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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Centre Directs States to Imply Recommendations Coming March



The centre today urged various States to implement the recommendations made by the 7th Pay commission for pay hikes in salaries and pensions coming this March. Although, the Union Cabinet did not much give a merry news earlier at the star of the new year as the revised salaries got delayed. But in a recent notification provided by the Centre, it has been stated that the Finance Ministry wants all the pledged States may imply the recommendation in every plausible way henceforth not affecting any of the autonomous body.

We earlier reported that the autonomous bodies are most likely not to get affected thus urging the organisations to work out with their affairs in such a way that it may not hamper functions and put an extra burden on the central chequer. Also, the administrative ministries concerns will be taken into consideration thus keeping such cases under recommended pay scale as well as being justified on the basis of functional procedures and recruitment qualification.

Till date, most of the States have nodded in favour of implementing 7th pay commission recommendation, but the date has not been finalised yet. So, the urge to close the date in an official manner by the end of March may help lakhs of Central Government employees and pensioners a breath of relief. Jammu & Kashmir being the first in the .list to agree with Honourable PMs effort was followed by Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Goa.

Seeking proper salary for almost 58 lakhs employees, excluding pensioners, the respective recommendation suggests minimal hike of 14.27% in basic salary, however, the lowest in the past 70 years. As the previous government recommended a minimum of 20% hike in basic salary under the 6th pay commission which was favourably doubled up when the present government came to power in 2008.

The central government employees, on the other hand, have announced a day strike on February 15, 2017, with all force to enable the previously promised pay hikes in the basic pay. Though, with demonetisation probe going on across the nation, the Centre may face a good amount of economic cost which ought to be given to each State before implying the recommendations by 7th pay commission.

Meanwhile, States who have not yet agreed on implying recommendations, but still moving ahead with the new norms set by 7th pay panel tend to face strict offences as Punjab University, which going through a financial crisis hiked its fees of few courses by 12% to 13% whereas rest of traditional courses by 5% to 6%. The government issued a notice of bearing at least 30% of the fiscal liability aroused due to pay hike as per the recommendations.
Source :  http://fabnewz.com/

Confederation Circular


Dated 18-01-2017
IMPORTANT CIRCULAR
To
1. All National Secretariat Members
2. Chief Executives of all Affiliated Organizations
3. General Secretaries of all C-O-Cs

Dear Comrades,

1.     NJCA MEETING - NO CONSENSUS ON REVIVAL OF DEFERRED INDEFINITE STRIKE

Much awaited meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was held on 17th January at National Council (JCM) Staff-side office at New Delhi. Leaders of Railways, Defence, Postal & Confederation attended. Detailed discussions were held on the developments that took place after the deferment of the indefinite strike of 11th July 2016 and also on the totally negative attitude of the Government towards the 7th Pay Commission related issues of Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners,  including increase in Minimum Pay, Fitment formula, Allowances, Pensioner’s Option-I etc.

Unfortunately, there was no consensus regarding revival of the deferred indefinite strike. Hence no decision could be taken. Meeting ended with an understanding to meet again after some days. In the meantime, NJCA Chairman and Convener may try to meet the Cabinet Ministers who have given the assurances on 30th June 2016 to NJCA leaders.

2.   IMPORTANCE OF 16TH MARCH 2017 CONFEDERATION STRIKE

The clear picture that emerged from the NJCA meeting held on 17-01-2017 is that there is no possibility of revival of deferred indefinite strike by NJCA  in the near future. It is also a fact that Govt. may implement the recommendations of Allowances Committee, Pension Committee etc., before or immediately after March 2017. It has become certain that the Pension Committee has rejected Option-I recommended by 7th CPC, the one and the only good recommendation of 7th CPC and the Implementation Cell of the Finance Ministry is processing the recommendation of Pension Committee for Cabinet approval. Whether the Allowance Committee will recommend change in the recommendations of 7th CPC (I.e., %ge of HRA etc.,) nobody can predict. The request of the Convener of NJCA to the Chairman, Allowance Committee, (Finance Secretary) to hold another meeting with Staff-side was also not conceded by the Committee till date. There is every possibility that Govt. may not implement the recommendations of the Allowance Committee retrospectively from 01-01-2016, instead it may implement it from 01-01-2017 or 01-04-2017. After, Govt. unilaterally implementing everything, declaring  strike is a futile exercise and betrayal of the employees and Pensioners. We should strike when the iron is hot. The unilateral decision of the Govt. to implement “very good” benchmark for MACP has cast shadow on the future promotional prospects of a large number of employees who are not in the good book of the Government and administration for reasons best known to them. The NPS Committee appointed by the Govt. is not mandated to recommend scrapping of New Pension Scheme, but it is for recommending cosmetic changes in NPS in the name of streamlining the NPS as recommended by 7th CPC.

Regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula, no High Level Committee is constituted till date, as assured by the Group of Senior Cabinet Ministers to NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016. A Group of Senior Officers held two round discussion with the Staff-side, but surprisingly they had not come prepared to discuss increase in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula. They made a mockery of the meeting by disclosing in the first meeting that they are not fully aware of the details of the issue and in the second meeting they told that they came for discussing Allowances (though another Committee for Allowances is already constituted) and not Minimum Wage or Fitment Formula!!!. The last meeting was held in October 2016 and thereafter no meeting is notified. All anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations remain unsettled.

There is no improvement in the issues relating to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), Casual, Contract Workers and Daily-rated mazdoors. The GDS Committee Report submitted to Government on 24-11-2016, it yet to be published. Even if it is published, it may take time for implementation. Other demands submitted to Govt. by the NJCA strike notice served on the 10th June 2016 and charter of demands are also pending. The four months time fixed for Allowance Committee already extended to six months. The four months time for increasing Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula expired on 30-10-2016.

All the employees and Pensioners are totally disappointed and are voicing their anger and protest through various forums and social media. In the above circumstances everybody expected that the NJCA shall revive the deferred indefinite strike. Inspite of our best efforts that is not happening.

3.   SOMEBODY SHOULD COME FORWARD TO PROTEST AND CONFEDERATION IS TAKING UP THAT RESPONSIBILITY

When the three Cabinet Ministers including Shri Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Shri Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister have gone back from their assurances and betrayed 33 lakhs Central Govt Employees and 34 lakhs Pensioners, when the Government is going ahead unilaterally without even consulting the NJCA leaders, we cannot remain silent spectators and accept every decision of the Government, lying down, without any protest. Somebody should come forward to protest and if necessary to suffer and sacrifice and history has bestowed that responsibility on Confederation and Confederation is ready to accept the challenge and responsibility. We are not afraid of the NDA Govt. when we are fighting for the justified demands. All employees are eagerly looking towards Confederation and they want Confederation to lead, whether others may follow or not. It is in this background the Diamond Jubilee year, All India Conference of Confederation held at Chennai from 16th to 18th August 2016 has taken the historic decision to organize independent trade union action including strike, if NJCA is not ready to revive the deferred indefinite strike.

4.   INTENSIFY MOBILIZATION CAMPAIGN – MAKE THE 2017 MARCH 16th ONE DAY STRIKE A HISTORIC SUCCESS.

All of us should clearly understand that more than the strike, the intensive nationwide mobilization and campaign plays an important role in building up pressure on the Govt and settling the demands. The success of the strike also depends upon the mobilization and campaign work carried out by the leadership, especially the grass-root level leadership. The date of one day strike was postponed to March 16th due to the following reasons :
 
(a)Election Commission has notified election to five State Assemblies during the month of February and first half of March 2017.
 
(b)15th February 2017, which was our strike date, happens to be a polling day in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

In the campaign programme of the National Secretariat Members, already published, if any change in date is required, the concerned National Secretariat Members and C-O-Cs may make it in consultation with each other.

5. INDEPENDENT CAMPAIGN BY EACH AFFILIATE AND C-O-C IS MOST IMPORTANT

In addition to the campaign programme of National Secretariat members, all affiliated organizations and C-O-Cs should plan their own independent campaign programme. Office meetings, General body meetings, Gate meetings, Conventions, Managing body meetings may be held at all places. Posters, notices, bulletins etc, may be printed and circulated widely among the employees. Maximum publicity may be given through print/electronic media and social media like whatsapp, face book etc,. Intelligence Agencies of the Govt will report each and every movement from our side and let the report reach the Government that the entire Central Government employees and Pensioners are totally disappointed and their resentment is growing day by day. Please give top priority to campaign. No leader whether All India, State or Unit level shall sit idle in the coming days and everybody should be in the field, mobilizing the employees. Betrayal of the Cabinet Ministers of NDA should be exposed among the employees, Pensioners and general public, especially in the poll-bound five States.

6. SERVE STRIKE NOTICE BEFORE 10th FEBRUARY 2017, IF NOT ALREADY SERVED

All Affiliated Organizations should serve the strike notice to their respective departmental Heads. Proforma of the strike notice and charter of demands already published in the Confederation website www.confederationhq.blogspot.com. If any organization has not served the strike notice to their Departmental Head, they should serve it before 10th February 2017. Those organizations which had already served the strike notice as 15th February 2017, should give a letter to the authority concerned, intimating the postponement of the strike date to 16th March 2017, due to declaration of election to five State Assemblies (if necessary, revised strike notice can be given). Copies of the strike notice served to the Departmental Heads should be circulated to all lower units. Complaints are received at Confederation CHQ that some organizations are not circulating their strike notice to lower units which creates a lot of confusion at unit level. This should be avoided and each organization should ensure that copy of the strike notice is circulated to all lower units WITHOUT FAIL.


7.   NAME & POSTAL ADDRESS OF WOMEN SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF CONFEDERATION

Confederation CHQ had already written letters to the concerned Chief Executives of the affiliated organizations to intimate the full postal address with PIN code of all newly elected Women Sub Committee members of Confederation. It is requested that the same may be furnished before 31stJanuary 2017.

8.   HELP CONFEDERATION TO SERVE YOU BETTER

All of you are aware that the financial position of the Confederation CHQ is not at all sound. It is needless to mention that without fund, no organization can function. For Parliament March and strike mobilization etc., big amount is already be spent. We are continuously fighting against the Government’s policies and for efficient and vibrant functioning, funds are required. All Affiliated Organizations and C-O-Cs are requested to collect and remit maximum quota and donations to the Confederation immediately. The amount may be remitted to the following address:

Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee
Financial Secretary
Confederation of Central Govt
Employees & Workers
17/C, Kalibari Marg New Delhi – 110 001
Mobile: 09868520926
E-mail: v.aicaea@gmail.com

Bank Account details:
Bank   : Indian Overseas Bank
Branch: Goal Market, New Delhi
A/C No.084001000015586
IFSC code : IOBA0000840.

9. CONFEDERATION TRADE UNION EDUCATION CAMP – 2017

Confederation Trade Union Education Camp – 2017 will be held on 2017 May 6th & 7th (Saturday & Sunday) at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). Detailed Circular enclosed along with this circular.


Fraternally yours,
  
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob & whatsapp: 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Cabinet approves the repealing of the obsolete and redundant laws

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Cabinet

18-January-2017 15:23 IST

Cabinet approves the repealing of the obsolete and redundant laws 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 to repeal 105 Acts.

Background:

The two Member Committee constituted by the PMO, the Law Commission of India and the Legislative Department identified 1824 redundant and obsolete Central Acts for repeal.  After careful examination and consultation with various Ministries/Departments in the Government of India, four Acts have been enacted to repeal 1175 Central Acts (during the period May, 2014 to August, 2016) by Parliament which are –

i)        The Repealing and Amending Act, 2015 (17 of 2015) repealing 35 Acts; The Repealing and Amending (Second) Act, 2015 (19 of 2015) repealing 90 Acts;

    ii)        The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Act, 2016 (22 of 2016) repealing 756;

  iii)        Appropriation Acts including Appropriation (Railways) Acts;

  iv)        The Repealing and Amending Act, 2016 (23 of 2016) repealing 294 Acts.

 Out of the aforesaid 1824 Acts, 227 Acts (including Appropriation Acts enacted by Parliament for the States under President's Rule) are identified to be repealed by State Governments have been requested to take necessary action to repeal them.

A list of remaining 422 Central Acts was circulated among all the Ministries/ Departments for their comments on repeal of Acts pertaining to their respective Ministries/Departments. Till date, 73 Ministries/Departments including Legislative Department have given their comments whereby they have agreed to repeal 105 Acts and disagreed to repeal about 139 Acts. On the basis of the comments/concurrence received from the Ministries/Departments, 105 Acts have been identified for repeal by this Department.


Advancing Budget to Feb 1 will ensure quality in Govt expenditure

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Special Service and Features

18-January-2017 14:28 IST


Advancing Budget to Feb 1 will ensure quality in Govt expenditure



      The Central Government earmarked close to Rs 20 lakh crore on the expenditure head of the Budget for 2016-17. It would be safe to assume that for the financial year 2017-18, the total expenditure to be allocated by Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley would be between Rs 22 lakh crore and Rs 23 lakh crore. This would be about 14 per cent of India’s Gross Domestic Product at current prices.                                                            
 Prakash Chawala

Unlike in the past when the Budget was presented to Parliament on the last working day of February, the Finance Minister would do the honours on February 1, for 2017-18.  Without going into any political debate, an independent analysis would certainly make out a strong case for advancing the Budget presentation, purely on the ground that it would help the government to achieve two most import objectives.

The first and foremost goal is and should be to achieve the quality of expenditure and the way the Central schemes and projects are executed would certainly change when the money allocated to each of them is approved by Parliament well in time and transferred to the concerned departments or ministries.  The second achievement following from the first would be the difference a quality government spend makes to the country’s GDP growth. The government expenditure in excess of Rs 20 lakh crore would make a huge difference to revival of investment and boosting consumer demand, also helped by implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission report for the Central Government employees.    

Under the system  prevalent so far, the Budget is presented in the Lok Sabha on the last working day of February and a vote on account is obtained from Parliament to draw money from the Consolidated Fund of India from April 1, the opening day of the new financial year.

The Budget session is divided into two phases and it is in the first phase that the Vote on Account is obtained to enable uninterrupted functioning of the government while the full and final Parliamentary go-ahead is available some time in May towards the end of the  second phase of the Budget  session.  While the Finance Minister’s Budget Speech comprising tax and non-tax proposals at the time of the Budget presentation is considered an important policy direction of the government of the day, quite often his closing speech at the end of the exhaustive parliamentary debate on the Budget is used at times to make any amends, depending on the popular response to the Budget proposals.

But by the time the full and final outlays are available, at least first quarter of the financial year is over and out.  It is in the second quarter that the departments begin work on implementing the projects and programmes as announced in the Budget, the most important blue-print of the government.  The government funds cannot be spent just like a private business house does. It must follow well laid down procedures which can stand scrutiny of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and various other agencies like the Central Vigilance Commission, besides Parliamentary committees.  No wonder, the bureaucrats tasked with the implementation of the programmes and policies would rather err on the side of caution.  The entire procedure of floating tenders, finalizing the deals etc can take another few months, making it possible for the departments to place the orders with the contractors only in the middle or end of the third quarter in most cases. The money gets spent in the last quarter and somehow, has to be spent by March 31.

Naturally, the pressure is back-loaded on the system, resulting at times in dilution of the quality of expenditure, not by design but by default.

All that would change for better with advancement of the Budget, which should now get passed in the first phase of the Budget session even after demands for grants of different key ministries are adequately debated in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.  The intention of the government is to begin the spending programmes right in the beginning of the fiscal, making the Budget implementation front-loaded, rather than back- loaded.  

While such an option is always welcome, the requirement of it is much more urgent at this state of economy which has to deal with the issue of revival in consumer demand and boost investment, which has to be led by the government, given the fact that the private sector is over-leveraged with idle capacity in several key sectors. As is well conceded by senior ministers in different economic wings of the government, the state expenditure in sectors like roads, airports, ports, shipping, agriculture infrastructure etc would show the way to the economic revival in the fiscal 2017.  Once a momentum is built, the private sector should then get a multiplier effect and the entire virtuous cycle would see a transformation.

With an expectation of great focus on the rural landscape in the Budget, the government programmes relating to agriculture and the allied sectors should really be catalytic in the GDP momentum in the coming months.  

So, the entire Budget exercise must get completed sooner than later. The issues relating to the GDP relating to the current fiscal which become the basis for the next year’s Budget estimates can get sorted out with advance statistical tools and techniques. What matters is the intent.   
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*Prakash Chawla is a senior New Delhi-based journalist writing mostly on political-economic issues.  The views expressed in the article are author’s own.

District level philatelic exhibition "KATAKPEX-2017" from 20 to 21 January, 2017 in Cuttack

 
 
 

NJCA MEETING -- 17th January 2017 : NO CONSENSUS ON REVIVAL OF DEFERRED INDEFINITE STRIKE

Much awaited meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was held on 17th January 2017 at National Council (JCM) Staff-side office at New Delhi. Leaders of Railways, Defence, Postal and Confederation attended. Detailed discussions were held on the developments that took place after the deferment of the indefinite strike of 11th July 2016 and also on the totally negative attitude of the Government towards the 7th Pay Commission related issues of the Central Government Employees & Pensioners, including increase in Minimum Pay, Fitment formula, Allowances, Pensioner’s Option-I etc.

Unfortunately, there was no consensus regarding revival of the deferred indefinite strike. Hence no decision could be taken. Meeting ended with a decision to meet again after some days. In the meantime NJCA Chairman and Convener may try to meet the Cabinet Ministers who have given the assurances on 30th June 2016 to NJCA leaders.

As there is no immediate possibility for revival of the indefinite strike by NJCA, Confederation National Secretariat has decided to intensify the mobilization campaign and preparation for making the 16th March 2017 one day strike a grand success. All Affiliated Organizations and C-O-Cs are once again requested to make all –out efforts to ensure cent percent participation of employees in the strike. In addition to the campaign programme of National Secretariat members, each affiliated organization and C-O-Cs should chalk out their own separate campaign programme.  Please give wide publicity through local print / electronic media and social media like whatsapp, facebook etc.

No doubt, our strike will have a great impact in settling the demands and also in exposing the powers-that-be who betrayed the cause of 33 lakhs Central Govt Employees and 34 lakhs Pensioners.

Somebody should come forward to protest and also, if necessary, to suffer and Confederation is ready for it.

Let Confederation lead and others follow.

M.KRISHNAN
Secretary General
Confederation
Mobile & Whatsapp – 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System for Central Government employees - reg.

Extension of scope of Additional Relief on death/disability of Government Servants covered by the New Defined Contribution Pension System(NPS).

Revision of Provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

Extension of scope of grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 01/07/2012.

Enhancement of withdrawal of limits from ATMs and Current Account


7th Pay Commission: All you need to know about how states are stealing a march on Centre

IndiaToday.in  | Posted by Kritika Banerjee
New Delhi, January 17, 2017

While implementing the recommendations of the pay commission will come at a huge economic cost, several states have gone ahead with it from January 1.

It has not been a happy new year for the employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies as the revision of their salaries and pension under the Seventh Pay Commission gets further delayed.

In a recent notification, the Finance Ministry said the Seventh Pay Commission will not directly apply to autonomous organisations.

The note asked autonomous organisations to work out their affairs in a way that it does not put extra burden on the central exchequer.

 The administrative ministries concerned will consider such cases keeping in view whether these pay scales are justified based on functional considerations and recruitment qualifications, the notification said.

Here's all you need to know about the Seventh Pay Commission story so far:
  1. The seventh central pay commission submitted its report in November 2015 and the Narendra Modi government approved it in June last year. Over six months later, the Modi government is yet to implement the recommendations of the seventh pay commission in its entirety.
     
  2. The seventh pay commission had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay--the lowest in 70 years. The previous sixth pay commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
     
  3. The recommendations will result in a hike in salaries of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and payouts of 58 lakh pensioners.
     
  4. While implementing the recommendations of the pay commission will come at a huge economic cost, several states have announced that they will go ahead with it.
     
  5. Jammu and Kashmir government, for instance, announced in its budget that it will implement the recommendations of the seventh pay commission from April 2018 to give a massive 23.5 per cent hike to lakhs of government employees and pensioners in the state.
     
  6. Among other states, poll-bound Uttarakhand was among the first to implement the pay commission's recommendations from January 1. Nearly 2.5 lakh government employees and pensioners are likely to benefit from the decision.
     
  7. Manahor Lal Khattar government in Haryana too announced that state government employees will get the benefit from the new year. The chief minister said contractual employees like Anganwadi workers and data entry operators will also be covered under the revised pay package scheme.
     
  8. The Uttar Pradesh government too said the seventh pay commission will be implemented January 1 onwards. Ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in the state, the decision will benefit 16 lakh government employees and six lakh pensioners.
     
  9. Goa also announced it will implement the seventh pay commission recommendations before the model code of conduct came into force on January 4.