Wednesday, 29 March 2017

CHQ writes to Secretary, DOP on payment of salary to the employees & payment of pension on 01.04.2017 

 


Friday, 24 March 2017

Decision on 7th CPC allowances – Deep sense of frustration among employees

Delaying 7th CPC allowances announcement will cause deep sense of frustration among Central Government employees.
“Reports indicate that the Government might take more time to announce its decisions regarding the Ashok Lavasa Committee’s report on allowances that were prescribed by the Seventh Pay Commission”
The Committee on Allowances was formed under the leadership of Ashok Lavasa in July 2016 to review the recommendations on allowances by the 7th CPC. The committee was initially given 4 months period to submit its report to Finance Ministry.
Later, citing the stagnation that resulted due to demonetization, the Finance Ministry extended the period for submitting the report to 22nd Feb 2017.

Replying to a question in the Parliament, Central Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, on March 10, that the Allowance Committee has not yet submitted its report and that the government will immediately announce its decisions on the report as soon as it is received. He added that the committee is in the last leg of preparing its reports and that it would be submitted to the government very soon. And again, the DoPT Minister said the same statement in the Lok Sabha on 22nd March 2017.
Previously, it was said that the government will announce its decision as soon as the assembly elections in the five states concluded. Also, announcements were expected in Arun Jaitley’s budget speech in the Parliament. BJP’s win in the elections is now believed to be the reason behind a dramatic change in the situation.
As far as the Central Government employees are concerned, those living in the accommodations provided by the government are not bothered by the House Rent Allowance because the government doesn’t pay them any House Rent Allowance. Moreover, most higher officials stay in government accommodations.
Decisions on allowances offered to the armed forces are of special significance.
More than 50 lakh employees are hoping that the Centre will implement the revised allowances from April 1 onwards.

GRAMIN DAK SEVAK ISSUE IN LOK SABHA - 22-03-2017


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Parliament has right to decide on members’ salaries: Govt


The Government has asserted “it is the sacrosanct right of Parliament” to decide on the perks and salaries of its members. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar’s statement in the Lok Sabha on Friday came two days after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Election Commission and the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha secretariats on whether those who have been legislators for a single day were entitled to pensions and allowances. 

“I think every member of the House agrees that the right of the House is sacrosanct. Parliament has every right to decide about salaries and allowances of MPs,” Kumar said and many MPs in the House approved his stand. “The entire House is with you on this issue,” he added as a remark to the Speaker, the custodian of the House. 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too made a similar statement in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Both were responding to some MPs who pointed out to the Supreme Court notice following a petition filed by an NGO. 

Raising the issue in the Lower House, Trinamool congress member Saugata alleged that while the apex court was “transgressing” its rights, Parliament was not asking why former judges were being given pension. 

“The Supreme Court is transgressing its rights. It is an exclusive right of Parliament to decide on the issue. We are not asking why SC judges are being paid pension. We should take a stand on the issue,” he said. 

After hearing preliminary arguments by NGO Lok Prahari, whose plea was rejected by the Allahabad High Court earlier, Justice Jasti Chelameswar had said on Wednesday that the court could not do much about pensionary entitlements of legislators but would address the unstructured nature of the allowances they were entitled to. 

Justice Chelameswar said there was nothing in wrong in former lawmakers getting some sort of pension but the court would ensure that some sort of norms and guidelines were laid down on entitlement to all allowances even after legislators had lost their seats.


Source : The Economic Times

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Note on the proceedings of the meetings, the NPS Committee had with the Staff Side, JCM.

Note on the  proceedings of  the meetings, the NPS Committee had with the Staff Side, JCM. 

National Council on 20th January, and 17th March, 2017.  

As you are aware,  the Govt. had set up a committee as per recommendations of the 7th CPC to streamline  the procedure and functioning of the NPS. The Staff Side of NC JCM was asked to present their views in the matter. The meeting was on 20th January, 2017. The Staff side made a written presentation to  the committee on the subject. (The note was placed on the website). However, it also took the stand that the consultation with staff side could not be held in the manner of a Raj durbar as quite a number of Associations especially representing the organised Group A services and the All India Service officers were also invited to the said meeting.  The staff side was assured of an independent hearing.  Subsequently the sub-committee III (The Pension Committee had set up three sub committees to interact with various stake holders on different subjects)  under the Chairmanship of Ms. Vandana Sharma, Addl. Secretary of the Department of  Pension and Pensioners Welfare convened  a meeting on 10th February, 2017. The Sub- Committee was more concerned about the applicability of various provisions of the present rules to the NPS subscribers especially those which are punitive in character.  In the event of a Government servant being found guilty under the CCS (CCA) Rules, the Government is empowered to restrict, reduce or reject the Pension and other retirement benefits. Prior to the meeting, the sub Committee had asked for views on various issues to be discussed at the meeting. The official Side wanted similar rules in the case of NPS subscribers. The Staff Side had submitted a written Note in this regard.  The said Note has also been placed on the website.  In the meeting, the Staff Side had made it categorically clear that no such rules could be imposed on the NPS subscriber as the annuity which he purchases on the basis of the contribution made at the end of his service is the product of a financial transaction and cannot be unilaterally altered at the whims of the employer.   Once the contributions of  the employee and the employer is remitted to the investing agency, the employer ceases to be a stake holder any more in the scheme.  
The third meeting was held on 17th March, 2017.  The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Pension.  The said meeting was to specifically interact with the members of the Staff Side.  On behalf of the Staff side, the following comrades took part in the meeting. 

1.     Com. M.Raghavaiah (Leader, Staff Side)
2.     Com. Sivgopal Misra(Secretary Staff Side)
3.     Com. KKN.Kutty(Confederation)
4.     Com. C. Sreekumar(AIDEF)
5.     Com. Guman Singh and (NFIR)
6.     Com. Sreenivasan (INDWF)

 As indicated earlier, several Associations of Group A Officers had made their presentations. Some of the important points mentioned by them during the discussions were:

1)     Discrimination between pre and post 2004 officials-

2)   While Govt. determines the quantum of pension subscription   and makes it mandatory it refuses to guarantee a minimum return.

3)     Atal Pension Yojana offers better and guaranteed benefit to the Subscribers.

4)    The Government’s assurance that the employees under NPS will get annuity not less than the minimum pension under the defined benefit scheme and might even be more was  made on wrong assumption in as much as -

a)  100% of the corpus was taken for  computation of annuity  whereas as per the  scheme only  40%  of the pension wealth alone would b e available. 

b)  Fund expenses are exorbitantly under- valued.

c)  No benefit for the family the case of a Pensioner, who dies at an early age under NPS.

d)  Annuity is not cost-indexed.

5)  Two officers at the level of the Secretary to GOI retiring on the same day  in 2037( former recruited in 2003 and latter in 2004 )will have a huge differential in pension. The  2003 recruitee will have pension 3.25 times  of the annuity of the 2004 recruitee. Over a period of next 10 years i.e in 2047,(due to cost indexation) the 2003 recruitee will have pension 7.4 times of what  the 2004 NPS official receives as annuity.

6)  In most of the countries where contributory pension scheme is in vogue, the Govt’s (employer) contribution is 25% of the salary while that of the employee is 10%

7)  The NPS Contribution do not enjoy the Tax benefits like PPF, EPF, GPF etc.

The Secretary Pension informed the members that the Committee’s mandate is only to make suggestions to streamline the NPS procedures and make the rules simple and transparent. The basic features will not therefore undergo any change. He concluded that neither the scheme would be  replaced or discarded, nor any guaranteed minimum pension  would be offered. as in both cases Govt. will have to  undertake financial obligations.  He clarified that the Sub Committees have been set up to expedite the work.

The staff Side in their presentation made out inter alia the following points:

a)   The number of employees covered under NPS in increasing day by day and in a decade’s time, they might become significant segment of the Government personnel.

b)   All those who are covered by the scheme are extremely critical and resent that their savings are channelled into private hands to help the corporate bodies to make enormous profits.

c)   There is no likelihood either now or in any time in future that NPS subscribers will be able to   purchase an annuity equivalent to what the pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme is entitled. The Government must honour its commitment made to this effect to the staff side in the National Council, when the NPS was introduced.

d)   The Committee in its report must at least   bring it to the notice of Government that the Staff Side of the JCM is of the firm view that the cosmetic changes in the scheme will not bring about any tangible benefit to the subscribers and the Government must as an interim measure guarantee the pension to NPS subscribers equivalent to what is provided for the personnel covered under the defined benefit scheme.

e)    The  Staff Side opined that the committee  will be well  within its term of reference to suggest.

(i)       Cost-indexation of annuity as  the Contribution made by the subscribers and the Government as employer  is 10% of the salary-salary for this purpose being Basic Pay and Dearness allowance. In other words, in every six months contribution increases and therefore it is logical that the annuity is also raised every six months to keep  pace   with the rate of inflation. 

(ii)   Minimum guarantee is assured by many countries even under the contributory system of pension and the provision to the contrary in the PFRDA Act must be recommended to be removed. 

(iii)     It is a welcome step that the Govt. has now decided to extend the benefit of family pension in the case of all NPS subscribers who die in harness. The family pension can therefore be assured at the prevailing rate  for all NPS subscribers, if necessary by appropriating a one-time  deduction from their pension wealth,  at their option, at the time of retirement. 

(iv)      To introduce the GPF again as a voluntary option. 

(v)     All NPS subscribers must be provided with a payment slip by the heads of offices  indicating the amount deducted, the amount contributed by the Govt. and the date on which the     sum has been made over the to the fund managers, irrespective of the communication the subscriber is entitled to get from the   PFRDA registry. 

(vi)  No rules to be framed to link the pension benefit with disciplinary proceedings.

(vii)  The present investment pattern prescribed must be reviewed for its viability periodically.

(viii)   The Sub Committee which goes into the issue concerning framing rules may be asked to interact with the Staff Side once the draft rules are ready.

(ix)     In so far as customer friendly procedures are concerned, the committee may look at the best international practices with a view to adopt and incorporate them.

It could be seen from the deliberations in the committee that nothing short of replacing NPS with Statutory   defined     Benefit Pension Scheme will bring about anything good for new recruitees. Our endeavour must be in that direction whereby sanctions are generated and compulsions  are felt by the Govt as early as possible.
   
K.K.N. Kutty
Member, Standing Committee
National  Council, JCM &
National President, Confederatio

Monday, 20 March 2017

7th Pay Commission Higher allowances to be proposed in this month

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New Delhi: The Committee on Allowances will propose to increase allowances of central government employees, besides dearness allowance (DA) in this month.
DA is being paid to them with their pay packages.
The Committee on Allowances, under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, was formed in July 2016 following protests by government employees over recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on allowances.
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.
The committee was initially given four months time to submit the report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Later, the Finance Minister extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017.
The Committee on Allowances is yet to submit its report, the Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said in Lok Sabha on March 10.
However, he said that the deliberations of the committee are in the final stages.
Besides the basic salary, a large portion of a central government employee's salary is the house rent allowance (HRA); some changes are to be made in this category of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on allowances,

"The Committee on Allowances has decided against reducing the house rent allowance (HRA). The 7th Pay Commission suggested bringing down the HRA to 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent respectively depending on type of cities," the Finance Ministry's officials said.
The officials also said that the Committee on Allowances would suggest, the HRA is to be kept as it was under the Sixth Pay Commission at 30 per cent, 20 per cent, and 10 per cent respectively.
The Committee on Allowances is likely to remain constant the Transport Allowance for central government employees as 6th Pay Commission recommendations including Dearness Allowance (DA), the sources added.
So, the employees now get all allowances except dearness allowance, according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.
The higher allowances most probably to implement from the month of April and the cabinet may give its nod in this month, the sources confirmed.
TST

NFIR: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees

NFIR: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees


No.IV/NPS/PFRDA BILL/Part-I

Dated: 18/03/2017
The General Secretaries
of Affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Brother,

Sub: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest implementation of the National Pension System Employees - reg.

A meeting of the Committee with JCM (Staff Side) under the chairmanship of Secretary (Pension), Department of pension & Pensioners' Welfare was held at Sardar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi on 17th March 2017 at 15.00 hrs. Brief on the discussions is given below:
(i) At the outset, Secretary (Pension) stated that the Committee will try to consider and propose for safeguarding the interests of pensioners appointed on or after 01/01/2004. He said that the purpose of meeting was to elicit views from JCM (Staff Side) and make out report with an attempt to accommodate the views by and large.

(ii) Thereafter, the Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation highlighting the attempts of the Committee for formulating Rules, Regulations and Procedures to be considered by the Government.
(iii) Initiating discussions, the JCM (Staff Side) leaders have reiterated their consistent stand that the Liberalized Pension Scheme needs to be made applicable to those who joined the Government service from 01/01/2004.


2. The JCM (Staff Side) leader Dr.M.Raghavaiah and Standing Committee Member, Shri Guman Singh have participated in the meeting and pointed out as follows:

(a) The Committee should consider for recommending 50% of Last Pay drawn as minimum pension to the retiring NPS subscribers irrespective of their total service.

(b) The Pension Rules of 1972 be incorporated in the proposed draft Rules in an appropriate manner, thereby pension is guaranteed to the families of retired/deceased employees and their dependents.
(c) While 60% of Pension wealth will be paid to the retiring NPS subscriber, the remaining 40% is invested by PFRDA on which retiring employee has no control. What is needed to be ensured is "Guarantee for payment of 50% of Last Pat drawn as Pension". Remaining 40% Pension wealth may be invested or used by PFRDA on which,retiring employee may have no claim.
(d) In the Railways, the employer deducts l0% of wages from employee's salary towards subscription and contributes equal amount. No Railway employee knows what their actual amount is, as no written statement is furnished by the employer. The JCM (Staff Side) is not concerned about the role of PFRDA - NSDL- etc., as every Railway employee wants to know what is his/her amount (subscription plus contribution). It should be ensured that Railways should give atleast annually, the statement of accumulated amount to the employee so that on the date of his retirement, he/she will know whether entire money was credited to PFRDA and equally he/she will know what would be 60% of the total pension wealth. The present defective system needs to be streamlined.
The above is for information of affiliates.
Yours fraternity
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Friday, 17 March 2017

CADRE RESTRUCTURING OF POSTAL GROUP ‘C’ - Detailed suggestions of NFPE & FNPO submitted to Secretary, Department of Posts. 

 

Dear Comrades,


          Today (17.03.2017) Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation & Ex-Secretary General, NFPE & Shri. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO met Shri B. V. Sudhakar Secretary, Department of Posts and submitted a detailed letter explaining the issues arising out of implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposals of Postal Group ‘C’ with the suggestions of the staff side to mitigate the grievances of the staff and held discussion with him. 

The Staff side requested the Secretary, Department of Posts to keep the implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal in abeyance till the issues raised by the staff side are sorted out amicably. Secretary (Posts) assured positive consideration. 

As Secretary (Posts) was busy today, detailed discussions will be held later.

R. N. Parashar,
Secretary General,
NFPE.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Cadre Restructuring .....

Impact on Senior Officials.

1. Nearly 2000 senior officials would get LSG Promotion in the nearing Months...

2. HSG - I and HSG - II Posts to be filled immediately with the available staff..

3. HSG NFG will be granted to officials who have completed 2 Years in HSG I as on date...

4. After filling up HSG -I , HSG -II and LSG Posts.. Department will proceed DOPT for granting One time relaxation to fill up all vacant HSG-I , HSG-II posts , LSG Posts ..

5. There would be lesser problem for HSG I and HSG II officials when compared to LSG..

Classification of Senior Officials..

1. Likely to retire within 10 years and not before 7 years
2.Likely to retire within 7 years and not before 4 years
3. Likely to retire within 4 years..


a.  7 to 10 years

        Officials who have completed 20 years of service and already in  4200/- grade pay and if promoted to LSG may have to Accept the promotion since their next Promotion to HSG II  would fall within the next 6 to 8 years .
       They may retire as Postmaster HSG II .  Since the number of HSG II Posts have been enhanced they can get posted in the same Division ..

b. 4 to 7 years

       Officials who have completed 20 years of service and already in 4200/- grade pay and if promoted to LSG may have atleast one chance to become HSG II before retirement . Hence accepting of promotion is recommended.

c.  1 to 4 Years

     Officials who have completed 20 years as well as 30 years and already in grade Pay 4200/- or 4600/- may also opt for promotion , for they would get a chance to officiate in higher Post during their Retirement ..

Classification by AGE.

1.  40 to 50
2.  30 to 40

Officials in the first classification may be about to complete 20 years and some would have completed  20 years of service and yet there is solid 10 to 15 years remaining for retirement.

They should certainly opt for LSG Promotion without hesitation and may have a good chance of retiring at the highest hierarchy in the cadre..

There may be some dislocation to few officials which they have to manage for year or two.

Definitely the number of Posts and the number of eligible officials would differ to division to division..

1. Number of post higher but officials will be short.

2. Number of officials higher than the Post allotted to the Division.

Since there is acute shortage of staff and countable number of officials have rather retired or gone out under VRS and also in unforeseen demise, the number of officials for the Post would be lesser in the HSG I and HSG II category ..

However the LSG Post would be filled up 100% since the eligible conditions has been brought down to 5 years in PA cadre...

There are also rumors that some are trying to keep the CR under abeyance for a particular period. so that the officials would retire at the present post and station .

There may be some dislocation to officials at High HRA stations and have to sacrifice for a particular time to regain it.

Instead the HRA criteria would be taken up for Modification and as to have an equitable allowance at Metros , Cities and Rural Area so that official would not loose allowances.

Keeping the HRA equal at all stations and providing a distinction like CCA for Metro and High cities would solve the problems considerably..

Otherwise officials would opt for declination....

It is also hoped that necessary orders for Promotion to HSG -I , HSG -II would be initiated at CO simultaneously calling for CRs of officials for Promotion to LSG..


Placement of Postmaster Cadre in the event of CR

Offices below the rank of Grade I ie LSG / Triple handed POs has been placed at 4200/- while the Postmaster Grade I is placed at 2800/-.  

One Post of LSG is also created in Grade I offices and now the Grade I  Postmaster is to supervise another official of the Same Grade Pay. It may also result in contradictions between officials due to authority .

Hence the Cadre Review of Postmaster Cadre is expected within short span of time as the Implementation process of CR is being carried out for Postal Assistants.

The Postmaster Grade I should be definitely placed higher than the LSG and Triple handed post offices by virtue of status and higher fixation of pay is also essentially required.  

This can also be ensured by the following..

1. Amalgamating Grade I and Grade II Posts and allotting 2/3rd to Postmaster Grade I.
  ie . 252 grade I and 50 grade Posts to be merged to 302 and 2/3rd ie 200 Posts to remain as Grade -I 

2. The remaining 100 Posts  may be marked for Grade II so that the number of Posts in Grade II is increased considerably.

3. The 51 Grade III Post may remain the same 

Now the Ration of Postmaster Grade I : II:III
would be 4 : 2 : 1

The Unions should also look forward the Postmaster cadre being taking up in light of the CR for Postal Assistants..

Sunday, 12 March 2017

All India Civil Services powerlifting, Weightlifting & Best Physique Tournament 2016-17







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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

மகளிர் தின வாழ்த்துக்கள் 


International Women's Day Celebrations snapshots of Various Post offices

St Thomas Mount HPO, TN Circle

St Thomas Mount HPO, TN Circle
St. Thomas Mount HPO, TN Circle
Tirunelveli Division, TN Circle


Tirunelveli Division, TN Circle
Park Town HO, Chennai


Park Town HO, Chennai


T. Nagar HPO, TN Circle

Chidambaram HPO, Cuddalore Division, TN Circle

Bhavani HPO, Erode Division, TN Circle

Bhavani HPO, Erode Division, TN Circle

TiruvallurHPO, TN Circle


Annur SO,  Tirupur Division , TN Circle
Annur SO,  Tirupur Division , TN Circle

Sirkali HPO, TN Circle

Chidambaram HPO, Cuddalore Division, TN Circle
Dindigul HPO,  TN Circle
Dindigul HPO,  TN Circle
Dindigul DO,  TN Circle
Periyakulam HPO, Theni Division, TN Circle

Periyakulam HPO, Theni Division, TN Circle
Nagarkovil HPO

Avadi Camp HPO

Chidambaram HPO


Divisional Office, Puttur-574201 (Karnataka Circle) on 09.03.17
Chirala HPO, AP Circle

Ongole D.O, AP Circle

Ongole HPO, AP Circle

Podili HPO, AP Circle


Puttur HPO( DK), Karnataka-574201.

Puttur HPO( DK), Karnataka-574201.
Tirunelveli Division, TN Circle

Tirunelveli Division, TN Circle

Gokak HO-591307, Belgaum, Karnataka Circle 

Gokak HO-591307, Belgaum, Karnataka Circle 

Park Town HO, Chennai

Park Town HO, Chennai