The Interest rates for Deposits is again lowered by 0.1% from 1st July 17

ஜூலை முதல் வட்டி விகிதம் மீண்டும் 0.1% குறைப்பு

Friday, 10 July 2015

5 Major issues of the CG Employees which are projected for a serving employee to the 7th Pay Commission

5 Major issues of the CG Employees which are projected for a serving employee to the 7th Pay Commission

Major issues of the Central Government Employees

Five major issues of the Central Government employees which are projected for a serving employee to the 7th CPC.

1) Inadequate pay compared to talent.
2) Lack of promotions and better increment rate.
3) Equal pay for equal work.
4) Non-filling up of vacant posts and increased work load.
5) Allowances to be paid as per market rate.

1) Inadequate pay compared to talent:
The person joining a Government Service is not just for the employment is for a whole career, if a person joins a Government Service he will quit/ retire from the job only after putting 30 years service or more. In case of the person joining a private company he will jump from one company to another at least five times in thirty years.

The talented persons from all over the country are moving to IT, BT and private sectors, rather than Central Government sector. Because of the lower salary / pay structure in Central Government sector compared to IT and BT sectors and complex nature of rules and regulations in Central Government sector and also the skill and merit of the worker/ employee is not into account in Central Government sector.

Today, the weakest link in respect of any government policy is at the delivery stage. This phenomenon is not endemic to India. Internationally also, there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the delivery lines and decentralization with greater role being assigned at delivery points, which actually determines the benefit that the common citizen is going to derive out of any policy initiative of the government.

More the talented persons are there in Government services, more the delivery of the government schemes will be there, thus the Government machinery will be more effective and common man will benefit a lot.

Main consideration in the private and public sector being ‘profit’, and in Central Government it is “service” even through Railways, Income Tax & Central Excise are revenue earning departments, hence an equal comparison with the Government is not going to be ever possible. Performance for the Government is usually not measured in terms of profit, but in terms of achieving societal goals.

The time scale gap between one post to another should be uniform rate from starting to end, starting from Rs 26,000 to Rs 2, 60,000.

The minimum wage should be calculated using Dr Aykroyd formula and following 15th ILC norms and four units should be taken into account not three units as followed by the 6th CPC.

The pay should fixed taking in following factors.
a) The educational qualifications.
b) The level of responsibility.
c) The skill of the work.

The earlier pay commissions were only taking into account only educational qualifications into account.

Only around 8 to 9 % of the total Govt revenue collection is spent on wages of Central Government employees, compared to 20% to 25% of the revenue spent on wages in private sector.

The cost of living (prices of essential items and other items) has gone by over 250% during last 10 years, compared to 113% DA. The prices are continuously rising.

The Government is a model employer, hence the wages should be provided with the needs and to attract the talented and skilled persons.

2) Lack of promotions and better increment rate.
Today there are persons who have not even got two promotions in his entire career, The MACP scheme is not that much effective, lack of promotions in Central Government sector compared to IT and BT sectors.

One should get five promotions in promotional hierarchy during his service to motivate him to work more. As the Government employee put more and more service, he will be more trained to perform his duties in a better befitting manner. Thus the Government is more beneficial as good quality of work can be expected of him.

The family responsibility will increase with age. There should be adequate financial protection for him, the better rate of increment should motivate him to work more from the present 3% to 5%. On promotion one should get a minimum salary increase of Rs 3000/- per month as he will perform higher duties.

3) Equal Pay for Equal work.
For the same post which include similar duties and responsibility. There are different pay scales/ Grade Pay existing for same nature of duties and similar recruit qualifications. This anomaly should be rectified.

Grant of Grade Pay Rs.4800 to all Supervisors cadre. The gazetted Group “B” post should start from Rs 5400/- GP.

4) Non-filling up of vacant posts and increased work load
In 1990 the Population of the country is 85 crores and the Central Government Employees strength is 40 lakhs in the year 2014 population of the country is 125 crores, whereas the Central Government Employees strength is just 31 lakhs.

Non-filling up of vacant posts has resulted in increased work load on the existing employees. The strength of Central government employees should increase considerably.

5) Allowances to be paid as per market rate:
The house rent allowance should be from Rs 7000/- per month to Rs 55,000/- per month. All allowances such as Tour DA, OTA, Night Duty, CEA (tuition fees) , Cashier Allowances, etc should be increased by three times.

The all allowances should also be paid net of taxes which has been examined by 5th CPC in para no 167.

The staff side (JCM) has represented well the above important issues of the Central Government Employees before the 7th CPC, we sincerely hope the 7th CPC will address and resolve the above issues.

Let us wait patiently for the 7th CPC to submit its report and then we can deliberate on the report and do the needful action.


“Missing information will always be misleading”

7th CPC Expected Pay-Media Hype : 

7th Pay Commission news – Media require specialized approach rather than a hype

After 7CPC itself announced in last week of June 2015 to the effect that it has started finalising the report to be submitted to the Govt, News on 7th Pay Commission has started becoming popular.

It would be Needless to say all Government Employees would be interested in 7th CPC report. Though common man may not show much interest in the elaboration and technicalities of 7CPC report, he/she will also be curious to know the quatum of increase in Pay of Central Government Employees in General. At the same time, a common man will always be depending on various News media such as News Prints and Television channels to get these type of news.

But we could see that Pay Commission related news provided by News Media nowadays are misleading in the sense that they are only projecting the number of times the pay was hiked by previous Pay commissions and likely hike by 7th Pay Commission.

Missing information will always be misleading

For instance, it was reported by a daily news paper recently, which was quoted later by many blogs that Govt Salaries are set to increase by 2 to 3 times 
and that 6th Pay Commission suggested 3 times increase in Salaries. It was also reported that 5th CPC recommended 2.6 times in increase in pay of lower Grade Officials.

A common man who is reading this news would be easily mislead and he/she would come to a conclusion that Salary of Government Employees was increased by 3 times by 6th CPC.

But the factual informations such as 86% of basic Pay paid as Dearness Allowance separtely was merged with Pay and increase in pay by 1.86 times is only because of merger of DA with Pay, are missing in this media report.

It is not expected that a news item should report all the intricacies of a pay commission report. But the fact that the net increase in the Pay of Central Government Employees after implementation of 6th Pay Commission report which was around 25% and 40% for most of lower / middle level employees and Higher level employees respectively, should have been correctly reported in the public interest.

Even this net increase in pay was only due to introduction of a new pay head called Grade Pay and as far as pre-revised basic Pay is concerned (now called as Pay in Pay band) there is no real increase except merger of DA with Pay.

In the case of Bank Employees wage revision after 10th Wage Settlement signed recently, it was correctly reported in news media that Bank Employees would be getting net increase in pay to the extent of 15%.  This net increase in Pay is exclusive of merger of Dearness Allowance as on Nov 2012 with Pay.

The above facts can easily be verified by using the GConnect 6th Pay Commission Calculator, link of which is given below. We can easily verify from the arrears report which will be generated after we select pre-revised Pay Scale and a basic Pay (with in the range of this pay scale) that Pre-revised Basic Pay as on 01.01.2006 and 6CPC revised Pay in Pay Band as on 01.01.2006 are one and the same.

Hike in House Rent Allowance for Bank Employees as per 2011 Census

Hike in House Rent Allowance for Bank Employees as per 2011 Census

Bank Employees News : Based on the Census of 2011, the House Rent Allowance for Bank employees of a few cities are going to be hiked.

AIBEA Circular

Date : 6th July, 2015

Dear Comrades,
Recently Govt. of India has issued the Gazette notification for the Census as of 2011. It is the 15th Census in India beginning from 1872 and 7th since our independence.

Some data from the Census:
  • Population as per this Census in 2011: 121,01,93,422
  • Rank: No. 2 with 17.5% of world population ( 1st is China: 19%)
  • No. of Districts: 640
  • Most populace State : UP
  • Least populous State: Sikkim
  • Most populated metro : Mumbai : 1,84,14,288
  • Most Literate State : Kerala ( 94 %)
  • Least Literate State : Bihar ( 64 %)
  • Sex Ratio : 940 Female : 1000 Male
  • Literacy of Male : 82.14 %
  • Literacy of Female : 65.46 %
  • Highest populace District: Thane, Mumbai
  • 100 % Literacy District : Palakkad, Kerala
  • 100 % Banking State : Kerala
  • 100 % Banking District : Palakkad
  • Increase in population from last census in 2001 to 2011: 18.1 crore

Some disturbing facts:
  • Total household: 24.39 cr; Rural households accounted for 17.91 cr (73%)
  • 30 % of Indian rural households doesn’t have land and depend on casual labor for subsistence.
  • As many as 2.37 crore (one in eight) families in villages live in houses of one room with ‘kaccha’ walls and roof.
  • 23.52 % rural families have no literate adult above 25 years
  • 74 % of the rural households survived on a monthly income of less than Rs 5,000 of its highest earner
  • 51 % of the households are engaged in casual, manual labour and 30 % in cultivation.
  • 7 in 10 homes in rural live on less than Rs 200 a day
  • 18.06 lakh people are still engaged in manual scavenging
  • Households with destitutes or those living on alms is over 6.68 lakh
  • As many as 4.08 lakh households rely on rag-picking.
  • Higher HRA for bank employees: Employees in the below-mentioned upgraded centres would get the revised/higher HRA rates and receive the arrears from 2011.

In addition, in various towns and cities, number of small places in the outskirts have been brought as part of the bigger town/city/UA and such places would also attract the higher HRA of the concerned town/city/Urban Agglomeration.

With greetings,

Yours Comradely,
General Secretary

Government May Cap Premature PF Withdrawals at 75%

New Delhi: The government is looking to cap premature provident fund withdrawals at 75 per cent for EPFO subscribers at any given time till the age of 58.

Under the existing provisions, Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) subscribers can withdraw the entire amount by showing not employed anywhere for two months.

The proposal regarding changes in 'The Employees' Provident Fund Scheme' has been sent to the Labour Ministry for approval.

"We will take a decision in this regard in the next 10-15 days," Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal said.

Central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan also said the proposed changes are likely to be notified in the next 10-15 days, as it has got the backing of employee unions.

Asked whether the 75 per cent withdrawal ceiling has been proposed for even circumstances like constructing a house, marriage, children's education, etc, Jalan replied in the affirmative.

The idea behind the proposal, he said, is to ensure that provident fund is used as an old-age security and not misused for purposes other than it was meant to be.

The provident fund money, he said, should be used as an old-age security scheme and not like a savings bank account.

Mr Jalan added the EPFO plans to gradually further cap the withdrawal limit to up to 50 per cent and also put a ceiling on the number of withdrawals by a subscriber.

"Presently, out of the 1.3 crore annual claims, not less than 65 lakh claims are for full withdrawal. If the proposal is implemented by the Centre, the total number of claims would come down to 50 lakh," Mr Jalan said.

Elaborating on the rationale behind the 75 per cent cap proposed, he pointed out that the contribution of an employer including interest, in any case, does not exceed more than 75 per cent of the total contribution.

Property Returns

Property Returns to be filed twice every year, Government clarifies to bureaucrats

Click here to see the details. 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Now, postal services just a swipe away

All 3,545 post offices in the twin States will allow customers to pay for postal services using credit or debit cards within in one month, said Chief Post Master General, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle, B.V. Sudhakar.
He was speaking at the launch of cash point sales or swiping machine sales at General Post Office (GPO), here on Saturday.
Various services
Customers can now swipe cards to pay for services, including registered post, speed post, parcel services, MeeSeva and utility bill payment services offered by post offices, among others.
A total of 345 MeeSeva services will be covered under the swipe project that is named ‘Turanth’.
Swiping service was brought to post offices as a collaborative venture between India post and State Bank of India.
The State Bank of India wwould provide all the required swipe machines in post offices, said C.R. Sasi Kumar, Deputy Managing Director of the bank.
“It simplifies the work and reduces burden on both the customer and the service provider,” said Mr. Sudhakar. On the day of its launch most transactions were made using cards, he added.
India Post, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle also launched ATM cash withdrawals in its post offices.
“You can use ATM cards to withdraw money up to Rs 3,000 per day from post offices in the State.
At one go customers can withdraw up to Rs.1,000 and they are allowed three transactions per day,” he said.
Useful in rural areas
The service will be useful in rural areas where there are only a few ATMs. The service was launched for the first time in the country, post office officials informed.
Officials said that India Post in Hyderabad is also developing a software that would facilitate direct debit of instant money orders and mobile money orders into customer’s SBI accounts.
To be ready in 15 days
“The facility is expected to be ready within 15 days time,” Mr. Sudhakar said, adding his department is using technology to provide economic, efficient, effective and easy services to customers.
The Postal Department is also planning to increase the parcel volume to improve its revenue generation.
Swiping service was brought to post offices as a collaborative venture between India Post and State Bank of India, says bank’s deputy director

Monday, 6 July 2015

Cadre Review proposal pending at Secretariat for cadre review meeting.

Status of Cadre Review Proposal as on 30.06.2015

After approval from Secretary (Posts) and Secretary (Expenditure) Cadre review proposal of IPoS cadre is pending at Cabinet Secretariat for cadre review meeting.

CLICK HERE to see the status of cadre review proposal of all departments.

Revised Bio-data / Curriculum Vitae (CV) proforma for submission by the candidate for appointment by deputation – Dopt Instructions

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No.AB.14017/28/2014-Estt.(RR), dated 2.7.2015
Subject: Revised Bio-data / Curriculum Vitae (CV) proforma for submission by the candidate for appointment by deputation — issue of instructions — regarding.
The consolidated instructions on the procedure to be followed in cases where appointment is to be made by transfer on deputation / transfer basis (now termed as deputation / absorption) issued by this Department vide OM No. AB-14017/71/89 — Estt. (RR) dated 3.10.89. In terms of para 4.8 of the instruction, while calling for application for appointment on deputation/absorption basis, Ministries/ Departments are required to call for Bio-data / Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the candidates in the proforma at Annexure A of the OM dated 3.10.89.
2. The revised Bio-data / Curriculum Vitae (CV) proforma was issued by this Department vide OM No. AB-14017/10/2000 — Estt. (RR) dated 29.8.2005. The proforma has been reviewed by UPSC, keeping in view the changes took place due to implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendation and with the objective to reflect the complete profile of the candidate. The revised proforma suggested by the Commission is at Annexure-I.
3. The modified Bio-data / Curriculum Vitae (CV) proforma is enclosed with the request that this modified proforma may be utilized while calling for applications for appointment on deputation / absorption basis. The administrative Ministries / Departments are also advised to pay attention towards the points indicated in Annexure-II at the time of inviting application and preparation of the deputation proposal before sending the same for the consideration of the Commission.
4. It is requested that these instructions may be circulated to all the subordinate formations of the Ministries / Departments.
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