Monday, August 21, 2017

Bank strike on Aug 22 to protest against proposed reforms

United Forum of Banking Unions (UFBU), the umbrella body of trade unions in the banking sector, has called a nation-wide strike on August 22 to protest against the reforms proposed by the Centre.




West Bengal convenor of UFBU, Siddhartha Khan said that the government is ushering in privatisation and consolidation in the Indian banking sector in the garb of reforms.

He said that the Bank Board Bureau had been formed to bring all the public sector banks (PSBs) under a banking investment company and get the government's share in PSBs below 50 per cent.



Rise in the gross NPAs of all the PSBs to Rs 6.83 lakh crore was also a major cause for concern and the banking system's financial health was suffering due to provisioning.



"The banks are giving very little stress on recovery of bad loans and taking recourse to either write-offs or provisioning," he told reporters on Thursday.

Source:-The Times of India

7th Pay Commission: Better-paid staff are more motivated in performing their jobs well and in working to root out corruption.

New Delhi: Corruption is rampant in many of the central government’s offices, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning that corruption was eating away at India “like a termite”.

FM Arun Jaitley finally decided not to give any facility to central government employees better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Accordingly, the government should consider to root out corruption in the Indian bureaucracy and the official system through ensuring the proper wages and benefits for government employees.

The 50 lakh central government employees are now getting 14.27 % hike in their basic pay under the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, which is the lowest in 70 years.

The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike in the basic pay, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

The 7th Pay Commission slashed down House Rent Allowance (HRA), which constitutes a substantial part of central government employees’ salaries. The Commission had recommended HRA at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of basic pay of the central government employees and the government stuck with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on HRA and gave nod accordingly.

While The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively.

The hike in HRA, which gives more money in the pockets of the employees, that’s compensatory perks for all central government employees, which has been paid from July 1 and no arrears for any allowance was paid, as per usual practice, the allowances are paid from the date of implementation.

The allowances, including House Rent Allowance (HRA) rates, started to disburse from July 1, this year, while, the 7th Pay Commission award was implemented from 1 January 2016.
There had been widespread demand from central government employee unions to hike HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 percent of basic pay and to be given arrears on allowances including HRA.

“The demands of central government employees over their pay scales as well as minimum pay and allowances are likely not to be considered by the National Anomaly Committee on behalf of the government,” the finance ministry sources said.

“Finance Minister Arun Jaitley finally decided not to give any facility to central government employees better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and the government stuck with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on pay scales and allowances,” the sources added.

The central government employees unions had also demanded for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, which was implemented by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.


If the 2.57 fitment formula is tinkered with, then salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.

The minimum pay and allowances should be hiked for central government employees immediately by the government on the acceptance of the unions’ proposals.

Such a move would help to start countering the criminally extortionate mind-set which embeds corruption in many government posts as a way of mitigating low wages. Better-paid staff are more motivated in performing their jobs well and in working to root out corruption.

Implementing such an approach to government employees salaries has been shown to work very well in countries such as Singapore. If we are to emulate this here, the government also needs to take a more rational approach to managing is resources.

This would allow the government to pay, recruit, and retain higher quality government officials and begin to root out corruption and poor quality in public services, once and for all.

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Recommendations of the 7th CPC - implementation of decisions relating to Special Allowance for child care for women with disabilities.

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Recommendations of the 7th CPC - Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance.

No.A-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, 16 August,2017

Subject: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the Seventh Central Pay Commission on the subject of Children Education Allowance Scheme, the following instructions are being issued in supersession of this Department’s OM dated 28-4-2014 : –

(a) The amount fixed for reimbursement of Children Education allowance will be Rs.2250/-pm.

(b) The amount fixed for reimbursement of Hostel Subsidy will be Rs. 6750/-pm.

(c) In case both the spouses are Government servants, only one of them can avail reimbursement under
Children Education Allowance.

(d) The above limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. The allowance will be double for differently abled children.

2. Further, reimbursement will be done just once a year, after completion of the financial year. For reimbursement of CEA, a certificate from the head of institution, where the ward of government employee studies, will be sufficient for this purpose. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year. For Hostel Subsidy, a similar certificate from the head of institution will suffice, with the additional requirement that the certificate should mention the amount of expenditure incurred by the government servant towards lodging and boarding in the residential complex. The amount of expenditure mentioned, or the ceiling as mentioned above, whichever is lower, shall be paid to the employee.

3. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

4. Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and auditor General of India.

Hindi version will follow.

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(Navneet Misra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

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