Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General,
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.
NEWS ON GRATUITY CEILING INCREASE UP TO RS. 20 LAKH
Ministry of Labour & Employment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Government of India has recently
made three changes in the National Pension Scheme (NPS) including withdrawal
norms. The details are as under:
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.
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
stated by Shri Ship Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written
reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
AADHAAR IS NOT COMPULSORY TO GET PENSION
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances
Maternity Leave and Pension
Hon’ble Delhi High Court vide its judgement dated 17.07.2015
in the Writ Petition (C) No. 844/2014 – Rama Pandey vs. Union of India
&Ors., has laid down that a female employee, who is the commissioning
mother, would be entitled to apply for maternity leave. Department of Personnel
and Training, after examination of the judgement, has circulated it to all
Ministries/Departments for wide publicity vide Office Memorandum dated
In accordance with the Office Memorandum No. 1/13/09-
P&PW (E) dated 19th July, 2017, family pension would also be granted to a
divorced daughter from the date of divorce in cases where the divorce
proceedings had been filed in a competent court during the life-time of the
employee/pensioner or his/her spouse but divorce took place after their death,
subject to fulfilment of all other conditions for grant of family pension.
No centralized data regarding grant of pension/family
pension by the various Pension Disbursing authorities is maintained.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel,
Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra
Singhin a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today.
Sub: -Abolition of Posts lying
vacant for more than five years – reg.
of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 7 (1)/E. Cord-1/2017
dated 16th January 2018.
of India, Ministry of Home Affairs OM No. 19011/01/2015-Fin.II (Pt.) dated 19th
This representation is submitted
with the most fervent hope that the Hon’ble Prime Minister will be condescend to
intercede on behalf of the 32 lakhs of Central Govt. Employees who are very
much aggrieved by the above mentioned orders of the Finance Ministry and Home
Sir, It is with much shock and
dismay the Central Govt. Employees came to know about the above mentioned
orders of the Finance Ministry, Department of Expenditure to abolish all posts
lying vacant for more than five years in all departments of Govt. of India. In
this regard we would like to submit the following facts for your benign
consideration and favourable orders.
(i)Post are lying vacant for more than five years,
not because that there is no work load justified for retention of such posts.
It is because of the dismal failure of the authorities to take timely and
prompt action to complete the recruitment process to fill up those posts in a
time bound manner. Due to this inordinate delay in filling up of those vacant
posts, the remaining staff are compelled to do the work of those posts also.
The abnormal delay in completing the recruitment process by staff Selection
Commission is also a main reason for posts remaining unfilled for years
together. In some cases, outsourced contract and casual employees are working
for yearstogether against those vacant posts.
Thus it can be seen that a blanket order to abolish all posts lying vacant for
more than five years is unrealistic and not rational.
(ii)Posts are created after assessing the workload
based on time-tested parameters and time tests. Abolishing such posts, in a
most mechanical manner, even without re-assessing whether present workload
justified retention of such posts by carrying out establishment review, will
lead to imposing of heavy workload on the existing staff on a permanent measure
which may create a chaotic situation in Govt. offices as the efficiency of
offices may be adversely affected due to unbearable workload.
(iii)It may be pointed out that it is during the last
NDA Govt’s time in May 2001 executive orders were issued to abolish 2/3rd
(two-third) of all direct recruitment vacancies based on annual Direct
Recruitment Plan in all departments without assessing whether the posts are
justified or not. Lakhs of posts are abolished during the period from 2001 to
2008. Finally Sixth Central pay Commissions severely criticized the Govt’s
policy of abolishing direct recruitment vacancies and opined that this has led
to an “ageing bureaucracy” and strongly recommended to withdraw the abolition
orders. Accordingly Govt. has withdrawn that orders and DOP&T has issued
orders for filling up of all vacant posts.
(iv)It is most unfortunate that again the present
NDA Govt. has issued another orders in 2018 to abolish all posts lying vacant
for more than five years without giving any consideration to the facts as to
what is the reason for posts remaining vacant for such a long period, whether
there is justification for retention of those posts as per establishment review
In view of the above facts, I, on
behalf of the Central Govt. employees, most humbly request the Hon’ble Prime
Minister to intervene immediately so that the orders issued by Finance Ministry
will be reviewed in an objective, dispassionate and rational manner and be
either withdrawn or kept in abeyance.
Sub: -Providing CGHS facilities
at Vijayawada, state Capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Even though four year years are
over after the formation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states by dividing
erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state, no separate CGHS Head Quarters is established
for Andhra Pradesh state at its capital Vijayawada and the discrimination continues
inspite of Several memorandums submitted earlier by various organisations and
people’s representatives. As a newly
formed state capital Vijayawada is entitled for establishment of CGHS
facilities as the CGHS existing at Hyderabad has become a part of Telangana
state. It is reported that state Govt. is providing required land for
establishing Central Govt. offices in the proposed city “Amaravathi” the future
Capital City of Andhra Pradesh. Land
will be allotted for establishing CGHS also in the proposed capital city, if
applied for by CGHS authorities new itself. AIIMS has already been allotted
land. Pending Construction of own building the CGHS can function in rented
buildings as being functioned in many others states.
Your kind intervention is
requested to Immediate establishment of
(1)New CGHS Headquarters of Andhra Pradesh at
Vijayawada with branches at Visakhapatnam and Tirupathi.
(2)Further those pensioners who enrolled CGHS
membership from Non-CGHS area and continuing since 10 years may be granted
permanent membership on payment of ten years subscription as per the rate of
subscription on the date of their retirement excluding the amount already paid
by them on temporary basis.
NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL
BY CONFEDERATION OF C.G.E & W.
Central Govt. Employees and Workers has decided to organize a National
convention of Central Government employees on 10th June 2018 at Sundaraiyya
Vignana kendram, Bagalingampally, Hyderabad from 10 am to 5 pm with the object
to declare the campaign programme and the strike to settle 10 Points Charter of
confederation has allotted quota to NFPE as 150 delegates to participate in the
said convention. Therefore the quota is allotted to all affiliates as mentioned
All affiliated unions are requested to allot quota
accordingly to all circles.
may be instructed to book their up and down travel tickets immediately as train
tickets reservation commences four months before. Food and Accommodation to
delegates will be arranged by the C-O-C Andhra & Telangana, Hyderabad.
Delegate fee is fixed as Rs.500/- (Rs. Five hundred only) per head. For other
details C-O-Cs and affiliates are requested to contact the following.
1. Com. Azeez, GS,
C-O-C - 09848082697
V. Nageswara Rao, Presidnet, COC - 09912348233
Usha Boneppalli, ITEF - 08985971009
Balakrishna, ITEF - 08985970999
As Hyderabad is a Famous tourist centre, those delegates who
want to go for sightseeing should arrange it on 9th or 11th June.
Everybody should attend the convention on 10.06.2018 from 10 AM to 5 PM without
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
7th CPC related issues including increase in Minimum Pay and
Fitment Formula, HRA arrears, MACP Bench Mark, Option-I for pensioners etc.
contributory Pension Scheme (NPS). Ensure defined pension under CCS (Pension)
Rules 1972 to all employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004.
up all vacant posts. Withdraw the orders to abolish all vacant posts lying
vacant for five years. Create justified posts for excess work. Evolve proper
mechanism for Regional recruitment. Stop engagement of retired persons.
Regularise Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant Civil Servant status. Implement positive
recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee report.
(b) Regularise all casual and contract workers. Evolve a new
scheme for regularization of Casual and Contract Workers.
equal pay for equal work as per Supreme Court judgment and grant parity in
wages and pay scales.
closure of Govt. establishments. Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India
Presses. Stop outsourcing and privatization of Government functions.
abnormal delay in extending benefits of 7th CPC to Autonomous
body employees and pensioners.
5% condition imposed on compassionate appointments. Grant appointment in all
five time-bound promotions to all employees on completion of 8, 7, 6, 5 & 4
years of service.
10. (a) stop
attack on Trade Union rights. Avoid delay in conducting verification of
Membership under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993. Declare results and grant recognition in
a time-bound manner. Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums
under JCM scheme at all levels.
(b) Withdraw the draconian
FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 which is misused as a
short-cut to punish and victimize employees.