Thursday, June 16, 2016

Clarification on fixation of allowances of newly appointed Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) - Reg.

Central Civil Services (LTC) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu and Kashmir- Extension reg.

Redesigning of Postman / Postwoman uniform

Delay In Taking Decision On The 7th CPC Award Will Rob The CG Employees' Increased Allowances For Ever – NJCA

Delay In Taking Decision On The 7th Pay Commission Report – The Government Is Duty Bound To Accept The Recommendation Of The Commission It Has Appointed.

The 7th pay commission which was set up in Feb. 2014 was to submit its report in August, 2016. However, at the intervention of the Government, the report was further delayed and it ultimately reached the Government only in November, 2015.

Their recommendations were to be effective from 1.1.2016. Except setting up an empowered Committee of Secretaries, the Government did not do anything so far on the report. It is now more than six months the report is with the Government.

Normally the revised allowances which form part and parcel of the salary of the employees are granted with prospective effect i.e. from the date of the issue of the orders. The delay in taking decision on the 7th pay commission report will rob the employees of the increased allowances for ever, The NJCA press statement said. This apart, the report of the 7th pay commission was totally disappointing as it did not address any of the issues projected before them in a proper manner and most of the demands were rejected sans reasoning and logic.

The increase they recommended was a paltry 14%, the lowest any Pay Commission had ever suggested. The NJCA in a detailed memorandum submitted on 10th December, 2015, conveyed to the Government as to how the recommendations on all major issues were bereft of logic and reasoning and suggested as to what improvements were required thereon.

The NJCA had been pursuing to have a meaningful negotiation and settlement of the issues. Except hearing the leaders, the empowered Committee did not go further. It acted as if it was powerless and the final decision will have to be taken by the Government. At the request of the Cabinet Secretary on Ist March, 2016, when the NJCA deferred the strike action which was to commence in April, 2016.

As there had been no fruitful negotiations or discussions and having realized that the Government has no intention to settle the Charter of demands, the NJCA decided to serve the notice for an Indefinite strike action on 9th June, 2016. Accordingly, all the constituent organizations have served the strike notice to their respective heads of Departments. The indefinite strike will commence on 11th July, 2016, if no satisfactory settlement is brought about on the charter of demands.

About 35 lakh workers and employees belonging to various Departments of the Government of India will participate in the strike action, which is to commence on11th July, 2016. It will certainly be the largest participated strike action of the Central Civil Servants of the country since its independence.

The determination of the Minimum wage on the basis of Dr. Aykhroyd formula enunciated in 1957 to which the Government of India was a party is the most significant issue in the charter of demands. A right settlement thereon will have far reaching impact in the wage determination of the entire working class in the country. The confrontation is between the forces who wanted India to be the destination for cheap labour and others who fight against the exploitation.

The new Contributory Pension scheme introduced by the Government in 2004 has made one third of the Civil servants unsure of their entitlement at the evening of their life even though they were to contribute huge sums from their wages every month compulsorily.

The PFRDA bill became an Act in the country as the members of Parliament both belonging to NDA and UPA voted in favour of the loot of the workers. Even the recommendation made by the Standing Committee of the Parliament to provide for a minimum guaranteed annuity pension was rejected when the Bill was passed. The other issue which must have a satisfactory settlement in the charter of demands is about the contributory pension scheme.

There was perhaps only one and only one positive recommendation made by the 7th pay commission. That was to give some relief in the pension entitlement of the past pensioners. The Government has now proposed to reject that recommendation on the specious plea that the relevant records required for the verification of the claim of the individual pensioners especially those retired long time back may not be available with the Government.

The Government is duty bound to accept the recommendation of the Commission it has appointed. If the Government chooses to accept such also untenable advices from whichever quarter it emanates, it would not only be unfortunate but will make the strike action an imminent inevitability.

While the NJCA hopes that the good counsel will prevail upon the Government to avert the strike action, it appeals all its constituents and through them all Central Government employees to go ahead with the preparation of the strike action, which is slated to commence from 11th July, 2016 with courage and determination, Mr.SHIV GOPAL MISHRA said in NJCA press statement.

7th Pay Commission – NJCA Writes to PM on 7th Pay Commission related issues and regarding NPS

7th Pay Commission – NJCA Writes to PM on 7th Pay Commission related issues and regarding NPS – He reports that the central government employees are very much disappointed with the recommendations of the 7th pay commission

Here is the excerpt of the letter which Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary/Staff side wrote to the Prime Minister on the 14th of June 2016 regarding 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
‘With Great regret I bring to your notice that the central government employees demands have no ears to hear, hence we are forced to go on an indefinite strike from 11th July 2016.
Dear Sir, the central government employees are very much disappointed with the recommendations of the 7th pay commission. We have written to you before too, and to the empowered committee also. However we feel even after expressing our grievances, there is no concrete action taking place.
Sir, The new pension scheme is a curse on the employees. As far as employees are concerned, they are worried that in future they may be deprived of their pension in total. They are also worried that there is no guarantee of either family pension nor gratuity as per 7th pay commission recommendations. The central government employees are in fact very much annoyed and anxious with the 7th pay commission recommendations.
There are about 11 lakh employees, out of which around 5 lac employees are from railways, most of whom are responsible for safety, and our demand is, their job should be non transferable, for the safety reasons, since they know their area better.
Sir, we hope that you will do the needful to release the stress through which the employees are going on now.
Sir, we write to you in the hope that you do the needful and accept our just demands.’

The Charter of Demands send to the Prime Minister

  • Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.
  • Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc. in Railways& Defence, different categories in other Central Govt. establishments by the 7th pay commission.
  • Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.
  • i) No privatization/outsourcing/contractorisation of governmental functions.
    ii) Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pay, pension and allowances to the GDS.
  • No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.
  • Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; regularize the casual/contract workers.
  • Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.
  • Extend the benefit of Bonus Act,1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with effect from the Financial year 2014-15.
  • Ensure Five promotions in the service career of an employee.
  • Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour Reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers.
  • Revive JCM functioning at all levels.