Expectations for 50% DA Merger and Retirement age turn into disappointments

Expectations for 50% DA Merger and Retirement age turn into disappointments
‘All Predictions are governed by the law of probability’. Based on this principle everybody started predict something about 50% DA Merger, Retirement Age and Interim relief. But none of which have materialized.

The print and e- media made the people believe that the central government had done lot of things including above for central government employees. But it was merely media hype. Apart from 7th pay commission approval government had done nothing for central government employees.

There is a saying “Never get too attached to someone, because attachments lead to expectations and expectations lead to disappointments”

But it is not true here in respect of central government employees. They are bound to expect something like 50% DA merger and interim relief from government, as the federations were assured by central government some of their demand would be considered. Based on this assurance they deferred their Strike call for which 85% of employees mandated.

So there is nothing wrong in their expectation from the central government for considering the demands of Merger of 50% DA and granting interim relief.

But central government made this saying true, “Expectations are setting one up for disappointment”

30% salary hike through 50% DA Merger is a Myth !

30% salary hike through 50% DA Merger is a Myth !

A blog writes about the Popular English Daily’s claim that the central government employees  will get 30% Pay hike on account of 50% DA Merger and proves it is wrong..! The write up of that blog is given below..
……It is observed that recently Public Medias are interested to publish the news about pay hike of central government employees.
We all know the Federations of Central Government employees have been holding demonstrations and Struggles to invite the attention of govt to settle their many demands for the past few months. As a result of this Centre has accepted to settle some demands.
One of the main demands laid down before the Central Government by Federations is 50% DA Merger. A Sensational News was spread across the country that a decision on 50% DA merger will be announced in the Cabinet Meeting held last week. But, though there
was no any formal announcement in this regard, the approval of 7th CPC Terms of reference by Government made everyone to think that it will be considered sooner or later.
A Popular English daily published a tabloid news last week, in which The daily claimed that a govt official informed them ‘the govt servants will get 30% Pay Hike on account of Merger of 50% dearness Allowance with Basic Pay.’
Is that true? Let us see with an example
For example, let us consider as if a government servant is working in one of the four metropolitan cities and rendered 10 years’ of service.
His Basic Pay is (7600+2400)10,000
Dearness Allowance 100%10,000
HRA 30%3,000
Transport Allowance (1600+1600)3,200
Total26,200
Rs.26,200 is the maximum total emoluments of this particular Basic Pay. This will not be exceeded at any cost but there are some reasons to make these total emoluments to be lesser than this.
The salary with same basic pay after DA merger
In case the central government agrees to merge the 50% DA with basic pay, then that govt servant can expect a considerable pay hike on account of Merger of 50% DA.
After Merger of 50% DA his Pay will be as fallows
Basic Pay (7600+2400)10,000
Dearness Pay5,000
Dearness Allowance7,500
HRA4,500
Total29,400
Total Hike in Pay (29400 – 26200)3,200
% of Hike is12%
How can one say that he will be getting 30% hike when he is getting only Rs.3200 in addition to his previous salary of Rs.26,200 after 50% DA merger?
Everybody fallowed the particular Daily and started writing that the Government servants will get 30% salary hike after 50% DA is merged with basic Pay. But this example clearly shows that there is no such hike and if the DA is merged with Basic Pay the increase in salary will be only from 8% to 15%
According to their entitlement the percentage of increase will vary, but no one can get 30% pay hike on account of DA merger.

NFIR is dissatisfied with Terms of Reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission

NFIR is dissatisfied with Terms of Reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2013/Pt.I

Dated: 04/03/2014

The Secretary (DoP&T),
Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Terms of Reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

On perusal of the notification issued by the Govemment of India through Gazette of India bearing No.1/1/2013-E III (A) dated 28/02/2014, we find that the Terms of Reference notified by the Govemment is at variance in many respects to the Draft Terms of Reference the Staff Side had submitted to the Government on 25.10.2013 as desired during discussions in the meeting chaired by Secretary, DoP&T.

At the conclusion of the meeting held on 24.10.2013, it was agreed that the Government would consider our suggestions in the matter and will convene another meeting with the participation of the Secretary (Expenditure) to iron out the differences, if any and explore the possibilities of an agteement in the matter.

We regret to inform you that no such meeting was convened and no attempt was made by the Official Side to work for an agreed Terms of Reference. We find that the Govemment has rejected our suggestions for either taking decision in the matter of Interim Relief Merger of D.A., representation of labour representative in the Commission itself, bringing in parity with the past and present pensioners, covering the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 within the ambit of the Defined Benefitted Pension Scheme, date of effect, settlement of the pending items in the National Anomaly Committee etc., or referring those issues to the Commission itself for an Interim Report.

In the meeting held on 24th October, 2013 the Staff Side also pointed out that proposals of various ministries seeking clearance of Finance Ministry for rectification of 6th CPC anomalies are still pending with Ministry of Finance and requested that the said proposals may be cleared before constituting the 7th Central Pay Commission. However, the proposals are yet to be cleared by the Ministry of Finance.

Besides, we are to state that the existing Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) Scheme being a bilateral agreement, cannot be subjected to scrutiny and examination by the 7th CPC.

We, therefore, request you to kindly convene a meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) to discuss the issue, so as to make amendments to the Terms of Reference.

Yours faithfully
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(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Private hospitals to stop CGHS cashless scheme from March 7

Private hospitals to stop CGHS cashless scheme from March 7 – The Times of India
In a blow to government employees, including those who have retired, the Central Government Health Service has announced withdrawal of cashless medical service in private hospitals empanelled with the CGHS scheme from March 7. Patients will henceforth have to cough up hospital charges and later claim the amount from the government, according to the new rule.

The move will affect 50 lakh serving employees and over 30 lakh pensioners, as well as their family members. At a conservative estimate, the total number of persons affected could well be over two crore.

The move was necessary, said the Association of Healthcare Providers India (or AHPI, the nodal body of private empanelled hospitals) for a number of reasons, the main ones being CGHS owes these hospitals around Rs 200 crore in unpaid services as well as “unreasonably low” CGHS tariffs that haven’t been revised for the last four years. A doctor’s consultation fee, for example, remains Rs 58.

Also, AHPI says CGHS makes “illegal” deductions of 10% on all payments leading to losses for member hospitals. AHPI claims the amount runs up to Rs 180 crore.

In Karnataka, 20 hospitals, all in Bangalore, are empanelled with AHPI. HCG, Apollo hospitals, MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital and Bangalore Baptist Hospital, among others, will not provide the cashless health scheme from March 7.

“When we were empanelled with the government, it was agreed upon that we will get 10% rebate on treatment charges if the government pays within seven days. But now, this deduction has been made applicable even when the amount is unpaid for years. That’s illegal. This has led to huge losses for member hospitals amounting to over Rs 180 crore over the past three years,” says Dr Alexander Thomas, CEO, Bangalore Baptist hospital, who represents AHPI in Bangalore.

Some hospitals have put up a public notice to this effect, reading, “CGHS tariffs are unreasonably low and not been revised for the last four years, threatening the very existence of the medical service providers.”

Dr Naresh Shetty of AHPI said, “The empanelled hospitals have been providing services under most difficult circumstances. They had to deal with steep hikes in electricity and water tariff, consumables, wages, taxes. We’ve been requesting a revision since June 2013 but there’s been no response.”

Official speak

The dues are just one issue. The bigger issue is that a doctor’s consultation charge of Rs 58 is appalling. The fees for several procedures are abysmally low. We don’t want to let down our beneficiaries but we have no choice. We ask the CGHS to consider the rates of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers. We’ve suggested that if at all CGHS were to take tender route, let CGHS decide the rates based on lowest bid received from NABH – accredited hospitals. Adopting rates like this would be logical and rational. Treating a patient can’t be made similar to selling onions and potatoes.

Source : The Times of India

GPF Interest rate @ 8.7% for the Financial year 2014-2014

GPF Interest rate @ 8.7% for the Financial year 2014-2014
(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA) F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2014

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Economic Affairs)

New Delhi, the 4th March, 2014

RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2014-2015, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8.7% (Eight point seven per cent) per annum. This rate will be in force during the financial year beginning on 1.4.2014. The funds concerned are:—

1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

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(Peeyush Kumar)
Director (Budget)

Source: www.finmin.nic.in

The fate of Merger of DA, Interim Relief and Retirement Age to 62 after announcement of General Election..?

The fate of Merger of DA, Interim Relief and Retirement Age to 62 after announcement of General Election..?
With the announcement of poll dates, the Model Code of Conduct for governments and political parties will come into force with immediate effect. The government will no longer be able to take or announce any major decisions which will be considered as sops to woo voters. This brings an end to all hopes of benefit to the government employees. Earlier there were lot of expectations from the central government employees that government will roll out sops. There were talks of DA merger, interim relief and hiking of retirement age to 62. Even various union leaders had expressed views that some of these may be implemented.

The employees especially at lower levels reeling under the impact of rise in prices of essential commodities had considered these demands as genuine and expected the government to do something. The only thing that the government did was announcement of the seventh pay commission. And, it is not only election gift this announcement also was in accordance to 13th Finance Commission’s recommendations [click here to view] and demands from various employee union/federation.

All hopes are now going in the goal of newly constituted 7th CPC and employees have to wait for its Interim Report as Govt approved terms of 7th CPC with condition to give interim reports if any required. However the recommendations of 7th CPC to be implemented after Govt approval all these exercise will take more time and expectation for merger of DA/DR from 7th CPC in view of coming pay revision is also an illogical fact. Then what about Interim Relief? The word “Interim Relief” is not mentioned in 7th CPC terms of reference approved by Govt. Now 7th CPC have to invite Organisation/Employee Union for representation/discussion and merger of da and interim relief may be approved in this way. Implementation of main recommendations of 7th CPC is not expected before 2016. As per media hype the government has given another election rarity as announcement of 10% DA hike. All employees knows that this is only a procedure that will be automatically done once in 6 months and is based on inflation data.

Meanwhile the confederation have issued a circular expressing the dissatisfaction over the Cabinet approval of the Finance Ministry’s proposal on terms of reference of the 7th CPC. Demonstrations are planned on March 7th across the country and indefinite strike after elections.

source :Karnmk.blogspot.in

Schedule of General Elections to Lok Sabha

Schedule of General Elections to Lok Sabha
The Election Commission, after taking into account all relevant factors, has finalized the Schedule for General Elections to be held on 9 Poll days to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha.
          Details of Poll Days and corresponding Schedules are given at Statement-A. An abstract of number of Parliamentary Constituencies voting on different Polling Dates in States and Union Territories is given at Statement-B.
        State/ UT-wise Schedule indicating the number and names of the Parliamentary Constituencies are given in alphabetical order of States and UTs in Statement-C. The Schedule for Legislative Assembly Elections for the 3 States, viz. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim is given at Statement-D. The Schedule for Assembly Constituencies in each of these three States, Poll Day wise, is given at Statements E, F and G respectively.

Member, Natonal Council JCM raised strong objections against the ToR of 7th Pay Commission

Member, Natonal Council JCM raised strong objections against the ToR of 7th Pay Commission
Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra,General Secretary/ AIRF, Member/Standing Committee, National Council JCM  raised strong objections against the ToR of 7th Pay Commission

NATIONAL COUNCIL (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001

No.NC-JCM/2014/VII CPC

Dated: March 3, 2014

The Secretary,
Department of Personnel & Training,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
North Block, New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Terms of Reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission

It is reported that, the Union Cabinet in its meeting, held on 28th February, 2014, has approved the Terms of Reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission. We have gone through the same. We find that the Terms of Reference finalized by the Government is at variance in many respects to the Draft Terms of Reference the Staff Side had submitted to you on 25.10.2014 after holding in-house discussion on 24.10.2013.

At the conclusion of the meeting held on 24.10.2013, it was agreed that the Government would consider our suggestions in the matter and will convene another meeting with the presence of the Secretary (Expenditure) to iron out the differences, if any, and explore the possibilities of an agreement in the matter.

We regret to inform you that no such meeting was convened and no attempt was made by the Official Side to arrive at an agreed Terms of Reference. We find that the Government has rejected our suggestions for either taking a decision in the matter of Interim Relief, Merger of D.A., representation of labour nominee in the Commission itself, inclusion of the Grameen Dak Sewaks within the purview of the 7th CPC, bringing parity in pension between the past and present pensioners, covering the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 within the ambit of the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, date of effect, settlement of the pending items in the National Anomaly Committee etc. or referring those issues to the Commission itself for an Interim Report.

During discussions on 24th October, 2013, the Staff Side had also pointed out that the proposals sent by various ministries, seeking approval for rectification in VI CPC anomalies, are pending with the Ministry of Finance, and requested that approval may be given to all such proposals before finalization of VII CPC Terms of Reference. It seems, no action has been taken on those proposals.

Besides, we are to state that the existing Productivity Linked Bonus(PLB) Scheme, being a bilateral agreement, cannot be subjected to scrutiny and examination by the 7th CPC.

We, therefore, request you to kindly convene a meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) to discuss the issue, so as to make amendments to the Terms of Reference finalized by the Government arbitrarily.

Yours faithfully,

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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Member
Standing Committee National Council – JCM

Source: www.airfindia.com

Inter se seniority of direct recruits and promotees – DOPT Instructions

Inter se seniority of direct recruits and promotees – DOPT Instructions
No. 20011/1/2012-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 4th March, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Inter se seniority of direct recruits and promotees – instructions thereof

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that the fundamental principles of inter se seniority of direct recruits and promotees in Central Civil Services/posts were laid down in the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) O.M. No. 9/11/55-RPS dated 29.12.1959 which provided, Inter alia, that the relative seniority of direct recruits and of promotees shall be determined according to the rotation of vacancies between direct recruits and promotees, which shall be based on the quotas of vacancies reserved for direct recruitment and promotion respectively, in the Recruitment Rules.

2. The carrying forward of unfilled slots of a vacancy year, for being filled up by direct recruits of later years, was dispensed with through modified instructions contained in D0PT 0.M. No.35014/2/80-Estt.(D) dated 7.2.1986 which provides that rotation of quotas for purpose of determining seniority would take place only to the extent of the available direct recruits and the promotees. The unfilled direct recruitment/promotion quota vacancies would be carried forward andadded to the corresponding direct recruitment/promotion quota vacancies of the next year (and to subsequent years where necessary) for taking action for the total number of direct recruitment/promotioal according to the usual practice. Thereafter, in that year, while seniority will be determined between direct recruits and promotees, to the extent of the number of vacancies for direct recruits and promotees, as determined according to the quota for that year, the additional direct recruits/promotees selected against the carried forward vacancies of the previous year, would be placed en-bloc below the last promotee/direct recruit, asthe case may be, in the seniority list, based on the rotation of vacancies for that year.

3. All the existing instructions on seniority were consolidated by DOPT through a single OM. No. 22011/7/86 Estt(D) dated 03.07.1986.

4. In view of divergent stance taken by different Ministries/Departments on interpretation of ‘available direct recruits and promotees’ in the context of OM dated 7.2.86, the DoPT had issued O.M. No. 20011/1/2006-Estt.(D) dated 3.3.2008 which provided that the actual year of appointment, both in the case of direct/recruits and prornotees, would be reckoned as the year of availability for the purpose of rotation and fixation of inter se seniority.

5. The matter has been examined in pursuance of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment on 27.11.2012, in Civil Appeal No. 7514-7515/2005 in the case of N.R.Parmar vs. UOl & Ors in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs and it has been decided, that the manner of determination of Inter-se-seniority of directrecruits and promotes would be as under:

a) DoPT OM No. 20011/1/2006Æstt.(D) dated 3.3.2008 is treated as non-existent/withdrawn ab initio;

b) The rotation of quota based on the available direct recruits and promotees appointed against the vacancies of a Recruitment Year, as provided In DOPT O.M. dated 7.2.1986/3.07.1986, would continue to operate for determination of inter se seniority between direct recruits and promotees;

c) The available direct recruits and promotees, for assignment of inter se seniority, would refer to the direct recruits and promotees who are appointed against the vacancies of a Recruitment Year;

d) Recruitment Year would be the year of initiating the recruitment process against a vacancy year;

e) Initiation of recruitment process against a vacancy year would be the date of sending of requisition for filling up of vacancies to the recruiting agency in the case of direct recruits; in the case of promotees the date on which a proposal, complete In all respects, is sent to UPSC/Chairmarn-DPC for convening of DPC to fill up the vacancies through promotion would be the relevant date.

f) The initiation of recruitment process for any of the modes viz, direct recruitment or promotion would be deemed to be the Initiation of recruitment process for the other mode as well;

g) Carry forward of vacancies against direct recruitment or promotion quota would be determined from the appointments made against the first attempt for filling up of the vacancies for a Recruitment Year;

h) The above principles for determination of inter se seniority of direct recruits and promotees would be effective from 27.11.2012, the date of Supreme Court Judgment in Civil Appeal No. 7514-7515/2005 In thecase of N.R. Parmar Vs. UOl & Ors

I) The cases of seniority already settled with reference to the applicable interpretation of the term availability, as contained in DoPT O.M. dated 7.2.86/3.7.86 may not be reopened.

7. As the conferment of seniority would be against the Recruitment Year in which the recruitment process is initiated for filling up of the vacancies, It is incumbent upon all administrative authorities to ensure that the recruitment process is initiated during the vacancy year itself. While requisition for filling up the vacancies for direct recruitment should be sent to the recruiting agency, complete in all respects, during the vacancy year itself, the timelines specified in the Model Calendar for DPCs contained in DoPT O.M. No.22011/9/98-Estt(D)dated 8.9.98 and the Consolidated Instructions on DPCs contained In O.M.No.22011/S/86-Estt(D) dated April 10, 1989 should be scrupulously adhered to, for filling up the vacancies against promotion quota.

sd/-
(Mukta Goel)
Director

Source: www.persmin.gov.in

Working hours of Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers

Working hours of Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers

Working hours of Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

18, Institutional Area,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
New Delhi-110016

F.No.110333/1/2011-KVSHQ(Acad)


Date: 04th March 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Board Of Governors, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, in its 91st meeting held on 19th January, 2012 decided that working hours of teachers will be seven and half hours per day (45 hours per week) in line with the provisions of Right to Education Act., 2009. The additional one hour 20 minutes, after school hours was to be used for activities such as planning, preparation, evaluation, etc. This was to be done in the school itself.

In the 97th meeting of Board of Governors, Kendriya Vidyaiaya Sangathan, held on 27th February, 2014, the above decision has been reviewed and it has been decided that in line with the provisions of RTE Act, 2009, working hours of teachers will still remain 45 hours per week. However, additional one hour 20 minutes which the teachers are expected to devote in addition to school hours will be utilized for preparation and other follow up works. This time may be spent by the teachers preferably in the school. The work done during this additional one hour 20 minutes will be monitored by the Principal/Vice-Principal/HM.

The above arrangement comes into effect from the date of issue of this order.

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(V. Vijayalakshmi)
Joint Commissioner (Acad)

Source: http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ANN-04-03-14%281%29.PDF
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