Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gist of discussions with IBA on 31st March., no breakthrough, next meeting on 3rd April

"Today meeting took place of UFBU followed by IBA in afternoon. In the UFBU meeting it was decided to pursue the issue of Pension with IBA and also to expedite wage revision. The convenor reported that on the equalization demand for PF and incremental cost, IBA/Govt. are not agreed. On date of effect of pension it was decided to further pursue.

In the meeting with IBA, IBA reiterated its earlier position and negatived our demand on incremental cost and PF equalization. Further they informed that in regard to the likely number of persons not opting, some cost adjustments can be made. However after talking to the Govt., the CEO reported that the Govt. is for going by actual numbers only.

In view of the negative attitude of the IBA, UFBU has informed IBA that they are withdrawing all Pension demands. With that meeting ended.

It was agreed to meet IBA on 3rd April 2010 to discuss the issues of wage revision further."

Source:AIBOA
[We are obliged to Mr "PM" for providing the above information  quickly.]


As per AIBEA website, the outcome of 31st March's meeting is as under :-
In IBA-UFBU meeting today (31-03-2010), pension cost and PF-Pension balancing issue have been sorted out.
View full details as per AIBEA version
 

A brief discussion on the above news :
The above reports are indicating more confusion than settlement.  Whether UFBU has withdrawn its demand for Pension altogether?  In such a situation, will Unions demand higher scales based on the load which IBA has already agreed to bear in the shape of pension and 17.5% hike.   In such a case, how much percentage increase can be expected by the present employees?  What a set back it will be to the retired employees who had already been sending letters to this website in large number enquiring about the pension they are likely to get?  Will IBA be ready to pay salary in line with the 6th Pay Commission scales if Unions withdraw the demand for 2nd option for pension?  This will be a boost to new employees but a set back to the retired and retiring officers who were hoping for 2nd option.   It will be biggest boon for officers who had already opted for pension, as they will get much higher pension!!.   Let us keep our fingers crossed as it is difficult to predict what will be the final outcome as there is all around confusion.  Settlement does not appear to be in sight if IBA and unions again start working on new scales.   Are we going towards confrontation? 
Source : a popular website. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bank Pay Hike : Meeting with IBA tomorrow, 31st March. Settlement on 12th April ?


News Flash :  Pay Scales finalised from Rs.14500 to Rs.52000. Two Stagnation increments agreed for Scale I, II and III. Settlement will take place tentatively on 12th April 2010.

Source : aiubof


It has been reported that four officers organizations will meet today [30/03/2010] at 3.00 PM to finalize the strategy for further talks on the settlement including pension issue.

Further, UFBU will have its own  meeting on 31/03/2010 at 10.30 AM.  Later on there will be meeting of UFBU and IBA (on 31/03/2010) at 1.30 PM.

A letter has been written to Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance[Banking] regarding to wage revision and high handed attitude of bank management in certain cases. 

Full text of the letter :

"
March 19, 2010

To

Shri G.C.Chaturvedi
Additional Secretary
Ministry of Finance-Banking
Government of India
NEW DELHI


We are extremely thankful to you for the discussions with you when we called on you at your office on 14.03.2010 to discuss certain urgent matters pertaining to the Industry.

1.  At the outset we had pointed out that the work chart offered by IBA in respect of revised scale structure for officers where the average loading has been too low for officers and so high for officers from Scales IV to VII.  We had suggested to IBA to discuss ways and means of giving more to Executives through fitment, grade pay etc., without distorting average loading and the continuous scale structure in vogue for all time now.

2.  In respect of pension balancing introduced by IBA suddenly this time we have duly submitted to you the following:

(a)     At the time of introduction of pension scheme in Banks an amount of Rs.120 crores were given by SBI to their employees and
officers as one time measure only.  This is borne out by records of IBA.
 
(b)   Since it was one time grant only neither SBI nor their unions raised this issue in the last 2 Bipartite settlements and no amount was set outside for pension balancing in their settlements, nor anything outside the settlement was paid.

(c).    Under this settlement, the decision of IBA to introduce ension balancing and not to agree for similar PF balancing as proposed by UFBU is untenable and not logical as it services only one set of employees discriminating the other section.


(d).     We may also point out that in the MOU dated 27.11.2009 signed by unions and IBA, neither party has mentioned anything about pension balancing.  MOU has clearly spelt out amount of settlement and other details including recovery for pension option etc.


Hence earmarking for pension balancing an amount of Rs.130 crores for officer in the chart is illegal and untenable and is an after thought.

We submit that since 120 crores given to SBI employee at the time of introduction of pension was above the salary agreement percentage, if at all Govt., wants to extend this, we submit should be outside the load of 17.5% and no deduction be made under the settlement for this payment.


3.   If we take that equalization of pension in SBI and other banks is accepted by IBA as a policy, then it automatically applies to all
superannuation benefits.  Therefore the recent hike in  Gratuity Act applicable to everybody, SBI officers will draw nearly 650 crores in
the settlement period more than other Banks.  However on Gratuity, equalization has to be done for other banks.  This also has to be
decided in the context of Pension balancing introduced by IBA.
4.    We have submitted to you the total attacks mounted by SBI management on our unit in State Bank of Indore after merger proposal. All open methods at canvassing members for other union, coercing our members, locking out union premises, transfer of Office bearers and activists continue and unabated.  The new union is recognized without verification of membership and check off to our unit membership is withdrawn.  On top of all this, the President of our Union Shri Alok Khare who is also the President of All India Bank Officers Association, is transferred to Tharana a small place from Indore 150 kms away.  We request you to kindly intervene and retransfer Com.Alok Khare to Indore city branches having regard to the minimum facility to be extended to the union for normal functioning.

5.    We have also pointed out the unilateral imposition of variable pay package in IDBI by the Chairman of the Bank in utter disregard of Govt. advice instructions.  Without any negotiations, the Chairman is bulldozing all existing system in the Bank and is running a reign of terror.  As the actions are totally injurious to the Bank, we seek your immediate action to end unilateralism in the Bank and restore normalcy and credibility in the systems in the Bank and take action against the erring official before it is late.

We once again thank you for the patient hearing given to us and request your positive consideration of our viewpoints.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(R.J.SRIDHARAN)
GENERAL SECRETARY"
 

 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tamil Nadu announces 8% D.A with effect from 01.01.2010. 2nd Installment of arrear released.

Tamil Nadu announces 8% D.A with effect from 01.01.2010.
Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday announced a Dearness Allowance (DA) hike of 8% for state government employees, teachers and pensioners with retrospective effect from January 1, 2010.
The hike was declared following the recent increase in the DA allowance for Central government employees, an official release said. The state exchequer would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 1447.76 crore per annum due to the hike.
Despite severe financial burden, the state government announced in May 2009 the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, thereby increasing the salaries of government employees between Rs 1,775 and Rs 7,300 per month. The government will be paying the Sixth Pay Commission arrears of Rs 11,093 crore in three annual instalments, which will go up to the financial year 2011-12.
The state has been incurring hefty expenditure every year on salaries to its about 12 lakh employees and teachers and around 5 lakh pensioners. Due to the increased expenditure, the estimated revenue deficit of Rs 1,024 crore at the time of budget presentation in 2009 went up to Rs 5,020 crore at the end of the financial year. The government cited the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations as the main reason for this.
The estimated revenue expenditure for the year 2010-11 has been pegged at Rs 66,488.19 crore, of which Rs 23,000 crore will be spent towards staff salaries and pensions, accounting for about one-third of the total expenditure. Associations of state government employees and teachers welcomed the announcement. Office-bearers of the Tamil Nadu Secretariat Association called on Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence and thanked him for the DA hike. 
Source : Times of India

View the Govt. Order. 

2nd Installment of arrear released. {27.03.10}
Revised Scales of Pay, 2009 – Implementation of the recommendations of Official Committee 2009 on revision of scales of pay – Payment of arrears accruing on account of pay revision for the period from 01—01—2007 to 31—05—2009 – Payment of second instalment of arrears in 2010—11 – Drawal instructions – Issued.

View the Govt. Order.

National Anomaly Committee meeting And decisions.

The 2nd meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of  the Secretary Personnel.  The Confederation was represented by Com.Vyas, President and Com. K.K.N. Kutty, SecretaryGeneral.

The Chairman in his initial opening remarks said that it would be the endeavour of the Government to finalise the issues of anomaly as fast as possible.  Since there  had been difference in perception on certain issues, they had to be gone into in detail and would take time more than expected.  He said that the National Council meeting which was scheduled to take place last month had to be postponed for reasons beyond.  He added that the same has now been scheduled to take place in May,15,  2010 and the notices have been issued.  He expressed his happiness that the last meeting had been held in a very conducive atmosphere and hoped that all problems would be able to be settled through dialogue.  Since the Official side representing the Pension department had to attend another meeting, he suggested to discuss the issues pertaining to Pensioners first before the other issues are taken up.  The Staff Side agreed to this suggestion.

Com. Raghavaiah, Leader Staff Side while thanking the official side for convening the second meeting  thanked the Chairman for the assurance of a speedy settlement of the issues.  He hoped that the official side, having not circulated the Action Taken Statement on the issues discussed at the last meeting, would indicate of the progress registered on those issues.  He then dealt with various problems emanating from the implementation of the MACP.  While the MACP assures three financial up gradation for every employees, it has resulted in certain difficulties for the existing employees.  The liberalization that is stated to have been done to the Assured progression scheme, he said, has resulted in the de-liberalization in the case of certain employees. H expressed the hope that the official side would be ale to appreciate these problems and resolve them.

Com. Purohit thanked the Chairman for his statement of finding settlement to all problems through discussions.  He added that the JCM was in fact formulated for that purpose and it has worked very well, through there had been aberration in the past in the periodicity of meeting etc.  He said that the 6th CPC has treaded a path different than those of all other earlier Pay Commission, as they have introduced a new concept in the Pay structure of Central Government employees.  Initially the employees have only looked at the financial benefit but later they have realized that there had been certain basic changes effected.  He then reiterated his statement made at the last meeting over the definition of the term anomaly.  The understanding reached was to have the same definition for the term anomaly as was given at the time of setting up of the anomaly committee after the 5th CPC recommendation.  That was on the basis of an agreement reached between the Staff Side and the Group of Ministers.  Since the Government functions are mostly on the precedence, he was afraid that the present definition would be quoted in future too.  He, therefore wanted this fact to be properly recorded so that the present definition afforded to the term anomaly would not be a dilution of what it was earlier.  He then pointed out that while all allowance in general had been doubled by the 6th CPC for which there had been a specific recommendation, in some cases, the Commission had recommended for replacement of such allowances by another scheme viz. insurance etc.  The Insurance scheme has still not been introduced whereas the allowances were withdrawn.  He was of the opinion that these allowances must be continued till such time the alternative scheme is ushered after consultation with the Staff side and the same should be appropriately doubled.  He cited the issue pertaining to Patient care allowance and the risk allowance. He said that the insurance scheme envisaged would not be easy for being settled as many issues emanating there from will have to be discussed threadbare.

Regarding the issues emanating from the MACP scheme, he requested the Chairman, to set up a separately committee with a few from the official side and staff side where all issues could be discussed and then brought to the Committee for its final approval or rejection as the case may be  He also referred to the issue of merger of CCA with transport allowance and the repercussion especially in the matter of overtime emoluments of industrial workers.  He expressed the hope that the Committee would be able to address all issues and settle them in an amicable manner.

            The Chairman, in reply to the initial remarks made by the Leader and Secretary said that:          
(a)    Joint Committee may be set up for discussing the MACP related issues;
(b)   Reiterated his request that all problems and difficulties faced by the employees in implementation of the 6th CPC may be brought to the notice of the Department of Personnel and these could be addressed and placed on website of the Department, so that it could obviate reference to various nodal departments of the Government. The employees could be given the clarification on these issues.

Com. Vyas said that the proposed insurance scheme would not take care of the risk factor both of industrial workers and health workers, who are covered by the risk allowance and the patient care allowance.  These allowances ought to have been doubled, whereas the risk allowance has been totally stopped without introducing the insurance scheme and PCA has been continued but at old rates.  No assurance was forthcoming from the official side either on the continuation of the risk allowance or doubling the PCA, as the 6thCPC has suggested for the withdrawal of these allowances.   

The following issues were discussed, thereafter.

(I)                 Pension related issues. Agenda Item No. 8. Item closecd as having been settled in the last meeting.
(II)              Item No. 9. Anomaly in pension for Govt. employees retired/died between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008.  Having been permitted to opt which is beneficial i.e. last pay drawn or 10 months' average and full pension after 20 years, the matter stands settled.
(III)            Item No. 10 dropped as per the minutes of the last meeting.
(IV)           Item No. 15. The official side stated that this was not acceptable even though they had examined it on the basis of the detailed submission by the Staff Side.
(V)              Item No. 16.  (*) and 21
The official side stated that it would not be possible for them to concede the demand of the staff side as orders have been issued strictly in accordance with the recommendation of the 6th CPC, which the staff side contested. They also did not agree to extend the benefit of last pay drawn and full pension after 20 years qualifying service in respect of pre 2006 retirees.
(VI)           Item No. 17.(*).  The official side did not agree for the reasons they had stated against item No. 16
(VII)         Item No. 18. (*) This anomaly has been removed by allowing the last pay drawn as the basis of pension computation for those retired on and after 1.1.2006. 
(VIII)      Item No. 19 (*)The anomaly has been removed in the case of all those retired between 1.1.2006 and 1.9.2008 but did not agree to remove the anomaly in the case of persons retired prior to 1.1.2006
(IX)           Item No. 22.(*)  The issue stands settled by O.M. NO. 38/37/08-P& P W (A) Pt. I  dated 3rd October, 2008. clarification at Para 5.1.
(X)              Item No. 23.(*) The matter is under examination.  The Staff Side will submit a specific case for illustration of the issue. Relevant orders in similar matter after the 5th CPC recommendations were implemented will also be examined,
(XI)           Item No. 24(*) and 25 &26.( same issues) Not agreed. But clarificatory orders issued stating that no retrospective deduction should be made in respect of additional commuted value of pension. The reduction in pension must start from the date of payment of additional commuted value of pension.
(XII)         Item No.36.  After some detailed discussion, it was decided that the Office side would examine this issue further.  However, they have pointed out that the amount of Rs. 3500 fixed by them would automatically undergo change as when Dearness relief is grnted  the partents/dependents.  The Staff Side pointed out that every dependent or parent need not necessarily be a pensioner or a worker in the Govt. establishment or other institutions which pays periodical DA.
(XIII)      Item No. 40(*) not agreed.
(XIV)      Item No. 45(*) The issue is under Examination.
(XV)        Item No. 48. Restoration of commutation after 15 years.  After some discussions, it was agreed that the calculation made by the Staff Side would be examined and decision taken thereafter.
(XVI)      Item Nos. 54 to 59 have been transferred to the Committee, which has been set up by the Government of Puducherry and therefore stand deleted from the list of National Anomaly Committee.  The committee so set up ( as per the order given to the Staff side at the meeting) has only official side members.  The representatives of the Association have only been permitted to present their case before the said committee.  We are of the opinion that it should be a joint committee consisting of official side and staff side on the pattern on National Anomaly Committee.
(XVII)   Discussion on Action taken on items already subjected to discussion in the last meeting of the National Anomaly Committee.
(i)                  Item No. 1 to 4 and 5(iii) The Department of Expenditure after having looked into this matter as per the suggestion of the Chairman, in the last meeting, have stated that it was not possible to agree to the staff side demand.
(ii)                Item No. 5(i) Option. This is stated to be still under examination for delegation of power to the administering Ministry to allow the second option.
(iii)               Item No. 5(iv) The Staff Side pointed out the statement made by the JS(Per) which is incorporated in the minutes (as under)
"in case where a promotee and post 1.1.2006 direct recruits are borne on the same seniority list and the senior is drawing less basic pay,than the junior, the  pay of  the senior can be stepped up." The Staff Side pointed out that orders have been issued only in respect of Railways in this regard.  The Staff Side therefore, requested for issuance of an order by the Department of Expenditure to cover the employees of other Ministries/Department.  The Official Side however, insisted that such orders should only be issued by the concerned departments after obtaining necessary consent from the Department of Expenditure. It was pointed out by the Staff Side that the nodal department for issuance of such orders being the Department of Expenditure, the stand taken by the official side in the matter was not in order.  After some discussion it was agreed that the Department of Expenditure will examine this issue further and if orders are to be issued by them, they would do so before the next meeting or else would report their stand in the  matter to the next meeting. 
The issue  per se i.e. A person who is promoted cannot be fixed on pay less than the minimum of the pay scale was raised by the Staff Side further. Normally a directly recruited person to a post is given the minimum of the pay scale or pay band to which he is appointed.  The 6thCPC has recommended the minimum to which every directly recruited person was to be fixed.  That being so, a promotee under the extant fundamental rules cannot be fixed less than such prescribed minimum.  The Official side argued that the CCS(RSP) 2008 has modified the above provisions of FR for all time to come.  The Staff side stated that no rule can be amended unilaterally which would adversely affect the service conditions. It cannot therefore, be unilaterally implemented.    It will be further discussed in the next meeting.
(iv)              Item No. 5(v) Rule 9 Date of next increment. The preponement of increment in the case of those employees whose increment dates falls between 1.2.2006 to 1.6.2006 to 1.1.2006 in the pre- revised scale of pay as has been done in the case of persons whose increment date was on 1st January, 2006 would be considered further and decision taken before next meeting as a one time measure.
(v)                The Department of personnel has asked all administering Ministries to take up with them the matter of fixation of Grade pay at Rs. 1800 in the case of Temporary Status employees.  They have also informed that wherever such reference has been received the same has been disposed of.. The organizations are, therefore,  requested to take up the issue with the Heads of departments and ensure that a reference is made to the Department of Personnel so that the temporary status employees are imparted training and granted Rs. 1800 Grade pay with effect from 1.1.2006
(vi)              Item No. 47(*)  This issue was discussed at length. The problem of postponement of increment by one year in respect of persons availing extra ordinary leave on private affairs even for a day between 1st January and 30th June was highlighted by the Staff Side.  The Official side explained that the clarification issued by them to the Ministry of Defence was on the basis of the extant instructions in the matter .After some discussion, the staff side proposed that if an employees has completed six months service during a particular year, he should be entitled to get his increment on Ist July.  The Official side has agreed to consider this proposal and after such consideration they will issue appropriate orders before next meeting.

The next meeting of the Anomaly Committee would be in the month of June, 2010. 

Source : Confederation of Central Govt. Employees.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Punjab Pay panel arrears to take longer

Employees of Punjab government might have to wait longer than they expect to get arrears due to them as per recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission. The issue generated heat in Vidhan Sabha on Thursday as it became amply clear that there was a huge question mark on the Rs 3,000 crore required to dispense all the arrears for which there was no provision in this year's budget.







The issue was raised by Sunil Jakhar, Ajit Inder Singh Mofer and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal of Congress after finance minister Manpreet Badal's clarifications on budget left no doubt that the government was in no mood to even consider giving arrears to employees this year.






Attacking the government for its failure, Sunil Jakhar said, "The government is claiming to improve its fiscal deficit situation but it is at the cost of employees who are not being retired and given extensions so it does not have to pay their gratuity and other benefits. No employment is being generated because it will mean more liabilities for the government. Beyond acknowledging that arrears would burden the state with Rs 3,000 crore, finance minister Manpreet Badal has been absolutely silent on when they would be dispensed. This clearly means that the government is backtracking on its commitment and trying to push it for the next government to deal with."






Ajit Inder Singh Mofer, while raising the issue, said, "IAS and IPS officers have been given their arrears from central funds, but what about the common man, who needs money even more."






Giving clarifications on budget, the FM said that the share of centrally sponsored schemes in the state amounted to Rs 1,950 crore, which, if added to the state budget, raised it to over to Rs 11,000 crore.






He said the emphasis in the budget was on irrigation, power, urban development, education and nutrition.






However, the FM was silent on questions raised by Jakhar on the issue of productivity bonus recommended by Sukhbir-Kalia Committee. "This bonus is like a backdoor entry to the farmers' pockets. The government will take payments of electricity bills and can stop giving reimbursements any time. It is not clear when they will reimburse in the first place and where will that money come from since the committee's recommendations have fallen hugely short of expectations. It was projected that Rs 4,000 crore will be generated but only Rs 2,600 crore will be garnered by the FM's own admission."


Source : The Timws of India.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kerala implements UGC pay hike, Salary increase for college teachers.

The State Government has decided to implement the revised payscale recommended by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for college teachers from the March salary which will be distributed in April.The order to this effect was signed by Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac on Wednesday. The package will be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006. However, the UGC pay package is being implemented without hiking the pension age.The issue of date of payment of the arrears will be decided later after the Central Government releases the additional assistance.
As per the Chadda Committee recommendation, the Central Government has to provide 80 percent assistance for the additional expenditure for four years till March 31, 2010 to implement the recommendations.This is for the first time in 13 years that the payscale of college teachers is being revised.The revised salaries will be two to three times higher than their present salary. The UGC pay panel has recommended the renaming of the post of lecturer as assistant professor. The Chadda Committee for pay revision had also recommended multi-source assessment of teachers including self-assessment, assessment by students who have been taught a course by the teacher and assessment by academic heads. The committee had also asked the UGC to evolve parameters relevant to universities and colleges respectively for carrying out such evaluations throughout the country in a uniform manner.As per the recommendation, a teacher should spend at least five hours everyday for five days a week in the institution for teaching, holding tutorials, guiding research or carrying out co-curricular activities.
Source : Express Buzz. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

All India Bank Officers' Association rules out possibility of agreement reaching conclusion.

Following is the version of All India Bank Officers' Association . It denies any settlement so far with IBA.


"The era of SMS / e mail is again at its overtime work.  As if the havoc is not enough the draft copy of the workmen agreement is being circulated under the name of IBA amongst members in Banks.
 
This is further confounded by the rumours that at 25th March agreement is being signed on Bipartite.  Anxious queries and spreading of information is taking place everywhere as to settlement is getting signed.
 
We have to clarify that the only meeting that took place for officers with IBA was one informal meeting with IBA Chairman on 15.02.2010 at Mumbai where after IBA office gave us a revised chart for scales and other items for discussions.
 
However the most contentious issue of pension balancing for SBI, incremental cost on pension and date of effect of pension etc., were not taken upon with IBA as it was decided that these issues would be decided in the UFBU meeting.
 
UFBU meeting is yet to be fixed and we are awaiting the same.
 
As far as officers are concerned our scale of pay, SBI pension balancing, pension date of effect and incremental cost remain to be decided yet.
 
Govt. is also yet to react on UFBU proposal of pension costing.
 
As such we call upon members not to be carried away by rumours.  No settlement has been signed and only after UFBU meets and disposes all pending issues and Officers’ Associations agree on the mainframe, agreement will be signed in day light for all to see.
 
Please bear with the delay caused on account of negative attitude of Govt., and Bankers on some issues."

Source :  AIBOA.
View the Draft Wage Agreement for workmen already published in this blog. 

Following is the view of an earlier pension optee. Kindly note that it is only the opinion of the person concerned and the blog administrator is no way in favour or against this opinion. This is published here for only for a healthy debate.


"An appeal is made to all serving pension optee to unite & get prepared to file a writ against the pension load factor & present wage settlement. We (present employees who are pension optee) should not share pension load at any cost. Those retired in 1996 or onwards and now want to opt for pension must share the total burden. (They don’t even deserve to get 2nd option for pension because CPF was there conscious decision) We are not at fault they had taken decision to opt for CPF. They are increasing the load & as a result of which there is no compatible wage revision.
Our one step forward will save our future & dignity in the banking.
Let us unite and file a writ. Let us come forward."

10% D.A. for Central Staff is possible if price is maintained in this level.


The all India consumer price index for Industrial Workers has been raised by 3 points in January 2010 and stood at 172 points [Source: Labour Bureau, Govt. of India]. It was 169 in December 2009. The D.A due for Central Govt. Employees will also raise to 37% as on 01.02.2010. Hence it is presumed that, the DA due w.e.f. 01.07.2010 would be more than 45% in case the present trend continues and Government is not take any action for reducing the price raise.
02/09: 148
03/09: 148
04/09: 150
05/09: 151
06/09: 153
07/09: 160
08/09: 162
09/09: 163
10/09: 165
11/09: 168
12/09: 169
01/10: 172
Total: 1909 and Tweleve monthly average = 1909/12= 159.08
DA Calculation: 159.08 (-) 115.76 = 43.32 X 100/115.76 = 37.42

In case the price index continue to stay at 172 points from 02/2010 to 06/2010, then the DA payable from 01.07.2010 will be 45% as detailed below:
07/09: 160
08/09: 162
09/09: 163
10/09: 165
11/09: 168
12/09: 169
01/10: 172
02/10: 172 [Assumed]
03/10: 172 [Assumed]
04/10: 172 [Assumed]
05/10: 172 [Assumed]
06/10: 172 [Assumed]

Total: 2019 [If current level is maintained]
Twelve monthly Average is: 2019/12 = 168.25
DA Calculation:
168.25 (-) 115.76 = 52.49 X 100/115.76 = 45.34 %

Bihar govt forms panel to submit report on UGC, approves amending of Patna Varsity Act to decided on its own on the retirement age.

Bihar's NDA government has decided to form a three-member committee to submit a report within a fortnight for granting central pay to university teaching and non-teaching employees on the pattern of the recommendations of the University Grant Commission (UGC).
"The matter for extending the revised pay benefits to the teaching and non-teaching employees of universities in Bihar is being referred to the new committee", deputy chief minister SK Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, said today.
The new committee would be headed by senior IAS officer Vijay Prakash while Ravindra Pawar would be the member secretary.
IAS officer KK Pathak, another member of the committee, would look into the matter and submit a report within 15 days, Modi said. 

Bihar govt approves amending of Patna Varsity Act
The Bihar government has given its approval to a proposal seeking to amend the Patna University Act, 1976 so that the UGC recommendation on retirement age are not binding on the state government.

The state cabinet which met here last evening took the decision to this effect, officials said.

"The amendment will facilitate the state government to decided on its own on the retirement age being recommended by UGC," they said.

The proposed amendments will also empower the state government to declare any institution a 'Centre of Excellence' to provide it special grant for development. To avail special assistance, an institution will have to meet the parameters to be laid down on the lines of the UGC.

Source : PTI

Central Govt employees can travel first class in Air from April 1,2010.


With signs of economic revival becoming more pronounced, the government has relaxed the austerity drive undertaken last year and from April 1, government employees will be allowed to fly first class.

"The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that with effect from April 1, 2010, travel on government account by air, both domestic and international may take place by the entitled class," an official statement said.

Last September, in the midst of the global financial crisis, the government had directed its employees not to fly first class on government account, irrespective of their entitlement, and fly economy for all domestic travels.

However, the government has not relaxed the austerity directive in case of Leave Travel Concession (LTC).

Source : PTI

Bank Pay Hike Update : Draft Agreement for Workmen is ready, may be signed early with some minor changes.


The draft agreement for 9th BPS fpr workmen is available now. Some salient features of this agreement is being published here under.


"
4.          Scales of Pay

In supersession of Clause 4 of Bipartite Settlement dated 2nd June 2005, with effect from 1st November, 2007 the scales of pay shall be as under:-
Clerical Staff


6200
400
7400
500
8900
600
11300
700

3
3
4
7

16200
1300
17500
800





1

1


Subordinate Staff


5500
200
6300
250
7550
300
8750
350

4
5

4

3

9800

400







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5.              Dearness Allowance
In substitution of Clause 7 of Bipartite Settlement dated 2nd June 2005 with effect from 1st November 2007, the dearness allowance shall be payable as per the following rates:-
(i)         Subordinate Staff
0.15% of ‘pay’
(ii)        Clerical Staff
0.15% of ‘pay’
Note:
Dearness Allowance in the above manner shall be paid for every rise or fall of 4 points over 2836 points in the quarterly average of the All India Average Working Class Consumer Price Index (General) Base 1960=100.
(a)    It is clarified that there shall be no ceiling on Dearness Allowance.
(b)   Dearness Allowance shall be calculated and paid on Basic Pay, Special Pay, Graduation Pay, Professional Qualification Pay and Officiating Pay, if any, payable under this settlement in respect of both clerical and subordinate staff.
(c)    All other existing provisions relating to Dearness Allowance Scheme shall remain unchanged.

8.                  City Compensatory Allowance
Clause 8 of the Bipartite Settlement dated 2nd June 2005 stands superceded and accordingly no City Compensatory Allowance shall be payable w.e.f. 1st November 2007.

9.         House Rent Allowance
In substitution of Clause 9 of the Bipartite Settlement dated 2nd June 2005  with effect from 1st November, 2007 the House Rent Allowance payable shall be as under:

Area

Rate as percentage of Pay
[No Minimum/ No Maximum]
(i)     
Places with population of more than 45 lakhs
9
(ii)    
Places with population of more than 12 lakhs and State Capitals and Capitals of Union Territories included in (i) above.
8
(iii)  
Places not covered in (i) and (ii) above.
6.50

Note:
(1)   Where quarters are provided, HRA shall not be payable and the rent to be recovered shall be 1% of the first stage of the Scales of Pay.
(2)   All other existing provisions relating to House Rent Allowance shall remain unchanged.

10.       Transport Allowance
In partial modification of Clause 10 of the Bipartite Settlement dated 2nd June 2005, Transport Allowance shall be paid @Rs.200/- per month with effect from 1st  November, 2007.
Note:
                              (i)            All permanent part time employees including those on probation and drawing scale wages shall be paid transport allowance on pro rata basis.
                            (ii)            This provision by itself will not preclude the payment of any existing allowance of this nature paid as a result of Government guidelines/bank level settlements.

11.       Special Pay    
(1)  (i)   In supersession of Clause 11 of the Bipartite  Settlement dated 2nd June 2005, with effect from  1st November 2007 and upto 30th April 2010, the Special Pay payable to the clerical staff and subordinate staff in banks other than State Bank of India shall be as mentioned under Part-A in Schedule II to this Settlement.

                            (ii)            The duties and responsibilities as improved or retained as they are and attracting Special Pay in banks other than State Bank of India shall be as set out in Schedule III and shall be in partial modification of Schedule III to the Bipartite Settlements dated 17th September 1984, 14th February 1995 and 2nd June 2005.

                           (iii)            Posts attracting Special Pay as listed in Schedule II (Part A) of this Settlement and which do not find a mention in Part B of Schedule II to this Settlement shall stand discontinued. With effect from 1st May 2010, there shall be only three categories of special pay payable to clerical staff w.e.f. 1st May 2010, viz. Special Assistant, Head Cashier – Category II and Single Window Operator ‘B’.  The allowance payable to them w.e.f. 1st May 2010 shall be given as mentioned in Part B of Schedule II of this Settlement.  Duties which require special skill such as Stenographers etc. shall be assigned to those who possess the required skills.

The Basic Pay of all clerical staff members will be increased by Rs.1000/- p.m. w.e.f. 1st  All clerical staff members will be liable to perform the duties of Single Window Operator ‘A’ as mentioned in Schedule III of this Settlement in addition to the normal clerical duties as and when required, including those duties which attracted payment of Special Pay hitherto. May 2010.

                          (iv)            There shall be only 8 types of Special Pay in Subordinate Staff cadre w.e.f. 1st May 2010, viz. Armed Guard, Bill Collector, Daftary, Head Peon, Head Messenger in IOB, Electrician, A/C Plant Operator and Driver.  The allowance payable to them w.e.f. 1st May 2010 shall be given as mentioned in Part B of Schedule II of this Settlement.  Duties which require special skill such as liftman shall be assigned to those who possess the required skills.

The Basic Pay of all subordinate staff will be increased by Rs.350/- p.m. w.e.f. 1st May 2010.  All subordinate staff members will be liable to perform all those duties which attracted payments of special pay hitherto,  in addition to the normal duties of subordinate staff .

                            (v)            In all other aspects, the general rules and provisions contained in Chapter V of the Bipartite Settlement dated 19th October 1966 relating to special pay carrying posts, as modified from time-to-time, shall continue to apply. 

                          (vi)            Graduation Pay and Professional Qualification Pay payable to the clerical staff in banks shall be as mentioned in Part ‘C’ of Schedule II to this Settlement.

                         (vii)            The special pay, graduation pay and professional qualification pay as mentioned in Schedule II shall rank for superannuation benefits.

                       (viii)            The rates of Special Pay and the duties of Special Pay carrying posts for workmen staff in State Bank of India may be reviewed and settled at the bank level.  "
 
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