INDWF on granting higher pay scale to Master Crafts Man (MCM)

       The General Secretary of Indian National Defence Workers Federation (INDWF) ,Sri.R.Srinivasan has written a letter to Defence Minister on the issue of granting Grade Pay Rs.4200/- to MCM,and demanding early finalization of the Fast Track Committee decision in granting higher pay scale to Master Crafts Man (MCM).The content of the letter reproduced below.
The Hon’ble Minister of Defence
Govt. of India
Ministry of Defence
South Block, New Delhi – 11001

Sub:  Early finalization of the Fast Track Committee decision in granting higher pay scale to Master Crafts Man (MCM)


    Master Craftsman in Defence were granted Rs.4500-7000 pay scale by Vth CPC where as in Railways, they were granted Rs.5000-8000 during 2000 w.e.f. 1.1.1996. This issue of parity in the pay scale of MCM was referred to VI CPC brought by bringing down the pay scale to MCM in Railways Rs.4500-7000 at par with Defence.

The demand was raised before the Govt. of India, and was agreed to refer to the Fast Track Committee to enhance the pay to PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + 4200 Grade Pay. Accordingly Ministry of Defence, Department of Expenditure issued Gazette Notification by amending the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 during july, 2009.

MCM – Rs.4500-7000 – Revised to Rs.5000-8000  -  Grade Pay Rs.4200

HS   – Rs.4000-6000  – HS – I        Rs.5000-8000  -  Grade Pay Rs.2800

HS   – Rs.4000-6000 –  HS – II       Rs.5000-8000  -  Grade Pay Rs.2400

The above revised 4 grades structure at par with Railways was worked out-by M of D by distributing ration between MCM, HS-I, HS-II of SK as 20.5%, 20.5% & 45% respectively. Also granting the revised enhanced pay scale effecting from 1.1.2006 and granting exemption for HS-I from Trade Test as one time relaxation.

The proposal was sent to Defecne (Finance) and in turn it was referred to DOP&T. The approval was received on 26.2.2010. The when referred to Defence (Finance), again the matter was referred to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Now pending at Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.

Due to delay even after granting higher scales to MCM and HS Grade-I, MACPs granting financial upgradation w.e.f. 1.9.2008 is also pending. Many people are retiring. It is therefore requested that Hon’ble RM may intervene in this matter to get the clearance both from Ministry of Finance and Defence Finance and to issue necessary orders for implementation in this, there are about 60 to 70,000 employees are involved and awaiting eagerly.

This is submitted with reference to our (INDWF) discussions held with RM on 26.1.2010 at 16.00 Hrs. along with Shri. Ashok Singh, President INDWF, at your Office.

Thanking You.

                                                                                     Yours sincerely,

                                                                                        ( R.Srinivasan)
                                                                                     General Secretary

Major Step to Improve Sanitation in Central Government Hospitals

            To improve the housekeeping and overall sanitation standards in the Central Government Hospitals viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Lady Harding Medical College Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has signed an MOU with Max Healthcare Institute Limited to provide training to the housekeeping and sanitation staff of all three Central Government hospitals. The training will be imparted in a phased manner over a period of 5-7 months. About 230 personnel in each hospital will be trained under this programme.

            Speaking at the launch of this training programme at Safdarjung Hospital here today, Ms. Sujatha Rao, Secretary (H&FW) exhorted the housekeeping staff to bring about the level of change so that it becomes a standard in housekeeping and sanitation of public hospitals. She made a mention of the Shaheed Hospital in Chattisgarh. This hospital was instituted and being run privately by the employees of Coal India for providing healthcare to people in the area who were not the employees of the public sector and did not have access to healthcare facilities. She said the enormous spirit and zeal to serve people around the area has resulted in Shaheed Hospital what it is today. When they can do it, we also can do it.

             Dr. Parvez, the Chief Executive Officer of the Max Healthcare remembered he had done his internship at Safdarjung Hospital 40 years ago. It is a privilege to be associated with the Government of India in such a path-breaking initiative. Max Healthcare will provide training to the staff in a systematic manner.

            The training will commence with assessment of initial baseline procedures and sanitation levels of each hospital by Max Healthcare staff consisting of housekeeping managers, HR personnel, Infection Control Nurses and Quality control personnel. Standard operating procedures and job descriptions for each member of the government hospital sanitation staff will then be developed and assigned, based on best practices which will be followed by these hospitals in the long run.

             A “Train the Trainer” programme will then commence for 30 Supervisory Staff, which will consist of Leadership Development and Technical Module, followed by training on the developed standard operating procedures. Thereafter assessment and training of 200 ground level staff will be undertaken on Technical Module and the developed standard operating procedures. Max Healthcare will conduct a comprehensive “Clean Hospital Campaign: with the support of hospital authorities. Government hospital sanitation staff will also be training on hand hygiene technique method, Needle Stick Injury precautions and proper usage of heavy industry gloves, masks etc.

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