Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The government on Wednesday decided to finally announce the Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees. The Commission may submit its report in two years and the recommendations made by it will be implemented by 1 January, 2016. This move will benefit about 50 lakh central govt employees and 30 lakh pensioners. Previously the government had admitted that demands were made for setting up of 7th Pay Commission, but no such proposal was under consideration for such exercise.
Source: Zee News
Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) received a big push towards becoming a statutory authority when Lok Sabha cleared and Rajya Sabha passed the PFRDA Bill, 2011 last week. The Bill now needs to be signed by the President to become law.
What does it say?
The Bill gives regulatory powers to PFRDA, which started operations through an executive order in 2003. At first, the National Pension System (NPS), PFRDA's pension scheme, was extended to central government employees who joined services from 2004. Although it was designed to bring the unorganised workforce into a formal pension system, the government moved its employees to NPS to lower the burden on its coffers from the earlier defined benefit pension programme. It was only from May 1, 2009 that NPS was made available to the entire workforce.
In the absence of statutory authority, PFRDA does not have the power to penalise the entities it regulates. Once it gains statutory powers and the authority, it can pull up errant pension sector participants. The Bill also stipulates the formation of a pension advisory committee with representation from all big stakeholders to advise PFRDA on important matters of framing regulations under the proposed PFRDA Act. The Bill also states that the membership of PFRDA will be confined only to professionals having expertise in economics, finance or law.
Changes in NPS structure
Withdrawal from tier I account: The Bill seeks to initiate some structural changes to NPS. The tier I account of NPS locks in subscribers' money till they turn 60. So if you wish to withdraw before 60 you will need to annuitise at least 80% of the corpus. At 60, a subscriber can withdraw about 60% of the retirement corpus and "annuitise" the remaining 40% - buy a pension product that gives periodic income. The proposed law allows for withdrawals from the tier I account with limits on the amount and the number of withdrawals.
The amendment states: "Withdrawals not exceeding 25% of the contribution made by subscriber will be permitted from the individual pension account subject to the conditions, such as purpose, frequency and limits, as may be specified by regulations." Some experts see this is a regressive step since NPS has a tier II account, too, that allows for liquidity, and therefore, they see no sense in changing the spirit of the tier I account.
Tier II account works more like a savings account from which you can withdraw whenever you wish. There aren't any tax benefits on the tier II account though. Introduction of guaranteed return option: According to the amendments to the Bill, a subscriber can opt for investing in schemes providing minimum assured returns. Further clarity is awaited on exactly how these products will look like: whether a guaranteed rate of return will be announced every year as is the case with EPF and the Public Provident Fund (PPF), or the product will carry a minimum rate of return as is the case with pension products offered by life insurance companies.
Analyse before investing
NPS will now become a well-regulated product with tweaks to provide assured returns and a withdrawal facility. The only missing aspect in its architecture is tax benefit. Although contributions to NPS are tax deductible under the overall section 80C, the 60% corpus that can be withdrawn on maturity is taxable. With the implementation of the proposed Direct Taxes Code, it may come in line with other long-term products such as EPF and PPF which give tax-free maturity proceeds.
However, look deeper before you invest. The current rules allow only 50% exposure to equities and, unlike the original design that mandated investments in index funds only, the equity fund now will be actively managed. For an aggressive investor, who wants to target retirement savings largely through equity, NPS may not be the choicest product. Even conservative investors should have a combination of products for their retirement corpus.
"NPS is a great pension product but currently it's not tax-efficient. On maturity, the annuitisation of at least 40% of the corpus is a deterrent because it's difficult to predict future needs. I would recommend an exposure up to 25% in NPS," said Suresh Sadagopan, a Mumbai-based financial planner.
Remember that withdrawals are necessitated by short-term needs and for such needs, you shouldn't look at a long-term product like NPS.
Source: Hindustan Times
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Leveraging its massive network, All India Radio, yesterday launched a free SMS service to provide news updates to its subscribers. Information and broadcasting minister, Shri Manish Tewari launched the service in New Delhi yesterday. The service, started off as a pilot project six months ago and after gathering 2 lakh subscribers, is now being thrown open to the public and aimed to gather a 5-lakh subscriber base by the month end. Subscribers are offered free messages with news and also public utility messages. Persons who wish to subscribe need to send SMS 'AIRNEWS' 'their name' to 08082080820 or give a missed call to the mentioned number.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
When all Government Servants are anxiously waiting to hear a decision from the Government in regard to grant of grade pay in promotional hierarchy at the time of 1st/2nd Financial upgradation as per the CAT, Principal Bench Judgement, it is given to understand that the government is opting to go for judicial review. The government instead of implementing the judgement gracefully, which will benefit the employees in general and particularly the employees at lowest rung. It is a fact that grant of Hierarchical grade pay is detrimental to the interest of employees. The Hon’ble CAT has rightly observed and opined that any new scheme brought in place of old one should be beneficial than that that of the existing one. It is quite unfortunate that that the government, instead of sticking to its guns, should have implemented the judgement as it benefits the employees at lowest rung. It is high time that the Confederation of Central Government Employees to take up the issue at appropriate level for implementation. It is pathetic to note that the confederation is not raising its voice even today on any issue pertaining to LDCs. No one can deny the fact that injustice took place while framing the Grade Pay structure at lowest rung. Better late than never. It is appealed to all leaders to put their minimum effort in implementing the CAT Judgement which will benefit maximum number of employees.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
ADASA, Doordarshan Members meet JCM member Shri M. Raghavaiah at Hyderabad yesterday evening to know the latest developments concerning Central Government Employees. Shri Raghavaiah explained that so far only three meetings have taken place with anomaly committee to resolve the anomalies cropped up after the implementation of VI CPC recommendations. While explaining the developments, he stressed the need to rectify certain provisions in MACP scheme as any new scheme should be more beneficial than the existing one. Where as the MACP scheme is detrimental to the interest of employees, particularly at lower level. In this context he said that he has submitted certain proposals for modifying the conditions in MACP Scheme and awaiting the reply. The ADASA members have drawn his attention to the latest Punjab & Haryana High Court judgement, CAT Principle Bench judgement, Apex courts rejection to allow the SLP on MACP, he explained that they are fighting since 2010 for modifying the provisions which are having adverse affect. He felt because of the observations of Judiciary at highest level, now the government has no other option except to modify the provisions gracefully, which will benefit all the employees in general particularly at lower level. He has asked the members to feel free and interact on the issues concerning central government employees and volunteered to support for the true cause. The meeting ended by expressing sincere thanks by all our members for sparing his valuable time despite busy schedule.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
If the government does not intervene, this could be first major strike after one called by George Fernandes in 1974. Unhappy with the government’s continued indifference to a slew of demands, the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), one of the largest central government employees’ unions, has decided to start the process of calling an indefinite railways strike. And, if the said process comes to a successful conclusion, the country will be faced with the first major strike after the one called by George Fernandes as the AIRF president in 1974, following which the Emergency was declared.
“The reluctant attitude of the government of India and ministry of railways has forced the AIRF to take the decision to launch the campaign for preparation of the strike under the leadership of comrade Umraomal Purohit, the president of AIRF,” a press release from the AIRF issued in June 29 said.“We are in consultation with other central government employees associations and once everyone comes on board we will call for general body council meeting where the decision to go on strike will be taken,” Shiva Gopal Mishra, the general secretary, AIRF, told Governance Now.
The entire process, according to Mishra, could take three to four months, and in case the government does not intervene, the said strike could take place in October this year.The AIRF had listed its demands in its 88th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Vishakhapatnam in December last year and sent it to the government. “It’s been months since the list of demand was sent for action, but to no avail,” said Mishra.
The demand included among others: filling up all the vacant posts; stop outsourcing of perennial jobs, scrap the new pension schemes; implementation of the cadre restructuring committee; upgrade in the technician's grade, improvement of pay scales of running staff and clearance of arrears. The 88th AGM held by the AIRF in Visakhapatnam, December last year had flagged off following concerns of the railways employees.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
SLP BY GOVERNMENT DISMISSED IN HON'BLE SUPREME COURT
ITEM NO.5 COURT NO.5 SECTION IVBS U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
IA No. 1 in
Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (Civil)....../2013
(From the judgement and order dated 19/10/2011 in CWP No. 19387/ 2011, of
The HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB & HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH)
UNION OF INDIA Petitioner(s)
RAJ PAL Respondent(s)
(With appln(s) for c/delay in refiling SLP)
Date: 15/04/2013 This application was called on for hearing today.
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE J. CHELAMESWAR
For Petitioner(s) Mr. Ajay Choudhary, Adv.
Mr. B.V. Balaram Das, Adv.
UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following
O R D E R
There is no sufficient exaplanation given to condone the delay in refiling the special leave petition. Hence, application for condonation of delay in refiling the SLP is dismissed.
Consequently, the special leave petition is also dismissed.
(NAVEEN KUMAR) (S.S.R. KRISHNA)
COURT MASTER COURT MASTER
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
A move is afoot to raise the retirement age of over five million central government employees from 60 to 62 years, citing the longer span of life enabling most to be fit to work, though ostensibly it may be keeping an eye on the Delhi Assembly elections due in November to influence over 80 per cent of them living in the capital.
The Ministry of Personnel and Training has forwarded a proposal in this regard to the Prime Minister's office (PMO) for inclusion in the agenda of the Cabinet for consideration, after securing consent of various ministries, sources said, claiming that it has an approval of the finance ministry. The decision will help immensely those on the verge of retirement to continue in service for two years.
The High Court judges already enjoy tenure up to 62 while the retirement age of the Supreme Court judges and the Election Commissioners is 65. The retirement age has also been raised to 62 in case of some key posts. It is already 62 years in case of the employees of the Madhya Pradesh government.
This will be the third time that the retirement age of the central staff is being raised and it is bound to have the cascading effect on the states coming under pressure from the employees' associations to follow suit.It was raised from 55 to 58 by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962 after the war with China and then to 60 years by the then NDA government in 1998 on the recommendation of the central pay commission
Friday, June 7, 2013
I want to share with u the discussion took place in the meeting with Member(Personnel) and Member(Finance along-with both the Director Generals, E-In-Cs including all the higher officers of DG: AIR and DG: Doordarshan and Prasar Bharati Sectt. were present in the meeting. President & Gen. Secy , ADASA welcomed the CEO Prasar Bharati by presenting a bouquet.
As far as Administrative Cadre is concerned we may call it a very fruitful meeting
1. Some common issues were raised by the Associations . My self and President also took part in the debate. They are..
Timely issue of LOC as per the proportionate Budget Grant of the Office. We have tried to emphasise the need of issuing LOC proportionately to the Budget grant and appraised the problems faced due to the non-issue of LOC according to the allocation made in FE 2012-13 in March,2013. Member(F) has assured not to repeat such thing in future and directed Budget Section Official to collect the list of liabilities of previous years so that the funds could be released to clear d liabilities. I suggested e-budgeting for both d Directorate so that the request and relevant Statement could be reached at Prasar Bharati. CEO appreciated the point and ordered DDG(T) to get all the e-mail address of 587 DDOs immediately so that all the information could be collected and shared in time.
In response to our discussions we had with Memper(P), has assured to issue the instructions very soon on
- Transfer policy.
- Convening of DPC on time and issue of seniority list in the month of June
- Convene DPCs for grant of MACPs and release of funds for payment of arrears.
2. THE MAIN ISSUES RAISED BY THE PRESIDENT AND GEN. SECY IN THE MEETING ARE GIVEN BELOW AND CEO DIRECTED CONCERNED OFFICERS FOR SUBMISSION OF THE CASES FOR CONSIDERATION IMMEDIATELY. HE ASSURED US TO HOLD A SEPARATE MEETING WITH HIM ON ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES VERY SOON. THE ISSUES RAISED BY ADASA AND ACCEPTED / FOR CONSIDERATION ARE GIVEN BELOW:-
(1) Filling up of 11 posts of DDAs immediately by granting one time relaxation in eligibility. Director(Admn.) informed that the case is in progress and file will be referred to Prasar Bharati within two days. CEO accepted the demand and approved to give promotion to our 11 IAs/Sr.AOs immediately in-situ/ad-hoc basis till the Final decision. We hope the order of promotions for the post of DDAs will be issued within one month.
(2) Cadre Review- CEO ordered to finalize the matter immediately. Member(P) and Core Group informed that the committee has been constituted and the case of Administrative Staff is under consideration. We raised that when the proposal has been recommended and approved by the controlling authority DG:AIR it may be referred immediately to the Ministry. CEO advised to scrutinize and complete the procedure before forwarding to Ministry /Department of Expenditure.
(3) Departmental Exam: when I informed CEO that even Examination Halls were booked last year to conduct the exam but was postponed. CEO ordered to conduct the Exam immediately without any further delay and said if STI(P) is not in position to conduct the exam then it shoud be referred to STI(T). Director(Admn.) told us that Directorate has already ordered STI(P) to conduct the exams immediately. On this CEO advised that what ever it may be, it should completed immediately.
(4) Direct recruitment of Head Clerk and Acctt.:- I requested CEO to fill up these vacancies under promotion quota by granting one time relaxation and not through SSC as there are so many discrepancies in the new Recruitment Rules. CEO accepted my request and instructed Core group, Prasar Bharati to look into the matter for submission of the proposal.
(II) The other issues of our Charter of demands submitted to CEO-
Member(Pers):- (i ) Pay rationalization and (ii) Pay fixation case of Head Clerk and Accountant (iii) Creation of posts at newly installed Stations/Kendras/ DMCs etc is going to be discussed tomorrow by ADASA in the meeting with Head of HR Division and Core group , Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board. We will raise these issues with complete justifications and I hope something will come in favour of Administrative Staff, hoping for the best.
Friends, we are trying our best but had a short period due to delay in getting recognition. But I promise that before relinquishing the post of Gen. Secy. I will not leave any stone unturned to get the best results as expected by you. Have faith on us and on your leaders. Have faith in the leadership. Your co-operation gives us immense strength and confidence to overcome any hurdle coming in the way. I am confident that a bright future is ahead for our cadre and it is only a beginning.
With best regards
Monday, May 27, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
One of the main burning issues of Prasar Bharati is wage discrimination as far as employees is concerned. When Prasar Bharati is formed certain cadres of employees were granted upgraded scales in 1999. Remaining cadres working in Prasar Bharati are demanding for implementation of the same. After so many deliberations and so much of struggle the issue was taken up by GOM and formed a Joint Secretaries committee to look into the issue. Years are passing and employees are getting retired but the issue is unsettled. But after taking charge of Shri Jawahar Sirkar as CEO, employees were in hope that he will put an end to the undemocratic practice. His positive approach with issues, particularly towards the employees, the determination and commitment has given a ray of hope. He got succeeded in getting clearance for filling up of vacancies and revision of remuneration to Artists. It is quite disappointing to note that he did not spellout a word till today about the action plan to wipe out the wage discrimination being practiced. But the neglected folk are still optimistic and awaiting with patience for a positive response. Needless to mention is that any move by any person to curb this evil of wage discrimination will win the hearts of 15,000 employees who are neglected for decades in AIR & Doordarshan.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Mis-interpretation of the 6th CPC gazette notification by PAO, AIR, Chennai vide his letter No. PAO/AIR/Chen/Pen/12-13/197 dated 23.1.2013
If you carefully examine and read the 6th CPC report as well as gazette notification, we will know that the PAO, AIR, Chennai has not taken care of the points enumerated below before seeking clarification from Prasar Bharati.
1. 6th CPC recommended upgraded higher replacement pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 in respect of Head Clerk/Assistant/Steno Gr.II & equivalent (Page No. 163, point No. 3.1.14 of the report) and on the basis of this, govt. vide its gazette notification No. 470 dated 29.8.2008 granted the revised upgraded higher pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 to above categories of post in Part B Section II of Gazette (Page No. 44 & 45 of the gazette).
2. Note 2A of Gazette (page no. 37) clearly mentions that Illustration 4A will be applicable where post has been upgraded as indicated in Part B or Part C following the clause 7(A)(i) &(ii) of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.
3. Clause 7(A)(ii) indicates that “if the minimum of the revised pay scale is more than the amount arrived at as per (i) above, the pay shall be fixed at the minimum of the revised pay scale.” (page no. 35 of the gazette)
4. Although the PAO, AIR, Chennai presumed that the fixation of upgraded pay scale should be as per Note 2A and clause 7(A)(i)*(ii), but the procedure of pay fixation shown by him is totally wrong and it is based on Illustration 4B instead of 4A.
5. As per clause 8(A)(ii), the minimum of the revised pay scale of 6500-10500 is 6500/- then the pay as on 1.1.2006 should be fixed at the minimum of Rs. 6500/- if the existed pay in the pre-revised pay scale as on 1.1.2006 is less than 6500/-.
6. As mentioned by PAO, Chennai that DDO’s have raised the pay to the minimum of the pre-revised upgraded scale of Rs. 6500/- is wrong. In my opinion it is absolutely correct as done by DDO because this is exactly as per clause 7(A)(ii).
7. PAO Chennai told that bunching is already been allowed in the fitment table, I want to clarify here (as per procedure laid down in gazette on page no. 35) that until two or more govt. servants being not brought at one stage i.e. minimum of the revised pay scale, benefit of bunching cannot be granted, hence saying of PAO, Chennai that it has been allowed in Fitment Table is wrong. The benefit of bunching can only be allowed if employees are upgraded and put at one stage of pay.
Recovery of CGEGIS subscription in respect of Group C carrying grade pay of Rs. 4200 & 4600
8. Vide Gazette notification no. 605 dated 9.4.2009, the govt. has notified GP of Rs. 4200, 4600, 4800 & 5400 as Group B and this has also been circulated by DG:AIR for its implementation. The CGEGIS of Rs. 60/- implies for Group B, hence deducting of Rs. 60/- against above GP employees is correct.
9. We can not understand the intention of PAO, AIR, Chennai for seeking clarification from Prasar Bharati with a copy to Member (Personnel) Prasar Bharati, CCA Ministry of I&B instead of asking it from DG:AIR directly as they are the competent authority to issue the orders based on gazette notification. I think DG:AIR must have issued the orders after thoroughly examine the case by different wings.
I appeal & request to all my colleagues to look into the matter & re-think over it. Here I wish to add that PAO, AIR, Mumbai has already issued the clarification that the pay fixation based on the DG:AIR is correct.
Rajeev Kumar, All
India Radio, New Delhi
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Government of India has set up an Expert Committee under the chairpersonship of Mr Sam Pitroda to review the functioning of Prasar Bharati. The committee’s terms of reference include sustaining, strengthening and amplification of Prasar Bharati’s role as a public broadcaster, with a special reference to its relationship with Government, in the emerging context; a review of the status of implementation of recommendations made by various committees that have undertaken the study of Prasar Bharati, and suggesting a roadmap for enhancing Prasar Bharati's reach and potential; digitisation of the archival material in the possession of Doordarshan and All India Radio, including material from the Independence Movement era, and the development of enabling infrastructure; use of new media to deliver digital content; ensuring a wider reach to a worldwide audience; and any other statutory issue. The committee has decided to study all relevant areas related to Prasar Bharati, viz., the Prasar Bharati-Government relationship, technology, business development, finance, HR & organisation, content & programming, archiving, presence on social and other new & emerging media platforms, global initiatives, regulatory mechanism, and comparison with other public service broadcasters
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The employees associations in Prasar Bharati have been recognized at last by the Ministry. Some of the associations may feel happy for the step taken by government, but not the Associations from left out cadres who were not granted PB Scales. As these Associations have not taken up the issue, and never thought that de-recognition is an issue. The employees from the left out cadres neither got something from recognition of Association nor lost something through de-recognition. The only issue in all the minds of employees is equality, equality with certain cadres of employees who are granted the Corporation scales. Even now these associations having hope that Prasar Bharati will settle the issue in favour of left out cadres. While Prasar Bharati and DG:AIR are making efforts to settle the issue, it is reliably learnt that some of the Associations who are granted higher scales are lobbying against the recommendations of Prasar Bharati and DG:AIR. These associations have shown their cruel mind once again for which all the associations have to condemn and fight unitedly against the evil forces. Prasar Bharati has experienced the interference of certain associations in all administrative and financial matters through blackmailing tack ticks. Every employee is wishing that these associations should not be allowed to ride once again on organization. Horse rider should control the horse, but horse should not control the horse rider. There is already a clear division among employees with the activities of some associations, and such type of activities against co-employees are immoral and widen the gap. The persons who are separated mentally can never join together. Let us hope and pray the god that the minds of these associations should be cleared, evil thoughts removed and act like human beings.
Monday, February 25, 2013
29th National Council meeting of ADASA was held at Mathura on 24th February, 2013. in Uttar Pradesh. Zonal Council Members, representatives, National Council Advisers and other delegates apart from National Council Members have attended the meeting. President Shri G.K. Acharya and General Secretary Shri V. Prasad have informed the members that National Council is committed on cadre restructuring and filling up vacancies. They said they will make all efforts for implementation of Hon'ble CAT, Chandigarh Judgmen and EP is being filed. It is proposed to arrange legal fund for court cases for which all members will have to contribute and the proposal was accepted by members. A three member committee is formed with Shri Ramesh Chouhan from Delhi, Shri Srinivas from Hyderabad and Shri Anil Soni from Jalandhar to peruse the court case and to coordinate with National Council, zonal council and members. Shri R.S. Bhandari, National Council Adviser and Former Vice President has recollected the mistake committed by National Council during 1995 by not accepting the proposal of Government for up-gradation of LDC posts by surrendering the vacant posts because of which all the LDCs are continuing as LDCs with out promotions even after twenty years. The meeting was ended with vote of thanks by Shri Jatan Singh, Organizing Secretary.