Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BCPC WRITES TO HON'BLE MINISTER SEEKING JUSTICE TO...

Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation
2-13A, LGF (Backside), Jangpura – A, New Delhi – 110014
S.C. Maheshwari                                                                                 S.K.Vyas
Chairman                                                                     Acting Secretary General
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No. BCPC / Pen / Modified Parity / 2014 Dated 21st July, 2014


Dr. Jitendra Singh,
Hon’ble MOS (PP)
Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel & P.G & Pensions,
North Block,
New Delhi


            Sub:- Implementation of order of Tribunal in regard to modified Parity.

Sir,

We would like to bring to your notice the bureaucratic distortion of orders of judiciary which if not corrected through your kind and personal intervention is bound to frustrate the entire community of pre 2006 retirees numbering more than 38.41 lakhs and force them to think that change in Government has been in vain as because the bureaucrats are even now being  have been allowed to misinterpret  judicial orders forcing affected pensioners to go to courts and thus multiply litigations in the country. While submitting the details of this case we also request you kindly to give us an opportunity to meet you to explain our request.

2.         The facts of the case briefly stated are as under:-

            a).  The VI CPC in Para 5.1.47 of their report recommended that the fixation of revised pension as per the table given by them “will be subject to the provision that the revised pension, in no case, shall be lower than fifty percent of sum of the minimum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay thereon corresponding to the prerevised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired”.

            b).  The Government of India in their Resolution No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 29.8.2008 accepted the above proviso by reproducing it per verbatim at item 12 of the statement showing the relevant recommendations and decision of the Government thereon (vide Annexure the said Resolution).

            c).  In Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare O.M  No. 38/37/ 08 P&PW dated 1.9.2008 same proviso has been incorporated at para 4.2 thereof.

            d).  The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare through their clarificatory O.M. No. 38/37/08 – P&PW (A) pt. 1 dated 3.10.2008 however modified the para 4.2 of their OM dated 1.9.2008 as under:

            The pension calculated at 50% of the minimum of pay in the pay band plus grade pay would be calculated (i) at the minimum pay in the pay band (irrespective of the prerevised scale of pay) plus grade pay  corresponding to the prerevised pay scale”

            e).  In other words in all cases it would be minimum pay of the pay band which would be taken and not the minimum pay in the pay band corresponding to the prerevised pay scale.

            f).  This clarification was challenged by the Central Government SAG (S-29) Pensioners Association in Principal Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (vide O.A No. 655/2010). This Hon’ble Tribunal in their order dated 1.11.2011 quashed the above clarificatory order of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare dated 3.10.2008 and directed the respondents refix the pension of all pre 2006 retirees with effect from 1.1.2006 based on Government Resolution dated 29.8.2008.

            g). Government of India challenged  the above decision of the said Tribunal before Delhi High Court vide WP (C) No.1535/2012 which was dismissed by the High Court vide their order dated 29.4.2013 upholding the decision of the Tribunal.

            Government of India then filed the following S.L. Ps etc.

                 (i)  SLP (C) No. 23055/2013 dismissed on 29.7.2013
                 (ii) Review Petition (C) No. 2492 / 2013 dismissed on 12.11.2013
                            (iii) Curative Petition (C)No. 126/2014 dismissed on 30.4.2014

Thus the CAT verdict dated 1.11.2011 attained legal finality.

h).     On 15.5.2014 the Hon’ble CAT Principal Bench New Delhi disposed of the contempt petition No. 158/2012 directing the Union of India to implement the directions of the Tribunal expeditiously, preferably within three months”

3.            The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare in their letter No. 38/77-A/09-P&PW (A) dated 29.5.2014 written to the Secretary of Petitioner Association (Central Govt. SAG (S-29) Pensioners Association) has stated that as per the directions of Hon’ble CAT their order dated 1.11.2011 is required to be implemented “only in respect of Petitioners in O.A. No. 655/2010 and not in respect of all pre 2006 retirees as per the Tribunals order dated 1.11.2011. There is no such direction that it should be implemented only in respect of Petitioners. May be that Government Advocate had indicated that Government is willing to implement the judgment qua petitioners but the Tribunal had disposed of the contempt Petition by directing the Union of India to implement their directions dated 1.11.2011 expeditiously.

4.            It will not be out of place to mention there that response to answer to Lok Sabha unstarred question No. 3406, the above directions of the CAT Principal Bench had already been implemented in respect of all pre 2006 retirees but from an arbitrarily fixed date of 24.9.2012 (vide Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare O.M. F.No. 38/40/12- P&PW (A) dated 28.1.2013. It was not restricted to members of the Petitioners Association Accordingly the direction to implement it w.e.f 1.1.2006 has to be in respect of all pre 2006 retirees also.

5.            Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation which is the apex body of all Central Government Pensioners Federations and All India Associations therefore appeal to you to ensure the correct delivery of justice by implementing the above judgment of the Hon’ble Tribunal (which had attained finality) in respect of all pre 2006 retirees so that they are not pushed to seek justice though multiple litigations.


Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,


(S.K.Vyas)
Secretary General

Saturday, August 9, 2014

PRESIDENT AISCCON MOU PARTNER OF BPS WRITES


To                                                              08 August 2014

All Central Council members of AISCCON, affiliated organizations, Patrons, partner organizations and our well wishers
Hearty Greetings,
A new political setup has come to the power at National level with clear majority in the Loksabha. Before the elections, during the elections and till the swearing in ceremony of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on 27th May 2014, almost for a period of more than six months, there was little action in Government all over the country.
In view of the election manifesto and promises of the political Party in power and the 39th Report of the Parliament Standing committee under the chairmanship of Hon’able Shri Hemanand  Biswal, on social justice and empowerment (2013-2014) (fifteenth lok sabha), Ministry of social justice and empowerment on “Implementation of schemes for welfare of senior citizens” presented to Hon'ble Speaker, Lok Sabha on 4.1.2014 and presented to Lok Sabha on 7.2.2014 and also laid in Rajya Sabha on 7.2.2014, we had written to the Hon,ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,Minister of Social Justice Shri Thaawar Chand Ghelot, Minister of Finance Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Railways Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda and Minister of Paliamentary Affairs Shri Prakash Jawadekar for implementation of rights,policies and programmes for the dignity and welfare of the senior citizens in the country before the budget 2014-15.
The main issues raised were early implementation of schemes for welfare of senior citizens during 12th Plan, to improve the performance of Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment , Programmes for senior citizens in rural areas facing deprivation, discrimination, dispossession, loneliness and abuse for social security, healthcare, recreation, entertainment and peer interaction of senior citizens through day care centres, old age homes and other measures with the help of Panchayati Raj institutions and local bodies, setting up of Regional Research Centre (RRTCs) in each State, recognition of AISCCON as National Association of Older Persons (NAOP), minimum old age pension of Rs 3500 to all BPL senior citizens and retirees of EPS -95 linked with inflation index,extension of geriatric health care and other facilities in all the districts, separate Ministry for elderly for better monitoring and implementation of National Policy for Older persons -99, Income Tax concessions with Financial Protection, National Welfare Trust for Senior Citizens, expansion of the National Programme of Health Care for the Elderly (NHPCE) in many more districts, with renewed push for its location in all the districts in the country, need for health insurance for the older persons or universalization, need for a Regulator to rein in the hospitals both in regard to cost and the quality of their services with judicious administration.
Railway concession in fares of passenger trains, 50% rail Fare travel concession to male Sr. Citizens, free journey for one attendant accompanying very Sr. Citizens (80+), provision of escalators on main & important station and ramps on others, provision of Separate compartment for Sr. Citizens in local trains, separate queues for Senior Citizens at ticket booking windows,
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ( WEAAD) :
I am happy to inform you that our member organizations, all over the country, have extensively observed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to prevent and Combat Elder Abuse.
The summary of the action programmes of the member organizations is as follows:
1. Sensitize professionals and educate the general public, using media and other awareness-raising campaigns, on the subject of elder abuse and its various characteristics and causes;
2. Abolish widowhood rites that are harmful to the health and well-being of women;
3. Create pressure group to enact legislation and strengthen legal efforts to eliminate elder abuse;
4. Eliminate harmful traditional practices involving older persons;
5. Encourage cooperation between Government and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, in addressing elder abuse by, inter alia, developing community initiatives;
6. Minimize the risks to older women of all forms of neglect, abuse and violence by increasing public awareness of, and protecting older women from, such neglect, abuse and violence, especially in emergency situations;
7. Encourage further research into the causes, nature, extent, seriousness and consequences of all forms of violence against older women and men and widely disseminate findings of research and studies.
8. Establish information programmes to educate older persons about consumer fraud.
MOSJE Project:
The Ministry has sanctioned us a Research Project titled as “Centre’s Policy of older persons -Reasons for Non-implementation and Recommendations for Better Implementation”
The Project is already 15 months old and AISCCON has not been able to complete the Project in the stipulated period of 12 months. A request was made to the Project and Research Evaluation and Monitoring Division ( PREM Division ) of the MOSJE for an extension of six months for completion of the Project .During my visit to New Delhi myself and Dr Sugan Bhatia met Dr Mukat Singh on 16th July 2014 for the extension and he has kindly agreed to our request.
Budget 2014-15:
The following announcements have been made in the Budget 2014-15 for senior citizens
1. Income tax exemption limit raised from Rs 2.5 lakhs to Rs 3.0 lakhs
2. EPFO to launch unified account scheme to ensure Provident Fund portability
3. Senior citizen pension scheme to be revived.
4. One rank, one pension: Rs 1,000 crore allocated for implementing One Rank One Pension scheme
5. Unused saving schemes money for elderly welfare
"A large amount of money is estimated to be lying as unclaimed amounts with PPF (Public Provident Fund), post office, saving schemes etc. These are mostly out of investments belonging to the senior citizens and on their demise, remain unclaimed for want of relevant payment instructions," Arun Jaitley , Minister of Finanace said while presenting his maiden budget.
"I propose to set up a committee to examine and recommend how this amount can be used to protect and further financial interests of the senior citizens. The committee will give its report not later than December this year," he added.
Jaitley said the NDA government during its last term in office had introduced the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) as a pension scheme for senior citizens under which 3.16 lakh people were being benefited.
"I propose to revive the scheme for a limited period from Aug 15, 2014 to Aug 14, 2015 for the benefit of citizens aged 60 years and above," he said.
"The government is notifying minimum pension of Rs.1,000 per month to all subscriber members of Employees Pension Scheme (EPS) and has made an initial provision of Rs.250 crore in the current financial year to meet the expenditure."
"Increase in mandatory wage ceiling of subscription to EPS from Rs.6,500 to Rs.15,000 has been made and a provision of Rs.250 crore has been provided in the current budget," Jaitley said.
Employees Provident Fund Organisation will launch the "Uniform Account Number" Service for contributing members to facilitate portability of Provident Fund accounts, he added.
14th AISCCON National Conference to be held in Udaipur, Rajasthan on 21st and 22 February 2015 :
This year the Annual Conference of AISCCON is being held in Udaipur, Rajasthan to highlight the issues of Senior Citizens. The Focal Theme of the Conference is Geriatric Care in India-Challenges and Prospects.. We expect 2000 to 2500 delegates to converge on Udaipur on above days.It is being hosted by Maharana Pratap Senior Citizens Welfare Association, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Meeting with Minister of MOSJE:
I met the Hon.ble Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaaawar Chand Ghelot in the parliament house along with Dr Bhatia, Shri Suresh Chandra Sharma, MS Shubhada Jagirdar, Ms Kavita Narayanan and others and discussed the issues of dignity and welfare of senior citizens. The Minister agreed to take action on all the issues raised in our memorandum given to him before the Budget.
He informed us about a meeting of all the Ministers, Secretaries and Directors of Social Justice and Empowerment of State Governments, Union Territories being called to take up all the issues of senior citizens such as social concerns, health care, empowerment, legal aspects, providing for the needs of elderly women and other vulnerable groups.
It was not possible to meet other ministers as the parliament was in budget session.
High Court directives for separate compartment for senior citizens in local trains:
The Bombay High Court directed the Central and Western railways to send a proposal to the Railway Board to earmark a compartment for senior citizens in suburban trains.
A division bench of Justices AS Oka and AS Chandurkar directed the railways to send the proposal within three weeks, and the board to take a decision within two months from receiving it. It was responding to a PIL converted out of a letter, written by A B Thakker from Mumbai, urging reservation for senior citizens.
With warm regards,
Yours Truly
D.N.Chapke
President, AISCCON



BPS monthly magazine -August 2014 issue

Thursday, August 7, 2014

India sends ` 30 cr down Paris drain


By Rezaul Hasan Laskar in New Delhi
A PROPERTY bought by the external affairs ministry in the heart of the French capital for a whopping ` 30.03 crore for setting up an Indian Cultural Centre has been lying unutilised for the past three years as the structure does not conform to French safety and building regulations.
Significantly, the MEA went ahead with the purchase of the building — located at 3 Avenue du Lowendal in the centrally located 7th district of Paris — despite being advised by two experts not to do so.
The ministry’s financial woes related to the property did not end with the purchase. The Indian Embassy has been incurring a recurring expenditure of ` 1.24 crore a year on providing round- the- clock security to the building.
The latest report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on “ Global estate management by the Ministry of External Affairs” has slammed the ministry for the expenses incurred on the structure.
The ministry decided in March 2011 to buy the property belonging to the French government to establish the Cultural Centre. An architect engaged by the embassy reported on March 28, 2011 that the building “ was not suitable to be used as a cultural centre”, the CAG report said.
“ Under French regulations, the building required two exits and provision for the assembly of a minimum of 100 people.
Both conditions were lacking in the property identified for purchase,” the report said.
Another architect, whose opinion was sought by the embassy, too “ reiterated the unsuitability on same ground”. The CAG report said: “ The reports of the architects were ignored and the property was purchased in March 2011 for ` 30.03 crore.
Audit noted that the property was not utilized during the three years after its purchase.” In March this year, the External Affairs Ministry said the building would require certain modifications and renovation “ or even total demolition and reconstruction to make it suitable for a cultural centre”. Final approval for the renovation would be sought by the architect- consultant appointed by the Indian mission after finalizing plans and drawings.

VIPs help patients jump AIIMS queue

 

By Neetu Chandra Sharma in New Delhi
EVERY day, hundreds of patients throng the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) and keep waiting for hours for their turn to consult doctors but those who manage to get a letter from a VIP do not endure such hardship.
According to sources, it is common for such patients to show up with reference letters from the offices of politicians like Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Maneka Gandhi and Sushma Swaraj.
The AIIMS protocol division that coordinates visits of international delegations for academic exchanges and collaboration has been given the task of attending to patients referred by VIPs. It also works to facilitate the treatment of VIPs themselves. This includes fixing up appointments in the OPD, consultations, investigations and assurance of admission as and when required.
According to the protocol division’s data, 2,087 patients referred by VIPS have been attended to in the past three years. “ Few people know about the protocol division. The number of patients we have to see through the director’s and the medical superintendent’s office is 10 times higher than the mentioned figure,” a senior AIIMS doctor said.
In June, Additional Private Secretary to the WCD Minister, Anand Lal Chaudhary wrote to the AIIMS to admit a peon from Pilibhit for treatment. Another patient Shailendra Tyagi got himself admitted within a few days of reaching the AIIMS since the Ghaziabad resident had a recommendation letter from Congress leader Motilal Vora for a liver transplant.
Ministers and politicians and their families have a right to get free treatment at the premier institute.
“ Apart from these, many other people like judges of the high court and apex court, bureaucrats and MLAs from UP and Bihar issue reference letters.
There are pros and cons of all these facilities. The VIPs issue letters to the needy and their families,” a senior official from the protocol division said.
AIIMS spokesperson Amit Gupta could not be reached for comments.

Record Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7.5.2014 - Dopt orders



Dopt issued the record Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7.5.2014 to all members of the Standing Committee of NC JCM.

No.3/9/2014-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG& Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
24th July, 2014

Sub: Record Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7th May, 2014

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of the Recrod Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7th May, 2014 for information and necessary action.

sd/-
(Ashok Kumar)
Director (JCA)

Distribution: All members of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM)

Record Note of the meeting Committee held on 7th May, 2014

1. A meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council (JCM), was held on 7.5.2014 at 11.00 AM in Conference Room No 119, North Block and was chaired by Dr. S.K.Sarkar, Secretary DOP&T. A list of members who attended this meeting is at ANNEXURE I.

2. The Chairman welcomed all members of Official and Staff Side of the Standing Committee and conveyed condolences on the demise of Late Shri Umraomal Purohit, who was Secretary of the Staff Side for more than three decades. He mentioned that the 7th Pay Commission since set up by the Government was an opportunity for all stakeholders to take part in its deliberations in a constructive manner. The Chairman concluded by expressing the hope of continued support from staff organizations in this regard.

3. The Leader, Staff Side, while thanking the Chairman raised the issue of non-regular functioning of the Joint Consultative Machinery which was a cause of concern. He pointed out that in spite of DoPT instructions, Departmental Councils were either not functioning or have not been constituted in many Departments. He stated that JCM is always cooperative. He mentioned that anomalies of 6th CPC are still unresolved and 7th CPC may not go into the anomalies of 6th CPC like in past. He referred to the meeting of the Joint Sub Committee on MACP held on 27th July 2012 and mentioned that though it was assured that the pending cases will be looked into positively, the proposals are being sent back. There are instructions of DoPT that MACP is a fall back option and that Cadre reviews should be done in the right earnest; it was noted that the Cadre Restructuring proposal of the Defence civilian staff was returned by the authorities on the plea that 7th CPC has been set up.

4. The Leader, Staff Side mentioned about MACP anomalies cases which were not being processed positively like in the case of LDCE/GDCE quota where this was being treated as promotion even though original DoPT instructions very clearly state that upgradation or merger is not promotion, but later on DoPT has clarified that it is a promotion. He further said that LDCE & GDCE are part of Direct Recruitment quota and hence treating the staff induction as promotion is improper and required to be reviewed. He also said that in Railways there is no Grade Pay of Rs. 2000/- in almost all cadres but in the name of revised pay structure hierarchy MACP is being granted in this Grade Pay which is not justified. He also raised the issue of TOR for the 7th CPC and stated that the meeting with Secretary (Expenditure) which was asked for by the Staff Side before finalisation should have been held. On DA merger he stated that it is already 100 % and may go up further, so there is need for merger. Drawing attention to Railways related issues; he stated that unanimous decisions taken in their Department Anomaly Committee when referred to Ministry of Finance have not resulted in any decision even after three years. He urged upon the Chairman to see that Railway Ministry's proposals are cleared soon

5. The Secretary, Staff Side, in his opening remarks thanked the Chairman for calling this meeting of the Standing Committee and stated that it is a good start and expressed the hope that the National Council (JCM) meeting would also be held soon. He suggested that decision making needs to be decentralized. He stated that in the case of Railways, even though there is a Financial Commissioner who takes part in the meetings of the Departmental Council, even then decisions of Departmental Council are sent to DoPT and Dept of Expenditure for finalisation. He stated that only exceptional cases need to go to DoPT/ Deptt of Expenditure. He further mentioned the issues referred by the Railways relating to running Staff, Accounts, MACP particularly issue of hierarchy of 2000 Grade Pay and stated that the issues unanimously agreed in Departmental Council/JCM are pending for a long time in Ministry of Finance or DOPT. He further mentioned that while implementation of Cadre Review of Railway Staff the concept of matching saving is being enforced which will jeopardise safety of railways and will increase workload an existing staff. He requested for a clarification from Ministry of Finance (Department of Exp) as to whether they had issued any such instructions to Railways. He further mentioned that as per their understanding, Ministry of Finance (Department of Exp) has allowed CRC without matching savings in all the Central Government Departments.

6. The Secretary, Staff Side stated that all the pending Cadre Review proposals should be finalized and should not be held up on account of setting up of 7th CPC. Similarly, he requested that the left over items of Anomalies should be discussed in a meeting of the National Anomaly Committee so that there is closure with proper reasoning and logic. He also suggested that like in Railways there should be a Calendar for Standing Committee and National Council meetings. He also referred to letter written by him to the Chairman on why lower level employees are forced to go to the Court for the redressal of their issues when issues can be resolved under the JCM. He also stated that it would have been better if TOR for the 7th CPC had been discussed with the Staff Side before finalizing. He made reference to Sh U M Purohit on this occasion and expressed hope that he will try to do justice with hopes of Staff Side and also sought the cooperation of official side to resolve the problems of Central Government Employees to keep industrial peace.

7. The other Staff Side representative also raised certain issues in their opening remarks. The representative from Defence raised the issue relating to erstwhile Group ‘D’ Posts in the Category of Industrial and Non-Industrial which were upgraded and merged as Semiskilled and MTS by 6th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2006. DOP&T later clarified that such merger is effective from 01.09.2008, thereby denying the ACP benefits due to them after 1.1.2006. The issue relating to Night Duty Allowance for employees working in Defence Industrial Establishments where the Hon’ble Supreme Court has upheld the ruling of CAT that NDA rates should be revised from 1.4.2007 in 6th CPC Pay scale and applied to similarly placed employees was yet to be implemented. Cadre restructuring proposals pending with Ministry of Defence, DOP&T and Deptt. of Expenditure should not be returned back on the plea that the 7th CPC has been constituted. Risk Allowance rates of the Defence Civilian employees which have not yet been revised may be revised urgently. It was also brought out that for the past 3 years no meeting of the Departmental Council (JCM) of the Defence Ministry had taken place. Similarly, last Departmental council meeting in Ministry of Finance was held in 2005.

8. On the issue relating to the finalization of the Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC the Staff Side stated that these have been finalized by the Government of India unilaterally without having thorough discussion with the Staff Side as was specifically requested by the Staff side in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel) on 24th October, 2013. The Staff Side has mentioned that the ToR, as finalized by the Government, had not considered many of the suggestions of the Staff Side, in regard to date of effect of Pay Commission, Merger of D.A., Interim Relief, representation of labour representative in the Commission itself, parity issues in regard to pensioners, settlement of the pending Anomaly items etc.,

9. Thereafter the Agenda Items were taken up for discussion. Since Agenda Items No 1,2 and 3 on Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC, date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC from 01.01.2011 and merger of DA with pay were interrelated, these three items were taken up for discussions together.

Item No 1, 2 & 3 : Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC, date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC from 01.01.2011 and Merger of DA with pay

10. Secretary (Expenditure) expressed his condolences at the demise of Sh Purohit. He then mentioned that the issue of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the 7th CPC was handled with great sensitivity and it was not correct to say that thRecord Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7.5.2014 - Dopt orders

Dopt issued the record Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7.5.2014 to all members of the Standing Committee of NC JCM.

No.3/9/2014-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG& Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
24th July, 2014

Sub: Record Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7th May, 2014

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of the Recrod Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) held on 7th May, 2014 for information and necessary action.

sd/-
(Ashok Kumar)
Director (JCA)

Distribution: All members of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM)

Record Note of the meeting Committee held on 7th May, 2014

1. A meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council (JCM), was held on 7.5.2014 at 11.00 AM in Conference Room No 119, North Block and was chaired by Dr. S.K.Sarkar, Secretary DOP&T. A list of members who attended this meeting is at ANNEXURE I.

2. The Chairman welcomed all members of Official and Staff Side of the Standing Committee and conveyed condolences on the demise of Late Shri Umraomal Purohit, who was Secretary of the Staff Side for more than three decades. He mentioned that the 7th Pay Commission since set up by the Government was an opportunity for all stakeholders to take part in its deliberations in a constructive manner. The Chairman concluded by expressing the hope of continued support from staff organizations in this regard.

3. The Leader, Staff Side, while thanking the Chairman raised the issue of non-regular functioning of the Joint Consultative Machinery which was a cause of concern. He pointed out that in spite of DoPT instructions, Departmental Councils were either not functioning or have not been constituted in many Departments. He stated that JCM is always cooperative. He mentioned that anomalies of 6th CPC are still unresolved and 7th CPC may not go into the anomalies of 6th CPC like in past. He referred to the meeting of the Joint Sub Committee on MACP held on 27th July 2012 and mentioned that though it was assured that the pending cases will be looked into positively, the proposals are being sent back. There are instructions of DoPT that MACP is a fall back option and that Cadre reviews should be done in the right earnest; it was noted that the Cadre Restructuring proposal of the Defence civilian staff was returned by the authorities on the plea that 7th CPC has been set up.

4. The Leader, Staff Side mentioned about MACP anomalies cases which were not being processed positively like in the case of LDCE/GDCE quota where this was being treated as promotion even though original DoPT instructions very clearly state that upgradation or merger is not promotion, but later on DoPT has clarified that it is a promotion. He further said that LDCE & GDCE are part of Direct Recruitment quota and hence treating the staff induction as promotion is improper and required to be reviewed. He also said that in Railways there is no Grade Pay of Rs. 2000/- in almost all cadres but in the name of revised pay structure hierarchy MACP is being granted in this Grade Pay which is not justified. He also raised the issue of TOR for the 7th CPC and stated that the meeting with Secretary (Expenditure) which was asked for by the Staff Side before finalisation should have been held. On DA merger he stated that it is already 100 % and may go up further, so there is need for merger. Drawing attention to Railways related issues; he stated that unanimous decisions taken in their Department Anomaly Committee when referred to Ministry of Finance have not resulted in any decision even after three years. He urged upon the Chairman to see that Railway Ministry's proposals are cleared soon

5. The Secretary, Staff Side, in his opening remarks thanked the Chairman for calling this meeting of the Standing Committee and stated that it is a good start and expressed the hope that the National Council (JCM) meeting would also be held soon. He suggested that decision making needs to be decentralized. He stated that in the case of Railways, even though there is a Financial Commissioner who takes part in the meetings of the Departmental Council, even then decisions of Departmental Council are sent to DoPT and Dept of Expenditure for finalisation. He stated that only exceptional cases need to go to DoPT/ Deptt of Expenditure. He further mentioned the issues referred by the Railways relating to running Staff, Accounts, MACP particularly issue of hierarchy of 2000 Grade Pay and stated that the issues unanimously agreed in Departmental Council/JCM are pending for a long time in Ministry of Finance or DOPT. He further mentioned that while implementation of Cadre Review of Railway Staff the concept of matching saving is being enforced which will jeopardise safety of railways and will increase workload an existing staff. He requested for a clarification from Ministry of Finance (Department of Exp) as to whether they had issued any such instructions to Railways. He further mentioned that as per their understanding, Ministry of Finance (Department of Exp) has allowed CRC without matching savings in all the Central Government Departments.

6. The Secretary, Staff Side stated that all the pending Cadre Review proposals should be finalized and should not be held up on account of setting up of 7th CPC. Similarly, he requested that the left over items of Anomalies should be discussed in a meeting of the National Anomaly Committee so that there is closure with proper reasoning and logic. He also suggested that like in Railways there should be a Calendar for Standing Committee and National Council meetings. He also referred to letter written by him to the Chairman on why lower level employees are forced to go to the Court for the redressal of their issues when issues can be resolved under the JCM. He also stated that it would have been better if TOR for the 7th CPC had been discussed with the Staff Side before finalizing. He made reference to Sh U M Purohit on this occasion and expressed hope that he will try to do justice with hopes of Staff Side and also sought the cooperation of official side to resolve the problems of Central Government Employees to keep industrial peace.

7. The other Staff Side representative also raised certain issues in their opening remarks. The representative from Defence raised the issue relating to erstwhile Group ‘D’ Posts in the Category of Industrial and Non-Industrial which were upgraded and merged as Semiskilled and MTS by 6th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2006. DOP&T later clarified that such merger is effective from 01.09.2008, thereby denying the ACP benefits due to them after 1.1.2006. The issue relating to Night Duty Allowance for employees working in Defence Industrial Establishments where the Hon’ble Supreme Court has upheld the ruling of CAT that NDA rates should be revised from 1.4.2007 in 6th CPC Pay scale and applied to similarly placed employees was yet to be implemented. Cadre restructuring proposals pending with Ministry of Defence, DOP&T and Deptt. of Expenditure should not be returned back on the plea that the 7th CPC has been constituted. Risk Allowance rates of the Defence Civilian employees which have not yet been revised may be revised urgently. It was also brought out that for the past 3 years no meeting of the Departmental Council (JCM) of the Defence Ministry had taken place. Similarly, last Departmental council meeting in Ministry of Finance was held in 2005.

8. On the issue relating to the finalization of the Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC the Staff Side stated that these have been finalized by the Government of India unilaterally without having thorough discussion with the Staff Side as was specifically requested by the Staff side in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel) on 24th October, 2013. The Staff Side has mentioned that the ToR, as finalized by the Government, had not considered many of the suggestions of the Staff Side, in regard to date of effect of Pay Commission, Merger of D.A., Interim Relief, representation of labour representative in the Commission itself, parity issues in regard to pensioners, settlement of the pending Anomaly items etc.,

9. Thereafter the Agenda Items were taken up for discussion. Since Agenda Items No 1,2 and 3 on Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC, date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC from 01.01.2011 and merger of DA with pay were interrelated, these three items were taken up for discussions together.

Item No 1, 2 & 3 : Terms of Reference of the 7th CPC, date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC from 01.01.2011 and Merger of DA with pay

10. Secretary (Expenditure) expressed his condolences at the demise of Sh Purohit. He then mentioned that the issue of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the 7th CPC was handled with great sensitivity and it was not correct to say that the views of the Staff Side have not been taken into account. Almost 90% of what Staff Side had suggested for the TOR for the 7th CPC was taken very seriously and only in the case of Grameen Dak Sevak (GDS) and Interim Relief there were certain issues due to which these could not be included in the TOR. In regard to the date of effect of the recommendations, this is also one of the ToR of the 7th CPC. The date of effect of the recommendations of a Pay Commission is suggested by the Commission itself. This was the practice followed in respect of the previous central pay commissions. Therefore, the date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC cannot be suggested upfront, since this would be recommended by the 7th CPC itself having regard to various factors that they may take into account. In regard to the Interim Relief, he mentioned that this is normally given when there is delay in constitution of the Central Pay Commission. Since the 7th CPC has been set up well on time, question of interim relief was not considered
necessary.

11. On the issue of merger of DA with pay he pointed out that the 6th CPC in its Report had specifically recommended against it. As to the inclusion of a representative of labour in the composition of the 7th CPC is concerned, the composition of the 7th CPC was broadly in line with the composition of the previous three Central Pay Commissions and Government did not want to make it unwieldy. So far as the issue relating to Pensioners is concerned, the same has been amply included in para (f) of the ToR. As regards the pay anomalies, the same would be considered by the 7th Central Pay Commission as part of its overall ToR. Since the terms of reference enable the CPC to send interim report, Secretary (Expenditure) suggested that the Staff Side might approach the 7th CPC for a report on Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance.

Item No 4 Appointment on Compassionate Grounds under the Central Government

12. The Staff Side mentioned that the 5% ceiling on compassionate ground appointment was illogical; due to this ceiling, a large number of cases of appointment on compassionate grounds have been pending in different departments, with the result that the bereaved families of the late employees are constrained to face hardship due to loss of bread winner. They wanted that condition of 5% ceiling must be done away with. It was mentioned by them that in Ministry of Defence vacancies under compassionate appointments are worked out by not taking into account vacancies of uniformed personnel whereas while appointing the wards of deceased Service Personnel on compassionate grounds, the vacancies of civilian side are also taken to adjust Service Personnel. The Staff Side also mentioned that pending a final decision, one time relaxation of 5% may be given and all pending cases of compassionate appointment may be considered.

13. The Official Side stated that the issue of enhancing the upper ceiling of 5% / doing away with the ceiling of 5% altogether, has already been considered in this Department keeping in view the various judgments of the Supreme Court on the subject. It was observed that care has to be taken that provision for compassionate employment which is in the nature of an exception does not unduly interfere with the right of those other persons who are eligible to seek appointment against the post which would have been available, but for the provision enabling appointment being made on compassionate ground of the dependant of the deceased employee. The Supreme Court has held that as a rule, appointments in the public services should be made strictly on the basis of open invitation of applications and merit and compassionate appointment is an exception to this general rule.

14. The Staff Side made reference to Railways, which employs the largest number of personnel and where this ceiling is not applicable. They also pointed out that every department has a Screening Committee to consider applications and only those cases which are recommended by the committee are taken up for compassionate appointment The official side indicated that this issue has come under examination in the Parliamentary Committee and it has been decided to collect requisite information in implementation of the scheme from all Ministries/Departments and thereafter the whole issue will be examined and reviewed. It was also mentioned that this is a part of the RFD item for this Ministry.

Item No:5 Regularisation of Casual/Contingent/Daily Rate Workers
15. The Staff Side stated that due to ban on creation of posts and restriction on recruitment of personnel that
continued till 2009, many departments recruited personnel on daily rated basis or as casual workers. Thus, the Government should evolve a scheme by which these casual/contingent/daily rated workers are made regular workers. The official side stated that Casual labourers/daily wage workers are to be engaged for work which is casual or seasonal or intermittent nature or for work which is not of full time nature, for which regular posts cannot be created.  The official side also referred to the Constitutional Bench judgment of the Supreme Court in Uma Devi case where the Apex Court has clarified that appointments cannot be in violation of the provisions of Constitution. Further, as per the 6th CPC report and the instructions issued by Deptt. of Expenditure, all Group ‘D’ posts have been upgraded to Group ‘C’ and recruitment to such Group
‘C’ posts would be through Staff Selection Commission.  Staff side stated that engagement of casual contingent/daily rated staff has been done by departments for their convenience. They also pointed out that there are many decisions of High Courts as well Supreme Court where courts have given directions for regularisation of casual /contingent /daily rated staff and therefore Govt. Of India as a model employer should
regularise these workers.

Item No 6 Downsizing, Outsourcing, Contractorisation etc.

16. The staff side stated that due to ban on recruitment and creation of posts specifically by the Government Orders of 2001, many departments resorted to outsourcing of its functions. The large scale outsourcing and contractorisation of functions had a adverse effect on the efficacy of the Government departments. Staff side
mentioned that regular nature of jobs were being out sourced in violation of Contract Labour Regulation Act. In Defence establishments, the Staff Side stated that more than 30% employees were on contract who were being exploited as labour laws were not being strictly enforced. Further, there were issues of safety hazards and maintenance of assets created in sectors like Railway and Defence. It was therefore suggested by Staff Side that the present scheme of outsourcing and contractorisation of essential functions of the Government must be abandoned and all the regular and perennial nature works should be entrusted on regular Government employees only and violation of Labour laws should be examined.

17. The official side explained that as on date there is no ban on recruitment in Central Government and the respective Ministries/Departments concerned are required to fill up the vacancies within the framework of existing instructions/rules keeping in view functional requirement of the posts. Outsourcing of non core activities of Ministries Departments required to be done as per the GFRs 2005

Item No 7 Revising Overtime Allowance(oTA) and Night Duty Allowance rates

18. The Staff Side raised the issue of revision of Overtime Allowance and Night Duty Allowance which is paid to Government employees who are called upon to do overtime or night duty on the basis of the 4th CPC pay structure. They referred to the Board of Arbitration award in favour of the staff which directed the Government to revise the order to link the payment of Overtime Allowance and Night Duty Allowance to the actual pay of the Government employees. They demanded that the Government must accept the award of the Board and issue instructions linking the Allowance to the actual pay of the employee.

19. The Official Side stated that the awards on Overtime Allowance and Night Duty Allowance were considered by the Government and it was decided by the Government not to accept these awards in view of large estimated financial implication. Further, the 5th & 6th CPC had also suggested abolition of OTA and the Government had decided to maintain status quo at the existing rates till the introduction of Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS). It was suggested that this issue may now be examined by the 7th CPC.

Item No 8 : Stepping up of pay of Seniors drawing less pay than the Juniors consequent on fixation of Pay due to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations between Direct Recruits and Promotees

20. On this issue the Staff Side referred to the discussions in the National Anomalies Committee where after discussions it was agreed by both the Staff Side and the Official Side that wherever there is a provision of direct recruitment in the Recruitment Rules, pay on promotion would be fixed at the prescribed minimum of the Entry Pay as provided for the Direct Entrants in the Revised Pay Rules, irrespective of the fact whether direct recruitment has actually taken place or not. The Staff Side stated that non implementation of this agreement in National Anomalies Committee was a serious issue which has resulted in discontentment among the senior promoted employees. The Staff Side insisted that orders need to be issued to give effect to this agreement.

21. The Official Side stated that this issue was considered by the Government very carefully and the Government has agreed to stepping of pay of seniors, if their pay happens to be lower than junior direct recruits joining on or after 1.1.2006, if both senior and junior belong to the same seniority list. It was also brought out that since this issue is presently sub judice it may not be possible to consider the issue at this stage, pending an outcome of the Court cases. The Staff side insisted to implement the agreement and stated that if Government agrees for the same the court case can be withdrawn. Staff side insisted that this matter should again be referred to Finance Minister for consideration.

Item No 9 Stepping up of Pay of Senior employees at par with their Juniors consequent upon implementation of MACPS
22. The Staff Side in their Note had indicated that under the Modified Assured Progression Scheme(MACPS) there are cases where the seniors who were promoted before implementation of the MACPS and the juniors who could not get normal promotion due to non-availability of vacancy or otherwise, and were extended the benefit of financial upgradation under MACPS on fulfilment of conditions laid down therein, the seniors are drawing lesser pay than their juniors under this scheme which is causing sense of frustration among the seniors.

23. The Official side stated that under the MACP Scheme no stepping of pay in the pay band or grade pay is admissible with regard to junior getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under MACP Scheme as financial upgradation under the MACPS is personal to the employee; it was however decided that to mitigate the instances of senior employees who got benefit under ACP Scheme prior to 1.1.2006 and were drawing less pay than their juniors who got benefits under ACP Scheme after 01.01.2006 (i.e. between 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008) to allow stepping up of pay in cases where the senior, but for the pay revision on account of 6th CPC would have continued to draw higher pay subject to certain conditions, vide this Department's OM No. 35034/1/97-Estt.(D) dated 04.10.2012. Barring this situation, no stepping up of pay is allowable in the MACP Scheme.

Item No 10 Granting of Additional Pay to Loco & Traffic running staff
24. The Staff Side stated that though additional pay with appropriate Dearness Allowance has been granted in favour of Loco Pilot, Sr. Motorman Loco Pilot, Motorman and Guard on the basis of recommendations of the 6th CPC, but the same has not been granted to rest of the Loco Traffic Running Staff, causing great injustice to these set of Loco & Traffic Running Staff. They demanded that the Additional Pay should be granted in favour of all other categories of Loco & Traffic Running Staff. Staff side mentioned that a unanimous proposal for Additional pay to Loco & Traffic running Staff driving goods trains has been sent to MOF(Exp.) is pending since long.

25. The Official Side stated that the Sixth Central Pay Commission had examined the demands of various categories of employees relating to their pay structure and allowances & formulated their recommendations as a package. Since, Sixth Central Pay commission has not recommended grant of additional allowance to other categories of Loco and Traffic running staff, the same cannot be extended to all other Loco and Traffic running staff. It was decided that Ministry of Railways may separately examine the issue in consultation with the Department of Expenditure for early finalization.

In the end, the Chairman thanked the participants for very stimulating and frank discussions. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chairman.
ANNEXURE I

List of Participants in the Meeting of the Standing Committee held on 7th May, 2014 at 11.00 AM in Room No. 119, North Block, New Delhi.

CHAIRPERSON  - Dr S K Sarkar,Secretary (Personnel)
e views of the Staff Side have not been taken into account. Almost 90% of what Staff Side had suggested for the TOR for the 7th CPC was taken very seriously and only in the case of Grameen Dak Sevak (GDS) and Interim Relief there were certain issues due to which these could not be included in the TOR. In regard to the date of effect of the recommendations, this is also one of the ToR of the 7th CPC. The date of effect of the recommendations of a Pay Commission is suggested by the Commission itself. This was the practice followed in respect of the previous central pay commissions. Therefore, the date of effect of the recommendations of the 7th CPC cannot be suggested upfront, since this would be recommended by the 7th CPC itself having regard to various factors that they may take into account. In regard to the Interim Relief, he mentioned that this is normally given when there is delay in constitution of the Central Pay Commission. Since the 7th CPC has been set up well on time, question of interim relief was not considered
necessary.

11. On the issue of merger of DA with pay he pointed out that the 6th CPC in its Report had specifically recommended against it. As to the inclusion of a representative of labour in the composition of the 7th CPC is concerned, the composition of the 7th CPC was broadly in line with the composition of the previous three Central Pay Commissions and Government did not want to make it unwieldy. So far as the issue relating to Pensioners is concerned, the same has been amply included in para (f) of the ToR. As regards the pay anomalies, the same would be considered by the 7th Central Pay Commission as part of its overall ToR. Since the terms of reference enable the CPC to send interim report, Secretary (Expenditure) suggested that the Staff Side might approach the 7th CPC for a report on Interim Relief and Merger of Dearness Allowance.

Item No 4 Appointment on Compassionate Grounds under the Central Government

12. The Staff Side mentioned that the 5% ceiling on compassionate ground appointment was illogical; due to this ceiling, a large number of cases of appointment on compassionate grounds have been pending in different departments, with the result that the bereaved families of the late employees are constrained to face hardship due to loss of bread winner. They wanted that condition of 5% ceiling must be done away with. It was mentioned by them that in Ministry of Defence vacancies under compassionate appointments are worked out by not taking into account vacancies of uniformed personnel whereas while appointing the wards of deceased Service Personnel on compassionate grounds, the vacancies of civilian side are also taken to adjust Service Personnel. The Staff Side also mentioned that pending a final decision, one time relaxation of 5% may be given and all pending cases of compassionate appointment may be considered.

13. The Official Side stated that the issue of enhancing the upper ceiling of 5% / doing away with the ceiling of 5% altogether, has already been considered in this Department keeping in view the various judgments of the Supreme Court on the subject. It was observed that care has to be taken that provision for compassionate employment which is in the nature of an exception does not unduly interfere with the right of those other persons who are eligible to seek appointment against the post which would have been available, but for the provision enabling appointment being made on compassionate ground of the dependant of the deceased employee. The Supreme Court has held that as a rule, appointments in the public services should be made strictly on the basis of open invitation of applications and merit and compassionate appointment is an exception to this general rule.

14. The Staff Side made reference to Railways, which employs the largest number of personnel and where this ceiling is not applicable. They also pointed out that every department has a Screening Committee to consider applications and only those cases which are recommended by the committee are taken up for compassionate appointment The official side indicated that this issue has come under examination in the Parliamentary Committee and it has been decided to collect requisite information in implementation of the scheme from all Ministries/Departments and thereafter the whole issue will be examined and reviewed. It was also mentioned that this is a part of the RFD item for this Ministry.

Item No:5 Regularisation of Casual/Contingent/Daily Rate Workers
15. The Staff Side stated that due to ban on creation of posts and restriction on recruitment of personnel that
continued till 2009, many departments recruited personnel on daily rated basis or as casual workers. Thus, the Government should evolve a scheme by which these casual/contingent/daily rated workers are made regular workers. The official side stated that Casual labourers/daily wage workers are to be engaged for work which is casual or seasonal or intermittent nature or for work which is not of full time nature, for which regular posts cannot be created.  The official side also referred to the Constitutional Bench judgment of the Supreme Court in Uma Devi case where the Apex Court has clarified that appointments cannot be in violation of the provisions of Constitution. Further, as per the 6th CPC report and the instructions issued by Deptt. of Expenditure, all Group ‘D’ posts have been upgraded to Group ‘C’ and recruitment to such Group
‘C’ posts would be through Staff Selection Commission.  Staff side stated that engagement of casual contingent/daily rated staff has been done by departments for their convenience. They also pointed out that there are many decisions of High Courts as well Supreme Court where courts have given directions for regularisation of casual /contingent /daily rated staff and therefore Govt. Of India as a model employer should
regularise these workers.

Item No 6 Downsizing, Outsourcing, Contractorisation etc.

16. The staff side stated that due to ban on recruitment and creation of posts specifically by the Government Orders of 2001, many departments resorted to outsourcing of its functions. The large scale outsourcing and contractorisation of functions had a adverse effect on the efficacy of the Government departments. Staff side
mentioned that regular nature of jobs were being out sourced in violation of Contract Labour Regulation Act. In Defence establishments, the Staff Side stated that more than 30% employees were on contract who were being exploited as labour laws were not being strictly enforced. Further, there were issues of safety hazards and maintenance of assets created in sectors like Railway and Defence. It was therefore suggested by Staff Side that the present scheme of outsourcing and contractorisation of essential functions of the Government must be abandoned and all the regular and perennial nature works should be entrusted on regular Government employees only and violation of Labour laws should be examined.

17. The official side explained that as on date there is no ban on recruitment in Central Government and the respective Ministries/Departments concerned are required to fill up the vacancies within the framework of existing instructions/rules keeping in view functional requirement of the posts. Outsourcing of non core activities of Ministries Departments required to be done as per the GFRs 2005

Item No 7 Revising Overtime Allowance(oTA) and Night Duty Allowance rates

18. The Staff Side raised the issue of revision of Overtime Allowance and Night Duty Allowance which is paid to Government employees who are called upon to do overtime or night duty on the basis of the 4th CPC pay structure. They referred to the Board of Arbitration award in favour of the staff which directed the Government to revise the order to link the payment of Overtime Allowance and Night Duty Allowance to the actual pay of the Government employees. They demanded that the Government must accept the award of the Board and issue instructions linking the Allowance to the actual pay of the employee.

19. The Official Side stated that the awards on Overtime Allowance and Night Duty Allowance were considered by the Government and it was decided by the Government not to accept these awards in view of large estimated financial implication. Further, the 5th & 6th CPC had also suggested abolition of OTA and the Government had decided to maintain status quo at the existing rates till the introduction of Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS). It was suggested that this issue may now be examined by the 7th CPC.

Item No 8 : Stepping up of pay of Seniors drawing less pay than the Juniors consequent on fixation of Pay due to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations between Direct Recruits and Promotees

20. On this issue the Staff Side referred to the discussions in the National Anomalies Committee where after discussions it was agreed by both the Staff Side and the Official Side that wherever there is a provision of direct recruitment in the Recruitment Rules, pay on promotion would be fixed at the prescribed minimum of the Entry Pay as provided for the Direct Entrants in the Revised Pay Rules, irrespective of the fact whether direct recruitment has actually taken place or not. The Staff Side stated that non implementation of this agreement in National Anomalies Committee was a serious issue which has resulted in discontentment among the senior promoted employees. The Staff Side insisted that orders need to be issued to give effect to this agreement.

21. The Official Side stated that this issue was considered by the Government very carefully and the Government has agreed to stepping of pay of seniors, if their pay happens to be lower than junior direct recruits joining on or after 1.1.2006, if both senior and junior belong to the same seniority list. It was also brought out that since this issue is presently sub judice it may not be possible to consider the issue at this stage, pending an outcome of the Court cases. The Staff side insisted to implement the agreement and stated that if Government agrees for the same the court case can be withdrawn. Staff side insisted that this matter should again be referred to Finance Minister for consideration.

Item No 9 Stepping up of Pay of Senior employees at par with their Juniors consequent upon implementation of MACPS
22. The Staff Side in their Note had indicated that under the Modified Assured Progression Scheme(MACPS) there are cases where the seniors who were promoted before implementation of the MACPS and the juniors who could not get normal promotion due to non-availability of vacancy or otherwise, and were extended the benefit of financial upgradation under MACPS on fulfilment of conditions laid down therein, the seniors are drawing lesser pay than their juniors under this scheme which is causing sense of frustration among the seniors.

23. The Official side stated that under the MACP Scheme no stepping of pay in the pay band or grade pay is admissible with regard to junior getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under MACP Scheme as financial upgradation under the MACPS is personal to the employee; it was however decided that to mitigate the instances of senior employees who got benefit under ACP Scheme prior to 1.1.2006 and were drawing less pay than their juniors who got benefits under ACP Scheme after 01.01.2006 (i.e. between 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008) to allow stepping up of pay in cases where the senior, but for the pay revision on account of 6th CPC would have continued to draw higher pay subject to certain conditions, vide this Department's OM No. 35034/1/97-Estt.(D) dated 04.10.2012. Barring this situation, no stepping up of pay is allowable in the MACP Scheme.

Item No 10 Granting of Additional Pay to Loco & Traffic running staff
24. The Staff Side stated that though additional pay with appropriate Dearness Allowance has been granted in favour of Loco Pilot, Sr. Motorman Loco Pilot, Motorman and Guard on the basis of recommendations of the 6th CPC, but the same has not been granted to rest of the Loco Traffic Running Staff, causing great injustice to these set of Loco & Traffic Running Staff. They demanded that the Additional Pay should be granted in favour of all other categories of Loco & Traffic Running Staff. Staff side mentioned that a unanimous proposal for Additional pay to Loco & Traffic running Staff driving goods trains has been sent to MOF(Exp.) is pending since long.

25. The Official Side stated that the Sixth Central Pay Commission had examined the demands of various categories of employees relating to their pay structure and allowances & formulated their recommendations as a package. Since, Sixth Central Pay commission has not recommended grant of additional allowance to other categories of Loco and Traffic running staff, the same cannot be extended to all other Loco and Traffic running staff. It was decided that Ministry of Railways may separately examine the issue in consultation with the Department of Expenditure for early finalization.

In the end, the Chairman thanked the participants for very stimulating and frank discussions. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chairman.


CHAIRPERSON  - Dr S K Sarkar,Secretary (Personnel)