The Government has appointed an ‘Implementation Cell’, headed by a Joint Secretary level officer in the Department of Expenditure for a period of one year w.e.f. 20th November 2015. The cell is entrusted with the task of processing and implementing the accepted recommendations of the VII CPC. (Source: Business Line 26-11-2015)
The government has appointed a one man Committee to look in to the wages and other matters connected with the Gramin Dak Sewaks. Shri Kailash Chandra, former Member of the Postal Board, is the one man committee.
The demand of the NFPE and Confederation of central Government employees was that the VII CPC itself should look in the issues of the GDS also. It was rejected and the one man committee has been appointed.
The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Government Employees has called upon the employees to observe ‘Black Day’ on 27th November 2015 protesting against the retrograde recommendations of the VII Central Pay Commission. None of the justified demands have been favourably considered by the CPC, including the lowest salary, allowances etc. Discrimination in salary between the lowest and highest has been widened. HRA has been reduced. EDA has not been included. It is the worst CPC recommendations so far.
Central employees are called upon to wear black badges and organise massive rallies and demonstrations on ‘Black Day’, 27th November, and prepare the workers for further struggles in the matter.
Central Pensioners fully support the demand of the NJCA. They are called upon to join the protest demonstrations and rallies and observe ‘Black Day’ on 27th November 2015
The Confederation of Central Government Employees has strongly protested against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, released yesterday. These are far below the expectations of the employees and completely disappointing. The National Joint Action Committee of Staff Side, JCM, National Council will meet today and plan for future programme. A brief of the recommendations of the VII CPC and what has been demanded by the Staff Side is given below:
7TH PAY COMMISSION REPORT SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ON 19.11.2015
MOST DISAPPOINTING AND RETROGRADE RECOMMENDATIONS
WORST RECOMMENDATIONS EVER MADE BY ANY PREVIOUS PAY COMMISSION
|ONLY 14.29% INCREASE IN PAY AFTER 10 YEARS|
(EQUAL TO TWO DA INSTALLMENTS)!!!
50 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND DEFENCE PERSONNEL CHEATED & DECEIVED
|HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY|
|NJCA LEADERS MEETING AT DELHI ON 20.11.2015 AT 11 AM, WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION|
- DATD OF EFFECT – 01.01.2016
JCM Staff Side demand – 01.01.2014 – Rejected
- MINIMUM PAY – 18000
JCM (SS) demand – 26000 – Rejected
Dr. Aykroyd Formula of 15th Indian Labour Conference for calculation of Minimum wage distorted by 7th CPC to deny the eligible minimum pay.
- FITMENT FORMULA – 2.57 TIMES
JCM (SS) demand – multiplication factor 3.7 (26000/7000)
- FIXATION ON PROMOTION – NO CHANGE – ONLY ONE INCREMENT IN THE OLD SCALE
JCM (SS) demand – Minimum two increments fixation.
- ANNUAL INCREMENT – 3% NO CHANGE
JCM (SS) demand – 5%
- MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION – NO CHANGE – 10, 20, 30
Conditions made more stringent. Bench mark “Very Good” required instead of “good”. Examination for MACP proposed. Hierarchial promotion restored.
JCM (SS) demand: Five promotion – 8,7,6,5,4 (30 years)
- PAY BAND, GRADE PAY SYSTEM ABOLISHED
New Pension Structure called “Matrix based open ended pay structure” recommended. Total span of the scale 40 years.
JCM (SS) demand: Abolish pay band, Grade Pay system and open ended pay scales should be introduced.
- MAXIMUM PAY INCREASE – 14.29%
JCM (SS) demand – Minimum 40% increase for all employees.
- COMPARISON BETWEEN MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM PAY – 1:11.4 (18000 : 205400)
Demand of the JCM (SS) – 1:8
- NUMBER OF PAY SCALES – NOT REDUCED – NO DELAYERING
JCM(SS) demand – pay scales with grade pay 1900, 2000, 4600, 8700 and the pay scale 75500-80000 to be abolished.
- ALLOWANCES – NO IMPROVEMENT
Commission recommended abolition of 52 existing allowances such as Assisting Cashier Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Treasury Allowance, Handicapped Allowance, Risk Allowance, Savings Bank Allowance, Special compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance, Cycle Allowance, Family Planning Allowance etc.
- HRA REDUCED TO 24%, 16% AND 8% FOR X, Y AND Z CITIES
JCM (SS) demand – Existing HRA of 30% (for X class cities with population 50 lakhs and above), 20% (for Y class cities with population of 5 lakhs to 50 lakhs) and 10% (for Z class cities with less than 5 lakhs population) may be increased to 60%, 40% and 20%.
- DRIVERS – HIGHER PAY SCALE REJECTED
- DA FORMULA – NO CHANGE
- HBA – NO CHANGE – CEILING RAISED TO 25 LAKHS
- CASUAL LEAVE – NO INCREASE
- CHILD Care Leave
1st 365 days – Full pay (100%)
Next 365 days – 80% Pay only.
- MATERNITY LEAVE – NO CHANGE
- LEAVE ENCASHMENT AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT – NO INCREASE MAXIMUM 300 DAYS ONLY
Medical Insurance Scheme for serving and retired employees recommended.
- TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE – NO HIKE – ONLY 125% MERGER
|Pay Level||Higher Transport Allowance cities (A, AI)||Other places|
|9 and above||7200 + DA||3600 + DA|
|3 to 8||3600 + DA||1800 + DA|
|1 and 2||1350 + DA||900 + DA|
- LEAVE TRAVEL CONCESSION (LTC) – NO CHANGE
One time LTC to Foreign Country during the service rejected. Splitting of Home Town LTC for employees Posted in North East, Laddakh, Andaman & Nicobars and Lakshdweep allowed.
- ACCOUNTS STAFF BELONGING TO UNORGANIZED ACCOUNTS – PARITY WITH ORGANISED ACCOUNTS REJECTED.
- PERIODICAL REVIEW OF WAGES (NOT TEN YEARS) RECOMMENDED. NO PAY COMMISSION REQUIRED
- PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND ALL BONUS PAYMENT SHOULD BE LINKED TO PRODUCTIVITY.
JCM (SS) demand – No Performance related Pay. Productivity Linked Bonus for all.
- COMPULSORY RETIREMENT AND EFFICIENCY BAR REINTRODUCED
Failure to get required bench mark for promotion within the first 20 years of service will result in stoppage of increment. Such employees who have out lived their ability, their services need not be continued and the continuance of such persons in the service should be discouraged.
- PROMOTEE AND DIRECT RECRUITS – ENTRY LEVEL PAY ANOMALY IS REMOVED
JCM (SS) demand – the differential entry pay between new recruits and promoted employees should be done away with.
- CADRE REVIEW TO BE COMPLETED IN A TIME BOUND MANNER.
Commission recommended to hasten the process of cadre review and reduced the time taken in inter-ministerial consultations.
- NEW PENSION SCHEME – WILL CONTINUE
- CEA & HOSTEL SUBSIDY
CEA per month 2250 – 25% increase when DA crosses 50%
Hostel subsidy 6750 – 25% increase when DA crosses 50%
- GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME
Level Monthly Contribution Insurance Amount
1 to 5 1500 15 Lakhs
6 to 9 2500 25 lakhs
10 and above 5000 50 lakhs
- PENSIONERS – PARITY – LONG STANDING DEMAND OF THE PENSIONERS ACCEPTED
Commission recommends a revised Pension Formulation for Civil employees and Defence Personnel who have retired before 01.01.2016. (expected date of implementation of seventh CPC recommendations). This formulation will bring about complete parity of past pensioners with current retirees.
- PENSIONERS – MINIMUM PENSION RS. 9000/-
(50% of the minimum pay recommended by the 7th CPC)
- PENSIONERS – GRATUITY CEILING RAISED TO 20 LAKHS
- PENSIONERS – FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) – NO CHANGE (RS. 500/-)
- CGHS FACILITIES TO ALL POSTAL PENSIONERS RECOMMENDED
33 Postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS
- GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS (GDS) OF THE POSTAL DEPARTMENT DEMAND FOR CIVIL SERVANTS STATUS REJECTED
Recommendation: – The committee carefully considered the demand for treating the Gramin Dak Sevaks as civil servants at par with other regular employees for all purposes, and noted the following:
(a) GDS are Extra-Departmental Agents recruited by Department of Posts to serve in rural areas.
(b) As per the Recruitment Rules the minimum educational qualification for recruitment to this post is class X.
(c) GDS are required to be on duty only for 4 to 5 hours a day under the terms and conditions of their service.
(d) The GDS are remunerated with Time Related continuity Allowance (TRCA) on the pattern of pay scales for regular Government employees plus DA on pro-rata basis.
(e) A GDS must have other means of income independent of his remuneration as a GDS to sustain himself and his family.
Government of India has so far held that GDS is outside the Civil Service of the Union and shall not claim to be at par with the Central Government Employees. The Supreme Court Judgment also states that GDS are only holder of Civil posts but not civilian employees. The Commission endorses this view and therefore has no recommendation with regard to GDS.
Today, 19th November 2015, the capital city of Delhi witnessed a mighty demonstration of more than 6,000 central employees marching to Jantar Mantar and holding a massive rally as per the call of the National Joint Council of Action of the Staff Side of the Joint Consultative Machinery. AIRF, NFIR, AIDEF, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, NFPE, FNPO – all were part of this huge rally. Coms. Shiv Gopal Mishra (AIRF), Raghavaiah (NFIR), M.Krishnan, M.S.Raja (Confederation), Giriraj Singh, R.N.Parashar(NFPE), V.A.N.Nambodiri (NCCPA – Pensioners Organisation) and other leaders addressed. The speakers strongly condemned the anti-worker policies of the government.
The rally adopted a Memorandum for submission to the Finance Minister. The major demands in nutshell are given below:
- Effect wage revision from 01-01-2014. 5 year wage revision in future. Merger of 100% DA. Include Gramin Dak Sevaks in the ambit of VII CPC. Submit report immediately.
- No Privatisaion, PPP, FDI in Defence, Railways etc. No corporatisation of Postal services.
- No ban on recruitment
- Scrap PFRDA, Restore Defined Pension Scheme.
- No outsourcing, contractisation, privatisation of government functions.
- Review functioning of JCM at all levels.
- Remove arbitrary ceiling on Compassionate Ground Appointments.
- No labour reforms against the interest of workers.
- Remove bonus ceiling
- Ensure Five Promotions in Career.
The rally called upon the workers ready for a serious struggle, including strike for achieving he above demands.
The Chairman of the VII Central Pay Commission Justice Mathur has submitted its report to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely today by about 19.30 hours. Only certain brief points have been mentioned by the Chairman in his press conference.
According to the recommendations, the lowest pay will be Rs. 18,000. Annual increment will be @ 3%. The Pay Band and Grade Pay has been abolished and the basic pay as earlier will continue. A fitment of about 15% will be there. The recommendations will be implemented from 01-01-2016.
Finance Minister stated that an amount of Rs. 1.02 lakh crore will be required to implement the recommendations, including payment of pension to about 52 lakh pensioners. Further details are expected.
The Central Government employees, including Railways, Defence, Postal etc. had organised a massive dharna in Delhi today participated by more than six thousand workers as per the call of the National Joint Council of Action, protesting against the delay of the report as also against the meagre increase proposed and against FDI increase, privatisation, disinvesment etc.
The Staff side of the Central Government Employees has decided to postpone the Indefinite Strike decided from 23rd November 2015,in view of the latest developments, including the Bihar elections, delay in submission of report etc. The strike may be organised during the Budget session in 2016, if the demands are not met by then.
It is understood that the VII Central Pay Commission has finalised its report and will be submitting the same to the Government shortly. The CPC was to submit its report by August 2015. It requested for two months extension and the government gave 4 months till December 2015. However, the CPC is expected to give the recommendations within a few days, probably in September itself.
The recommendations are expected to be implemented w.e.f. 01-01-2016, after 10 years of the last CPC. What about the wage revision of BSNL employees? If the revision period is calculated 10 years, the revision should take place from 01-01-2017. Only 15 months are left.
It is high time that the wage negotiations started. But the management is sitting tight. The DPE which has to take initiative for the Pay Revision Committee for PSUs has also not moved. The PRC is yet to be appointed.
The tenure of the VII Central Pay Commission has been extended by four months to December 2015 by the government. It was expected that it will submit its report by 28th August 2015, but now it may be submitted only by December 2015. The recommendations are to be implemented from 01-01-2016, ten years after the last wage revision. There is a rumour that the Pay panel is going to suggest for constituting a permanent body for giving recommendations.
|New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend the government to form a permanent pay panel to give recommendations to the government from time to time on issues pertaining to pay structure of central government employees.|
The permanent pay panel would recommend regular salary hikes in keeping with the rate of inflation.
The formation of the permanent pay panel would help raise the salaries and allowances of central government officials and employees, an official of the pay panel said.
He added the permanent pay panel would recommend salary and allowance hikes in keeping with the rising inflation rate, which will be implemented by the government. “Then it will not be necessary to form a new commission during the next several years for central government employees.”
However, the Seventh Pay Commission got one month extension to submit its recommendations.
Accordingly it is expected to submit its report by the end of September. The time allotted for the commission ends this month.
The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, with a time frame of 18 months to make its recommendations
“There are some data points that are missing, which we hope to get by this month end. We are trying to submit the report by 20 September,” the official of the pay panel also said.
The government’s salary bill will rise by 9.56% to Rs 1,00,619 crore with the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, according to a statement tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 12.
The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, is likely to be implemented in April, next year. (Courtesy: Confederation)