Thursday 31 December 2015
ARUN JAITLEY SAYS HE IS PREPARED TO DISCUSS
TO IMPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS of 7TH CPC
BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS CONCEPT TOWARDS THE
When the whole nation at the call of the NJCA has started to mobilize the entirety of CG Employees behind the demands of modifications to be made in the 7th CPC recommendations, the Honourable Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has stated that he is prepared to discuss with the Trade Unions for improving the recommendations of 7th CPC!
This utterance from the Finance Minister is welcome as that is what the CG Movement too has demanded. The NJCA has demanded discussion with the Government and for that purpose the Government shall come forward to constitute a ‘GoM’ (Group of Ministers) as was done in some other occasions including 5th CPC time. The GoM can take necessary decisions to modify the recommendations. The Finance Minister who has spoken in favour of discussion with the trade unions shall go ahead and ensure that Modi Government constitutes a Group of Ministers arrangement to discuss the issues in a meaningful way. If the Government comes forward with this formation then we can understand that the Union Finance Minister means what he has stated in the meeting of Bharat Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) as reported by the Media.
At the same time we cannot close our eyes to some realities of what the Honourable Minister of Finance had stated in his speech in the BMS meeting. He has repeated that more one lakh crore of rupee will be the expenditure for implementing the 7th CPC, which is highly questionable and misleading. He while say that on the face of universal economic crisis, India could maintain its GDP growth around 7.5%, require additional 1-1.5% GDP growth to meet out the expenditure out of 7thCPC. This calculation is unacceptable as it is overestimated. The 7th CPC seems to have been misled by its economic experts in the Pay Commission as his figures and the figures of the Finance Minister as made out in the Parliament vary largely. The Government placing its own constraints before any dialogue is understandable but it should come forward with open mind for the negotiating table.
FM Arun Jaitley has also stated in that meeting the ideology of left has become unacceptable! Is it so? Actually it is the opposite that is being proved. It was the left that predicted clearly that liberalization is not a remedy to the ills of economy. It was the left that started to mobilize the people against the neo-liberal policies since 1990s. After practically seeing the devastation caused by the neo-liberal polices in India, all trade unions including the INTUC and BMS have come forward to join the left trade unions in opposing neo-liberalism. The Government in general and the Finance Minister in particular desires to divide the working class and that manifests in his speech in the BMS conference!
The call of the NJCA is the factor that brought out the averment of the Finance Minister about the readiness to negotiate. More stronger implementation of programme of action by the NJCA will surely force the Government to constitute a GOM for negotiating with the employees!
INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 1st WEEK OF
Hold demonstrations on 30.12.2015 in front of all offices and Submit copy of the Charter of Demands to Head of offices for onward transmission to Cabinet Secretary.
Conduct three days Dharna at all state capitals and Industrial Centres/Establishments on 19th, 20th & 21st January 2016.
NJCA will meet on 8th February 2016 to decide the date of commencement of indefinite strike.
Wednesday 30 December 2015
Tuesday 29 December 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Central Government need to pay attention to the flaws of the 7th Pay Commission report
The statistics reveals that there are 88% of total strength of Government servants are in Group ‘C’ Category.
Obviously those who are representing these 88% at the Forums which are constituted to negotiate with concerned Departments and Government about their issues are capable of weighing the advantages and disadvantages of recommendations of 7th central pay commission.
The Staff Associations and Workers federations are the one who are representing Group C and Group B at various levels of negotiating forums know the plights and facts of government servants more than anybody. They in fact never utter a word of praise on 7th CPC recommendations since the day the report was submitted to the Finance Minister.
National Council JCM and Confederation described it as Retrograde recommendations, unexpected and un acceptable. They declared that all the central government employees are upset and dis satisfied since many of their demands were not considered by 7th pay commission.
1. Pay Scales and allowances are arrived by multiplying 2.57, just 14.29 % increase over existing pay and Allowances after DA neutralization.2. The rate of HRA has been abruptly reduced,3. Payment of CCL has been reduced for second 365 days.4. Same confusion in MACP continues,5. Uncertainty in Pension benefit in NPS continues.6. Existing Pension provisions are left un touched. None of the proposals submitted by Pensioners Associations are not considered.7. Minimum Pay is very much less; Maximum Pay is lavishly higher. [Minimum Rs.18000 – Maximum Rs.275000]8. Gap between Minimum and Maximum Pay is not reduced, but unfortunately increased. [In sixth CPC it is 1:12 , 7th CPC Recommends 1:14]9. All the Pay commission reduced the number of pay scales but 7th Pay commission maintained the existing pay scales,10. 55 Allowances are abolished, No new allowances are introduced,11. Same 3% increment continues, NCJCM demand for Two Increment Days 1st January and 1st July is not considered12. No considerable benefit on Promotion,13. Interest free advances including LTC advance are abolished,14. Except the introduction of New Pay Matrix, nothing new in the recommendations of 7th Pay commission15. Again uniform Multiplication factor was not applied for arriving Entry Pay for various Grades.
Low value for Lower Grades high value for higher Grades. Again the disparity in arriving Entry Pay is maintained by 7th CPC also.
What sixth CPC had recommended in some cases, what Government has suggested in some issues, what the Department has told, that has been just followed by the 7th Pay commission.
So the Central government employees are expecting the Government to pay attention to the concerns of Govt servants in respect of some recommendations of 7th pay commission which need to be addressed to boost the morale of the Central Govt staffs.
The constituents of NCJCM already formed National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) to invite the attention of Central Government through agitation Programmes to settle their demands. Now they modified their charter of demands to include the issues regarding 7th Pay Commission recommendation and cautioned that unless it is not settled before March 2016, they will be going for indefinite Strike.
Source : http://govtstaffnews.in/
17 OTHER FINANCIAL BODIES EYE TIE-UP WITH PROPOSED BANK
The World Bank has shown interest to financially support the proposed India Post Payment Bank, having approached the department of posts (DoP), say sources.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had in October approved the proposals of 11 applicants, including the DoP, to start a payments bank.
These entities may offer most of the services offered by commercial banks, except for loans and credit card products.
“The World Bank wants to part-finance the project. We are having discussions at the inter-departmental and ministry level and would come out with a final decision early next year,” said a senior official in the department to Business Standard.
In October, the Bank had said the decision on the 11 new payments banks should expand penetration of banking in the rural areas, helping transform the rural remittances market.
The Bank is still seeking some clarity on the DoP issue, said its spokesperson. “There has been only one exploratory meeting with the postal service,” the person added.
According to officials in the ministry of communications, which oversees DoP, the latter is weighing options on the partners to choose for the project. It is also in the process of finalising a consultant for the project, the tender for which would be opened on January 6. And, waiting for Public Investment Board clearance from the finance ministry, expected next month.
“It’s only after the consultants do their research that we'd decide whom we want to partner with,” said a senior DoP official.
The department has 155,000 branches in the country. In the first phase, it plans to start payment banking services across 500 post offices.
The ministry has said as many as 17 banks and financial institutions — including Deutsche Bank, IDBI, Barclays, YES Bank, ICICI Prudential, and HDFC — are seeking an alliance with the proposed India Post Payment Bank.
“They want to use the postal network by entering into tie-ups for delivery of services such as loans, monthly instalments, collections, insurance, mutual funds and premiums, among other things,” added the official.
Source : http://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/world-bank-might-support-india-post-s-payments-bank-115122300841_1.html