The JCM Staff Side Circular issued by Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary Staff Side is reproduced below:
The 7th CPC had asked the JCM Staff Side to present their case before the Commission for wage revision on 23rd and 24th March 2015. Accordingly, the Standing Committee of the Staff Side met on 22nd March and again 23rd March 2015. The presentation was made on 23rd and 24th March 2015 before the Commission.
We have discussed the memorandum, chapter wise and the Commission made a very patient hearing and interacted with us seeking clarifications on certain matters. It is not possible to provide a detailed account of the discussions. However, we are to inform you that we came out of the discussion with a very good impression and satisfaction.
1. The Commission will adopt Minimum Wage Concept(Dr. Aykhrod Formula) as the principle of wage determination. They will however, collect the retail rates of the commodities that go into the basket.
2. We have pleaded for the adoption of the best international practices while fixing the highest salary.
3. On the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA, the Commission finally said that those can only be considered if Terms of Reference are amended.
4. The Commission agreed that there had been reduction in the sanctioned strength and working strength over the years despite the increased workload.
5. They have also noted that there was substantial reduction in percentage terms of the expenses on salary and wages over the years.
6. The Commission enquired, as to how multiplication factor of 3.7 was arrived at. The same was explained in detail.
7. Fitment Formula and the demand on Fixation of Pay on Promotion, were appreciated as the rationale was explained.
8. Date of effect: No commitment or comment was made by the Commission. The Staff Side explained, as to how they compromised by shifting the date from. 01.01.2011 to 01.01.2014.
9. The institution of Special Pay, especially in the wake of de-layering was explained.
10. Common Categories: We have requested the upgradation and amalgamation of the cadres of LDC with UDC and the need for bringing about parity in pay scales of the Subordinate Offices with the Central Secretariat. The problems of Staff Car Drivers were also elaborated. The contractorisation and casualisation at lower level positions and the consequent exploitation of the labour were discussed at length. The Commission has made a proposal to do away with the contractorisation/casualisation. Staff side will discuss the proposal and will send its views to the Commission in due course.
11. Classification of Posts: Our proposal has not been found favour.
12. GDS: While sympathizing with the Staff Side, the Commission wanted them to approach the Government with a view to amend the Terms of Reference.
13. Allowances and Advances: Detailed discussions were held on HRA, CCA, Transport Allowance, CEA and Special Allowance for personnel posted at North East Region. Chapters dealing with the facilities was also discussed at length, including compassionate appointment. On holidays, we have requested to include May Day in the list of holidays. The background of observance of May Day was enquired by the Commission and explained.
14. Pension and Retirement Benefit – NPS: Commission stated categorically that NPS being an Act of Parliament, they will not make any comment thereon.
Pension Computation: The rationale of 67% was explained and appreciated.
Minimum Pension: our demand for 2/3rd of the Minimum Wage was also explained.
Parity in pension of past and present pensioners was fully explained, linked with one rank -one pension scheme for Defence Personnel. We have pleaded that Civilian Pensioners should not be discriminated against. Demand for Additional Pension for both Pensioners and Family Pensioners was explained. All matters concerning Family Pension were also discussed. So also, gratuity to be computed in accordance with the Gratuity Act.
There was good response for the demands from the Commission.
Restoration of commuted value of pension: The Commission will enquire the views of the Government as to what is their objection to the demand.
Medical facilities for pensioners and discrimination between Pensioners in CGHS area and CCS(MA) Area as also the Postal Pensioners was brought home including the higher Fixed Medical Allowance for ESI persons.
Certain clarifications/elucidations have been asked for by the Commission. To provide such clarifications, another meeting with the Commission might be held after the Commission’s interaction with other organizations. The Staff Side may meet the Commission after their interaction with the other organizations are over.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
A National Convention of central government Employees including Railways and Defence will be held at New Delhi on 11th December 2014 under the auspices of the Staff Side, National Council to focus on the major demands of the central Government employees placed before the VII Central Pay Commission. The New Payscales, Merger of DA with Pay, Interim Relief, Scrapping of PFRDA etc. are some of the demands. The Convention is expected to take decision for appropriate agitational programmes for settlement of the issues.
We wish the Convention all success !
The National JCM has already submitted a Common Memorandum to the VII Central Pay Commission. It is a very long and detailed Memorandum covering all the issues. Part II of the Memorandum is on the issues of the Pensioners, including BSNL Pensioners.
Certain Salient Features of the Common Memorandum are given below:
1. On the basis of the Minimum Wage as per 15th Indian Labour Conference formula, the lowest minimum pay should be Rs. 26,000/-
2. Distinct Pay Scale system as before should be brought, instead of Pay Band and Grade Pay System.
3. Ratio of Minimum to Maximum scale should be 1:8
4. Annual increment rate should be 5%
5. Multiplication Factor for new pay scales should be 3.7
6. Fixation benefit should be two increments in the feeder cadre
7. Date of effect should be from 01-01-2011
8. The existing formula on DA may continue.
9. HRA should be 60% for X class, 40% for Y class and 20% for Z class
10.Pension and Allowances of Pensioners should be exempt from Income tax.
11. No downsizing, outsourcing,contractorisation.
12. Casual, Contingent, daily rated workers should be regularised.
13. 5 Assured Career Progression( Promotions) should be ensured.
14. New Formula for Bonus instead of Adhoc Bonus.
15. 5% ceiling of Compassionate ground appointments should be removed. Deserving candidates are given employment within three months of death.
16. Periodicity of LTC to be reduced to two years instead of 4 years.
17. Effective Grievance Procedure to be introduced.
18. Equal Pay for Equal work to be implemented.
19. Scrap New Pension Scheme.
20. Special casual leave to Union activities, sports etc. to be increased to 40 days.
21. Group Insurance to be hiked to Rs. 5 lakhs to 15 lakhs.
22. Minimum of the lowest Pay Scale Rs. 26,000 for S.1
Minimum of the Highest pay Scale Rs. 2,40,000 for S-14.
23. 100% DA to be merged
24. Interim Relief to be paid.
There are many other demands and the Common Memorandum is a detailed and lengthy one. A good work has been done by the Confederation and the National council JCM Staff Side.
The Bharat Central Pensioners’ Confederation (BCPC), the umbrella organisation of the Pensioners of Central Government Employees and Workers, finalised its Memorandum to be submitted to the VII Central Pay Commission (VII CPC) on the issues of Pensioners. Coms.Maheshwari, President and S.K.Vyas, Secretary General explained the major points. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA and Dy. SG BCPC also participated in the discussion. The various amendments received from Pensioners’ Associations and individuals were discussed. Issues of BSNL Pensioners are also included.
The finalised Memorandum will be submitted to the VII CPC with a request to give a meeting to the BCPC to explain the same.
This will be treated as the II Part of the Memorandum being submitted by the organisation of the central government employees.
The Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation (BCPC) will be meeting on 28th June 2014 to finalise the Memorandum on Pension and other Retirement Benefits to the VII Central pay Commission. The Memorandum is to be submitted to the CPC before 30th June.
The Draft Memorandum was prepared on the basis of the discussions in the Chennai meeting of the BCPC and has been circulated to Pensioners Associations. Suitable modifications received will also be included.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Dy. General Secretary (HQ) of BCPC and Advisor AIBDPA will participate in the 28th June meeting. Veteran leader Com. S.K.Vyas is the Secretary General of BCPC.
The Central Govt. today, 28-02-2014, announced the Terms of Reference to the VII Central Pay Commission. But the demand of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers to include the Gramin Dak Sewak (GDS) in the terms of reference has not been done.
The VII CPC has been given 18 months to submit its report.
It is understood that the Terms of reference of the VII Central Pay Commission is being finalised. DOPT is reported to have finalised the same and sent for approval of the Cabinet. The details of the proposal are not known.
The central govt. employees on the call of the Confedration of Central Government Employees and Workers have gone on two days strike in February, in which one of the demands was the Terms of reference of the VII CPC.
The BCPC, the umbrella Pensioners organisation has also demanded certain terms of reference with regard to the pensioners.
It is expected that the terms of reference may be announced without much delay since the declaration of the general elections is due.
The Central Government Employees will go on a two days strike on 12-13 February 2014 demanding settlement of 15 point Charter of Demands including 50% DA Merger, Interim Relief, Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks in VII CPC, Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual and contract labours, date of effect of VII CPC from 01-01-2014, rescind PFRDA Act etc.
The call has been given by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, which is the umbrella organisation of the Central Employees’ Unions.
The call for the strike has clearly exposed the central government’s propaganda decision to appoint the VII CPC, in view of the ensuing general elections.
We fully support and convey our solidarity to the central employees in their fully justified strike.
Prime Minister Approved Composition of 7th Central Pay Commission Under the Chairmanship of Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal
The Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram has issued the following statement:The Central Government has appointed the VII Central Pay Commission for the Central Government Employees. The Members of the Committee are:
1.Shri Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur – Chairman(Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal)
2.Shri Vivek Rae Member (Full Time) (Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas)
3.Dr. Rathin Roy Member (Part Time) (Director, NIPFP)
4.Smt. Meena Agarwal – Secretary (OSD, Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance)”
(Release ID :102978) PBI(04.02.2014)
A meeeting of the available membes of the Bharat Central Pensioners Association (BCPC) wass held on 19th October 2013 at New Delhi, presided over by Shri S.C.Maheswari, Secretary General BPS. From AIBDPA Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor attended. Com. S.K.Vyas, Secretary General reported the lastet developments.The following decisions were taken:
1. Shri S.C.Maheswari was elected as Chairman of BCPC, in place of Shri S.S.Ramachandran, whose resignation was accepted with much reluctance.
2. The next AGM will be held at New Delhi, after Holi. The date will be fixed in consultation with the Chairman.
3. The draft terms of reference for VII Central Pay Commission presented by Secretary General was adopted after discussion.