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Jul 17, 2018
The loco pilots of Indian Railways have called for an all-India strike under the banner of All India Loco Running Staff Association. Loco pilots from all over India will be “fasting while on Duty as well as off Duty”, for two days from August 17. The loco pilots are protesting against the delay in revising the post 7th Pay Commission rates of the running allowances, which are due from January 1, 2016.
According to the press release by All India Loco Running staff Association: “The Railway Loco Pilots and Guards were paid an allowance called Running allowance. This allowance consists of a portion of their pay to an extent of 30% and the TA as entitled. It is paid Proportionate to the kilometres of distance they run the trains, at the prescribed rates, as per the RAC 1980 formula”.
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Jul 16, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's decision to hike Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers has fuelled the hope of the employees who have been seeking clarity over their fitment factor and minimum pay scale demand beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. As per a report in Zee Business, every time the government approves something which relates to the 7th Pay Commission, the 48 lakh government employees start to think whether their demands will soon be met.
Also, with the Lok Sabha elections due next year, it is unlikely that the Centre will ignore the demands of the government employees. The employees have been at loggerheads with the government claiming that the salary increase recommended by seventh pay commission is insufficient, the report said.
7th Pay commission: The pressure on Centre from all sides, interested parties, lobbyists, teachers, Indian Railways employees and yes, even central government employees is getting intense
7th Pay commission: The pressure on Centre from all sides, interested parties, lobbyists, teachers, Indian Railways employees and yes, even central government employees is getting intense. Reason behind that is the fact that each segment has made demands for sops and salary hikes and the results of this pressure are awaited. What is adding to the urgency is the fact that this government is at the fag end of its 5 years in office. General elections are looming.
As August 15 nears, the hopes of over 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent retirees for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations remain on an all-time high. If reports are to be believed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Independence Day, is expected to make an announcement about a hike in fitment factor and minimum pay of Central Government employees.
The speculation gains further strength after a hike in minimum support price (MSP) was announced by PM Modi recently. On the other hand, if reports are to be believed, the Central and State government employees, who are waiting a salary hike beyond 7th CPC or 7th Pay Commission recommendations, might receive a good news from the Centre ahead of the issue of notification on the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 by Election Commission of India’s (ECI).
Jul 14, 2018
Days after announcing that Punjab’s 3.5 lakh-strong government staff would have to undergo screening for drugs, the state government on Thursday decided to exempt women employees from the test.
The state government has about 90,000 women employees. Sources said the decision to exempt them was taken on the ground that the percentage of women addicted to drugs in Punjab was minuscule and because it would not send the right signal if they are asked to undergo a dope test. It has also been decided that employees will be reimbursed the Rs 1,500 they currently pay for the test.
The Indian Express has learnt that in a set of guidelines issued to Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s office has said that those on medication for ailments should also be exempted after they submit their prescriptions from a health expert. There were concerns about false positive tests if the employees were on medication.
State Bank of India has instructed its various zones to recover the ‘compensation’ given to officers of its erstwhile associate banks for over-time work during the demonetisation days in late 2016.
According to the SBI communication, the compensation was meant for those working in SBI’s branches, and related to the period when the five associate banks functioned on their own.
Over 70,000 officers and employees became part of the SBI when its associate banks — State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur — merged with the parent on April 1, 2017.
“The claim related to the period prior to the merger of e-Abs (erstwhile Associate Banks) should have been dealt by e-Abs at the material time and we have no record of any commitment to pay the same,” the communication said, adding that instruction issued earlier this year for payment of compensation was only in respect of those who worked in SBI’s branches.
The CBI has registered a case against unknown officials of Ministry of External Affairs and others for their alleged role in fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 92 lakh from various GPF accounts of the ministry during 2017-2018.
The crime came to light during a preliminary internal review conducted by the office of Principal Chief Controller of Accounts of Ministry of External Affairs. The review was conducted on a complaint received by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday from ministry’s Controller of Accounts Shailendra Kumar, an agency official said.
In its complaint, Kumar alleged that Rs 91.90 lakh was withdrawn in four fraudulent transactions made on August 23, 2017; September 5, 2017; October 23, 2017 and February 2 from four different GPF accounts in Central Bank of India’s south Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave-based branch, Canara Bank branch in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly, Axis Bank branch in south Delhi’s Saket and United Bank of India branch in Guwahati’s G.S. Road in Assam respectively.
Employee unions of banks and state-run insurance companies will stage a sit-in at Azad Maiden in the city tomorrow to protest against privatisation of banks, allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance sector and to expedite wage revision.
The protest is called by the Co-ordination Committee of Bank, Insurance and Financial Sector Unions (CCBIFU), a joint platform of unions – All India Bank Employee Association (AIBEA), All India Banks Officers Association (AIBOA) and All India LIC Employees Federation (AILICEF), a release from CCBIFU said yesterday.
Employee unions from General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC), New India Assurance and United India Insurance are also participating, it added.
Next Meeting of National Anomaly Committee to be held on 17.7.2018 – Staff Side, Meeting Notice
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated July 13, 2018