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Report On Allowances To Be Placed Before Secretaries Panel Next Week

New Delhi: The report on allowances will be placed before the empowered committee of secretaries in the next week for screening, a finance ministry official told on Monday.

The empowered committee of secretaries to take up all issues of allowances, including house rent allowance (HRA), which has been submitted by Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa on its report under the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

The Cabinet approved the setting up of Empowered Committee of Secretaries on January 13, 2016 to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in an overall perspective. Accordingly, the report of allowances will be screened by that Empowered Committee of Secretaries, the official said.

The finance ministry has set up a 13-member Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha on January 27, 2016 on cabinet nod for processing the report of the 7th Pay Commission, which has bearing on remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The other members in the panel include secretaries from the Home Affairs and Defence ministry and secretaries of department of personnel and training, pension and PW, revenue, expenditure, posts, health, and science and technology. Chairman of Railway Board, Deputy CAG and Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat are also on the panel.

“It will look at all the issues of allowances, including HRA and it will function as a Screening Committee to process the Committee on Allowances report with regard to all relevant factors,” the official said.

“The report on allowances is now being examined in the Department of Expenditure. It will be completed shortly, we expect, the finance minister Arun Jaitley next week will hand over it to the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) to examine it and after consideration by the empowered committee of secretaries, the higher allowances shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval.,” the official added.

The employees now get all allowances except dearness allowance at the old rates until the cabinet approval of higher allowances.
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2017 MAY 6th & 7th (SATURDAY, SUNDAY)

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             The 3rd Central Working Committee meeting of AIPEU-GDS (CHQ) was held on 05th May 2017 in Bank Employees Union hall, Trivandrum. The meeting presided by Com. Bijoy Gopal Sur, All India President and Com.P. Muralidharan, Chairman, CoC, Kerala made welcome speech.

            Com.R.N.Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE inaugurated the CWC meeting and Com.Giriraj singh, Genl Secretary, R-III, Com.R.Seethalakshmi, Genl, Secretary, P-4. Com.P.Suresh, Genl Secretay, R-IV also attended and addressed.

            Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation spoken elaborately on the organizational issues of AIPEU-GDS and the analysis of recommendations of the GDS Committee. 
            The CWC meeting concluded with the unanimous resolutions on demanding the Department & Govt to implement all the positive recommendations of Shri Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report at the earliest and immediate issuance of notification to conduct membership verification in GDS cadre.

            The arrangements made by the Reception Committee for holding the CWC meeting and for the participants, invitees deserves all appreciation. CHQ conveyed heartfelt thanks to the comrades of Kerala for their support and cooperation to AIPEU-GDS.

 23rd MAY 2017
·        Increase minimum pay and fitment formula.
·        Revise allowances including HRA with effect from 01.01.2016.
·        Grant option-I pension parity recommended by 7th CPC.
·        Revise pension and grant dearness relief to autonomous body pensioners
·        Implement positive recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee on Gramin Dak Sevaks. Grant Civil Servant Status.
·        Regularise all Casual, Part-Time, Contingent and Contract Workers and grant equal pay for equal work.
·        Remove stringent conditions imposed for grant of MACP etc.
All affiliated organisations and COCs are once again requested to mobilise large number of employee and pensioners as per quota fixed in the last circular and make the programme a grand success.
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
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We are getting many phone calls and messages from Central Government Pensioners and employees regarding the Cabinet decision on 03.05.2017. Government has approved the recommendations of the Committee headed by Secretary (Pension) constituted by it as per the cabinet decision on 29.06.2016. The full details of the cabinet decision will be known only after issuing orders by Pension Ministry. The Pension Committee has told the JCM Staff Side that instead of Option-I parity, recommended by 7th CPC, it is considering 5th CPC recommended parity. It is presumed that the decision of the Cabinet may be to extend 5th CPC recommended parity to pre-2016 pensioners as recommended by Pension Committee. We are waiting for detailed orders to confirm.
Regarding option-2 parity recommended by 7th CPC, the Pension Committee and Cabinet has rejected the recommendations as NOT FEASIBLE, eventhough JCM Staff side has tried its best to convince the Pension Committee that it is Feasible. The intention behind the Cabinet decision dated 29.06.2017 to constitute a committee to examine the feasibility of option-I recommended by 7th CPC was to deny the Option-I parity which is more beneficial to pre-2006 pensioners than the 5th CPC Parity. Of course 5th CPC parity is also beneficial but option-I parity of 7th CPC is more beneficial to many employees.
Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers shall continue its struggle for Option-I parity alongwith the National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association (NCCPA).
The details of the 3rd May Cabinet decision will be published as and when orders are issued by Government. Please wait for detailed orders before coming to any conclusion.
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
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Pensioners & Employees of Autonomous Bodies are requested join 23rd May 2017 Mass Dharna in front of Finance Ministers office organized by Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.
The above issue was raised in the Standing Committee meeting of National Council (JCM) by Com. K. K. N. Kutty, who is the President of Confederation and Secretary General of National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association (NCCPA) as an out of agenda item. Finance Ministry has repeated it stand as follows:
“Employees of Autonomous bodies are not Central Government employees and they are not covered with the terms of reference of the CPC. Therefore, like the previous pay commissions, the recommendations of the 7th CPC are not directly applicable to the employees of Autonomous Bodies. The Govt. has taken specific decision and has extended the benefit of 7th CPC to the employees of Autonomous Bodies and accordingly Finance Ministry has issued instructions contained in OM No. dated 13.01.2017.
The Central Government does not issue any instructions regarding implementation of recommendations of CPCpertaining to Pension in respect of Autonomous Bodies. The Ministry of Finance has not issued orders, earlier also, with regard to extension of orders relating to pension, as per CPC recommendations, to the retirees of Autonomous Bodies. The appropriate decision is to be taken by the concerned Autonomous Body in consultation with the concerned Administrative Ministry in keeping with the practice on the previous occasions and also in the light of the Rules and Regulations/Bye-laws governing the services conditions of the employees of the respective Autonomous Bodies.”
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has included this issue as an important demand in the proposed mass dharna being organized in front of Finance Minister’s office New Delhi on 23.05.2017 (in addition to other demands like Revision of Allowances w.e.f 01.01.2016, increase in minimum wage and fitment formula as assured by the Group of Ministers etc.) Pensioners and employees of Autonomous bodies are requested to participate in the mass dharna in large members. Confederation is the only organisation of serving employees which is relentlessly fighting for the cause of Employees and Pensioners of Central Government Services and Autonomous Bodies.
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
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Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

DOP&T has issued orders on 01.05.2017, regarding applicability of Revised Pay Rules 2016 to persons re-employed in Government Service after retirement including those re-employed Ex-Servicemen. Confederation has been demanding fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen (Personnel Below officers Rank) by protecting their last pay drawn in Military service. We have written a detailed letter to Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Department of Personnel) on 28.09.2016 giving full justification of pay protection, which is published in the Confederation Website – www.confederationhq.blogspot.com on 29.09.2016. We have also discussed the case as an agenda item in the Standing Committee meeting of National Council JCM on 25.10.2016 and Govt’s reply is published in the website on 3rd December 2017 under the heading Minutes of the Standing Committee Meeting. After issuing of orders on 01.05.2017, we have again raised the issue in the Standing Committee meeting of National Council JCM on 3rd May 2017 which was presided by Secretary, Department of Personnel. DOP&T took a firm stand that “PROTECTION OF LAST PAY DRAWN CANNOT BE EXTENDED TO RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMEN (PBOR) AS THEIR ENTIRE MILITARY PENSION AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS ARE IGNORED FOR PAY FIXATION IN THE RE-EMPLOYED POST”. In cases where the entire pension and pensionary benefits are not ignored for pay fixation (as in the case of officers) the initial basic pay on re-employment shall be fixed at the same stage as the last basic pay drawn before retirement. Inspite of our best efforts, there is no chance in changing the stand taken by DOP&T. we have to explore other means for getting justice to the re-employed Ex-Servicemen (PBOR).
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
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Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com


Meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 03.05.2017. Only Action Taken Report (progress report) on old items discussed in the Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 was discussed from 3 to 7 PM. 

The protest of the staffside regarding abnormal delay in implementation of revised allowances from 01.01.2016 , increase in minimum pay and fitment formula , Option -1  parity of Pensioners , revision of pension and grant of dearness relief to autonomous body penioners etc was conveyed to Secretary , Department of Personnel who chaired the meeting. The proposed move to close down DGS&D was also raised. 

To discuss the new items another meeting will be held shortly. 

On behalf of Confederation Coms: K.K.N.Kutty , M.Krishnan and M.S.Raja attended. Cabinet has approved the parity in pension  recommended by the Pension Committee constituted by Govt w.e.f.01.01.2016. (whether it is 5th CPC recommended parity can be confirmed only after seeing the orders). 

It is confirmed that Option -1 recommended by 7th CPC  is rejected.


Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits -- PIB News

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).

The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1st January, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore.  Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:

1.        Revision of pension of pre – 2016 pensioners and family pensioners
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet.  The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor.  It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.

While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.

In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations.

In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner.  The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases.  The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases.  The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies. 

2.         Disability Pension for Defence Pensioners

The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.
The issue of disability pension was referred to the National Anomaly Committee by the Ministry of Defence on account of the representation received from the Defence Forces to retain the slab-based system, as it would have resulted in reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing pensioners and a reduction in the amount of disability pension for future retirees when compared to percentage-based disability pension. 

The decision which will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entail an additional expenditure of approximately Rs. 130 crore per annum.


(Release ID :161508)