANCE MINISTER (SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

A Statement is laid on the Table of the House

Statement Annexed with the Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 57 for 18.11.2016 by Shri S. R. Vijayakumar and Shri Sudheer Gupta on Allowances to Government Employees

(a) & (b): In view of the number of representations received with regard to substantial changes with the existing provisions relating to Allowances recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Government has set up a Committee to examine the recommendations of the Commission on allowances (except Dearness Allowance). The Committee has been asked to go into the recommendations of the Commission on various allowances and, having regard to the representations made by the staff associations as also the suggestions of the concerned Ministries/Departments and to make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the Commission are warranted and, if so, in what form. Till a final decision is taken by the Government based on the recommendations of this Committee, all allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will continue to be paid at existing rates in the existing pay structure. The Committee, constituted vide order dated 22.7.2016, is to submit its report within four months.

(c) & (d): The Committee has been interacting with various stake-holders to discuss their demands and has so far held discussions with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, representatives from staff associations and officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Posts. The Committee may also interact with the representatives of some other major Ministries/Departments and stakeholders with whom consultations are yet to be held before finalizing its Report. On submission of the Report, the matter pertaining to allowances will be considered by the Government and appropriate decision will be taken thereafter.
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ABOLITION OF OVERTIME ALLOWANCE – LOK SABHA Q&A

ABOLITION OF OVERTIME ALLOWANCE – LOK SABHA Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION No 492
TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2016
KARTHIKA 27, 1938 (Saka)

ABOLITION OF OVERTIME ALLOWANCE

492.     SHRI G. HARI:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

whether the expenditure on overtime allowance provided to Government employees had increased from Rs.797 crore to Rs.1629 crore during 2012-13 and if so, the details thereof; and
whether the Government is considering to abolish overtime allowance in Government offices and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE FOR  FINANCE (EXPENDITURE)

(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

Yes Sir. The expenditure of Rs.796.90 crore in 2006-07 was excluding the expenditure on overtime allowance in respect of employees of Union Territories whereas the expenditure of Rs. 1629.02 crore during year 2012-13 is including the expenditure in respect of employees of Union Territories.

The Seventh Central Pay Commission has recommended to abolish OTA (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) and in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for those categories of staff for which it is not a statutory requirement, then the rates of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50 percent from their current levels. Recommendation of the 7th CPC on allowances are yet to be finalised.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Salary Advance for the Month of November 2016 to be paid to Non-Gazetted Employees of Central Government - Ministry of Finance

Salary Advance for the Month of November 2016 to be paid to Non-Gazetted Employees of Central Government - Ministry of Finance

No.25(30)/E.Coord/2016
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi the 17th November 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Salary advance for the month of November 2016 to be paid to Non-Gazetted employees of Central Government.

In terms of Rule 64 (2) of Central Government Account (Receipt & Payment) Rules, 1983, the President is pleased to release part salary, in advance, amounting to Rs. 10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand) by 23rd November 2016 from the salary for the month of November 2016 in the form of cash payout to all Non-Gazetted employees of Central Government.

2. Employees, who do not wish to receive the cash pay-out of the part salary advance amounting to Rs.10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand) may give their option in the enclosed proforma to their respective Drawing & Disbursing Officer by is 18th November 2016. In that case, their salary will be credited to their account on the last working day of November 2016, as usual. In case no option is received by the said date, it will be presumed that the employee has opted for cash pay-out and the payment thereof will be disbursed in cash accordingly. Residual part of their salary payable for the month of November 2016 will be released as per the existing procedure.

3. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all the Organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments.

4. Appropriate necessary instructions on the subject may be issued by respective administrative Ministries/Departments in respect of Autonomous Bodies, Department of Public Enterprises in respect of Public Sector Enterprises, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Defence in respect of the Services.

Sd/-
(Annie G. Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Source:www.finmin.nic.in
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Grant of 90% Medical Advance for All Treatments (IPD and OPD) under CGHS and CS(MA) Rules, 1944.

Grant of 90% Medical Advance for All Treatments (IPD and OPD) under CGHS and CS(MA) Rules, 1944.

No.S. 14025/18/2015-MS/EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 17th October, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of 90% medical advance for all treatments (IPD and OPD) under CGHS and CS(MA) Rules, 1944.

The undersigned is directed to refer to O.M.NO.S. 14025/7/94-MS dated 15.05.1996, and OM No.S.12025/1/96-CGHS(P) dated 1305.1997 provisioning, inter-alia, grant of advance upto 90% in case of major illness like by-pass surgery, Kidney transplant, major cancer treatment, etc.

2. During the meeting held on 25.03.2015, National Council (Staff Side) requested this Ministry to make provisions for grant of 90% advance of the estimated cost for all treatments for serving Central Government employees, irrespective of major or minor diseases.

3. The matter was examined in the Ministry. Considering that the basic purpose of grant of advance for treatment of any disease is to provide relief to a Government employee from facing hardship, it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that serving CS(MA) and CGHS beneficiaries may be granted 90% medical advance of the approved CGHS package rates for all indoor treatments, irrespective of major or minor diseases, on receipt of a certificate from the treating physician of a Government/recognized hospital as per the guidelines given in the OM No.S.14025/7/94-MS dated 15.05.1996 and OM No.S-11016/1/92-CGHS(P) dated 29.10.1992 for CS(MA) and CGHS beneficiaries respectively.

4. For out-door treatment, it has also been decided that advance may be limited to 90% of the total estimated expenditure of the treatment, subject to the condition that the advance for OPD treatment may only be granted when the total estimate of expenditure for OPD treatment including tests/investigations is more than Rs.10,000/-.

5. The advance should be released within 10 days on receipt of the request for advance by the administrative Department/Ministry/office in order to avoid inconvenience to the employees.

6. The OM No.S.12025/1/96-CGHS(P) dated 13.05.1997 stands withdrawn from the date of issue of this O.M.

Sd/-
(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Request for Issuing Instructions for Disbursement of Salary of Central Government Employees for the Month of November 2016 in Cash

Request for Issuing Instructions for Disbursement of Salary of Central Government Employees for the Month of November 2016 in Cash

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1″ Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi — 110001
Website: www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: confederationhq@gmail.com
President Secretary General
K. K. N. Kutty M. Krishnan
09811048303 09447068125

Ref: Confdn/salary/ 2016

Dated — 15.11.2016

To,
Controller General of Accounts
Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan,
Ministry of Finance,
GPO Complex, Block E, Aviation Colony, INA Colony, New Delhi – 110003

Sir,

Sub: -Request for issuing instructions for disbursement of salary of Central Government Employees for the month of November 2016 in cash.

As you are aware , the difficulties being experienced due to demonetization of Rs.500/- and Rs. 1000/- currency notes may continue for about 50 days as made clear by the Goverment. Further Banks have imposed a cap of 24000/- for withdrawal from savings Bank Accounts. Even for withdrawing that amount, one has to stand in long que for hours together. Naturally Central Government employees are likely to face much problem for getting their salary for this month in time. Employees waiting in que for cash may adversely affect the functioning of Central Goverment offices also.

In view of the above situation, I request you to issue necessary instructions to all pay drawing and disbursing officers, to make advance arrangements for payment of salary for November 2016, in cash, to all Central Government employees, on or before 30th November 2016.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854©qmail.com

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Draft Minutes of Allowance Committee - DOP&T Specific Allowances

Draft Minutes of Allowance Committee - DOP&T Specific Allowances
No.6/8/2016-CPC
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(CPC Section)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 7th November 2016


To
 Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary, Staff Side
National Council Staff Side (JCM),
13-C, Ferozeshah Road
New Delhi – 110001

Subject: Draft minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday the 25th October 2016, under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) with the representatives of Staff Side, National Council (JCM) on issues relating to the DoPT- Specific Allowances.

Sir,
Please find enclosed a copy of the Draft Minutes of the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) on Tuesday the 25th October 2016 with the representatives of Staff Side on issues relating to the DoPT- Specific Allowances. You are requested to send your comments on the draft minutes by 15/11/2016 positively.

Yours faithfully,

(D.K. Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary (CPC)

RECORD NOTE OF THE DISCUSSION ON DOPT-SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES, HELD WITH THE STAFF-SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL (JCM) AT 3.00 P.M. ON 25.10.2016 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY(P).

A discussion on the DoPT-specific allowances with the Staff-Side National Council (JCM) was held at 3.00 p.m. on 25.10.2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary(Personnel) in Room No. 119, North Block, New Delhi in compliance with the direction contained in the minutes of the 2nd meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 01.09.2016 that every Ministry/Department should firm up its views/comments on allowances relating to the Ministry/Department after holding discussion with their Staff Associations.

List of participants is at Annexure.

At the outset JS(JCA) welcomed all the members of the Staff side of the National Council of JCM to the discussion on department specific allowances. JS(JCA) informed that in the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances it was decided that all the department specific allowances will be discussed with the JCM. After a brief introduction it was decided to discuss the following department specific allowances on which DOPT has received the comments for Staff-Side.
Children Education Allowance (CEA)

The Staff-Side has stated that the benefit of Children’s Education Allowance should be extended to the Graduate and Post Graduate levels also. They have informed that the private institutions are charging exorbitantly. So, subject to a ceiling on tuition fees and hostel fees, the CEA should be extended to the Graduates and Post Graduates level. Staff-Side has informed that they had also represented to the Pay Commission for simplifying the procedure wherein they had suggested that reimbursement should be based on the bonafide certificates from the schools where the children are studying. This suggestion has been accepted by the Pay Commission and the Staff-Side has requested that it should be implemented.

On the issue of DOPT’s circular on e-receipt, Secretary, DoPT clarified that this circular had been issued before the government accepted the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.

(Action: JS(Estt.)

Night Duty Allowance (NDA)

Staff-Side has pointed out that the Night Duty Allowance (NDA) is still being paid at the 4th CPC rate. Even though there is a Board of Arbitration award in favour of employees that from 01.01.1996 it should be given in the 5th CPC pay scale, the government did not accept the arbitration award and even today employees are getting it at the same rate as it was prevalent during the 4th CPC period.

In the Ministry of Defence a lot of litigation had taken place and the matter went up to the Supreme Court. Hon’ble Supreme Court directed that it should be paid on the basis of the actual pay drawn and that NDA should be revised w.e.f. 01.04.2007 at the 6th CPC pay scale which has been implemented by the government. However, the audit authorities came up with an objection that there is a ceiling for it which has been objected to by the Staff-Side.

Apart from that, the 7th Pay Commission has recommended that it should be worked out with the actual pay of the employee being the criterion. However, in spite of that, except for the Ministries of Defence and Railways, employees working in other Ministries/Departments are getting it at 4th CPC rate. Thus, the absence of uniformity on this allowance across Ministries/Departments is very glaring which, according to the Staff-Side, is a principal source of litigation and will continue to remain so. Therefore, the Staff-Side has suggested that an early revision of the NDA without ceiling, and on the basis of the actual basic pay, and extending it to whoever is asked to do night duty will go a long way in reducing litigations in the future.

(Action: JS(Estt.)

Over Time Allowance (OTA)

Staff-Side has pointed out that there are two types of over time duty. One is covered under the Factories Act, 1948, and the other is for the office staff. In the first case, since it is a statutory obligation, the Pay Commission has not recommended anything on it. But for those Central Government employees who are not covered under the statutory provisions of the Factories Act, OTA is paid at a single rate of Rs.15.85/- only and, that too, for the first hour immediately after the scheduled office closing time, it is Nil. In case of OTA there is also an arbitration aw-ld from 01.01.1996 that it should be at par with the 5th CPC pay scale. However, neither it has been implemented nor have the rates been revised.

The Staff-Side has stated that if an employee is asked to work after hours the rate of OTA should be as per 7th CPC pay scale. Staff-Side is of the opinion that overtime means working after office hours, and asking an employee to work beyond office hours automatically entitles him/her to this allowance. The over time rates should also be above the normal level. It was pointed out by them that as per 7th CPC, an MTS is paid @ Rs.75/ hour; whereas overtime allowance is @ Rs. 15.85/- only. Even an outsider employed on casual basis is being paid hourly wages which are more than OTA. The Staff-Side is strongly of the view that if government is deploying a person on overtime work then he has to be paid at least according to the rate of salary which he is getting

(Action: JS (Estt.)

Cash Handling Allowance (CHA)

Staff-Side has informed that the 7th CPC recommendation on its abolition is based on the fact that in most of the offices today salary disbursement is not made in cash. It is credited to the individual bank accounts. But cash transactions do take place in certain offices like the Post Offices where cash handouts are made under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. PLI is also another example. Therefore, if it is stopped all of a sudden, no person will show interest in working as cashiers and take the additional responsibility of handling huge amounts of cash. Therefore, the Staff-Side has contended that till all cash transactions are eliminated, CHA should continue.

It was also pointed out by them that this allowance depends on the amount of cash transaction; when the volume of cash transaction comes down, the allowance will also proportionately come down.

(Action: JS(Estt.)

Uniform related allowances subsumed in a single Dress allowance (including shoes)

Staff-Side has informed that the 7th Pay Commission has recommended that Persons Below Officers Rank (PBOR) should be given Dress Allowance @ Rs.10,000/- per month. There are 5 Ordnance Factories under Ministry of Defence where persons are exclusively deployed to produce special high altitude dresses for the combat forces of the army. 12000 employees are working in these 5 factories. Therefore, if a uniform rate like this is maintained, it will have an adverse impact on the quality of these high altitude uniforms and will thus jeopardise the safety of the armymen and the nation as a whole. Staff-Side is stated to have already made a request to M /o Defence not to implement this recommendation. Army has also taken a stand that this will result in substandard or sub quality material. So this recommendation on the Dress allowance for PBOR should not be implemented.

As far as Civilian employees are concerned, it has been stated that the 7th CPC has recommended four slabs of Dress Allowances for various categories. One of the categories is called ‘others’. Whereas, in the Department of Posts there are about 75,000 postmen and Multi Tasking Staff wearing uniform. There is no mention about these postmen and multi tasking staff in any of the categories shown by the Pay Commission. If it is presumed that they come under ‘Others’, then they will be getting Rs. 5,000 whereas at present they are getting around Rs. 7,000 plus washing allowance. As such a separate category should be there for postmen and MTS also and the allowance should be Rs.10,000/-

It has also been pointed out that there are many categories like canteen employees, security staff, chowkidars which have not been mentioned and who are eligible for uniform or uniform allowances. It has to be clarified whether these categories will be covered under ‘others’. Staff-Side has stated that whosoever is getting Dress Allowance as on today should continue to get that. Staff-Side has also informed that the recommendations on Dress Allowance have created a lot of discrimination among staff working in similar circumstances.

Staff-Side has also drawn attention to the Dress Allowance with respect to the Nursing Staff. It has been stated that earlier also Nursing Staff were not given normal washing allowance or dress allowance considering the importance or the peculiar conditions prevailing in hospitals. Now they have also been bracketed in the general category. They were getting Rs.750 as Uniform Allowance and Rs. 450 as Washing Allowance per month. Now there is no separate category that has been given to them. For them a different dispensation was made taking into account their special requirements because they work in such an environment where their uniforms require regular washing entailing a substantial expenditure. As these have not been accounted for in the 7th CPC, the nursing staff should have a special dispensation, as is strongly felt by the Staff-Side.

JS (JCA) has requested Staff-Side to submit a note on the justification or break-up of the amount of Rs.32,400(maximum) as suggested by them and the Staff-Side has agreed to provide the same.

Secretary, DOPT summed up the demands of the Staff-Side by observing that those who were getting Dress Allowances, their allowances should not come down. And the categories of the employees which had special dispensation in the past and have not been mentioned this time or have been clubbed together with other categories need clarification.

(Action: JS(JCA)/Staff-Side)

Risk Allowance

The Staff-Side has informed that Ministry of Defence is engaged in arms and ammunitions manufacturing etc. In the process of manufacturing them, the staff engaged for this purpose, have to handle hazardous chemicals, acids and so many other poisonous combinations. Cabinet has approved 45 risk operations pertaining to Defence civilian employees. Apart from that, because of the technological developments taking place fast and as the requirement of the armed forces is increasing for getting modern equipments, ammunitions and explosives, new risk operations have also come into existence of which Ministry of Defence is aware and have recommended also accordingly. In spite of this, the existing Risk Allowance has been abolished by the Pay Commission. It has been pointed out by the Staff- Side that it has not been subsumed under the risk and hardship matrix. Rather it comes in the abolition list. In no matrix are the risk operations of Defence civilians are covered. Staff-Side has informed that they have discussed this with Defence Secretary and Defence Ministry is going to recommend in favour of its inclusion in one of the matrix.

In response to the query of Secretary, DOPT as to whether the activities which have been considered to be risky have all been identified, Staff-Side has clarified that it has been identified by a high level committee and approved by the Cabinet. 45 risk operations have been identified and approved. But within a period of 2 decades, lot of new ammunitions and new explosives have come in the arsenal, alongwith a lot of hazardous chemicals and acids. So, M/o Defence has again appointed a committee and they have identified that all these are additional risk operations over and above the 45 identified, where Defence Civilian employees are actively involved. But the Pay Commission has abolished Risk Allowance. So this has to be incorporated in one of the risk matrix.

(Action: JS(Estt.)

Other Items

Staff-Side has pointed out that in the 7th CPC report it has been stated that any allowance not mentioned and hence not reported to the Commission shall cease to exist immediately. They have requested that this recommendation should be rejected. On the contrary, the administrative Ministries should come forward and recommend for their abolition or retention.

Staff-Side has also stated that 7th CPC has abolished all advances completely. Noting that we regularly celebrate a number of festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid and keeping the general sentiment in mind, they are of the view that advances are very necessary. Moreover, these advances are required to be paid back to the government.

On Family Planning Allowance, the Staff-Side has stated that since the Government has not changed its Family Planning policy, the allowance should be continued. At least in the case of those people who were getting it they should continue to get as they have fulfilled all conditions when the allowance was granted. Otherwise there will be drop in their emoluments.

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