Oct 18, 2014

GOOD NEWS - 7th CPC chairman favors interim relief, looks for Govt. direction


To
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
Government of India,
South Block, NEW DELHI 11001


Respected Hon’ble Prime Minister,
At the outset, we extend Good wishes to the Government. We are happy the 7th Central Pay Commission team came to Bangalore, and gave us an audience on August 24 to present our views on different subjects. Around 20 organisations representing different sections of serving employees and pensioners met the Commission, in groups. The interaction was very good. The Chairman and the members heard us all very well and gave convincing answers.


2. One subject of immediate interest is the Grant of Interim Relief. We stated that the very constitution of the Commission was as a sequel to the proposal of the Planning Commission about two/three years back. This meant that the Commission gives out its Recommendations within 2016, and thereupon the Govt could take its Decisions before 2016. This also meant particularly that the Government would not face a situation, as it did after the 6th CPC, wherein it had to pay out large sums to the serving staff and pensioners, which it did in two instalments, in 2008-09.


In this very background, to reduce payment of large sums in 2016, the concept of Interim Relief has been in place. A similar Pay Commission has recommended it in the past, and the Govt has accepted such a recommendation, in the interest of the serving and retired staff. The State Governments have sanctioned the Interim Relief along with the constitution of the Pay Commissions. If it could be stated, by 2016, when the Commission Recommendations come into force, some of the aged members may not be there. The Grant will also help the staff/pensioners face the rising food prices to some extent and the erosion in monetary value. The Interim Relief is thus justified.


3.When this position was projected to the Commission at Bangalore, on August 24, the Chairman gave us all an Impression that the Commission was in favour of the Interim Relief; but the Government should give them a specific reference on the subject. He added that the Commission would consider the reference in a month or two, and give out its Recommendation on Interim Relief. The Quantum of Interim Relief and the Date of effect are to be decided.


It should be admitted that this IR would not be calculated for the purpose of DR/DA/HRA/CCA or any such Allowance; and the amount paid thus would be adjustable in the payments that would befall in 2016, about 18 months hence. This Grant of Interim Relief would be Dasara/Deepavali Gift.


4. We. therefore, very sincerely Request the Government to make a very specific reference soon to the 7th CPC to consider the Grant of Interim Relief.


Respectful Regards and Namaskar,


Yours faithfully,
(Sd)
SS Ramanatha Rao

Oct 16, 2014

Pay Commission team visits Siachen to get first-hand experience

The Pay Commission team during the visit.The 7th Pay Commission visited forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including the world's highest battlefield on the Siachen glacier, to get the first-hand feel of the freezing temperatures and hardship faced by soldiers.

The 16-member team headed by the panel's chairman, retired judge A.K. Mathur, spent time at the base camp in Siachen and went to other forward areas. The three services have submitted a joint memorandum to the Pay Commission regarding their "wish list". The panel will visit other defence installations as it continues its deliberations till January 1, 2016.

The panel spent considerable time at the Siachen base camp, interacting with soldiers and asking them about the conditions in one of the toughest areas of the world. They were also flown over the glacier and landed at a forward post. The soldiers work under extreme climatic conditions where the weather is a constant enemy. The soldiers shared their experience and talked about the harsh climatic condition they face on the line of duty. The punishing weather does not allow a person to spend more than a week at the glacier and the forward posts, they told the panel.

The panel members also witnessed ice craft and mountaineering training being carried out at the Siachen Battle School.

The Pay Commission team also landed at the advanced landing ground at Daulat Beg Oldie on the border with China. It is the world's highest landing strip and air operations in the rarefied high altitude air are a challenge.

During their visits to the forward areas, the delegation laid floral wreaths at the Siachen War Memorial, Kargil War Memorial and the Rezangla War Memorial while paying tributes to our martyrs, a defence PRO said.

At the Line of Actual Control, the Pay Commission members interacted with personnel from the Indian Air Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Officials said the panel will have to consider the unique situation faced by the jawans, who are exposed to severe medical conditions because of the inhospitable environment. "The climate does not suit human habitation but the army jawans are positioned in the area manning the territory all through the year," an official said.

This is only the first round of interaction and more inputs would be sought by the team in the coming months.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the All Ladakh Central Government Employees (ALCGE), which comprises staff of Doordarshan, High Altitude Research Centre, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Institute of Buddhist Studies and Air Force Authority of India, met Justice Mathur's team.

Source - indiatoday