Thursday, December 31, 2015

Govt. ready to have dialogue on pay hike : F.M.

India needs to grow by additional 1-1.5 per cent so that it can sustain wage hike and other benefits given to workers and the poor, finance minister Arun Jaitley said today.

"Our GDP growth of 7.5 per cent is at a time when the world is experiencing global slowdown. We need to increase our growth rate. We have to at least increase it by 1-1.5 per cent," he said at the felicitation function organised by Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS).
The government is ready to have dialogue with the trade unions with regard to wage increase, he said.

Monday, December 28, 2015

No LPG subsidy if taxable income exceeds Rs 10 Lac

Benefit of LPG subsidy will not be available if the consumer or his/her spouse had taxable income of more than Rs Ten lakh in previous financial year 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Parliamentarians set for a massive pay hike

MP salaries to double?

Five years after parliamentarians gave themselves more than 300% salary hike, the NDA government seems to be inclined for another steep rise in the lawmakers’ salary.
Sources said the government is considering a proposal to provide MPs a basic salary of Rs 1 lakh per month, a 100% hike from the current Rs 50,000. A proposal of the parliamentary affairs ministry suggests that their constituency allowance and office allowance too—currently Rs 45,000 each— may be doubled.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Govt. statement on MACP : Promotional or Grade Pay hierarchy

MACP on promotional grade
The employees including Group ‘C’ (which includes erstwhile Group ‘D’) are granted three financial upgradations under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme in the next immediate Grade Pay hierarchy as per CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of regular service.

There have been instances where Tribunals and High Courts have directed to grant benefits under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme in the promotional hierarchy. However, in such cases, the order of Court is specific to the applicant only.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Kamlesh Paswan in the Lok Sabha today. 

Govt. considering gratuity for NPS subscribers

Central Govt. is considering payment of gratuity for employees who joined Central Govt. service after 31.12.2003 and covered under National Pension System (Popularly known as New Pension Scheme). Till now they are not covered under the existing gratuity scheme. Only in exceptional cases like death in service, retirement on invalidation etc., provisional gratuity is being paid vide order dated 05.05.2009 as an additional benefit.
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Yesterday Minister of State for Finance, Mr Jayant Sinha informed in parliament that Govt. is considering the benefit of gratuity to extend for the NPS subscribers too.

Bonus hike bill passed with effect from April 2014

Arrears of bonus (2014-15) likely !
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill allowing doubling of wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers with establishments with 20 or more workers, with the benefits being applicable retrospectively from April 2014.
The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was passed by a voice vote, with some members objecting to the raising of eligibility limit for payment of bonus from a salary of Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Is it mandatory to be present in office on 01.01.2016 to get pay commission benefit ?

7th Pay Commission – Taking leave on Jan 1 for New Year Celebration? – Since the government rules are bound to be changed arbitrarily, one can never be sure of the kind of troubles it could cause. Therefore, it is better to report to work on 01.01.2016.
Central Government employees are wondering if there will be any consequences of taking leave on January 1, 2016, the date of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission report.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Assistant, UDC and LDCs in Central Secretariat Service get new name

Assistants will be renamed as A.S.O.(Assistant Section Officer)
UDCs will be renamed as S.S.A.(Senior Secretariat Assistant)
LDCs will be renamed as J.S.A.(Junior Secretariat Assistant)
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

LIC / GIC Wge revision : Notification soon

It is learnt from reliable sources that the wage revision proposal of LIC and GIC has been approved by Govt. of India and sent to law ministry for vetting. As per the recent update, law ministry did not raise any objection regarding the proposal. It is widely expected that notification is likely to be issued very soon, probably within Christmas. Notification of five day's week for LIC employees will follow thereafter.
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Seventh CPC Report : Expectations and disappointment !

Following article is published in a leading blog
On November 19, the 7th Central Pay Commission submitted its report on the salaries, pensions, and benefits for more than 50 lakh Central Government employees.
Within hours, the websites and news media began to give their elaborate interpretations and opinions about the recommendations. Mr. Krishnan, the secretary of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, on his website, gave a scathing review of the report, listing out all the drawbacks and disappointments. This was followed by similar opinions from almost all the other employees associations.
Employees’ expectations versus disappointments

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kerala to implement revised pay by 26th Feb.16

Kerala's 10th pay revision commission will be implemented latest by February 26, benefiting about 1.5 million government employees and pensioners, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.

"I assure the house that before February 26th, the 10th pay commission would be implemented," Mr Chandy told the Assembly after Left legislator AK Balan raised the issue.

Mr Balan said the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) governments had always been dilatory in revising the pays of employees and pensioners.

Central Govt. has no proposal to reduce retirement age : Minister clarifies

There is no proposal to reduce retirement age to 58 years of age or 33 years of service for central government employees, the Centre said today (16/12/2015)

There are about 50 lakh central government employees. "No such proposal is under consideration," Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Defence ministry is analyzing armed forces concern over pay report

The defence ministry is analysing the concerns of the armed forces on the 7th Pay Commission report, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday.

"We are already on the job. By next week, we will be able to see what can be done," he told reporters after laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on Vijay Diwas.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cash-strapped States Want 7th Pay Panel Hike Delayed

Several States like West Bengal, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, among others, have written to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary and Finance Ministry to delay implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, as most financially stressed States will be under pressure to make a similar pay increase. The States have sought more time to assess implications on their finances of implementing the 23.5 per cent hike in pay and pension for their employees in sync with the 7th Pay Panel recommendations for Central staff.
“There are many States that are already financially stressed. There are a few States which are not in a position to increase pay and pension of their employees even during the next financial year. They have sought more time to assess the impact of the recommendations,” a senior Finance Ministry official said. While the Centre’s pay bill will go up by `1,02,100 crore in 2016-17 if the government accepts the report, the States will have to scramble for resources to make similar hikes.

WB employees to get 10% D.A. from 1st January 2016-Order issued

As per the announcement earlier, West Bengal employees to get another installment of Dearness Allowance from 1st January 2016.
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Click here for order for teachers etc.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

7th pay panel report under Govt consideration, employees demand re-look

 A body of central government employees has demanded a re-look at the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) report and sought a rationalised pay structure.

In a memorandum submitted to Union Minister Jitendra Singh, the Government Employees' National Federation said that while there are some positive recommendations in the 7th CPC report, there are, at the same time, several instances which need a relook.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Central employees submit charter of demand to Cabinet Secretary

Following demands regarding implementation of seventh CPC have been submitted to Cabinet Secy. by National Joint Council of Action of Central Govt. employees. 
In a letter it has urged for a meeting to discuss the issues raised in the charter of demand and threatens to go on indefinite strike from March 2016 if no settlement is arrived within first week of February.
Click here for the letter to Cabinet secretary.
Main demands :
Minimum wage , the fitment formula, the multiplication factor applied for determining the pay levels and the pay matrix itself will have to consequently revised.
Revise the pay matrix basing upon the revised minimum wage and rounding off the stages to the next hundred. Accept the suggestion made by the Staff Side in its memorandum to 7 CPC for de-layering viz. to abolish the pay levels pertaining to GP 1900, 2400 and 4600.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bill introduced in Parliament to hike bonus ceiling

 Government introduced a bill in Lok Sabha that seeks to enhance pay eligibility limit of an employee for bonus to Rs 21,000 per month, from Rs 10,000, to make more workers eligible for the benefit. 
The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 also seeks to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from existing Rs 3,500. It will increase the quantum of bonus substantially. 

The amendment bill will be made effective from April 1, 2015. The bill will amend, the Payment of Bonus Act 1965, which is applicable to every factory and other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year. 

The bill also provides for a new proviso in Section 12 which empowers the central government to vary the basis of computing bonus. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Central employees to go for indefinite strike from March'16 if demands not settled

Meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (Railways, Defence and Confederation) was held on 08.12.2015 at JCM National Council Staff Side office, New Delhi. Detailed deliberations on 7thCPC related issues (including Gramind Dak Sewaks and Casual, Contract and daily-rated workers) was held and a Common charter of demands was finalized. It is further decided that the NJCA shall go on indefinite strike from the 1st week of March 2016, if the Government fails to reach a negotiated settlement with the staff side before 1st week of February 2016. A letter intimating this decision will be given to the Government shortly along with the common charter of demands.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

7th Pay Commission Report Likely To Be Implemented In J&K By Apr-May

There is good news for employees in Jammu and Kashmir as the government is planning to implement the 7th Pay Commission report by April-May next year. Right now the state government is keeping an eye on the development taking place in Delhi with regard to the implementation of the report. The move aims to placate around 5 lakh government employees in the state as government is the largest employer, and job giver in Jammu and Kashmir. The government in fact is waiting that once green signal comes for central government employees there would be no delay in implementing the report in Jammu and Kashmir.

Punjab to set up pay commission, grants Dearness Allowance

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday announced setting up the Sixth Punjab Pay Commission for employees and pensioners of the state government. 

A decision to this effect was taken by the chief minister during a meeting with the representatives of various associations of governments, boards and corporations here this evening. 

Briefing the representatives of all employees' unions present in the meeting, the chief minister said that the various modalities of Sixth Punjab Pay Commission including its composition, terms and conditions would be finalized by the State Personnel Department shortly.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ridiculous recommendation of 7th CPC regarding CGEGIS

As per the recommendation of seventh CPC, subscription and insurance amount have been increased manifold. Let's discuss the same as per available data.
Table 3: Recommended Rates of CGEGIS
Recommended Rates of CGEGIS
Level of
Monthly Deduction
Insurance Amount
10 and above
6 to 9 2500
1 to 5
The present rate of monthly deduction is Rs 120, Rs 60 and Rs 30 for Gr A, B and C employees with Insurance cover of Rs 1,20,000, Rs 60,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively.

Delhi MLAs got their pay hiked by amazing 400%

Delhi MLAs may be the The point of envy of all politicians in India. The MLAs, most of them (67 out of 70) from Aam Admi Party (Party of common people) , enhanced their salary in an uncommon proportion !

 Delhi MLAs on Thursday approved a 400% increase in their salary, accepting in totality the recommendations made by an independent committee that proposed a monthly payout of Rs 2.35 lakh to each MLA against the existing Rs 88,000.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Govt. may offer a better deal to Central Employees

After submission of much waited 7th CPC report, Central employees have mixed reaction regarding actual pay hike. Most of the employees and pensioners expected a better deal. The Commission did not make any substantial hike in Basic Pay. Taking into existing D.A. in consideration, the hike is little.  Still the employees may get an average 23% hike with the increased House Rent Allowances though the rate has been reduced to 24,16 and 8 percent respectively. The Transport Allowances remains unchanged with only merger of D.A. Those who live in quarters are deprived of HRA and thus will benefit a little only.
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