Saturday, March 31, 2018

MACP “very good” benchmark – date of effect – Delhi High Court office order

Com. V. Nageswara Rao retired on 31.03.2018

Com. V. Nageswra Rao joined as Auditor in 1981 in AG office, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. After 18 months, he joined Civil Accounts & Audit Association. For about 33 years, he served the organisation in the capacity of General Secretary and President. He was elected as Asst. Secretary General to All India Audit & Accounts Association in 2001 and later on served as Addl. Secretary General. He was elected as Asst. General Secretary of Confederation, AP in 1998 and became General Secretary in 2003. He continued up to 2017 and became President of Confederation, TS & AP unit. In his entire service he was served with 8 charge sheets. He was absolved in 7 cases and the remaining one is in CAT. He suffered incremental cuts as punishment. Now he is the Vice President of Confederation (CHQ).

Com. Jayaraj. K. V. retired from service on superannuation on 31.03.2018

Jayaraj K. V., born in the year 1958 at Madukkarai, near Coimbatore in Tamilnadu  and brought up at Kallyasseri, Kannur District in the state Kerala. He was the elder son of Late Shri. T V Krishnan Nambiar & Smt. KV Kamalam. His Parents are having a progressive outlook and extended their helping had to the needy and oppressed.
He has completed his school education at Govt. High School Kallyasseri and has joined in the Student Federation of India (SFI) at the age of 12. Later he joined in the S.N College Kannur for his pre - graduation (+2) study. Thereafter Com Jayaraj joined at the Government Polytechnic Kannur for his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
Com. Jayaraj had associated in the Students Federation of India (SFI) in his school days onwards. In 1977 elected as Secretary of SFI polytechnic Unit, There after hold the positions in SFI as Secretary Edakkad Area Committee, Jt. Secretary of Kannur District Committee and member of Kerala State Committee. He was the Convener of State level Technical Sub Committee of SFI and the Chairman of All Kerala State Polytechnic Student’s Union. In 1981 entire students were on the warpath under SFI & DYFI and the students & youths activists were subjected to brutal lathi- charge by the police and Com. Jayaraj also one among them. Com Jayaraj’s life partner Aleyamma (Baby) was also associated with the SFI and their introduction was   through this organization.
Com. Jayaraj joined in BARC on 29th June 1983. And his marriage with Baby was solemnized in August 1983. In the year 1985 Upama, one only daughter born. Com. Jayaraj shifted his residence to Anushaktinagar in the year 1988 and started to involve in the social activities.
Under the leadership of Anushaktinagar Residents Welfare Association (ARWA) and with the co-operation of MarathiVigyanparishath & Atomic Energy Education Society a National Children’s Science Festival was organized. The theme was National Integration through science and its practice. Com Jayaraj was in the leadership of that programe.
Comrade has proved his ability in the field arts and literature. He  was the General Secretary of Trombay Township Fine Arts Club (TTFAC), a cultural organization of Malayalees staying in Anushaktinagar and introduced many new programme for its members during he was in the leadership of that organization.
He has joined as a member of Atomic Energy Workers & Staff Union (AEWSU) in the year 1983 and became Joint Secretary of the union in the year 1988. When he entered in the arena, thinking process has started on submitting representation to pay commission, joining the need of All India movements and requirement of conducting of Cadre review, etc.
When Atomic Energy Workers & Staff union was not getting recognition, vetern trade Union leader late com. Samar Mukharji and his intervention in the parliament made possible to award recognition Com. Jayaraj was directly interacted with many veteran Trade Unionists Com. Samar Mukharji, Com. E. Balanandan, Com Dr.  M.K.Pandhe, Com. Sukumol Sen, Com.S.K.Vyas, Com. Thpan Sen M.P, Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, Com.  Dr. Vivek Monterio, Prof. Thekkedath, Com K.K.N.Kutty,  Com.M.Krishnan,  etc.
It was a historical struggle of DAE employees located at Mumbai on housing issue; workers were worried to get a govt. accommodation even after waiting for 18 years. The unpleasantness has started among the employees since 1989. They were struggling with grown up children who stay in a single room sharing accommodation and other side influenced officers were given accommodation in out -of -turn manner. It was a stepmother treatment that even all are facing shortage of accommodation; training school officers were given undue advantage at the cost of lower level employees. Even the flats constructed for lower level staff were carved out to accommodate officers. All this was modifications were with the support of Sundaram committee.
Under the joint Action committee and Co-ordination committee protests were started during the year 1991 - 1992. Demonstrations were held at Anushaktibhavan. Children with family members were marched to DAE started cooking at the Anushaktibhavan. Small kids were put in cradle.  Late Com. Ahalya Rangnekar was always a confidence building personality to all these agitations. She had shown a motherly approach to the women who participated in these action programmes. The Department was not ready to accept the demand. Finally the action committee has decided to sit indefinite hunger strike. 3 comrades from BARC one from DCSEM sat on hunger strike. Com. Jayaraj was one among them and the hunger strike was continued for 9 days.
The hunger strike was reason for halt all activities of Department in Mumbai. Employees were on the road with their family members. Processions were started from both East & west Anushaktinagar. Bus services were hit. Inside BARC employees totally parallelized and started to assemble in front of Central Complex. Political parties are sent their representations to show solidarity to the striking employees. Shri. SuryakantMahadit from Shivsena.  AhalyaRangnekar from CPIM, Congress MP all were visited the agitation site. On 9th day the Hunger strike has end with the intervention of Hon. Supreme court. The Agitation resulted formation of Saundra Sharma Committee to consider the views of the Union, Construction of more than 1500 lower category flats in the township, brought the total transparency in the system of allotment.
Com Jayaraj is a good organizer. It was his in-depth effort to form a Federation to bring all the working class of DAE to one shade. In the year 1997 the All India Atomic Energy Employees co-ordination committee was converted into the National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees (NFAEE). Com Ravindra Shukla was the founder president of NFAEE and Com. G.B.Dandekar was Secretary General with a Strong assistant Com. Jayaraj as organizing Secretary.
In the year 2002 he become the Secretary General of NFAEE and continued 15 years in the post and relieved form the post in the 6th All India Conference held at Hyderabad in December 2017.
He took initiative to bring DAE employees under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers also. From 1997- 98 onwards he was actively involved in the Central Government Employees Co ordination Committee Mumbai and become National  Executive Committee member  in the year 2008 and then Organising Secretary. In the last Chennai Conference Com. Jayaraj elected as the Assistant Secretary of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.
He retires from the service after rendering service of 34 year and 9 months. He was in the union activities in the DAE almost 29 years.

Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation attending

International Conference (Congress) of SIGTUR (Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights) an organisation unifying various organisations in different countries fighting against neo-liberal globalization policies and for trade union rights, is being held at Buenos Aires, the Capital City of Argentina from 2018 April 4th to 6th.

Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers, is attending the congress as a part of three member delegation from India.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dearness Allowance to the employees of Central Government & Central Autonomous Bodies drawing pay as per 6th CPC w.e.f 01.01.2018 (Click the link below to view)

Dearness Allowance to the employees of Central Government & Central Autonomous Bodies drawing pay as per 5th CPC - Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2018     (Click the link below to view)


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ministry of Labour & Employment
Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 passed by Parliament

            The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 has been passed by parliament today. The bill ensures harmony amongst employees in the private sector and Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Organizations under Government who are not covered under CCS (Pension) Rules. These employees will be entitled to receive higher amount of gratuity at par with their counterparts in Government sector. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha today and the Lok Sabha on 15 March, 2018.
The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to establishments employing 10 or more persons. The main purpose for enacting this Act is to provide social security to workman after retirement, whether retirement is a result of superannuation, or physical disablement or impairment of vital part of the body. Therefore, the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 is an important social security legislation to wage earning population in industries, factories and establishments.

            The present upper ceiling on gratuity amount under the Act is Rs. 10 Lakh. The provisions for Central Government employees under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 with regard to gratuity are also similar. Before implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the ceiling under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 was Rs. 10 Lakh. However, with implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, in case of Government servants, the ceiling has been raised to Rs. 20 Lakhs.

            Therefore, considering the inflation and wage increase even in case of employees engaged in private sector, this Government decided that the entitlement of gratuity should also be revised in respect of employees who are covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. Accordingly, the Government initiated the process for amendment to Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 to increase the maximum limit of gratuity to such amount as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time.
            In addition, the Bill also envisages to amend the provisions relating to calculation of continuous service for the purpose of gratuity in case of female employees who are on maternity leave from ‘twelve weeks’ to such period as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time.

            After enactment of the Act, the power to notify the ceiling of the amount of gratuity under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 shall stand delegated to the Central Government so that the limit can be revised from time to time keeping in view the increase in wage and inflation and future pay commissions.
Source: PIB

Relaxation of Norms for NPS
            The Government of India has recently made three changes in the National Pension Scheme (NPS) including withdrawal norms. The details are as under:

            Partial withdrawal during the service: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), with an objective to meet the subscriber’s sudden financial requirement enrolled under NPS, has liberalized norms for partial withdrawals which also include reduction of requirement of minimum years of being enrolled under NPS from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining. Suitable amendments were made through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2017 and the same has been notified on 10.08.2017.

            Increase in the joining age under NPS: With an objective to allow individuals (under NPS-All Citizen Model and Corporate Sector Model) who are in the age bracket between 60 years and 65 years to join NPS system. Suitable amendments were made through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017 and the same has been notified on 06.10.2017.

Exit in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber: With an objective of facilitating easy exit & withdrawal in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber covered under NPS, PFRDA has made suitable amendments through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 and the same has been notified on 02.02.2018.

            This was stated by Shri Ship Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Source: PIB

Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs 30th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies

Adhaar is not mandatory to get pension: Dr Jitendra Singh

            The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today. The SCOVA meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and the last such meeting was held on January 12, 2017.

            During the meeting, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the SCOVA which was first constituted in July, 1986 would be completing 32 years this year. He said this platform has gone a long way in addressing in a focused manner issues related to Pensioners. He said that today’s interaction was very meaningful and stimulating, thus reflecting on the working of DoP&PW. The Minister while assuring the representatives of pensioners’ Associations said that it was no more mandatory to have one’s Adhaar Card to get his/her pension.

            The Minister said that the Department of Pensions has brought out a series of OMs to benefit the Pensioners/Family Pensioners in the last 12 months including enhancing of minimum pension from Rs.3500/- to Rs.9000/- per month; the ceiling of gratuity has been increased from the existing Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs; the rates of ex-gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the families of employees who die in performance of duty has been increased from existing Rs. 10-15 lakhs to Rs.25-45 lakhs. He also said that divorced daughter will be eligible for family pension if divorce case has been filed before the death of pensioner/family pensioner, even though the judgment has been passed after the death of the pensioner /family pensioner.

            Dr. Jitendra Singh said that this Government has given relief to the senior citizens and Pensioners in the Budget 2018-19 by allowing Standard Deduction of Rs. 40,000/- per year to the Pensioners and given exemption on tax on account of interest income from bank savings accounts has been increased to Rs. 50,000/ from Rs. 10,000/- per year. Deduction on account of health insurance premium which was earlier allowed at maximum of Rs.30,000/- has now been increased to Rs. 50,000/- in the case of Senior Citizens/Pensioners.

            While addressing the meeting he said that we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. The Minister also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process.

            In the meeting, discussions were held on the action taken report of the 29th SCOVA meeting. Further many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners, Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS area, Special “Higher” Family Pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, Extension of CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners, issue relating to CGHS Wellness Centre, Dehradun etc. The Minister directed for the prompt and time bound redressal of the grievances of the pensioners and said that we should have sympathetic attitude towards them.

            The Secretary, DoP&PW, Shri K.V. Eapen and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion. The meeting was also attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Source: PIB


Sunday, March 25, 2018

राम नवमी के पावन अवसर पर बधाई