Existing Rates Understood in Multiple Ways
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Government Refer the Issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula – Committee for Reconsideration.
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi – 110055
Dated: July 1, 2016
We are to inform you that the NJCA had a discussion with the Government of India yesterday, i.e.30.06.2016 over certain demands contained in our Charter of Demands. In the meeting, following ministers were present: –
Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister
Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Railway Minister
Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS Railway
On behalf of the NJCA, the following participated in the discussion: –
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convener NJCA (AIRF)
Shri M. Raghavaiah, Chairman NJCA (NFIR)
Shri K. K. N, Kutty Member NJCA (Confederation)
Shri C. Srikumar, Member NJCA (AIDEF)
The government has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a Committee for reconsideration.
The NJCA will await communication in the regard from the government.
The NJCA will again meet on 6th July at 11:00 hrs., in JCM Office, 13-C, Feorzshah Road, New Delhi, for taking appropriate decision.
With Fraternal Greetings!
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
Implementation of the Recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission – Cabinet Decision
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits. It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.
In the past, the employees had to wait for 19 months for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations at the time of 5th CPC, and for 32 months at the time of implementation of 6th CPC. However, this time, 7th CPC recommendations are being implemented within 6 months from the due date.
The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year.
The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.
1. The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service. The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.
2. All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy.
3. The minimum pay has been increased from Rs. 7000 to 18000 p.m. Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs. 18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs. 56100. This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.
4. For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices. After taking into account the DA at prevailing rate, the salary/pension of all government employees/pensioners will be raised by at least 14.29 % as on 01.01.2016.
5. Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.
6. The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.
7. Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :
· Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.
· A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.
· Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs. 1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.
· Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.
· Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.
8. The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs. 7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished.
9. The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.
10. The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.
11. The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.
12. The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees (i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and (ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.
13. Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.
14. As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.
Cabinet Approved 7th CPC Recommendation on 29th June, 2016
The excitement of 7th CPC is over now as the Cabinet has approved the 7th CPC recommendation on 29th June, 2016 and put into motion.
Expectation on the multiplication factor and minimum wages revision has not implemented, which has caused sever dissatisfaction across all central government employees.
7th CPC recommendation on CGEGIS has not been accepted by the Cabinet, existing rate to continue for all the employees.
All existing allowance will continue and will be paid at existing rate, further decision expected after 4 months.
Based on all the above factors, our 7th CPC Pay Calculator (with arrears) has been updated. We have also added this month (July’2016) increment in our Calculator.
Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations – Revision of Large Number of Pension Cases
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE
NEW DELHI – 110066
Dated 29th June 2016
Subject: Implementation of 7th Pay Commission Recommendations – revision of Central Civil Pension Cases.
A large number of pension cases would be due for revision consequent to the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. Revision of such large number of cases would not be possible in short span of time unless the same are done electronically under digital signatures of the PAOs. Further, this will also streamline and make all future revision process digital & efficient.
2. To meet the requirement of pension revisions through digitally signed revision authorities, a system is under development/testing by CPAO. In this system, digitallly signed Revision Authorities will take place of the physical revision authorities so far being received from PAOs. For signing these authorities, digital signatures of all the PAOs dealing with pension cases and their registration in CPAO website would be required. CPAO had already requested all the Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs and Administrators of UTs vide its OM.No.CPAO/Coor/(99)/2015-16/1018 dated-21.12.2015 followed by OM.No.CPAO/Coord/(99)/2015-16/1048 dated 12.01.2016 (Copies enclosed) for obtaining of digital signatures of all pension processing PAOs. However, progress in this regard has been very slow and still many PAOs have not obtained the digital signatures.
3. In view of above, all Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs and Administrators of UTs are requested to review the status in this regard and arrange the digital signatures for the remaining PAOs urgently latest by 5th July, 2016 to avoid any inconvenience at later stage. As soon as the testing of system is over, step by step process of digital signature registration on CPAO website and schedule of training on the new system for PAOs/AAOs and dealing hands will be intimated.
4. Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs and Administrators of UTs are further requested to certify the availability of digital signatures for their all pension processing PAOs under their login in CPAO website.
5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.
Encl: As above.