Thursday 31 December 2015
NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS CONDUCTED
LAKHS OF EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATED
AN OUTBURST OF DISCONTENTMENT, ANGER AND PROTEST AGAINST THE MOST RETROGRADE RECOMMENDATIONS OF 7TH CPC
DECLARATION OF READINESS TO GO ON INDEFINITE STRIKE IF NDA GOVERNMENT REJECTS OUR DEMAND FOR MODIFICATIONS
MAKE THE NEXT PHASE OF AGITATION ALSO A THUNDERING SUCCESS.
CONDUCT THREE DAYS MASS DHARNA AT ALL CENTERS ON 19th, 20th & 21st JANUARY 2016
Tuesday 29 December 2015
A Commemorative Postage Stamp on "Alagumuthu Kone" has been released by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Communications and IT at Madurai on 26/12/2015
Hon'ble Governor Uttarakhand, Shri Krishna Kant Paul released a commemorative postage stamp on renowned Hindi Poet Sumitranandan Pant, in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on December 23, 2015.
New Delhi: Central government employees are being promised bigger pay hike from next year but implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission Award is making very slow and painful progress.
Central government employees have expressed frustration at this, and are worried that the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations might not be implemented on time.
The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised in the Parliament on February 27 to implement the pay commission’s recommendations from next year and said “the Seventh Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17.”
After receiving the Seventh Pay Commission report, the Finance Ministry has set up a cell in Expenditure Department headed by a Joint Secretary for a period of one year with effect from November 20, 2015 for implementation the recommendations of the Commission.
Giving one year time to implementation cell to process the the Seventh Pay Commission report to implement may hamper timely implementation as the cell would be placed it before the cabinet for its nod through the group of secretaries of revision pay panel report headed by cabinet secretary. which is also a time taking process.
It is also noted, the central government appointed senior IAS officer R K Chaturved as the head of the cell after one moth of its set up.
There are several states who have approached the Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Secretary and Niti Aayog, seeking more time in implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s report.
West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha governments suggested delay in implementation of Seventh Commission’s recommendation for central government employees will give them more time to equip themselves with resources to meet Seventh Pay Commission Award for their employees.
The Seventh Pay Commission had last month submitted its report to the Ministry of Finance. It had recommended a 23.55 per cent increase in salary, allowances and pension of government staff, involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016-17. This is less than the overall hike of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.
The Seventh Pay Commission recommendations will benefit 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. It will lead to an additional outgo of Rs 73,650 crore from the Union Budget and Rs 28,450 crore from Railway Budget.
The new pay scales, subject to acceptance by the government, will come into effect from January 1, 2016.
The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.
The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.
Monday 28 December 2015
EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER: JANUARY-2016
MINIMUM WAGE STILL A DREAM FOR WORKERS
68 years have passed after independence of India. But the need based minimum wage still appears a dream for working class. After reaching a tripartite agreement in 15thIndian Labour Conference in 1957 a scientific formula called as Dr. Akroid formula based on minimum needs of a workers to survive and work, was accepted. Based on this formula all Central trade unions and independent federations are struggling since long to achieve the demand of minimum wage.
This time also National council JCM demanded Rs. 26000 as minimum wage to a lowest class employees based on Dr. Akroid formula as on 01.01.2014 taking the commodity prices as Rs. 11344. The rates were taken as an average price of actual market from various cities throughout the India and actual receipts obtained from the shops and consumer stores were also produced as evidence. After adding component of housing, children education and social obligations it comes to 26000.
But the pay commission has recommended Rs. 18000 as minimum wage taking 12 monthly average of commodity prices quoted by Labour bureau Shimla which is totally contrary to Dr. Akroid Formula and the figures are imaginary not realistic.
The pay commission has also reduced the component of expenses on social obligation and children education as 15% contrary to the Supreme Court judgment of 25% on the plea that the employees are paid children Education allowance separately. The Children Education allowance is not fully reimbursed and expenses on education have increased heavily after liberalization of the education sector. The housing component has also been reduce by the pay commission stating that employees are paid HRA separately. House Rent Allowance is not full compensation of expenditure incurred on rent of accommodation obtained by an employee Earlier 3rd Pay commission has given 7.5% as the factor for housing.
Thus this 7th CPC has drastically cut the minimum wage.
The website of Agriculture Ministry also maintains the record of prices of commodities which are required to compute the minimum wage. Though these prices also vary from the real retail market. But if these prices had been taken by the pay commission as an all India average of the prices as on 01.07.2015. It will work out Rs. 10810. Thus the computation of minimum wage will arrive as Rs. 19880. After adding 25% for arriving at MTS scale it will come as Rs. 24850 and to convert it as on 01.01.2016 after adding 3% as suggested by 7th CPC. The final computation will come as 25596 when rounded off it shall be Rs. 26000/-
Without modification of minimum wage, no improvement is expected in the higher pay scales. Therefore it requires recomputation and revision. If it is revised consequently the fitment formula, multiplication factor and pay matrix will have to be revised.
Thus it is the urgent need to revise the minimum wage.
The NJCA, Confederation and NFPE have given charter of demands to the Government of India seeking modification in so many demands failing which all Central Government Employees will be compelled to go on indefinite strike from 1st week of March-16.
Sunday 27 December 2015
Karan Choudhury | New Delhi December 24, 2015 Last Updated at 00:38 IST
17 other financial bodies eye tie-up with proposed bank
The World Bank has shown interest to financially support the proposed India Post Payment Bank, having approached the department of posts (DoP), say sources.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had in October approved the proposals of 11 applicants, including the DoP, to start a payments bank.
These entities may offer most of the services offered by commercial banks, except for loans and credit card products.
“The World Bank wants to part-finance the project. We are having discussions at the inter-departmental and ministry level and would come out with a final decision early next year,” said a senior official in the department to Business Standard.
In October, the Bank had said the decision on the 11 new payments banks should expand penetration of banking in the rural areas, helping transform the rural remittances market.
The Bank is still seeking some clarity on the DoP issue, said its spokesperson. “There has been only one exploratory meeting with the postal service,” the person added.
According to officials in the ministry of communications, which oversees DoP, the latter is weighing options on the partners to choose for the project. It is also in the process of finalising a consultant for the project, the tender for which would be opened on January 6. And, waiting for Public Investment Board clearance from the finance ministry, expected next month.
“It’s only after the consultants do their research that we'd decide whom we want to partner with,” said a senior DoP official.
The department has 155,000 branches in the country. In the first phase, it plans to start payment banking services across 500 post offices.
The ministry has said as many as 17 banks and financial institutions — including Deutsche Bank, IDBI, Barclays, YES Bank, ICICI Prudential, and HDFC — are seeking an alliance with the proposed India Post Payment Bank.
“They want to use the postal network by entering into tie-ups for delivery of services such as loans, monthly instalments, collections, insurance, mutual funds and premiums, among other things,” added the official.
Source : http://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/world-bank-might-support-india-post-s-payments-bank-115122300841_1.html
Thursday 24 December 2015
Lok Sabha approved hike of wage ceiling for bonus to Rs 21,000 per month from Rs 10,000 and monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from Rs 3,500
The Lok Sabha has approved amendments to the Payment of Bonus Act that seeks to make more workers eligible for bonus by raising the pay eligibility limit of employees to Rs 21,000 per month from Rs 10,000.
The bill, tabled in the house earlier this month, also seeks to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from Rs 3,500, thus substantially increasing the amount of bonus.
Both the proposed changes are in line with the demands of 10 central trade unions, which had observed a day-long strike on September 22.
The bill will now be tabled in Rajya Sabha. Once approved, it will be made effective from April 1, 2015.
"I thank all parties for supporting the historic decision of this government," Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said after the discussion in Lok Sabha.
The bill also provides for a new proviso in Section 12, which empowers the central government to vary the basis of computing the bonus.
As it stands today, Section 12 says that where the salary or wage of an employee exceeds Rs 3,500 per month, the minimum or maximum bonus payable to the employee shall be calculated as if his salary or wage was Rs 3,500 per month.
The last amendment to both the eligibility limit and the calculation ceilings under the Act was carried out in 2007 and made effective from April 1, 2006.
This amendment in the Act to increase wage ceiling and bonus calculation ceiling was one of assurances given by the Centre after 10 central trade unions went on a day-long strike on September 2.
Source:-The Economic Times
New Delhi: The central government may bring changes in the pay package proposed by Justice A K Mathur-led the Seventh Pay Commission which recommended a 23.55% hike in the pay and allowances of central government employees.
The pay is likely to increase 16%, allowances 63% and pensions about 24%. This is less than the overall hike of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.
The Implementation cell of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations in Finance Ministry, headed by Joint Secretary R K Chaturvedi, is likely to retain such allowances and advances, which has been recommended for abolition by the Seventh Pay Commission.
The Mathur commission recommended for abolition allowances and advances like risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance.
However, central government employees raised objection to recommendation for abolition of such type allowances and advances and demanded to retain its.
If retained such allowances and advances in the new pay scale to be effective from next January, the employees of lower grades may be more benefitted.
Sources in the Implementation cell said, the cell is also positively mulling the demand of central government employees for hiking the minimum pay, which was recommended very low by the Seventh pay commission.
The Mathur commission recommended the minimum basic pay of central government employees is Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum is Rs 2.25 lakh per month, its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.
“All pay commissions made up pay gap between employees and higher officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12, except it,” said sources.
Sources also said the cell wants to make up pay gap between employees and higher officers and to recommend to hike Basic salary at least Rs 20,000 from Rs 18,000 recommended by the Seventh pay commission.
The central government employees’ associations termed the Seventh Pay Commission report as a width pay gap discrimination between employees and higher officers because in its report, the Pay Commission has recommended to increase the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8
“We hope the Implementation cell’s new pay scale, which will be effective from January, will do justice to all,” sources confirmed.
Source : http://www.tkbsen.in/2015/12/changes-in-seventh-pay-commission-recommendations-likely/
Wednesday 23 December 2015
N F P E
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION GROUP-C
ODISHA CIRCLE BRANCH,BHUBANESWAR-751007
Trilochan Parida R. C. Mishra
President Circle Secretary
Vice-President CHQ & Leader RJCM
No. UN/AIPEU, Gr-C/Odisha/12-2015 Dated-22-12-2015
Sri Tilak De, IPoS
The Chief Post Master General
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001
Sub- Declaration of Holiday for Id-E-Milad (Birth day of Prophet Mohammed) on 24-12-2014 by CGE Welfare Co-ordination Committee, Odisha Circle in light of holiday decision taken by State Govt. of Odisha for the State, just yesterday night.
We want to draw the kind attention to the above holiday Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammed), which has been declared to fall twice in year 2015 (Ref- the holiday list of 2015). The holiday for the same has been shown as 04-01-2015 and has already been availed by staff. The Id-E-Milad is again falling on 24th December 2015 and Odisha State Govt. already declared holiday on the very date and has been published in all local dailies. According to Rules under any change in dates of Muslim Holidays depending on sighting of the Moon, action for notifying holiday will be done by:-
i) The Ministry of personnel and Training, for officers in Delhi/New Delhi; and
ii) the CGE Welfare Co-ordination Committees or the Heads of Offices (where such Committees are not functioning) based on the decision of the concerned State Government/Union territories.
It has been collected that holiday for the same has been declared in the States like New-Delhi, Tamilnadu and in other Circles.
As State Government has declared holiday on the occasion for 24-12-2015, the matter may kindly be moved to the CGE Welfare Co-ordination Committee immediately for declaration of holiday to Central Government Employees of Odisha State on 24-12-2015 to avoid holiday deprivation and for correct implementation of Rules in letter & spirit.
IMMEDIATE RESPOSNE IN MATTER IS AWAITED.
Tuesday 22 December 2015
NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.NJCA/2015 Dated: December 21, 2015
All the Constituent Organizations
I am confident, by this time you must have studied the 26-point Charter of Demands, submitted by the NJCA to the Cabinet Secretary on 10th December, 2015, circulated vide NJCA’s Circular No.NJCA/2015/7th CPC dated 11th December, 2015.
As per decision of the NJCA, the following programmes have to be successfully observed by all your affiliates all over the country.
(i) 30.12.2015: Holding demonstrations and hand over copy of the NJCA’s letter dated 10.12.2015 to the Head of the Office for onward transmission to the Cabinet Secretary, demanding for immediate settlement of the issues.
(ii) 19-21.01.2016: 3-day dharna in all the State capitals and industrial centers/ establishments for educating and mobilizing the employees.
In view of the NJCA’s decision for an “Indefinite Strike”, on the above cited 26-point Charter of Demands, commencing in the 1st week of March, it will be essential that, AIRF, NFIR, AIDEF, INDWF and Confederation of the Central Government employees should conduct strike ballot. It will be quite appropriate that strike ballot is taken by the 2nd week of February, 2016.
The NJCA will meet and decide about the date of issue of the Strike Notice and also about the date of commencement of the Indefinite Strike. In the meantime, all out efforts may be made to build up pressure on the government, so that a negotiated settlement can be reached on our demands.
I shall keep you informed about the further developments.
With fraternal greetings & best wishes for a Happy& Prosperous New Year!