Minutes of the 2nd meeting
of Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS)
Venue: Committee Room, Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan
Date of Meeting: Thursday, the 1 st March, 2016
Time of Meeting: 6:45 PM
Members of E-CoS present
1 Cabinet Secretary
2. Chairman, Railway Board
3. Home Secretary
4 Defence Secretary
5 Secretary, D/o Science &
6. Secretary, D/o Personnel &
7. M/o Health & Family-Welfare
8. Secretary, D/o Pension and
9. Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat
10. Secretary, D/o
. Deputy Comptroller and
Secretariat for E-CoS:
1. Jöint Secretary, Implementation Cell, D/o Expenditure
2. Director, Implementation Cell, D/o Expenditure
Representatives of JCM (Staff-side):
1 . Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
2. Shri M. Raghavaiah
3. Shri Rakhal Das Gupta
4. Shri Ch. Sankara Rao
5. Shri J.R. Bhosle
6. Shri Guman Singh
7. Shri R.P. Bhatnagar
8. Shri K.S. Murty
9. Shri K.K.N. Kutty
10. Shri C. Srikumar
11 . Shri R. Srinivasan
12. Shri M. Krishnan
13. Shri M.S. Raja
Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission — 2nd
meeting of the E-CoS
A meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) was held on
1 st March, 2016 in the Cabinet Secretariat under the chairmanship of the
Cabinet Secretary to discuss issues raised by Staff„side of JCM
2. Welcoming the members of E-CoS and JCM Staff side, Cabinet Secretary
observed that the meeting had been called to take a note of concerns of
Stäff-$ide of JCM regarding recommendations of the 7th CPC and invited the
members Of Staff-side of JCM to share their views on the recommendations.
3. Opening the discussion, representative of Staff-side of JCM expressed
gratitude to Cabinet Secretary for inviting them for interaction regarding the
recommendations of the 7th CPC and requested that more frequent interactions of
JCM may be held to resolve outstanding issues across the table. It was
expressed that 7th CPC has recommended a meager increase of 14% in the minimum
pay as against increase ranging up to 54% during previous Pay Commissions. It
was further stated that the recommendations on minimum pay, allowances,
advances etc. will cause difficulty to employees. Representative of Staff-side
informed that they have already submitted a charter of demands to the Cabinet
Secretary bringing out the issues. These have also been discussed in the
meeting of JS (IC) with Staff-side of JCM held on 19.02.2016.
4. Major concerns expressed by JCM Staff-side were as under:
The minimum pay of Rs. 18000/- p.m. recommended by the Commission is on
lower side and needs to be revised upward by taking into account the prices of
commodities as on 01.07.2015 and appropriately factoring in for social
obligations & housing.
(ii) New Pension Scheme should be done away with. Persons governed by
the NPS are deprived of Family Pension and do not have provision of provident
fund. As a result they are at a disadvantageous position as compared to the
persons governed by the old system.
(iii) Recommendations on allowances need to be properly examined before
taking a decision.
(iv) Fixed Medical Allowance should be increased from existing Rs. 500
p.m. to Rs. 2000 p.m. as majority of cities are not covered under CGI-IS and
people residing outside the CGHS covered area are unable to meet their medical
needs with meager amount of Rs. 500 p.m.
(v) Recommendation regarding withdrawal of non-interest bearing advances
may not be accepted.
(vi) Outsourcing of services should be discouraged as the contract
workers are being exploited by contractors and at the game time the service
delivery is being compromised due to inefficiency and lack of accountability of
low aid contractual staff.
(vii) Enhancement in contribution towards Group Insurance Scheme, is not
justified as this would reduce the actual increase in take home salary
considerably. If the rates are to be raised, the Government should bear the
(viii) The recommendation regarding grant of only 80% of salary for the
second year of Child Care Leave need not be accepted as this would deter women
from availing of CCL, which was introduced as a welfare measure.
(ix) Annual increments be granted @ 5% instead of existing 3% and
increments may be granted on two dates viz., 1 st of January and 1 st of July
of every year as in the present system of grant of increment on 1 st July of
every year, employees joining/promoted after 1 st January, who do not complete
6 months services as on 1 st July, have to wait for up to 18 months for grant
(x) The Commission’s recommendation of downgrading the Assistants of
Central Secretariat for bringing in parity with their counterparts in the field
offices is not appropriate.
(xi) Recommendation regarding PRIS need not be accepted as no scientific
mechanism has been devised to assess the performance of employees and the same
could ecourage favoritism.
5. Issues regarding financial upgradation under MACPS in promotional
hierarchy without grading stipulation. grant of two increments on promotion
introduction of Productivity Linked Bonus, treating Grameen Dak Sevak as
Government employees, removal of pap of 5% on compassionate appointment 8i full
pay and allowances In case of Work Related Illness and Injury Leave improving
promotional avenues for technical and supervisory staff etc. were also raised
by members of JCM.
6. During the discussion, representatives of JCM also suggested that the
Nodal Officers nominated by various Ministries/Departments may hold
interactions with recognized Staff Associations and other stakeholders under
their purview so as to identify issues specific to those Ministries/Departments
7. After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the
deliberations have helped E-CoS in understanding the major concerns of the
Staff-side and said that all
issues have been taken note of. He assured that fair consideration will be given to all
points brought out by JCM before taking a final view. He further stated
that the E-CoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as
well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stakeholders.
As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of
8. Cabinet Secretary also advised the members of E-CoS to hold
interactions with their Staff Associations and other stakeholders under their
purview preferably within a week.
9. Meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.