Thursday, December 27, 2012

AO TO SAO PROMOTION ORDER



RETIREMENT OF SHRI M S MEMON, IA & CHAIRMAN OF ADASA AP ZONE






Shri M.S.Memon, Inspector of Accounts, Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad will be retiring on 31st December, 2012.  He is also the Zonal Chairman of ADASA, AP Zone. ADASA wishes him a happy, healthy and peaceful retired life.
Shri Memon has Joined as CG.II at AIR, Raipur in 1973 and has worked at various AIR/DD stations in various capacities before reaching the post of Inspector of Accounts.  Shri Memon is known for his dynamism in implementing government decisions, undeterred approach and in dealing with staff matters.  During his service for almost four decades in the organization, he never gave room for any officer to comment upon his work nor succumb to any pressures in his day to day work.  His active role in association is noteworthy.  ADASA once again whishes him a happy and peaceful retired life. 

GRADE PAY ON ACP/MACP SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN THE GP ON PROMOTION


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
Railway Board
S.No.PC-VI/307
No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2
RBE No.142/2012
New Delhi, dated 13/12/2012
The General Manager/OSDs/CAO(R)
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub:-Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme-Clarification reg.

References have been received from Zonal  Railways seeking clarification as to what Grade Pay would be admissible under  MACP Scheme to an employee holding feeder post in a cadre where promotional post is in the same GradePay. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), the nodal department of the Government on MACP Scheme and it is clarified that ACP/MACP Schemes have been introduced by the Government in order to mitigate the problems of genuine stagnation faced by employees due to lack of promotional avenues.

Thus, financial upgradations under ACP/MACP Schemes CANNOT be to higherGrade Pay than what are be allowed to an employee on his normal promotion. In such cases financial upgradation under MACP Scheme would be granted to the same Grade Pay. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
Hindi version is enclosed.
Sd-
(N.P. Singh)
Dy. Director/Pay Commission-V
Railway Board
Source: AIRF


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FINANCIAL AUTONOMY TO PRASAR BHARATI



The Government is exploring the possibility of giving financial autonomy to public broadcaster Prasar Bharati in view of the changing scenario. The country, at present, has nearly 800 channels in operation. The relook at Prasar Bharati’s functioning is also prompted by the fact that nearly 90 per cent of Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s funds are being spent on the public broadcaster.
Sources said some consultations had begun and various financial models could be looked at, which include the way public broadcasters, such as BBC, are funded in the UK, or providing grants to the public broadcaster directly through the consolidated fund, or look at other indigenous funding models. The Government was also looking at whether there was need to revamp the Prasar Bharati Act and also put in place an efficient revenue management model, sources added.
This is in line with the I&B Ministry’s strategy to relook at the efficiency of its various media units and their reach. For instance, to strengthen its presence on the fast growing internet space, the Ministry now has an official YouTube channel. Recently, the Ministry sought fresh views from the telecom and broadcasting regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on whether State and Central Government or their affiliates could run television channels or could be involved in cable television. In the past, TRAI had said that State Government and its organs should not be permitted to run channels.
In September this year, the Cabinet gave its nod to the financial restructuring proposal of Prasar Bharati, clearing off its debt. Under the proposal, the Government non-Plan support is being given to the public broadcaster for the next five years to meet its full expenses towards salary and related spending, among other measures. The public broadcaster has also started hiring after a gap of nearly 15 years to fill up 1,150 posts in the programming and the technical wings of Doordarshan and All India Radio.
Source: The Hindu

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

IA POSTINGS ON PROMOTION

The following Sr.Administrative Officers have been promoted as Inspector of Accounts and posted as follows.

1. Shri Malik Mahto, AIR,New Delhi posted as IA at Directorate,      Doordarshan

2. Shri M.S. Memon, DDK, Hyderabad posted as IA at DDK, Hyderabad against post of RTC(P) Hyderabad till his retirement on 31.12.2012
3. Shri Gita Ram, NSD, AIR, New Delhi posted as IA at IU, Directorate, All India Radio,
4. Shri Pallab Choudhary, DDK, Delhi posted as IA at STI(P), Delhi. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

DELAY IN RECOGNIZATION OF ASSOCIATIONS OF AIR & DD



The process of recognition of associations in Prasar Bharati has not completed by 30th of November, as expected by employees.  It is learnt that Ministry of I & B has returned the file to Prasar Bharati  raising some technical objections.  It is aware that some of the associations have filed a case and the Hon'ble court has given 30th of November as deadline for completion of recognition process.  Now we will have to watch  how  the ministry and Prasar Bharati are going to act on this matter.  On the other side it is reliably known that government is making efforts to take over the News wings of AIR & leaving Programme wing under its control of Prasar Bharati. At the same time Ministry and Prasar Bharati have been concentrating to settle the internal staff matters like Pay anomalies and filling up of vacancies.  Even though Prasar Bharati is in favour to settle the issues in a positive way, it appears that Ministry is pressurizing to withdraw the scales granted to certain cadres to bring parity.  But the employees are not in a position to face the management as they have become naked without rights after de-recognition of associations. Some Associations are solely responsible for this situation as their over enthusiasm to interfere in the administrative, financial, and policy matters which is prerogatory of the management. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

PRASAR BHARATI TO FILL UP 1150 VACANCIES


Prasar Bharti has announced that 1150 vacancies will be filled in Aakashvani and Doordarshan to improve their functioning. Prasar Bharati has said in a statement that the government has approved to fill 1,150 posts in programming as well as in technical departments of All India Radio and Doordarshan. The 1,150 vacancies in Doordarshan and All India Radio that are approved by the government are part of essential category jobs. Group of minister headed by finance minister Chidambaram gave approval for the filling of these jobs in the year 2011.
The vacancies in Doordarshan and All India Radio will be filled through Staff Selection Commission and the remaining through Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board. Officials have informed that the procedure of recruitment will be completed by the middle of 2013. Prasar Bharati is taking up recruitment procedure for vacancies in Doordarshan and All India Radio after 15 years. There are various vacancies such as Engineering Assistants, Transmission Executive, Assistant Station Directors, Technicians, Administrative Staff and Production Assistant in the 1,150 jobs that are being filled by Prasar Bharati. The Prasar Bharati officials have informed that these are the posts that that are of maximum importance but many stations are without these staff which is affecting the functioning of the stations.
Of the 3,452 posts that belong to essential category posts, that were approved by GoM in 2011. 1,150 are now being filled by Prasar Bharati through Staff Selection Commission and Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board.
Source: AgeIndia 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Prasar Bharati expects govt nod on recruitment in a month

Prasar Bharati hopes that the government will give final approval to fill up its vacant posts within a month, said an official at Prasar Bharati. The state-owned autonomous broadcaster currently has 14,222 vacant positions across the country. The group of ministers has recommended that 3,452 critical positions can be filled up initially, said the official. The matter is expected to be discussed and given clearance within a month, the official added.

Prasar Bharati hopes that recruitment would be completed within the next three months, said the official. The recruitment process would be handled by Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board and Union Public Service Commission, informed the official. “Prasar Bharati need fresh young people with enthusiasm,” he pointed out.

Prasar Bharati has 48,022 sanctioned positions across its two wings -- Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR). Currently 33,800 people are working. There are 8,469 vacancies at AIR and 5,753 posts with Doordarshan are lying vacant. Last Friday, the Cabinet had approved the financial restructuring of Prasar Bharati. The government has waived debt of Rs 1,349.54 crore of Prasar Bharati.

The state-owned broadcaster has also been asked to take care of its operational costs and software expenses, but the government will continue to provide the wages and augmentation costs. Prasar Bharati’s current annual earnings were about Rs 1,300-1,500 crore and the operational cost estimated at Rs 1,500 crore. If the downtrend can be stopped, sustainability would not be an issue, said the official.


 Source: Business Standard

Saturday, September 15, 2012

GRANT-IN-AID FOR NON-PLAN EXPENDITURE OF PRASAR B HARATI



The government on Friday gave its approval to financial restructuring of Prasar Bharati, whereby the public broadcaster will from this year have to ensure its operating expenses other than salaries are met from revenue earnings. The government will meet all the expenses of Prasar Bharati towards salary and salary-related expenses from its non-plan account for five years from 2012-13 to 2016-17. These measures were a part of the proposal of the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry on financial restructuring of Prasar Bharati. The proposal was based on the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Prasar Bharati constituted under the chairmanship of the Home Minister, to examine various issues pertaining to the functioning of Prasar Bharati. The recommendations were given over a year earlier. The government will waive accumulated interest on loan-in-perpetuity, interest on capital loan and penal interest thereon. Loan-in-perpetuity and capital loans provided to Prasar Bharati will be converted into grants-in-aid. From now on, any plan capital support by the government to Prasar Bharati will be in the form of grants-in-aid and not in the form of loans.

The government has also agreed to waive accumulated arrears pertaining to spectrum charges up to 31 March 2011 amounting to Rs 13.49 billion. The property and assets will be transferred at book value to Prasar Bharati according to the provisions of Section 16(a) of the Prasar Bharati Act 1990. Normal accounting principles will be followed to determine their future value. The Director General of Audit, Central Revenues (DGACR) will continue to be the nodal auditor of Prasar Bharati and will be assisted by qualified commercial audit staff for the audit of the annual accounts.

Prasar Bharati has been grappling with financial and human resource/employee issues since its inception, which has adversely affected its functioning as an autonomous organisation. In view of the problems being faced by the public broadcaster, the GoM was constituted on 7 March 2006. The GoM was again reconstituted on 21 February 2011 which considered Prasar Bharati's future revenue earning potential given its public service broadcasting mandate, and made a number of recommendations for making it financially viable and sustainable. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CABINET LIKELY TO DISCUSS THE FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING OF PRASAR BHARATI


 The proposal for financial restructuring of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is likely to come up in the Cabinet on Thursday. Among the pending issues that are likely to be resolved is recruitment to fill over 14,200 positions in Doordarshan and AIR and exploring options for revenue generation.  Based on the recommendations of the group of ministers, the I&B ministry has moved a Cabinet note to allow for recruitment to essential posts in Prasar Bharati. The GoM was of the view that recommendations of the National Productivity Council may be delinked from the proposal to fill 3,400 essential category posts in Prasar Bharati. The organization is also suffering from a revenue gap to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore annually and is heavily dependent on government financing. 

Source: Times of India

Thursday, August 30, 2012

GOVT PROPOSES PERFORMANCE BASED INITIATIVES TO CG EMPLOYEES


Government has proposed to give performance-based initiatives to its employees to boost their efficiency and productivity. "Government of India has accepted in principle the recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission for introduction of a  Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) in the form of pecuniary benefit over and above regular salary, based on the targeted performance and performance parameters, out of the Non-Plan budgetary savings, for the Central Government employees," Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha in a written reply.  He said successive pay commissions, starting from Fourth Pay Commission, have recommended rewarding better performance and some form of performance-related reward. "Separately, a Performance Related Incentive Scheme has also been recommended for all Central Government employees," he added.

Source: Economic Times

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

GoM'S RECOMMENDATIONS ON PRASAR BHARATI TO BE IMPLEMENTED SOON:SMT SONI


The Govt would soon implement the recommendations of Group of Ministers, constituted to look into the problems of Prasar Bharati, which has been facing several financial and administrative issues since its inception, the Lok Sabha was informed on 28th this month. In a written reply, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smt Ambika Soni said the GoM considered various issues and made recommendations for improving governance and financial management of Prasar Bharati.
The recommendations included setting the status of employees serving in the organisation by making suitable amendments in the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990, and filling up of certain essential posts to address the manpower issue, the Minister said, adding that it also recommended extending financial assistance to Prasar Bharati to meet 100 per cent expenses of salary and salary-related expenses and augmentation/replacement of capital assets.
The Ministry was in process of seeking aproval of the Cabinet to implement the recommendations, she added.

Source: UNI

Saturday, August 25, 2012

RETIREMENT OF SHRI M VENKATESWARLU, SAO







Shri M Venkateswarlu, Senior Administrative Officer working at All India Radio, Vijayawada will be retiring from service on 31st August 2012.   He has worked for almost three and half decades in the organization in various capacities from LDC to SAO.  He is known for his simplicity and has quest for knowing new things.  It is a rare opportunity to retire from service at the same station where he has entered into service 35 years ago.  ADASA wishes him a happy and peaceful retired life. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

RECRUITMENT RULES OF PB UNDER CONSULTATION OF MINISTRY


There are nearly 8,469 vacancies in All India Radio and 5,753 posts vacant in Doordarshan and the shortage of staff was affecting the functioning of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry today said. "There are approximately 8,469 posts vacant in All India Radio and 5,753 posts vacant in Doordarshan in various categories. These vacancies have arisen due to retirement, resignation and death of officers/staff," Minister of state in the I&B ministry C M Jatua said.
"The shortage of staff has affected the functioning of Prasar Bharati," he said in response to a question in Lok Sabha. Jatua also said the proposal for setting up of Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board for recruiting employees and for framing recruitment Registrations Rules in respect of Prasar Bharati employees is under inter-ministerial consultation. "Prasar Bharati recruitment can commence as soon as these are approved," Jatua said.

Source: PTI

Thursday, August 16, 2012

PRASAR BHARATI LOST RS.4,224 CR IN LAST THREE YEARS

The public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has been running into losses for years and it has now attained alarming proportion. In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the minister for state of information and broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan told the house that since 2009, the public broadcaster has made losses to the tune of Rs 4,224.55 crore. The minister argued that that the Prasar Bharati being a public-service broadcaster could not be guided by commercial motives, though the government had constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into its functioning. 

To bridge the ever-increasing deficit, the GoM, which looked into the financial, employee and administrative issues of Prasar Bharati, made recommendations that the government should extend financial assistance to the Prasar Bharati from non-plan funds to meet its salary-related expenses from 2011-12 to 2015-16. Apart from this the other recommendations of GoM are that the accumulated arrears of space segment and spectrum charges of Prasar Bharati should be waived off up to May 2011. The GoM in its report has also asked that the interests that have been accrued on the loans provided by the government to the Prasar Bharati should be waived off. 

In the year 2009-10, Prasar Bharati incurred a cost of Rs 2,682.80 crore, while it earned only Rs 1,176.26 crore, thus earning a loss of  Rs  1,506.54 crore. The losses in the subsequent years were Rs 1,236.76 crore in 2010-11 and Rs 1,481.25 crore in 2011-12.

source: Miliniumpost



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

RAJIV TAKRU TRANSFERRED TO HEALTH MINISTRY

 Shri Rajiv Takru, until now Additional Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, has been transferred to the Department of Health and Family Welfare as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser.  The appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment in place of Ravinder Kumar Jain, IAS, on his relinquishing the charge of the post.  Takru, an Indian Administrative Officer from Gujarat Cadre from the 1979 batch, had on 13 October 2010 assumed charge as Additional Secretary in the I&B Ministry in place of Uday Kumar Verma, an IAS officer from Madhya Pradesh in the 1976 batch, who came back to the Ministry early this year as Secretary.
Takru also held charge as CEO in Prasar Bharati, until new CEO Jawahar Sircar took over earlier this year. Prior to his appointment in I&B, Takru was Director General of National Institute of Fashion Technology under the Ministry of Textiles

Source: India Television
 

Friday, August 3, 2012

COJS RECOMMENDATIONS ON PRASAR BHARATI SCALES


You are aware that the wage discrimination is continuing in Prasar Bharati for more than a decade. To set right the issue,  Group of Ministers have met repeatedly and finally formed a committee with Joint Secretaries to look into the matter.    The recommendations of COJS are produced as it is for information of members.

The committee noted that the Government introduced the Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme, in September, 1999, by which the employees were given two up gradations on completion of 12 and 24 years of service.  These orders were issued subsequent to the approval of the proposal to grant higher pay scales.
It would also not be out of context to mention that while the categories other than 11 which were upgraded, are demanding the upgraded scales granted to these 11 categories, the demand of NFADE is that, if other categories are upgraded, then one step higher pay scales should be given to the 11 categories which were upgraded.  The demand is not based on any functional justice.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
Keeping all the above factors in view, the Committee is of the view that  apart from the fact that no change is possible in the case of cadres identified by Prasar bharati as exclusive to them, there were also no justification to continue with the higher pay scales in respect of the 11 categories which were upgraded on account of the fact that all employees recruited upto 05.10.07 shall be on deemed deputation and shall be entitled to the pay and other benefits as admissible to an employee of the Central Government.  These upgraded scales should therefore, be withdrawn.
To sum up the Committee therefore recommends as follows:-
(i)                 The upgraded pay scales granted to 11 categories vide order dated 25.02.1999 may be withdrawn.  This is consonance with the spirit of the then Cabinet decision according to which the employees were not to be entitled to the upgraded pay scales in the event of their not getting absorbed in Prasar Bharati.  It may also be mentioned in this context that the new recruits were, in any case, not being granted the upgraded pay scales.  These 11 categories would, therefore, be entitled to pay scales drawn by direct recruits.
(ii)               As far as the other categories are concerned, they have been given the pay scales recommended by the Fifth Pay Commission and subsequent replacement scales recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission based on their qualification and other criteria.  Any disturbance of these pay scales maya generate demand from various other categories in the Central Government which have similar qualifications.  The demands for higher pay scales in the case of these categories has arisen due to the higher scales granted to the 11 categories and since, in the case of the 11 categories, it is proposed to withdraw the upgraded scales which was the basis of their demand for higher pay scales, this issue would be settled. 
(iii)             In view of the fact that the 11 categories which were granted higher pay scales have been drawing these pay scales for a long period and the sudden withdrawal of these scales would lead to the drop in their emoluments, it is recommended that treating these as cases of hardship, their basic pay may be protected till their next promotion/retirement, whichever is earlier.  Many of the employees may have already retired and recovery of pension should not be possible.  This would also mean that no recoveries of any amount already paid due to grant of higher pay scales earlier would be required to be made.
(iv)             Some of the Associations referred to stagnation in their cadres.  The specific requirements of various cadres can be taken care of by cadre restructuring and better cadre management without altering the pay scales.  

(v)               Any other issues related to withdrawal of the higher scales can be examined by file by Ministry of I&B in consultation with DOPT/Ministry of Finance.




  Now the hight of the issue is, Prasar Bharati has called for the views of all Associations on 05.08.2011  on the above issue.  By today i.e. on 05.08.2012 it has completed one year.  Neither the Ministry nor Prasar Bharati could take any action on Wage discrimination. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TWO YEARS JAIL FOR AIR EMPLOYEES


Seven employees of All India Radio (AIR) were sentenced for two years of imprisonment for their involvement in advertisements scam during 1995 to 1998. Special court for CBI cases announced this judgment on Monday sentencing seven accused of this case to two years of imprisonment in two cases filed by CBI and Rs 1,000 fine in each case. A case was registered by CBI for their involvement in the scam where all the accused grabbed advertisement income of All India Radio during 1995 to 1998, which was around Rs 37 lakh. Out of eight accused, seven employees were found guilty in this case and were sentenced to jail.

Source: The Hans India

Out of Seven, four employees are from administration out of which three persons are already retired a long back. Even the retirement benefits were also not paid in full to these employees. The inability to raise objection at the higher- ups while not following the rules, letharginess and keeping aside the rules for petty benefits have dragged them to jail.  We feel that this is a warning bell to administrative staff and should open their minds for not facing such a situation during service.  
AN OBJECTION RAISED BY YOU MAY IRRITATE YOUR BOSS, BUT WILL SAVE YOUR CAREER/LIFE 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

DETAILS OF JOINT COMMITTEE MEET ON MACPs HELD ON 27th JULY



As decided in the National Anomaly Committee Meeting held on 17/07/2012, the DOPT held separate meeting with the Leaders of Staff Side at North Block, New Delhi, Room No. 190 on 27/07/2012. Shri. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, NFIR has participated in the meeting. Discussions were held on following issues:-
1. Grant of MACP in the promotional hierarchy:- The staff side insisted that option be given to individual employees in this regard to  facilitate him/her to opt for availing benefit of financial upgradation. After discussion it was agreed to examine in depth for finding solution.
2. Date of effect of MACP Scheme: The desirability of giving effect to the MACP Scheme w.e.f. f. 01.01.2006 will be examined.
3. Counting of total temporary status Casual Labour Service reckoning 10/20/30 years under MACP Scheme: Official Side stated that this will be processed separately.
4. Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme: In the light of the instructions issued when the ACP Scheme was introduced. The same policy be adopted and accordingly orders will be issued. In other words, those inducted through LDCE/GDCE Scheme, such induction may be counted as appointment and will be reckoned as promotion.
5. Problems faced in the identical Grade Pay: It was agreed to issue instructions for granting additional increment for fixation of Pay in case of promotion to the same Grade Pay. Instructions in this regard will be issued to Ministry of Railways etc.
6. Financial Upgradation under MACPs, in the case of staff who joined another unit/organisation on request: The Staff Side has pointed out that OM dated 01/11/2010 should be suitably amended covering the staff who were transferred on request on reversion to the Unit/Organisation so that the total service rendered in the previous Unit/Organisation may be counted for MACPs. It was agreed to be considered.
7. Extension of benefit of MACPS to an employee appointed in Grade where  direct recruitment  element is there while  ignoring service and promotion rendered prior to his appointment in that post: Official Side reiterated that suitable clarification No. 5 of OM dated 09/09/2012 was already issued.
8. Stepping up of Pay of senior incumbents at par with junior incumbents as a consequence of ACP/MACPs: Staff Side has explained the case of gross injustice done, more particularly in the Accounts Department of India” Railways wherein the incumbents who cleared the Appendix examination are drawing less pay than those who could not qualify the said examination and got the benefit of MACPs. The staff side insisted that this situation is leading to de-motivation among qualified staff and urged for rectifying the anomalies. It was agreed to consider and Ministry of Railways advised to send the proposal
9. Employees who got one promotion prior to 01/09/2008 and completed over two decades of service without benefit of promotion and are denied third ACP under MACPs: After discussion, official side agreed that is a peculiar situation and assured to take action to rectify the situation. The staff side has insisted that in such cases third ACP should be straight away given to staff from the date subsequent to the date of completion of two decades of service after promotion. Official side appreciated the logic and reasonableness and agreed to be considered. Official Side appreciated the logic and reasonableness and agreed to consider.
10. Modification of recruitment rules particularly in Railways and upgradation granted by abolition of Pay Scale Implementation of MACPs: The Staff Side explained that in the Railways the lower Pay Scales were abolished and posts were upgraded to the higher Pay Scales with revision of recruitment qualification and designation. In such cases the staff side insisted that entry Grade Pay as a result of upgradation subsequent to abolition of lower Pay Scales should be taken into consideration for reckoning 10/20/30 years of service for granting MACP. Official side has agreed to obtain details from Ministry of Railways for issuing appropriate clarification. In the meanwhile, Railway Board will have discussion with the Staff Side separately so that appropriate proposal  could be sent to the DoP&T.
11. Placement of staff as a result of upgradation of posts: The Staff side (NFIR) insisted that such placements should not be considered as promotion for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme. Official side stated that this will be examined.
12. In the course of discussion the Official Side also stated that MACP Scheme should be a fall-back option and the Ministries should conduct Cadre Restructuring for ensuring that the staff could be promoted within the reasonable time i.e. within 10 years. When the Staff Side pointed out that the Ministry of Railways is citing the instructions of Ministry of Finance issued some years back that only one third of the Cadre could be disturbed, for revising the percentages, the Official Side clarified that necessary clarificatory instructions will be issued to the Ministry of Railways etc., so that the Cadre Restructuring can be done without problems.

Friday, July 27, 2012

CG EMPLOYEES THREATEN TO GO ON STRIKE !!


Central government employees and workers  threatened to observe a daylong strike on December 12 if their charter of demands such as setting up of the seventh pay commission is not addressed "expeditiously".

The employees, who participated in 'march to Parliament' programme here under the banner of confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers hoped the Prime Minister, to whom a memorandum containing their charter of demands has been submitted, would "consider and settle the issues within a reasonable time frame".  The demands include withdrawal of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, merger of DA with pay, stopping of privatisation and downsizing, regularisation of casual workers and grant of five promotions in the career as is given to the officers. A statement issued by the confederation said over 20,000 central government employees participated in the  programme, addressed by CPI-M leader Basudeb Acharya, CITU leader and MP Tapan Sen and leaders of AITUC, BMS and INTUC among others.

source: PTI

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A MARCH TO PARLIAMENT BY CG EMPLOYEES



Confederation of Central Government Employees has proposed a march to Parliament on 26th of this month and making vast arrangement for the employees who want to participate in the march.  The Confederation has putforth a charter of 14 demands out of which Pay Commission for every five years, Merger of DA with Pay, Filling up of vacant posts, Revision of OTA & night weightage rates, scraping of New Pension Scheme are the main points.   Executive Members of Confederation have toured a long way and conducted many meetings in all the states to mobilize the gathering on march to parliament.  Even though the response from the employees during meetings is not encouraging, it is expected that a good gathering will be there on 26th at Jantar Mantar.  The efforts of Confederation is highly appreciated. Unless there is a demand, employees can not achieve any thing.

The high hopes of employees have faded after the meeting of National Anomaly Committee held on 17th of this month.  The issue of MACP was not taken up during the meeting, Revision of Grade Pay is dropped ( Most of the employees expected to insist the Proposal of Grade Pay to lower cadre by confederation), Pay Band for merged scales is also not accepted. 

Leaving all this, a peculiar situation has raised with the employees of All India Radio and Doordarshan.  The employees who are granted corporation scales and drawing more than the Central Pay Commission scales are participating in the March to parliament.  But the employees  who are the real government servants and drawing salaries as per Pay Commission are keeping mum.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF CG EMPLOYEES DELHI UNIT DEMANDS.....

The Delhi unit of the Coordination Committee of Central Government Employees and Workers has demanded a permanent wage review committee to review wages of government employees commensurate to price rise every five years. The Committee warned that government employees will be forced to go on strike if several of their demands, including wage revision, filling up of vacant posts, and reversal of outsourcing of government jobs to private firms, are not addressed immediately. The Coordination Committee of the employees had on April 28 decided to march to Parliament on July 26 in pursuance of a 14-point charter of demand warning that 50,000 people were expected to participate in it. 
Dearness Allowance : The Committee pointed out that Dearness Allowance had exceeded the limit of 50 per cent of the salary, but the Government was not taking steps to merge the DA with the basic salary. The employees said they were facing acute pressure due to Government posts lying vacant or being abolished, but the Government’s step to privatise or higher contracted workers to address the vacancies was “not in the interest of workers and leading to exploitation of the workforce

-THE HINDU


Note: The Co-ordination committee should be careful of the employees of organizations who are are not really government servants but extending support and  standing in the forefront of the agitation.  The employees who are drawing only the Pay Commission Scales should be allowed to join the committee.  Otherwise the spirit of real government servants will be faded.  


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DoT TO FOLLOW PRASAR BHARATI ON DEPUTATION PROCEDURE


 The telecom department (DoT) will move a Cabinet note to ring in the "permanent deputation" model, which was recently tried out by national broadcaster Prasar Bharati, to stop the exodus of Indian Telecom Service (ITS) officers comprising the senior management of BSNL and MTNL. 

If implemented, all 'Group A' ITS officers opting for permanent deputation will be bound to work in either BSNL or MTNL till retirement but will earn compensation (including pension) in line with central government pay scales, which is higher than PSU pay, executives aware of the development told ET. 

A bulk of the 1800-odd ITS officers, who have more than 10 years of service left, have told DoT they are open to working in BSNL or MTNL till retirement but wish to remain in government service to enjoy the fruit of scheduled pay revisions by the Pay Commission in 2016 and 2026. "Permanent deputation is a possible solution, which has worked in government earlier. 

It has been implemented in Nuclear Power Corporation of India and more recently at Prasar Bharati when Parliament approved the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Amendment Act, 2011, earlier this year, paving the way for central government officers on deemed deputation to continue working in Prasar Bharati till retirement," said a member of the DoT panel which is trying to thrash out a compromise formula to ensure ITS officers to remain in BSNL and MTNL. 

But since BSNL and MTNL were spun off into corporate entities from DoT through Cabinet decisions in 1986 and 2000 respectively, any move to embrace the permanent deputation model will require Cabinet approval. Such a move will also have to be endorsed by all concerned nodal ministries, including the fin ministry and the departments of legal affairs, personnel and training and pensions and pensioners welfare, said the official quoted above. 

Apparently, most ITS officers are averse to absorption in either BSNL or MTNL since both telecom PSUs have been stung by losses and remain cash-strapped since the outbreak of fierce competition in the telecom market and high cost of third generation, or 3G airwaves. 

As a result, they are unsure whether these loss-making telcos will be able to foot their end of the pension cost. More so, since under PSU pay regulations, the government shoulders only 60% of the pension liability of BSNL and MTNL, while the balance 40% hinges on the financial status of these  state-owned telcos. 

However, about 600 ITS officers who have less than 10 years of service left are open to retiring from government service and seeking re-employment in BSNL or MTNL, provided the government fixes a prospective absorption date that protects their pension dues accumulated during their period of deputation in these telcos. (Economic Times)

PS: But employees of DoT may not be aware of the wage discrimination and uncertainty prevailed in Prasar Bharati as half of the employees are granted corporation scales and remaining employees are on deemed deputation without any deputation allowance and deputation scales and drawing only Central government scales.  Prasar Bharati is striving for years to settle the issue. The fate of Prasar Bharati employees is in doldrums in the absence of finalizing recruitment rules and Pay Scales.