IMPLEMENTATION OF 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION – GRANT OF SPECIAL
COMPENSATORY ALLOWANCES SUBSUMED UNDER TOUGH LOCATION ALLOWANCE
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
the 17th January, 2019.
of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission – Grant of Special
Compensatory Allowances subsumed under Tough Location Allowance.
undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated
19th July, 2017 regarding grant of Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed
under Tough Location Allowance consequent upon acceptance of the
recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. In this regard, in
Annexure-1 to the O.M., where places/areas have been mentioned, Part ‘A’ SI. No.
4 — Jammu and Kashmir – “Illaqas of Padder and Niabat Nowgam in Kashmir Tehsil”
under Doda District may be read as “Illaqas of Padder and Niabat Nowgam in
Dy. Secretary to the Government of India
FACILITY OF CONCESSIONAL RETENTION OF GENERAL POOL RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION AT
THE LAST PLACE OF POSTING TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TRANSFERRED TO NER,
SIKKIM, ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS, LAKSHADWEEP AND THE STATE OF J&K.
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Dated: 9th January, 2019
Subject: Clarification on facility
of concessional retention of General Pool Residential Accommodation at the last
place of posting to Central Government employees transferred to NER, Sikkim,
Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and the State of J&K.
undersigned is directed to refer to DoE’s O.M of even Number dated 24.5.2016 on
the above mentioned subject and subsequent O.M of even Number dated 10.4.2018
regarding retention of GPRA by Central Government Civilian employees (including
CAPF employees) and to say that para 3 of the said O.M dated 10.4.2018 which
was based on the clarification issued vide O.M dated 24.5.2016, reads as under:
clarified that the facility of concessional retention of GPRA at the last place
of posting for Central Government Civilian Employees (including CAPF
employees), and Officers of All India Services is permitted only when the
allottee of GPRA is transferred to Non-Family stations from other places and is
not permitted to the Central government employees who are repatriated back to
his/her parent office in Non-family stations on completion of their deputation
from other places.”
2. Various representations have
since been received from officers who have joined NSG and SPG on deputation
requesting for permitting them retention of GPRA for their families at their
last place of posting i.e Delhi at par with other CAPF personnel keeping in
view the nature of duty performed by them. The requests have been considered
and it has been decided that CAPF personnel on deputation to NSG and SPG shall
be extended the facility of retention of GPRA at the last place of posting for
a maximum period of 3 years, as per the provision of Rule 43 of CGGPRA Rules,
2017, on their transfer to Non Family stations. Para 3 of O.M of even Number
dated 10.4.2018 stands amended to this extent accordingly.
3. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.
Deputy Director of Estates(Policy)
NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING OF
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS - ON 15-02-2019
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue Post
Office Building, New Delhi – 110 001
NOTICE FOR THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING
National Secretariat Meeting of Central
Govt Employees & Workers will be held on 15thFebruary 2019
(15-02-2019-Friday)at NFPE office, 1st Floor, North Avenue Post
Office Building, New Delhi – 100 001 at 03.00pm.
National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting
following shall be the agenda of the meeting.
1. 2019 January 8th &
9th All India Strike -- Review
2.Confederation 10 points Charter of
demands – Future course of action.
3.NPS – Building up of joint movement of
like-minded organizations and future course of action.
4.All India Trade Union Camp – Finalizing
venue and dates.
6.Any other items with the permission of
It is hereby notified
in accordance with Article 12 of the Constitution of NFPE that the meeting of
the Federal Executive of National Federation of Postal Employees shall be held
at NFPE Office , 1st Floor North AvenuePost Office Building , New Delhi-110 1 on 21st
February-2019 from 11A.M.
The following will be
the agenda for discussion:
2.Review of 2 days Nationwide Strike on 8&9 January,
3.Review of agitational programmes of various affiliates of
NFPE and future course of action.
4.Postal Sectional problems arisen out of Technology
induction andvarious New Schemes.
5.Review of Confederation programmes.
6.Any other items with the permission of Chair.
1.The Secretary (P), DG Posts, Member (P), DDG (SR) &
Director (SR), Dak Bhawan
The Postman is the
most familiar face and an important member of the society. When people speak
about the Department of Posts what they visualize is the ‘Postman’.
familiar to us for more than a century and remembered for all the good reasons
of joy that they bring along; be it the villages, metro cities or even the
remotest parts of our county – they make their presence felt, everywhere, every
passing day and touch upon the hearts of millions. Postmen carry great
responsibilities in delivering letters, parcels, money orders, gifts and now
even the banking services door-to-door.
They leave no stone
unturned to ensure delivering mail and bring love, joy and affection, in fact,
the messenger of all that are part and parcel of the society.
This event of
installing the Postman Statue may be the first in India and also in the world.
This is a great event in the history of Belagavi city and its beautification.
It may also be the great event in the Postal Department’s history to honour the
postman staff by installing a Postman statue in recognition of their untiring
Supdt. of Post Offices, Belagavi Division and its staff have decided to
recognize the services rendered by the Postman staff all these years and have
decided to install a Postman Statue in front of the Head Post Office.
The Department in consultation with the
Cantonment Board have decided to name the circle as “POSTMAN CIRCLE” (junction
near Head Post office, Amba Bhavan) and the erstwhile Telegraph Road will be
renamed as “HEAD POST OFFICE ROAD”.
All the officials and
officers of the Department of Posts of Belagavi division have contributed
towards the cost of the Postman Statue. Member of Parliament, Belagavi Suresh
Angadi, has allotted Rs.5,00,000/- towards the installation of the platform and
its beautification to the Cantonment Board. Both the Cantonment Board and the
HESCOM authorities have helped the Department of Posts in the beautification of
The Postman Statue is
made of bronze and weighing 350 Kg and has a height of 8 feet and made by noted
artist Vinayak Manohar Patil. It took the artist 6 months to make the statue.
The event of installing the Postman
Statue is also a step in beautifying Belagavi City. In the later stage, a small
garden and lighting will be done around the statue and the circle.
All the members of
the public were also invited to grace the function at Belagavi Head Post Office
on 13th Jan. 2019 at 1100 hours.
ENHANCEMENT IN AGE LIMIT OF
CONTRACTUAL DOCTORS FROM 67 YEARS TO 70 YEARS FOR CONTRACTUAL ENGAGEMENT
IN CGHS DELHI.
GOVT OF INDIA
OFFICE OF THE ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR
C.G.H.S. (HQ), Estt (G) Section
Rama Kraishna Puram,
New Delhi – 110022
Sub: Enhancement in age
of contractual doctors from 67 years to 70 years for contractual engagement in CGHS Delhi reg.
continuation to this office letter of even no. dated 12.12.2018 it is informed
that the age limit for contractual engagements of doctors in CGHS is enhanced
from 67 years to 70 years. Those medical officer who have completed 67 years of
age but are less than 69 of years as on 31.01.2019 may apply a fresh to this
office by 31.01.2019 either by post or by hand.
Central Government Health Scheme
WAITING TIME IN CGHS DISPENSARIES AND
TREATMENT OF SKIN DISORDERS UNDER CGHS
Medicines are normally available at CGHS
Wellness Centres and in case any medicine is not readily available, the same
are procured through Authorized Local Chemist (ALC) and are supplied to the
In case any medicine is required urgently,
there is a provision for issue of Authority Slip to CGHS beneficiaries to
collect medicines directly from ALC without payment.
Medicines for chronic illness are issued upto
3 months for the convenience of CGHS beneficiaries.
Further, following steps have been taken by
the Government to augment the availability of medicines at CGHS Wellness
Indents have been placed through HLL Life Care
Ltd. to procure rate contract generic medicines as an interim measure.
Additional Director of concerned CGHS City has
been authorized to procure day to day required generic medicines from nearby
Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) stores till
31st March, 2019.
Treatment of Skin disorders under CGHS
CGHS empanels private General Hospitals, Eye
Care Centres, exclusive Cancer Hospitals and Dental Clinics. The private
General hospitals are empanelled for all facilities available in the hospital
and CGHS does not empanel Specialty wise like Dermatology.
CGHS beneficiary can consult Dermatologist in
empanelled hospitals having Dermatology Specialty after referral from CGHS
There is no such list of non-listed treatment
procedure/investigations; which are not available in CGHS empanelled
hospitals/diagnostic centres, under CGHS.
The listed treatment procedure/investigations
along with its rates are available on CGHS website and any treatment
procedure/investigation not included in such lists are considered unlisted for
treatment/investigations in CGHS empanelled hospitals/diagnostic centres.
Approval of Competent Authority i.e. from the Ministry/Department in case of
serving employees and through Additional Director, CGHS in case of pensioner
CGHS beneficiaries is required.
Following are the admissible items included
under ‘CGHS package rate’ for empanelled hospitals:-
Charges, ii) Admission Charges, iii) Accommodation charges including patient
diet, iv) Operation Charges, v) Injection charges, vi) Dressing charges, vii)
Doctor/consultant visit charges, viii) ICU/ICCU charges, ix) Monitoring
charges, x) Transfusion charges, xi) Anaesthesia charges, xii) Operation
theatre charges, xiii) Procedural charges/surgeon’s fee, xiv) cost of surgical
disposables and all sundries used during hospitalization, xv) cost of
medicines, xvi) Related routine and essential investigations, xvii)
Physiotherapy charges etc., xviii) Nursing care and charges for its services.
In addition to the above mentioned items, some
patients may require additional facilities/ provisions, which are admissible
with proper justification in deserving cases. Therefore, it is not possible to
give a comprehensive list of items, which are not admissible. However, the
following items are not admissible for reimbursement:-
The number of Central Government Health Scheme
(CGHS) Dispensaries/Wellness Centres functioning and proposed to be set up in
the country are at Annexure-I and Annexure-II respectively.
The norms for establishment of new Wellness
Centre under CGHS are as under:-
an existing CGHS City:- For opening of a new CGHS Wellness Centre in an
existing CGHS City, there has to be a minimum of 2000 Card holders (serving
employees of Central Government and Central Civil Pensioners).
Extension of CGHS to a new City: – For extension of CGHS to a new City, there
has to be a minimum of 6000 Card holders.
This information was given by Shri Ashwini
Kumar Choubey Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare in written reply
to a question in Lok Sabha on 4.1.2019.
MACP from 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008:
Clarification by Finance Ministry in consultation with DoPT on applicability of
the judgment & MoD Order
Jan 23, 20190 comments
MACP from 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008:
Clarification by Finance Ministry in consultation with DoPT on applicability of
the judgment & MoD Order
PROVISION OF SMARTPHONE TO GDS
WORKING AT SUB POST OFFICES - PBI DIVISION [DOP]
2019 JANUARY 8th & 9th HISTORIC TWO DAYS NATIONWIDE STRIKE AND OUR FUTURE TASK
Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & workers
WE SHALL NOT STOP, TILL OUR GOAL IS ACHIEVED
WE SHALL MARCH TOWARS BIGGER STRUGGLE IN THE COMING DAYS
TO SCRAP NPS & TO RESTORE OPS
TO DEFEAT THE PERPETRATORS OF DISASTROUS NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES.
Congratulations and big salute to all those leaders and workers who worked tirelessly and organised the most wide-spread and largely participated two days nationwide strike under the banner of Confederation, which is the vanguard of the Central Government employees movement.
Central Government employees had created history again. The two days nationwide strike on 2019 January 8th & 9th was not only widespread but a thundering and magnificent success in all respect, surpassing all the recent past strikes in percentage of participation. Of course, there was weakness in some sections and in some areas, but that didn’t affect the overall success and impact of the strike.
When the dominant leadership of the JCM National Council staffside and National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) ie., Railway Federations, are reluctant to go on strike against the betrayal of the BJP-led NDA Government on Minimum Pay & Fitment formula, NPS, Option-I of Pensioners, HRA arrears etc, inspite of the fact that Confederation and Defence Federation has authorised the Railway Federations leadership to serve strike notice reviving the deferred indefinite strike of 2016 July 11th, it is Confederation, Confederation alone, has shown its commitment to the cause of the 32 lakhs Central Government employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners, by organising two days historic strike along with the 20 crores workers of Indian working Class. Confederation organised one day strike on 12-12-2012 and two days strike on 2014 February 13th & 14th demanding appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission, One day strike on 16-03-2017 demanding scrapping of NPS and honouring of assurance given by Group of Ministers and one day strikes on 2nd September 2015 and 2016 along with the mainstream of the working class against the neo-liberal economic policies. We decided to go on strike, demanding 10 points charter of demands of which the first and the main demand is “Scrap NPS & Restore OPS” in the mass convention of Central Government employees held at Hyderabad on 10th June 2018. Intensive campaign for the strike started from July 2018 onwards. The message of the two days strike went to every nook and corner of the country and reached almost all central Govt. Offices and employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual/Contract Workers and Autonomous body employees and Pensioners. We are proud that we have stood with the workers and peasants of our country as a class-oriented militant trade union and Confederation represents the hope and aspirations of lakhs and lakhs of Central Government Employees and Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners.
NDA GOVERNMENT AND CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES - OUR EXPERIENCE:
(1) NEW CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SCHEME (NPS):
Everyone of us is aware that it is the previous BJP-led NDA Government which introduced the NPS in 2003 through a Gazette Notification dated 22nd December 2003, to all new entrants recruited on or after 01-01-2004.We are also aware that the Congress-led UPA-II Government passed the PFRDA Bill in Parliament to legalise NPS, with the full support of opposition BJP MPs in 2013 and thereafter PFRDA Act came into effect from 18th September 2013.Only 43 MPs of Left Parties, TMC, JDU, BSP, SP & RJD opposed the bill in Lok Sabha against 125 votes of Congress & BJP.In Rajya Sabha 25 MPs opposed while 115 supported.Confederation along with All India State Govt. Employees Federation (AISGEF) conducted series of agitational programmes against NPS from 2003 onwards including National Convention, Parliament March, signature campaign and strikes.
7th Central Pay Commission headed by Shri. Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired Justice of Supreme Court of India, in Para 1.24 of its Report made the following observations:
“Almost a whole lot of Central Government employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004 were unhappy with the New Pension Scheme. While National Pension System (NPS) did not form a part of our Terms of Reference; we have recorded the sentiments of the affected employees. The Government should take a call and step into to look into their demands”.
In Para 10.03.11, the 7th CPC again made the following comments:
“The larger Federations and Staff Associations advocated scrapping of the NPS on the ground that it discriminate between two sets of Government employees. Individuals covered under NPS have pleaded for reverting to Old Pension Scheme (OPS) on the grounds of uncertainty regarding the actual value of their future pension, on the face of market related risks.”
Naturally, in tune with the recommendations of 7th CPC, when the NDA Govt. decided to appoint a High Level Committee called “NPS Committee”, the Central Government employees, especially the younger generation, expected that their anxiety and concerns will be taken into account by the Central Government and NPS will be scraped and OPS will be restored.But the final decision of the Government not to scrap NPS but only to increase the percentage of contribution by the Government from 10% to 14% was a great blow to the NPS employees.Their hopes are shattered, “their legitimate aspirations are guillotined” and a situation is created where their “hopes ended in despair”.
Their hope faded further when Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, in his letter dated 3rd January 2019 addressed to Shri. Nitin Gadkari, another Cabinet Minister in the NDA Government, justified the continuation of NPS as follows:
“NPS is expected to provide old age income security to subscribers besides providing capital for the social and economic development of the economy”.
The final blow came when the NDA Government made its stand clear without any ambiguity in a reply dated 25-12-2018 given in Parliament stating that - “Representations have been received which inter-alia also include the demand that Government may revert to Old defined benefit pension system. However, due to the rising and unsustainable pension bill and competing claims on the fiscal, there is no proposal to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with Old Pension System (OPS) in respect of Central Govt. employees recruited on or after 01-01-2004”.
During the past 2-3 years many NPS employees, mainly Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual Labourers promoted to departmental posts after 01-01-2004 (as their previous service is not treated as regular service) and also aged dependents of deceased employees who got compassionate appointment after 01-01-2004 etc, retired from service after completing 10 to 13 years service. Their Annuity Pension under NPS is Rs.700/- to Rs.2700/- maximum per month, thus confirming our apprehension that “NPS is nothing but No Pension System”.
Unlike the BJP led NDA Government at the Centre, certain State Governments understood the seriousness of the situation and they have declared that they want to scrap NPS. (Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu during Jayaalitha’s time, Karnataka and Kerala Governments). Some of them appointed expert Review Committees to work out modalities for coming out of NPS. From the stand taken by the above State Governments it can be seen that it is the political stand of the ruling party that matter. At the centre, it is the political stand of the Political Party ruling the country which is crucial.
2. Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula:
After the continuous struggle by Confederation including strikes from 2011 onwards, the then UPA Government was compelled to announce appointment of 7th Central Pay Commission. Gujarat State Government objected the decision of the UPA Government to appoint 7th CPC.Shri. Narendra Modiji was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time.After coming to power at the Centre in 2014, the BJP led NDA Govt. made deliberate attempt and intervention to delay and deny the legitimate demands of the Central Govt. employees and Pensioners including the demands relating to Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, HRA from 01-01-2016, Option-I for pensioners etc.
When the entire Central Government employees ,under the banner of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) decided to go on indefinite strike from 11th July, 2016 a Group of Cabinet Ministers including Shri. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Shri. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister and the then Railway Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu, gave categorical assurance on 30-06-2016 that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased and for that purpose a High Level Committee will be constituted. Even after a lapse of 2½ years neither High Level Committee was constituted nor Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula is increased.
The Finance Ministry in its Lok Sabha reply dated 11-12-2018, categorically stated as follows:
“The fitment factor for the purpose of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure, based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission is 2.57 which is uniformly applicable to all categories of employees. As the same is based on the specific and considered recommendations of the 7th CPC, no change ,thereon is envisaged”.
Thus the BJP led NDA Government has betrayed 32 lakhs Central Govt. employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Bhupendra Nath Hazarika and Another Vs. State of Assam and others (reported in 2013(2)Sec.516) observed as follows, which is quoted by 7th CPC in its preface -
“It should always be borne in mind that legitimate aspirations of the employees are not guillotined and a situation is not created where hopes end in despair. Hope for everyone is gloriously precious and that a model employer should not convert it to be deceitful and treacherous...... A sense of calm sensibility and concerned sincerity should be reflected in every step. An atmosphere of trust has to prevail and when the employees are absolutely sure that their trust shall not be betrayed and they shall be treated with dignified fairness, then only the concept of good governance can be concretized. We say no more”.
The NDA Government has “guillotined” our aspirations. NDA Govt. has betrayed the employees and Pensioners and created an atmosphere where “Hopes ended in despair”. NDA Govt. converted our hope to be “deceitful and treacherous”, “Dignified Fairness”, “Calm sensibility” and “Concerned Sincerity” in treating our case is lacking on the part of NDA Government. Hence we have no alternative but to defeat the betrayers in the coming biggest battle of democracy.
The fate of the following other demands raised by the Confederation are also met with the same fate from the NDA Government:
* Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers. Implementation of the remaining favourable recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee on GDS.
* Grant of HRA arrears from 01-01-2016, removal of bench mark for MACP and grant of promotional hierarchy and date of effect of MACP from 01-01-2006.
* Fill up of all vacant posts. Reintroduce Regional Recruitment for Group B and C Posts.
* Implement Option-I formulation of 7th CPC for Pensioners.
* Settle anomalies arising out of 7th CPC.
* Parity in Pay scales between Central Secretariat Staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.
* Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses. Stop closure of Govt. establishments and outsourcing of Govt. functions. Stop proposed move to close down salt department.
* Implement 7th CPC Wage Revision and Pension revision in remaining Autonomous bodies. Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.
* Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointment and grant appointments in all deserving cases.
* Grant five Assured Career Progression to all Group B and Group C employees.
* Stop attack on Trade Union rights. Ensure prompt functioning of all JCM forums. Withdraw the draconian FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
ELECTION AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:
In a democratic country like in India, elections to the Legislative bodies are also part of the struggle against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the ruling class. Com.K.G.Bose, the legendary leader of the Central Govt. Employees movement has observed as follows:
“It is a common say, particularly among the Government employees that the Unions should remain aloof from the politics. All the confusion has arisen because of the fact that the correct definition of the “Politics and Trade Union” has not been understood by most of us. Those two things are not separate from each other rather they are inseparable. Politics do not mean the policies of a particular political party. Each and every demand of the Govt. employees is linked with the politics of the country. It is high time that the age old confusions be removed from the minds of the Govt. employees and their unions. Collective thinking on the problems of life in the context of a nation is a fundamental right of every section of the people and therefore, the Central Govt. employees cannot be deprived of their birth right on the plea of “Political influence”.
It is in the above background, we have to take position in the coming General Elections. Our experience during the last five years have proved that BJP-led NDA Government is the most anti-worker and anti-people Government the country had since independence. This Govt. is by the corporates, of the corporates and for the corporates. The working class, including Central Govt. employees, should be made aware of this challenge and prepared to defeat it. It should be kept in mind that defeat of this Government is not the end, but our struggle for reversal of the neo-liberal policies has to continue with increased vigour even after ensuring defeat of the anti-worker government. In any case, continuation of this Government is against the interest of the working class, especially the Central Govt. employees. Change is the need of the hour.
As a class-oriented militant trade union, it is our responsibility to channelize the discontentment and anger of the employees on proper direction with the objective of strengthening united struggles to defeat the neo-liberal policies and ultimately pave the way for taking the struggle towards an exploitation free society. Let us make 2019 that started with the two days historic strike, a year of heightened struggles leading to decisive struggles against the neo-liberal policies. Let us be prepared for a bigger struggle in coming days to “SCRAP NPS & RESTORE OPS” and also for the realisation of our long pending demands.
Let us not forget that the ruling class may use all tricks at their command, all weapons in their armoury to divert the attention of the people and workers, away from their burning day to day livelihood issues, to divide and disrupt their unity to engineer polarisation of the society on caste and communal lines for their electoral gains. We should be prepared to defeat all such machinations and should preserve our unity.
Let us remember the following lines from the famous speech of Late Martin Luther King, Jr -
“Change does not roll in the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle, and so, we must straighten our backs and work for our goal.”