Tuesday, July 31, 2012


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.  

Saturday, July 28, 2012


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


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


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


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


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


 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.