Thursday, April 27, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Lavasa panel on HRA, allowances submits report to Finance Minister Jaitley.

Date : 27.4.2017

7th Pay Commission: Lavasa panel on HRA, allowances submits report to Finance Minister Jaitley.

A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary submitted today its report on allowances to 47 lakh government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

New Delhi: A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary submitted today its report on allowances to 47 lakh government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Ashok Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

The pay panel had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.

After submitting the report to Jaitley, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said the committee has taken into account representations made by various stakeholders.

The report will now be examined by the empowered committee of secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet, he said.

Out of total 196 allowances, it had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.

The commission had recommended hiking the HRA in the range of 8-24 per cent.

If the pay commission recommendations on allowances are implemented fully, then as per estimates the cost to the exchequer will be Rs 29,300 crore.

Lavasa said the government will take the final call on the date of payout of revised allowances to government employees.

Appeal from FNPO/National Association Postal Employees, Group-C, CHQ, New Delhi-1

The National Association of Postal Employees Group-c appeals to all unions and federations regarding ‘Removal of 3 -A (i) of GDS Conduct & Engagement Rules,2011. My Federation and its affiliated unions, including NUGDS, warmly welcome all other unions for discussion regarding report given by Chairman, Sri.Kamalesh Chandra. My Federation wholeheartedly appreciates on the welfare measures which were recommended by the Committee and welcome some amendments which were taken into consideration from the memorandums submitted by FNPO & NAPE GR-C.
At the same time, we also object on the issues which were not taken into consideration where the issues which could play a major part in the life of GDS. My  Federation strongly oppose for non-implementing of Rule 3-A (i) as it is so transparent to the Postal Department that the GDS are working beyond this rule for more than 8 hours which was not taken into account by the Committee for the removal of this cap. This is very unconstitutional and against Natural Justice in the recommendations given by the GDS Pay Committee.
The Committee is directly or indirectly having clear idea of the effect of rule 3-A (I) on GDS officials and has clearly expressed that the Department has to take the stand on the removal of 3-A(i) and not given any recommendation on it as it is the rule framed by the Department of Posts. No Judicial authority will intervene if that rule is removed by the Department of Posts, by doing so never it will be termed as subjudice. If the Department would have done it much before GDS Pay Committee by including in the terms of reference, the Committee would have recommended full working hours i.e., 7 hours 30 mints as it is visible from the inside of the Committee report.
At this juncture considering our demand of withdrawal of income and cost the revenue generation is introduced. By the present standards, revenue generation is given for jumping one level to another and getting allowances beyond level 2 the chances are remote. It’s practically not possible with present standards of remuneration such as Rs.64/- as B.O. share out of Rs.205/- in respect of POSB. If same percentages are fixed at B.O. level in forthcoming India Post Payment Bank and Rural Communication and Information Technology, how the BPM at the second level will cross the benchmark of Rs.36, 000/- in revenue generation.
Hence it is felt by this Federation it is the apt time to join hands by all Federations and GDS Unions  for the achievement of the above said recommendations which were framed by this union by forming a Forum to protest till we achieve our legitimate demand.

Rule 3 A(1) of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules 2011 specifically says that a GDS should not be asked to work for more than 5 hours a day. Therefore GDS committee report submitted by Shri Kamalesh Chandra also has not imagined a case in which GDS will have to work beyond 5 hours, and the wage structure is also framed accordingly. But the fact remains that in many circles, there are Branch Offices where GDS BPM’s have to work for even beyond 8 hours! If the case is taken up legally, the result will be adverse as there is no case in which GDS official’s working hours are fixed beyond 5 hours.

The following suggestions are offered.
1) To remove provisions 3A (1) from GDS (Conduct and Engagement ) Rules 2011 immediately
2) T o replace the recommendations of Shri Kamalesh Chandra to provide additional wages to those GDS BPM’s who are working for more than 5hours with full working hours up to 7 hours 30 mints.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 General Secretary, NAPE Gr C
1. The Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, First Floor, North avenue post office building, New Delhi – 110001
2.General Secretary, AIGDSU (CHQ), First Floor, Post Office building, Padmanagar Delhi -110007.
3.The Secretary General, Bharatiya Postal Employees Federation, Atul Grove Road, New Dlehi-1
4.The General Secretary, AIPEU GDS Union,  C/o NFPE office, New Delhi-1
5.The General Secretary, BPEGDSU, C/o BPEF, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi-1.

New Delhi                                                                         (D.KISHANRAO)

27.04.2017                                                             General Secretary, NAPE Gr C

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Meeting with Secretary, Department of Posts

Today i.e on 26.04.2017 a team from FNPO/ NAPE Group C Sri D.Kishanrao, GS along with Asst. Secretary Generals Sri B.Shivakumar and Sri Sivaji Vasireddy met Sri BV Sudhakar, Secretary and Chairman Postal Board and discussed the following problems.
1.Cadre restructuring :
            The NUPE, Group C already sought for modifications on 6.4.2017 for implementation of cadre restructuring. We opposed any deferment or abeyance of orders which will create frustration among the Group-c cadre. We also opposed the divisionalisation of LSG and HSG II. The base for the restructuring in Group-c is up gradation of C&B class offices which was approved by the nodal ministries and any deviation will affect the restructuring itself. There are no orders so far in regard to deferment or abeyance. It is the Secretary assured to settle the issues within 30 days.
2.The NAPE Group-c opposed the draft Revised Recruitment rules for AAO’s as per our letter dated 20.04.2017. Any modification to the RR will affect the cadre drastically.
3.On GDS issues two letters submitted for one time exemption of skill test for GDS who wrote PA examination in 2016.
4.It is also requested to allow the GDS employees to work as PA’s in the clear vacancies like MTS and Postman.
            The response was positive.

It is also informed orders are under issue in regard to compassionate appointment of GDS without any point system and adding more dependents like widow daughter and married son. 
Cadre Restructuring  & GDS Issues latest.   
 Today we discussed the matter with the officers in the Directorate.   According to our information, the Directorate is going to form a committee to review the order of cadre restructuring after obtaining the views of the Heads of Circle.  FNPO & NAPE-C strongly feel that some modifications required in the present cadre restructuring order at the same time keeping the orders in abeyance will create the unnecessary delay to get the promotion of the staff.  We are seeking the appointment of Secretary today after meeting the Chairman, we will post the outcome of our discussion on our website. GDS issues GDS D. A order will be issued shortly, in regard to the implementation of GDS Committee recommendation formalities will take at least 3 months time.Let us hope for the best.
D.Theagarajan&D.Kishan rao
S.G FNPO                 GS NAPE-C 
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Opening of joint Account by pensioner with the first name of pensioner
NEW DELHI-110066
PHONES 25174596. 26174456, 26174438
CPAO/IT & Tech/Bank Performance/37( Val-II)/2016-17/14
Office Memorandum
Subject:- Opening of joint Account by pensioner with first name of pensioner.
Attention is invited to Correction Slip No.1 dated – 08.02.2006 of Scheme for Payment of 
Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Ranks on crediting of 
pension in the Joint Account of Pensioners with spouse (copy enclosed).
It has been reported that in some cases Banks are allowing the pensioners to open
 their pension account as Joint Account with first name of his/her spouse which
 may create difficulties for pensioner at the time of filing the Income Tax Returns as the
 income tax is assessed on the income of the pensioner and not of the spouse.
Heads of CPPCs/Government Account Divisions of all the banks are advised to instruct
 their bank branches to facilitate the retiring employees approaching them for opening
their pension accounts before their retirement. In case of Joint. Account, the same 
may be opened with first name of pensioner only.
This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
Encl:-As above

(Vijay Siingh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

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