Monday, October 24, 2016

10 Allowances For Which Our Dept Is Fighting For Continuation After 7th CPC

A meeting on allowances was held on 19.10.2016 at G.P. Roy Committee Room, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary (Posts). Shri A.K. Dash, Member (P), Shri S.K. Dashora, DDG (Estt) and Director (Estt) were present.

Shri Vilas Ingale General Secretary, Shri P. Ajit Kumar, Asst. General Secretary-I and Shri Arup Seal, Circle Secretary West Bengal Circle attended the meeting. 

Discussion on following allowances to be retained in Department of Posts was held. All the union leaders took active part in the discussion and requested Chairman to recommend retention of following allowances strongly to MoF. The views of Secretary (Posts) were positive on the allowances discussed in the meeting. We hope positive outcome.

1) Fixed Medical Compensation being given to Postman:

It is proposed that suitable increase in the FMC say Rs. 200/- per day for additional beat and Rs. 100/- per day for divided beats and further increase in it by 25% very time when 50% increase in DA. 

2) Special allowance to PO and RMS Accountants :

It is proposed that the allowance is required to be continue with justified increase in the allowance. The allowance be re-notified as per provision laid down in para No. 8.2.5 of the 7CPC report.

3) Cycle Allowance :

It is proposed to retain with doubled the amount. 

4) Cash handling and Treasury Allowance:

It is proposed that cash handling allowance for its staff not only to be retained and also required to be increased proportionately. 

5) Overtime Allowance :

Long discussion held on this issue. Department recommends not only to retain the OTA in Department of Posts but also to increase the OTA to Rs. 100/- per hour and further increase by 25% every time the DA increase by 50%.

6) Saving Bank Allowance in Post Offices :

Department proposes that the Saving Bank Allowance be retained at doubled rate of the present allowance.

7) Family Planning Allowances :

Department proposes that the Family Planning Allowance should not be withdrawn from one already granted.

8) Fixed Medical Allowance :

In the interregnum period, the FMA may be allowed at rate of Rs. 2000/- per month. 

9) Headquarter Allowance :

Department proposes to retain the Headquarters Allowance at the uniform rate of 10% of the basic pay subject to ceiling of Rs. 4000/- per month to all eligible JAG/STS/JTS/AD/AAOs/Sr.AO/ASPs/IPs officers in Department of Posts. 

10) Other Allowances :

a) Split Duty Allowance : 
For performance of split duty having break of less than 2 hours and residence being beyond 5 KM from duty place. 

b) Outstation Duty Allowance : 
For performance of outstation duties while performing duties on sections

c) Night Halt Allowance : 

In lieu of TA for night halt away from HQ while on their beats in the course of their duty. 

d) Special Allowance : 

( Special Allowance is admissible to DPS posted at Unit HQ at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai / JTS officers when posted at HQ / APMG (C), APMG (Planning), APMG (Vig.) in Circle Office/ PS Gr. B officers posted as Administrative Officers at PTCs, Assistant Directors in COS/ROs / PS Gr. B officer posted as Supdt. Seals Aligarh / PS Gr. B officers posted as Lectureres, ASPs in PTCs / LSG Officials employed as instructors in PTCs / Technician in PTCs. / SAs when posted in CO as Stg. Complier / IPs when posted as Platform Inspector / Project Operator Sound / Franking Machine Operator / Photocopier Operator (MTS) / Generator Operator / Clerical and allied cadres working as JA/SA, Pas on passing JAO Part-II Exam but awaiting promotion.

Department proposes to retain allowances to above posts as arduous nature of duties.

Source :

7th CPC HRA – Allowance Committee Meeting Proposal for House Rent Allowance

Sources said that the Allowance Committee Meeting has finalized a proposal on HRA. It will be finalized in the Meeting held on 25th October 2016. It is said that the proposed Meeting under the Chairmanship of DOPT Secretary (P) with the Secretary Staff Side, NC (JCM) is to firm up the view on various allowances pertaining to Department of Personnel & Training.

  • This Meeting is conducted as per the decision of Allowance Committee Meeting held on 1-9-2016. The meeting to finalize the allowances pertaining to DOPT has been scheduled to be held on 25th October 2016.
  • The Reliable Sources said that the Official Side are in the view of increasing HRA by 1 Stage to reach 30% , 20% and 10% .
The pay Commission recommended HRA at the rates initially from 24%, 16%, and 8 % and whenever DA reaches 50% it will be increased to 27%, 18% and 9% and Finally after DA reaches 100% the HRA will be revised to 30% , 20% and 10% for X,Y and Z cities respectively.
  • The NCJCM has demanded in its Memorandum submitted to the 7th Pay Commission that 60%, 40% and 20% HRA to be recommended for X,Y and Z cities.
  • The Pay Commission totally ignored this demand and recommended reduction of rates from Sixth CPC. Since it is Co related with DA , it will be increased after two stages to 30%, 20% and 10% after DA reaches 50% and 100%.
  • The sources said that now it is proposed to start the HRA rates initially from 27%, 18% and 9% and after DA reaches 50% the House Rent Allowance will be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% for X,Y and Z cities respectively.

JCA 3rd Phase of programme

3rd Phase of programme 

Postal JCA decided to continue its struggle programme in connection with the demands viz., Grant of revised ceiling of Bonus @Rs.7000- to GDS w.e.f 2014-15 and Payment of arrears to Casual/Part-Time/Contingent employees from 01-01-2006.: 

Indefinite hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi from 3rd November 2016 by all Secretaries General, General Secretaries of NFPE & FNPO.
9th & 10th November 2016 -- Two days strike
Nationwide Postal Strike will be organized by NFPE - FNPO & AIPEU-GDS - NUGDS 
FNPO Affilated unions Circle office bearers,Branch/ Divisional Secretaries& Branch / Divisional Secretaries of NUGDS are requested to mobilize the cadre by conducting regional meetings / conventions, Circulate the information through pamphlets, SMS & all other sources etc., and make all sincere efforts to success the Postal JCA agitations on our justified demands.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

7th Pay Commission Enhanced Incentives Proposed for CG Employees Acquiring Higher Qualification

7th Pay Commission - Enhanced Incentives Proposed for CG Employees Acquiring Higher Qualification 

The 7th Pay Commission may have recommended abolition of 51 allowances, and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances. The final decision however rests with the Centre. While this may cause concern among Central government staffs, there are some surprises in store for the employees.

The 7th pay commission has not only accepted the demand for retaining some of the allowances, but has also enhanced the amount in its recommendations.

For instance, incentives paid to Central government employees for acquiring higher qualifications. The 7th pay commission has proposed a steep hike to staff from the amount currently payable - ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000, subject to caveats and existing norms governing such payments.

“The Commission appreciates the need to encourage acquiring of higher qualifications. At the same time, it is important that the knowledge so acquired is directly relevant to the scope of the employee’s occupation,” it said in its voluminous report submitted to the Indian government on November 19, 2015.

However, the 7th pay commission refused to bring the incentives on par with those payable to defence personnel, saying it was not feasible "in view of the different service conditions, mode of recruitment and other factors."
Pay upgrade proposed for Russian translators

Russia was the flavour of the week gone by, with India signing a slew of defence deals during the recent BRICS summit held in Goa last week. But Russian translators were of the view that they were not being paid adequately despite being assigned responsibilities similar to those engaged in translation of other languages.

"The cadre of Russian translators in Integrated Headquarters of MOD (Navy) has contended that they have the same entry level qualification and nature of duties as translators of other languages in the same office, but are placed in a lower pay scale," the CPC said, analysing their grievances.

Studying the job profiles of Russian translators and those of their Chinese, Sinhalese and Push to counterparts, the pay panel came to the view that they deserved an upgrade in their pay band.

"The Commission finds merit in their demand for upgrade and accordingly recommends that Russian Translation Officers should be upgraded from the existing GP 4600 to GP 5400 (PB-3). Similarly, Russian Senior Translation officers should be upgraded from existing GP 5400 (PB-3) to GP 6600 and Russian Editors from existing GP 6600 to GP 7600," the Commission recommended.


A meeting on GDS bonus issue was convened by the Member (P) Shri A.K. Dash in his Chamber in the evening of 19.10.2016 with PJCA leaders Secretary Generals and Presidents of NFPE & FNPO attended the meeting.\

Member (P) told that the case of enhancement of bonus ceiling is being pursued by the Secretary Post. He has met with Finance Secretary personally and requested to expedite the matter. Minister (C) has also written letter to Finance Minister to grant enhanced bonus to GDS. He assured that it will be approved by Finance Ministry soon. He appealed to defer the agitational programmes including 2 days Strike on 9th &10th November,2016 . He assured to issue orders for casual labourers wage revision also.

But we told clearly that until and unless the orders for enhanced Bonus are received, our programmes as notified will continue.

We have received encouraging reports of Dharna /Demonstrations held today i.e. 20.10.2016 throughout the country. Government and Department is coming under pressure.

Please maintain the tempo and make all efforts to make 2 day Strike on 9th & 10th November, 2016 a grand success to achieve the demands.

Monday, October 17, 2016


Ref: Confdn/Standing Committee/2016-17                               Dated – 15.10.2016

Com Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, Staff Side, NC/JCM
13-C, Ferozeshah Road,
New Delhi -110001

Dear Comrade

          We have seen the items already sent to the Govt for discussion in the Standing Committee of Meeting which include

JCM function 2. Compassionate Appointment 3.Non implementation of decisions taken at 46thMeeting of the National Council 4. Reduction of one day PLB in defence establishment, 5. LTC-relaxation of air travel, 6. HRA for those who vacated govt quarters, 7. Restoring interest free advances, 8. Entry pay for promotees, 9. Grant of 3rd MACP, 10. Dental treatment, 11.Income criteria for dependants, 12. Re-imbursement of actual medical expenses, 13. Carry forward of Earned Leave

We send herewith the following items for inclusion in the agenda. We shall be grateful if the same is forwarded to the official side urgently.

Thanking you in anticipation.
 Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

1.            Amendment to the definition of anomaly as notified by Government in the orders of constitution of anomaly committees at various level.

The DOPT&T has notified the definition of anomaly arising from the 7th CPC recommendation vide their OM No. 11/2/2016-JCA dated 16th August 2016 as under:
“(1) Definition of Anomaly
Anomaly will include the following cases

(a) Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle of the policy enunciated by the 7th Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason, and

(b) Where the maximum of the Level in the Pay Matrix corresponding to the applicable Grade Pay in the Band Band under the pre-revised structure as notified vide CCS (RP) Rules 2016 is less than the amount an employee is entitled to be fixed at as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the said Rules”

The Anomaly normally arises due to the recommendation of the Pay Commission having been acted upon without going into the ramification of such action on similarly placed employees in various other organisations.
In this connection, we may refer to the OM No. 19/97-JCA, DOP&T, dated the February 6, 1998 where the anomaly was defined as under, on reaching an agreement between the Staff Side and the Group of Ministers on 11.9.1997.
“(1) Definition of Anomaly
         Anomaly will include the following cases:
(a) Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that the vertical/horizontal relativities have been disturbed as a result of the Fifth Central Pay Commission Report in a manner leading to grave dissatisfaction and adverse impact on efficiency;

(b) Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle of the policy enunciated by the 7th Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason, and

(c)  Where the maximum of the Level in the Pay Matrix corresponding to the applicable Grade Pay in the Band Band under the pre-revised structure as notified vide CCS (RP) Rules 2016 is less than the amount an employee is entitled to be fixed at as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the said Rule

(d) Where the amount of revised allowance is less than the existing rate”.

We request that the definition of anomaly may be replaced with what is stated in the OM dated February 6, 1998.

2.           Withdraw the stringent conditions unilaterally imposed by Government for grant of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) promotion and grant MACP on promotional hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrant to the cadre for grant of MACP. The pre-appointment induction training period may be counted as regular service for grant of MACP as it is counted for increment.

It was in the background of extreme stagnation, especially in the lower cadres, the 5th CPC was approached for a promotional scheme which must not be linked with vacancies but on time bound basis. The 5th CPC in appreciation of the genuine aspirations of the low paid employees as also taking into account the practice followed in Government services of cetain State Govts introduced the ACP scheme assuring minimum two financial upgradations (promotions) in the service career of a person. The ACP, as is known when granted, does not make the incumbent to function in a post with higher responsibility but continue to be in same cadre/grade but with higher remuneration.
The 6th CPC did not make any great deviation of the scheme. But the Govt., acceding to the demand of the Staff Side, improved the 2 time-bound promotions as 3 promotions under the MACP scheme. However, while issuing the orders the scheme was made applicable, unlike ACP, only Grade Pay based financial upgradation as recommended by the 6th CPC. Between 2006-11, the Staff Side had pointed out on innumerable occasions, the anomalies the said decision created and having obtained no redressal the employees were driven to courts, whose decisions were not allowed to be given effect to.
The 7th CPC recommendations gave the impression that it has appreciated the concern of Staff Side and had suggested for a cadre hierarchy based MACP scheme. The order issued by the DOPT on 27.9.2016 belies that in as much as it is stated in Para 3.2 as under: 
“The MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher level in the Pay Matrix as given in Part A of Schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. Thus the level in the Pay Matrix at the time of financial upgradation under the MACPS can, in certain cases where regular promotion is not between two successive levels in the Pay Matrix, be different than what is available at the time of regular promotion. In such cases, the higher level in the Pay Matrix attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the convened cadre/organisation will be given only at the time of regular promotion”.
Besides, the Govt. has accepted the recommendation of 7th CPC in Para 5.1.45 making Bench-mark of ‘very good’ as the primary criterion for MACP.
We request that the order making MACP level bases hierarchy instead of cadre based hierarchy must be rescinded as the changed scheme has been less beneficial to large number of employees compared to ACP and it has given rise to anomalies in Pay between two schemes of employees in the same cadre.
Secondly, the stipulation of Benchmark “Very Good” for MACP is untenable and the MACP is only financial upgradation and does not devolve any additional responsibility and the individual concerned continues to function in the same grade and cadre even after grant of MACP. It may also be noted that “Very Good” is not a bench mark even today for promotion in Gr B and C cadres. 
When the intention is only financial upgradation in view of the long number of years one has put in, the stipulation of Bench March “Very Good” is wrong and deserves to be withdrawn.
Two other issues requiring consideration and acceptable are:
(1) The personnel promoted to a cadre bases on examination must be treated as new direct entrant to that cadre and MACP to be related with the date of entry to that cadre;
(2) The pre-appointment induction training period is to be counted as regular service period for the purpose of MACP.

3.           Removal of ambiguity in fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen and grant of the same benefit extended to Commissioned officers to personnel Below officers Rank also.

The pay fixation of re-employed Ex-Service men who held the rank below commissioned officers/Group A at the time of their re-employment is not carried out in many departments as per Government orders on the subject issued from time to time due to misinterpretation/wrong clarification by the administrative authorities. The re-employed Ex-service men personnel below the officers Rank are being deprived the minimum pay of the post from which they are retired from Army, instead their pay is fixed at the minimum of the re-employed post only, whereas those who retired as commissioned officers/Group A is extended differential treatment and their pay is fixed at a higher stage due to their past service benefit. Fresh orders/amendments be issued free from any scope for misinterpretation/ambiguity, clearly mentioning the fixation of pay of the re-employed Ex-Service men belonging to below officer rank, at the same stage as the last pay drawn before retirement from army, ignoring the entire portion of pension since the pension is minuscule and not even enough to lead a decent living.

4.   Permission to opt for pay fixation in the Revised pay structure on a date after the date of issue of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 notification (25.07.2016) in case of employees whose promotion become due after 25.07.2006.

As per the clarification issued by Department of Expenditure (Implementation cell) on 29th September 2016, in case and employee is promoted or upgraded to the higher pay structure (in the pre-revised pay structure) he may be permitted to exercise revised option as per FR 22 (i) (a) (i) to have his pay fixed under the Revised Pay Rules 2016, from the date of such promotion/upgradation or from the date of next increment. As per this rule and employee who is promoted/upgraded on 24.07.2016 (one day before the date of issue of notification) can opt for fixation of his revised pay on the date of next increment which falls on 01.07.2017. This facility is available only for those employees who are promoted before 25.07.2016 (date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016). If an employee is due for promotion on 26.07.2016 (one day after the date of notification) he cannot opt to fix his revised pay under the CCS (RP) Rules 2016 on the date of next increment i.e. 01.07.2017. This is a clear case of discrimination and amounts to creation of a class within a class. Hence the option for fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules 2016 from the date of next increment, may be extended to the employees who are due for promotion after the date of issue of notification i.e. 25.07.2016 also.

5.   Extension of the benefit of bonus calculation ceiling enhancement to Rs. 7000/- to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Postal department also.

The above benefit is yet to be granted to the GraminDakSevaks for want of approval of the Finance Ministry. The GDS Committee constituted to revise the wages and service conditions of GDS has already recommended to grant enhanced ceiling of Rs. 7,000/- to GDS also and their suggestion is pending with the Govt. for action. We request that orders enhancing the ceiling limit to RS 7,000/- may be issued immediately.

6.   Regularise the services of casual labourers by absorbing them against vacant posts of MTS as one time measure.

Casual and contingent workers were engaged by various Departments to cope up the regular work especially in the period when the Ban on Recruitment/creation of posts was in operation. Such appointments had become necessary to ensure that the work does not suffer and the public at large are not put to difficulties. There had been despite the directive issued by DOPT in the past banning such engagement of casual labour. Over the years their number has increased manifold. These employees have put in several years of service. The omnibus order banning he recruitment does not spell out as to how the work assigned especially in operational and public dealing departments are to be carried out. Presently due to either delay on the part of the recruiting agency or for such unforeseen reasons in various departments, MTS posts are lying vacant and contract workers are engaged. The case of those who were employed against vacancies of permanent and perennial nature of jobs for regularization cannot be denied except in violation of the existing labour laws or on unethical ground. To address this, the DOPT must draw up a scheme for regularization of eligible candidates in Government service as a onetime measure.

7.       Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner

Inspite of lifting of ban on filling up of vacant posts from 2010 onwards, in many departments posts are not being filled and an undeclared ban is in existence. The 7th CPC has stated that there are about six lakhs vacant posts in central services. Non-filling up of vacant posts has adversely affected the efficiency of many departments. Further many promotions posts are lying vacant due to abnormal delay in convening DPCs. Strict instructions may be issued to all departments to initiate action to fill up all vacant posts on top priority basis and also to convene the DPCs regularly for granting promotion to eligible officials.

8.       Abolish and upgrade all posts of Lower Division clerks (LDCs) to Upper Division Clerks (UDCs).

The cadre of Lower Division Clerks in Govt of India service has now become redundant as many of the jobs assigned to them are part of the duty list of MTS and the rest is also assigned to UDCs. The abolition of Gr. D cadres and introduction of MTS with certain clerical functions and computerised functioning in all organisations of GOI have made the cadre presently superfluous. As pointed out, the UDCs whose educational qualification is Graduation has overlapping functions of LDCs. Major Deptt. of the Govt of India recognising this fact has reduced the cadre strength of LDCs. We therefore request that the existing No. of LDC posts in Government may be upgraded as one time measure as UDCs and the posts of LDCs totally abolished.

Shri D. K. Sengupta
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
Ministry of Personnel PG and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi – 110001


Sub: -    Agenda items for meeting of the JCM (NC) Standing Committee

Ref: -     Your letter No. F. No. 3/3/2019-JCA-I dated 27.09.2016 addressed to Secretary, Staff Side

                I forward herewith 8 additional items for inclusion in the agenda for the Standing Committee meeting slated for 25th October 2016.
                                Thanking you,

Yours faithfully

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary, Staff Side

Request for Extension of benefits of 7th Central Pay Commission to employees and pensioners of Autonomous bodies - Confederation writes to Hon'ble Finance Minister

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Indefinite hunger fast inside the Campus of Dak Bhawan for Grant of enhanced bonus to GDS.

NEW DELHI – 110001
No. PF- PJCA/STRIKE/2016                                                                 Dated – 14.10.2016

            The Secretary
            Department of Posts
            Delhi – 110001

Sub: -     Indefinite hunger fast inside the Campus of Dak Bhawan , New Delhi by all Secretary Generals and General Secretaries of NFPE, FNPO and GDS Union from  3rd November 2016.

           It is intimated that Indefinite hunger fast inside Campus of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
 by the of all  Secretary Generals, General Secretaries of NFPE, FNPO and GDS Union will
be organized from 03rd  November,  2016 for the following pending demands:
                       (1)   Grant of enhanced bonus to GDS.

                       (2) payment of revised wages of casual labourers and revised bonus .

            As you are aware the bonus calculation ceiling of all Central Government employees was raised from 3500 to 7000 by the Government from 01.04.2014 onwards and orders were issued on 29.08.2016. Arrears for the financial year 2014-15 were also paid to the all departmental employees. But till this day, orders for payment of enhanced bonus to three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks are not issued by the Department of Posts.

            Similarly, eventhough the Postal Board has issued orders revising the wages of casual labourers w.e.f 01.01.2006 as per the 6th CPC minimum wage of Group ‘D’, till this day many circles and divisions have not paid the arrears to the poor, unorganized, marginalized and most exploited section of casual, part-time, contingent employees and Daily rated mazdoors. eg: Kerala Circle, Tamilnadu Circle etc.). 7th CPC revision has also become due now.

            It is therefore, requested to permit us to sit inside the premises of Dak Bhawan for Indefinite Hunger Fast from 03rdNovember, 2016. The Hunger Fast will be peaceful.

Yours faithfully,
R. N. PARASHAR                                                                             D. THEAGARAJAN
Secretary General                                                                              Secretary General
     NFPE                                                                                                        FNPO