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Unhappy over pay hike, central employees to agitate for 3 days

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The Constituent Unions of National Council Joint Consultative Machinery of Central Government employees has called for a three-day agitation, from January 19 -21,  to draw the attention of central government to modifications it is seeking in the recommendations of  the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The unions called an agitation after the Cabinet gave its approval for constitution of an Empowered Committee to study the 7th Pay Commission report for implementation Process.

We don’t think that the pay matrix recommended by 7th CPC is final, we won’t accept the fitment factor recommended by the Commission, the union leaders voiced unanimously.

They said that the take-home pay is very much less when compared to previous pay commissions. If the Central Government accepts to increase the Minimum Pay, then that would be the criteria for arriving subsequent pay scales. Hence expecting changes in Pay Matrix is inevitable.

Source : Zee News

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General Dalbir Singh, Coas Inaugurates the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans

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General Dalbir Singh, Coas Inaugurates the Directorate of Indian Army
Veterans at Delhi Cantt

General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, inaugurated the Directorate
of Indian Army Veterans at Delhi Cantt, today. The directorate shall
provide a wide range of veteran care and support services, as also a single
point of contact, or redress, to the veterans, widows and wards residing
across the country.

The inauguration of the new directorate under the Adjutant General Branch
coincides with the first ever celebration of Veterans Day in the Indian
Army. The day marks the relinquishment of active service by India’s two
most well known military leaders, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE and Field
Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, MC in year 1953 and 1973 respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Army Staff stressed the need to
strengthen the institutional framework for veteran care and support in the
Indian Army. He remarked that the raising of the Directorate of Indian Army
Veterans (DIAV) marks the first step towards creating a coherent veteran
care and support structure in India. He further stated that there is more
that needs to be done at the last mile, which will follow consequent to the
raising of the new directorate.

Building on the existing framework of Army HQ Veterans Cell, the DIAV is
organised into four verticals, namely Policy and Outreach, Pension and
Entitlements, Benefits and Services and Career Transition Planning
Sections. Each vertical will be headed by a Director level officer fully
versed in veteran matters and duly assisted by a mix of serving and retired
officers.

Apart from the functional sections, the DIAV has fielded a Veterans E-Lobby
& Services Complex comprising of a range of disciplines. Key highlights
include the establishment of e-banking services by our principal pension
bankers, the State Bank of India or Punjab National Bank. Besides this, the
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Artificial Limb Centre
Manufacturing Company Kanpur (ALIMCO) too have opened their consultancy
services at the new complex.

To mark the occasion, the COAS released the inaugural issue of SAMMAAN
magazine, which is focussed on the role of veterans in nation building.
Several well known military and civil writers have contributed with their
views and opinions on this important topic. The event also witnessed the
launch of Phase 2 and 3 of the Indian Army Veterans Web Portal.

The ceremony was attended by the former Chiefs, a large number of senior
serving and retired officers, widows and disabled soldiers and members of
the wider veteran fraternity.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)
(Release ID :134467)

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Implementation of pay panel award likely to be deferred

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With a massive financial resource crunch estimated for 2016-17, the government is planning to defer the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission award.

Last week, the Union Cabinet approved the formation of an empowered committee of secretaries to work out ways for staggering the award through more than one financial year, instead of letting the Rs 1,02,100-crore bill from the implementation of the award come up at one go.
Read our full coverage on Union Budget 2016

A top-ranked official said one of the options for the empowered committee was to defer the increase in allowances for central government employees, while letting the rise in pay for all scales to go through. According to finance ministry figures, the ratio of allowances to pay for these 4.7 million employees is 1:1.4. For instance, the Budget estimates in 2015-16 pegged the salary bill for all central government employees at Rs 60,731 crore, whereas the tab for allowances is Rs 84,437.4 crore.

The step would allow Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to keep the Budget numbers for this financial year and the next close to the targeted 3.9 per cent and 3.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) that he has committed himself to. For instance, even if the annual expenditure for 2016-17 were kept at about Rs 18 lakh crore (almost unchanged from Rs 17,77,477 crore in 2015-16), the Pay Commission recommendations would add another 5.5 per cent to it.

Given the sluggish pace of GDP growth and the almost negative deflator, the aggregate Budget numbers would otherwise be impossible to sustain on the back of the current trend in growth of tax receipts - just 50 per cent of the Budget estimates after the first eight months of the year, according to Controller General of Accounts data. The assumptions being worked on in North Block are that these might not change dramatically in the next financial year, too.

The announcement of a deferral is expected to be part of Jaitley's Budget speech on February 29. The formation of an empowered committee for the pay panel recommendations, again a first for the central government, is meant to bring all stakeholders on board in the exercise.

The official explained ministry-wise consultations with the department of expenditure in the finance ministry, in the run up to the Budget, were mostly over. Those discussions had proceeded on the assumptions that the Pay Commission recommendations would be implemented. It was now necessary to bring the secretaries of key departments on board about the need for a drastic cut-back on those estimates.

The status quo on allowances would also allow the government to ignore the demand made by various staff associations to raise the minimum level of salary for employees. The Pay Commission has suggested that the minimum should be Rs 18,000 per month; the unions have demanded that it should be raised to a band of Rs 19,000 to Rs 21,000 a month. Such a change would have created a ripple effect. About 70 per cent of the government employees are bunched in the non-executive ranks; the starting salary for them tops about Rs 42,000 a month, show calculations by the Commission. Even a modest increase in pay for them would cascade the bill for the government by another Rs 50,000 crore annually. The award of the Commission is slated to take effect from January 1 this year.

A key element in the plan to defer some elements of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations will be the railway ministry. Government managers reckon the powerful unions of the Indian Railways need to be brought on board for this plan to be successful. The higher wage bill for the Suresh Prabhu-led ministry works out to Rs 28,450 crore a year, only a shade less than the yearly loss it makes on its passenger services at present. No formal communications have been sent out to the railway unions by the committee. "It will follow once the empowered committee has decided to take a call on which allowances to clip," said the official.

In a recent television interview, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha had said the Pay Commission recommendations were the biggest headache for his ministry, struggling to keep the aggregate expenditure of the Union government under control.

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LIC wage revision : Gazette Notification issued

Finally the much awaited notification released on 14th January 2016. New pay scales are given below

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Ministry of Finance initiates XIth Bank Bipartite processban

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Before settling down the dust of tenth bank bipartite, Ministry of Finance initiated next wage revision process. This is as per the recent Govt. policy of effecting wage revision from current date to avoid any financial burden of payment of arrears. Recently we noticed this approach for Central Govt. employees where pay commission had been constituted well in advance, for the first time in history.
Finance Ministry vide its Letter  No.F No 4/2/2/2015,IR dated 12th January 2016 directed,CEOs of all Public Sector Banks  to initiate the process of negotiation /Next wage revision of the employees and conclude it prior to the effective date 1.11.2017.
The last Wage revision process due w.e.f 1.11.2012(10th Bipartite Settlement /Joint Note  was completed on 25th May 2015 .


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CAT Reserves judgment in Full Pension on Superannuation after 10 years of service by Pre 2006 Pensioners

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CAT Reserves judgment in Full Pension on Superannuation after 10 years of service by Pre 2006 Pensioners
Details of arguments in CAT Delhi on 13-1-2016
Our Review Application to cover full pension after 10 years on superannuation or absorption in PSUs/Autonomous Bodies was taken up by the CAT Bench on 13th afternoon.
The GOI Advocate made the following points which were duly countered by our Advocate:

(i) Since the verdict dated 21-4-2015 was based on OA 1165/2011 as the lead case, which did not seek pro-rata pension after 10 years on superannuation or absorption in PSUs/Autonomous Bodies, this issue can not be raised now. Also, as per Apex court verdicts, if a verdict is silent on any particular prayer, it is assumed that the same is not accepted by the Court. He sought time to produce relevant rulings for which the Bench said that this should be done within 2 days beyond which they would not wait.
Our Advocate effectively countered this contention by pointing out that:
* Although OA 1165 initially did not cover this plea of full pension after 10 years on superannuation/absorption in PSUs, the other two OAs filed subsequently, specifically covered this aspect. And since all the 3 OAs were clubbed together in the verdict dated 21-4-2015 for a common verdict, this prayer can not be ignored;
* Notwithstanding this, it was brought to the notice of the Bench that as early as in 2013 (much before the verdict dated 21-4-2015) while filing our Rejoinder, it was specifically sought to amend our prayer in OA 1165/2011 to include this aspect also. Since GOI did not object to it at that time, the same is deemed to have been amended and this issue can not be raised now.  
* In any case, since all 3 OAs were clubbed together in a common verdict and this aspect was missed, it is well within the right of the Applicants to seek a Review of the order.

(ii) GOI Advocate mentioned that since this aspect was not raised in OA 655/2010 as mentioned in the verdict dated 1-11-2011, while seeking modified parity, this aspect can not be raised now.
Our Advocate countered this by pointing out that:
* While considering the Writ of S 30 Pensioners Association seeking full parity with post 1-1-2006 pensioners, Delhi High Court remanded the case back to CAT with the direction to ignore paras 1-11 of verdict dated 1-11-2011 in our case (which formed the basis of adverse verdict in S 30 case also) and consider the matter afresh. As a result, the Full Bench allowed their plea of full parity in pension between pre and post 2006 pensioners, subject to the condition that the pension of a pre 2006 retiree from the higher grade can not get a lower pension than the maximum pension of lower grade post 2005 retiree. He placed on record a copy of this verdict. Hence the reference of GOI to CAT verdict dated1-11-2011 was no longer relevant.
* The fact remains that the issue of denial of full pension after 20 years on VR and 10 years on superannuation/absorption in PSUs etc is covered by the same common instructions which have been quashed by Full Bench of the Tribunal and which decision has been upheld upto the highest level of Supreme Court while dismissing Curative Petition against CAT verdict dated 1-11-2011 in OA 655/2010. Consequently, discrimination between VR pensioners getting the benefit but not pensioners after superannuation/absorption on par with post 2005 retirees can not be justified.
(iii) GOI Advocate again mentioned that they are going to file a Writ against earlier verdict dated 21-4-2015, to which the Bench reiterated that unless a stay is granted it does not matter. (Incidentally, as indicated in my mail of 6-1-2016, we have already filed a Caveat in Delhi High Court on 8-1-2016 to forestall any ex-parte stay in the matter).  


The Bench has since reserved the verdict which we hope to be out very soon.

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