May 28, 2014

Inclusion of IAS officer in 7th Pay Commission challenged in Delhi HC

The inclusion of a senior IAS officer in the three member 7th Pay Commission has been challenged in the Delhi High Court by a group of retired officials from various other central services, including a former defence officer.

The retired officials, in their plea, challenged the notification to constitute the 7th Pay Commission alleging that there was an inherent bias in the recommendations of the commission towards IAS officers, who get a higher pay scale than their contemporaries in other services. The HC Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre on the plea and sought its response within six weeks.

According to the Finance Ministry’s notification issued in February, Vivek Rae, retired secretary-level officer in the IAS, was made a member of the panel along with a retired judge and the Director of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Rathin Roy.

The petitioners argued that an IAS officer could not be appointed as he would be “by necessary implication, directly interested in and affected by the recommendations of the pay commission.”“No person who has ever been a member of any of the services, whose pay or pension is under fixation should be on the commission,” the plea said.

The central government counsel Jatan Singh said there was no scope for bias since recommendations of the commission were a “collective decision,” of the three members.
Source - indian express

May 11, 2014

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH (BPMS) Reply to the 7th Pay Commission Questionnaire


BPMS  published the answers to the questionnaire of 7th Central Pay Commission
1 SALARIES 
1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two. 

Answer 1.1:- We are of the opinion that the consideration on which the minimum salary in case of lowest Group ‘C’ functionary should be based on the norms set by the 15th International Labour Conference (ILC) with certain amendments. Earlier Central Pay Commissions have kept in the mind that the minimum salary is applicable at the time a person joins the Government which will usually be at a young age when a person may be married and may not have responsibility of parents or many children and accordingly, the family unit for minimum salary can only be taken as three.

Contrary to this, Indian family is considered strong, stable, flexible and enduring and normally it consist of three to four living generations, including brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and grandparents living together in the same home. The official statistics reveal that large segments of the elderly in India are illiterate, out of work force, partially or totally dependent on others and suffering from health problems or physical disabilities. Hence, a person when joins the Government he has to look after his parents, wife, children, brothers and grandparents also. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 also compels him to take care of his/her parents.

SOURCE - 90paisa

May 8, 2014

Reply to 7th Central Pay Commission Questionnaire from NC JCM staff side



No.NC-JCM-2014/ 7th CPC
8 May, 2014
The Secretary,
7th Central Pay Commission,
New Delhi
Sub: - Reply to Questionnaire
Respected Madam,

We are enclosing herewith reply to Questionnaire on behalf of National Council (Staff Side) JCM for kind consideration of the Commission.

With regards,
Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary



7th CPC Questionnaire
1. Salaries
1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two. 

Any Commission which considers the question of emoluments for employees/workers should first be inspired by the implication flowing from the amendment to the preamble of our Constitution where-by the words “socialist & secular” were prefixed to the word “Republic”, as also the Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in Article 43 i.ethe state should endeavour to secure living wage for its employees/workers.

May 7, 2014

NFIR asked its unions views to submit 7th pay commission

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railway men
3. CHELMSFQRD ROAD. NEW DELHI -110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2OI3/Pt.II.
30.04.2014
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR.

Dear Brother.

Sub: Submission of Memorandum to 7th Central Pay Commission — reg.

Please find enclosed a copy of DO. letter No.7CPC/l 9/Memorandum/13 dated29.04.2014 received from Smt. Meena Agarwal. Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission,New Delhi requesting NFIR to submit its Memorandum by 30th June 2014.

2. In view of the above, NFIR has to work towards preparation of a comprehensive memorandum to be submitted to 7th CPC in any case before 30th June, 2014.

3. The Affiliates are therefore requested to hold meetings involving experienced and knowledgeable staff belonging to various categories and prepare a detailed case with appropriate suggestions on proposed pay structure, allowances, incentives etc.

4. It is suggested that category-wise briefs should be prepared and sent to the federation

5. The aberrations, anomalies, imbalances created by successive Pay Commissions more particularly 5th & 6ih Central Pay Commissions should be listed in a cogent manner and sent to the federation.

6. Particulars relating to entry qualification, nature of job, working conditions, health hazards, working at remote places etc. should also be highlighted in the note being prepared for each category as well as each department.

7. Suggestion/ News relating to various allowances, additional increments, honorarium etc. may also be furnished to the federation.

8. Useful information like duty lists, additional responsibilities due to technological changes, quantum of work load, and stress and strain on the employees should also be highlighted in the brief for further action.

9 The Federation urges upon all the affiliates to give top priority to the above and ensure that the proposals with detailed background material reaches the Federation latest by 20th May, 2014 to facilitate the federation to hold interaction sessions at New Delhi during the last week of May, 2014 for finalizing of NFIR Memorandum.

Yours fraternally,
(M. Ragahvaiah)
General Secretary

Encl: As above.

Copy to the Office Bearers of Federation. Zonal Secretaries and Working Committee Members of NFIR with request to actively associate with affiliated unions for preparing proposals and ensuring submission to NFIR by the target date indicated in this letter (i.e. 20th May, 2014). A copy of D.O. Letter of Smt. Meena Agarwal, Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission, is also enclosed.

Copy to NFIR Media Centre.

source :NFIR

May 6, 2014

Public Notice issued by 7th Central Pay Commission

Public Notice issued by 7th CPC to invite to send suggestions about implementation of 7th pay commission...

The Commission invites all associations, unions, institutions, other organisations and interested individuals to send memoranda contain their views on the aforesaid matters so as to reach Office of Seventh Central Pay Commission latest by 31st May, 2014. This memoranda/material may be sent to PO Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O. New Delhi 110016 (Ten copies) and in case of email to secy-7cpc@nic.in 


Government of India

PUBLIC NOTICE 

GOVERNMENT of India vide its Resolution No. 1/1/2013-E.III(A) dated the 28th February, 2014 have constituted the Seventh Central Pay Commission with the following terms of reference:

a) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:

(i) Central Government employees — industrial and non-industrial;
(ii) Personnel belonging to the All India Services;
(iii) Personnel of the Union Territories;
(iv) Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department;
(v) Members of the regulatory bodies (excluding the RBI) set up under the Acts of Parliament; and
(vi) Officers and employees of the Supreme Court
b) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, as well as the retirement benefits of the personnel belonging to the Defence Forces, having regard to the historical and traditional parities, with due emphasis on the aspects unique to these personnel,

c) To work out the framework for an emoluments structure linked with the need to attract the most suitable talent to Government service, promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture, and foster excellence in the public governance system to respond to the complex challenges of modern administration and the rapid political, social, economic and technological changes, with due regard to expectations of stakeholders, and to recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework,

d) To examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus, keeping in view, inter-alia, its bearing upon performance and productivity and make recommendations on the general principles, financial parameters and conditions for an appropriate Incentive Scheme to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity,

e) To review the variety of existing allowances presently available to employees in addition to pay and suggest their rationalization and simplification with a view to ensuring that the pay structure is so designed as to take these into account,

f) To examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits, including revision of pension in the case of employees who have retired prior to the date of effect of these recommendations, keeping in view that retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on and after 01.01.2004 are covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS),

g) To make recommendations on the above, keeping in view:

i. the economic conditions in the country and the need for fiscal prudence;

ii. the need to ensure that adequate resources are available for developmental expenditures and welfare measures;

iii. the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications;

iv. the prevailing emolument structure and retirement benefits available to employees of Central Public Sector Undertakings; and

v. the best global practices and their adaptability and relevance in Indian conditions.

h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above,

2. The Commission invites all associations, unions, institutions, other organisations and interested individuals to send memoranda contain their views on the aforesaid matters so as to reach Office of Seventh Central Pay Commission latest by 31st May, 2014. This memoranda/material may be sent to PO Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O. New Delhi 110016 (Ten copies) and in case of email to secy-7cpc@nic.in


Meena Agarwal 
Secretary
Seventh Central Pay Commission
Source: http://www.davp.nic.in/WriteReadData/ADS/eng_15101_4_1415b.pd

May 2, 2014

7th CPC News - Feedback of the meeting of Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra GS/AIRF with panel of 7th Pay Commission

No.AIRF/405(VII CPC) 
Dated: April 30, 2014
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Com.

Reg.: Meeting with the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission

Today I had an Introductory Meeting with the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, Hon'ble Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur in the afternoon, Ms Meena Agarwal, Secretary and Shri Vivek Rae, Member, Pay Commission, were also present on this occasion. While offering welcome to Hon'ble Justice Mathur, I explained in brief the peculiar working of the Railwaymen in keeping the wheel of the Indian Railways moving round-the-clock 24x7 in all weathers and climatic conditions as also about their aspirations from the VII CPC. I also told him that the VII CPC has also been established only after the strike ballot conducted by us, but what we find that the lower level staff is not getting legitimate benefits which they deserve,

Ms Meena Agarwal also made a brief mention about the functioning of the Indian Railways and the nature of duties of the Railwaymen.

Hon'ble Justice Mathur assured us that the VII CPC would try to do their best in improving upon various service conditions and wage structure etc. of the Railwaymen and asked us to submit our views in our Memorandum, to be considered by the VII CPC.

Ms Meena Agarwal, Secretary, Seventh Pay Commission, vide her D.O. letter No.7CPC/19/Memorandum/ 12 dated 29.04.2014(photocopy enclosed for ready reference) has sought our detailed Memorandum to be submitted to the VII CPC by 30th June, 2014.

Apart from the above, I also met Ms Meena Agarwal on 25th April, 2014 and requested her to extend time frame for replying the Questionnaire relating to VII CPC.

Further development in the matter shall be advised to you promptly. 

With fraternal greetings!

Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra) 
General Secretary

Encl: As above [7th CPC Questionnaire]

Source: AIRF