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Thursday, May 11, 2017


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7th Pay Commission Allowance: Why arrears from January 2016 should be provided?

New Delhi, May 10: Almost 18 months have passed and a large number of central government employees are eagerly waiting for arrears on allowances. The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), the joint body of employee unions, believe that the demands made by central government employees on arrears on allowances from January 2016 is genuine. Shiv Gopal Mishra the NJCA convenor while speaking to said: “As the 7th Pay Commission was scheduled to be implemented from January 2016, it is the right of central government employees to seek arrears from specified date”.

On being asked whether the government is delaying the arrears as it may adversely affect the exchequer the NJCA chief “The employees wait for pay commission hike, for ten years. If this government had failed to implement the 7th pay Commission recommendations on the scheduled dates then they must at least release the arrears to address the resentment among the employees.ष्‍

For an ideal employer, it is necessary to revise the wages and allowances on the specified date. Government of India is also an ideal employer. Although it has failed to implement the 7CPC on its slated date, it is now bound to provide arrears. 

The NJCA chief had also dismissed the concerns raised by RBI and a few days ago its convenor said to that “The delay has been done by the Lavasa committee, why must employees pay the price. If RBI thinks that it would cause an adverse impact on inflation, then they should think of an alternative method to control inflation.”

Earlier this week, Shiv Gopal Mishra while speaking to said, “Arrears would mostly be provided to the employees”.

Although 15 days have been passed the Committee on Allowances’ has not made its report public and the Finance Ministry said, “Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all central government employees”.

Meanwhile, the committee is also looking for the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission which has called for abolition of 52 of the 196 existing allowances, apart from subsuming 36 smaller allowances.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Clarification on recently notified Maternity Benefit (Amendment) ACT, 2017

Ministry of Labour & Employment Press Note Dated 8.5.2017

Clarification on recently notified Maternity Benefit (Amendment ) Act, 2017 : Ministry of Labour & Employment Press Note Dated 8.5.2017

Ministry of Labour & Employment clarified that it is mandatory on the part of employers to extend the benefit of the enhanced maternity leave to those women workers who were already on maternity leave on the date of enforcement of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment ) Act ,2017 i.e as on 1.4.2017.


Addendum : SB Order No.06/2016 - Change of procedure on issue of KVP and NSC from 01.07.2016

Monday, May 8, 2017

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.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Modi, recently approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay structure and revision of the three pay matrices in the course of their implementation.  

The Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Modi, recently approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay structure and revision of the three pay matrices in the course of their implementation.

The Cabinet, while approving the 7th CPC recommendations for their implementation on 29th June, 2016, had made two modifications in the Defence Pay Matrix as under:

(a) Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 13A (Brigadier) may be increased from 2.57 to 2.67.

(b) Additional 3 stages in Levels 12A (Lt. Col.), 3 stages in Level 13 (Colonel) and 2 stages in Level 13A (Brigadier) may be added.

The Cabinet has now approved further modifications in the pay structure and the three Pay Matrices, i.e. Civil, Defence and Military Nursing Service (MNS). The modifications are listed below:

(i) Defence Pay Matrix has been extended to 40 stages similar to the Civil Pay Matrix: The 7th CPC had recommended a compact Pay Matrix for Defence Forces personnel keeping in view the number of levels, age and retirement profiles of the service personnel. The Ministry of Defence raised the issue that the compact nature of the Defence Pay Matrix may lead to stagnation for JCOs in Defence Forces and proposed that the Defence Pay Matrix be extended to 40 stages. The Cabinet decision to extend the Defence Pay Matrix will benefit the JCOs who can continue in service without facing any stagnation till their retirement age of 57 years.

(ii) IOR for Levels 12 A (Lt. Col. and equivalent) and 13 (Colonel and equivalent) in the Defence Pay Matrix and Level 13 (Director and equivalent) in the Civil Pay Matrix has been increased from 2.57 to 2.67: Variable IOR ranging from 2.57 to 2.81 has been applied by the 7th CPC to arrive at Minimum Pay in each Level on the premise that with enhancement of Levels from Pay Band 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and onwards, the role, responsibility and accountability increases at each step in the hierarchy. This principle has not been applied in respect of Levels 12A (Lt. Col. and equivalent), 13 (Colonel and equivalent) and 13A (Brigadier and equivalent) of Defence Pay Matrix and Level 13 (Director and equivalent) of the Civil Pay Matrix on the ground that there was a disproportionate increase in entry pay at the level pertaining to GP 8700 in the 6th CPC regime. The IOR for Level 13A (Brigadier and
equivalent) in the Defence Pay Matrix has already been revised upwards with the approval of the Cabinet earlier. In view of the request from Ministry of Defence for raising the IOR for Levels 12 A and 13 of the Defence Pay Matrix and requests from others, the IOR for these levels has been revised upwards to ensure uniformity of approach in determining the IOR.

(iii) To give effect to the decisions to extend the Defence Pay Matrix and to enhance the IORs, the three Pay Matrices – Civil, Defence and MNS – have also been revised. While doing so, two calculation errors noticed in the MNS Pay Matrix have also been rectified.

(iv) To ensure against reduction in pay, benefit of pay protection in the form of Personal Pay was earlier extended to officers when posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) with the approval of Cabinet. The benefit will also be available to officers coming on Central Deputation on posts not covered under the CSS.

Source: Financial express.