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Saturday, February 25, 2012

A BRIEF ON ENTITLEMENT OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FOR GENERAL POOL RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION

What is General Pool residential accommodation?

            Government residential accommodations under the administrative control of Directorate of Estates in Delhi and at 31 stations outside Delhi constitute the General Pool residential accommodation (GPRA). Allotment of GPRA is governed as per provisions of the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules, 1963 and executive instructions issued there under.

Who is eligible to apply?

            All Central Government employees and the employees working under the Government of NCT of Delhi, who are working in the offices, which have been specifically declared eligible for General Pool, are entitled for allotment of accommodation from General Pool.

What are entitlements for various types of accommodation?

            The General Pool accommodation has been classified in 11 categories (excluding Hostel accommodation). The entitlement of an applicant for a particular type is determined with reference to the basic drawn by him on 1st January of the current calendar year.

The eligibility Grade pay / Basic Pay for various types of accommodation is as under:

Type of Residences

Grade Pay / Basic Pay

I

Rs.1,300, Rs.1,400, Rs.1600, Rs.1650 and Rs.1,800

II

Rs.1,900, Rs.2,000, Rs.2,400 and Rs.2,800

III

Rs.4,200, Rs.4,600 and Rs.4,800

IV

Rs.5,400 to Rs.6,600

IV (Spl)

Rs. 6,600

V-A (D-II)

Rs.7,600 and Rs.8,000

V-B (D-I)

Rs.8,700 and Rs.8,900

VI-A (C-II)

Rs.10,000

VI-B (C-I)

Rs.67,000 to Rs.74,999

VII

Rs.75000 to Rs.79,999

VIII

Rs.80,000 and above

The eligible Grade pay notified for Hostel Accommodation.

Type of Hostel

Grade Pay

Single Suite (Without Kitchen)

Rs.4,200 and above

Single Suite (With Kitchen)

Rs.4,200 and above

Double Suite

Rs.5,400 and above

Working Girl Hostel

All lady officers without limit of emolument shall be eligible

(a) The eligibility of an officer for Government Accommodation shall be determined as per grade pay of such officer in his present post held in the Government of India.

(b) the date of priority in respect of lower type accommodation i.e Type-IV shall be date of joining in the service of the Government of India,

(c) the inter-se seniority for higher type accommodation shall be considered on the basis of following principles, namely:

(i) firstly the Grade Pay of the officer;

(ii) secondly the priority date within the same Grade Pay. In this case the priority date shall be the date from which the applicant continuously drawing his existing Grade Pay;

(iii) where the priority date of two or more officers is the same, the inter-se seniority of the officers shall be determined on the basis of the basic pay i.e, the officers who have a higher pay shall be senior in the waiting list,

(iv) where the priority date and the basic pay ot two or more officers are the same, the earlier date of joining in the service of the Government of India shall be the next determining principle of inter-se seniority,

(v) where the priority date, basic pay and date of joining in the service of the Government of India of two or more officers are the same, the officer retiring earlier may be accorded higher priority over the officer retiring later,

(d) the principle of determining the inter-se seniority of two or more officers as specified in sub-clause (ii) of clause (c) shall be implemented from the 1st January, 2010.

(e) where Type-V and Type-VI accommodation has not been classified as Type V-A and Type V-B and Type-VI-A and Type-VI-B respectively, all the officers eligible for Type-V shall be grouped together and similarly those eligible for Typ-VI shall also be grouped together,

(f) in the case of Secretary to the Government of India and Additional Secretary to the Government of India, the date of joining in the Government of India at Delhi shall determine their inter-se seniority subject to condition that no junior batch officer of the same service shall get priority over his senior batch officer. Where the date of joining is the same, the date of retirement shall determine their inter-se seniority on the principle that the earlier date shall be given priority over the later date. Other than All India Services (AIS), the date of joining the Government of India, irrespective of the place of posting and service/batch seniority, shall determine the inter-se seniority,

(g) officers entitled for Type-V and above accommodation shall also be eligible to apply for accommodation below their entitlement subject to the condition that such accommodation shall not be below Type-IV Spl. accommodation. However, the officers eligible for D-II and Type-IV Spl. shall also eligible to apply for Type-IV accommodation.

Source: estates.nic.in

 

JOINT CONSULTATION AND COMPULSORY ARBITRATION FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

       THE MACHINERY FOR JOINT CONSULTATION AND COMPULSORY ARBITRATION

           The Scheme for Joint Consultation  and Compulsory Arbitration for the Central Government Employees was introduced in the year 1966 on the lines of the Whitely Councils of the United Kingdom.  This is a declaration of joint intent regarding the common approach of the Government of India on the one hand and the employees' organisations on the other for joint consultation and smooth working.  The basic objectives of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) are as under:-

       To promote harmonious relations between the government and its employees.

●To secure the greatest measure of cooperation between the government in its capacity as employer and the general body of its employees in matters of common concern; and

●To increase the efficiency of the public services, through a collaborative endeavour, to narrow the area of "unresolved differences" and widen the ambit of agreement on substantive issues of common concern.

The JCM scheme  provides for a three tier machinery:

(i) the National Council as the apex body; (chaired by the Cabinet Secretary)

(ii) Departmental Councils at the level of individual Ministries / Departments including their attached and subordinate offices and  (chaired by respective Secretaries)

(iii) Regional / Office Councils to deal with mainly the local problems at the level of each individual office, depending on its structure. (chaired by Head of office of respective organisations) The scope of the JCM Scheme includes all matters relating to:

●conditions of service and work,

●welfare of the employees and

●improvement of efficiency and standards of work, provided, however, that

(i) in regard to recruitment, promotion and discipline, consultation is limited to matters of general principles; and

(ii) individual cases are not considered.

       Under the scheme, there have been continuous interactions with staff unions at the national level as well as at the departmental level and a number of important issues have been resolved amicably through mutual discussions. Forty five meetings of the council have been held since the inception of the scheme in 1966.

Standing Committee - There have been frequent interactions with the staff side through the meetings of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM). Many issues of the employees of the major ministries / departments like Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence and Department of Posts have been resolved through negotiations and interactions with the unions / federations at the departmental level.

During the year 2008, a meeting of Standing Committee of the National Council (JCM) has been held on 7 March,2008. A special Standing Committee meeting to discuss the items relating to 6th Central Pay Commission was held on 7 May, 2008. A meeting under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary was held on 17 May. 2008 with the Standing Committee members to discuss issues relating to the 6th Central Pay Commission.

Arbitration - An important feature of the JCM Scheme is the provision for arbitration in cases where there is no agreement on an issue between the official side and the staff side on matters relating to:-

●pay and allowances;

●weekly hours of work; and

●leave of a class or grade of employees.

Board of Arbitration (BOA) - A  Board of Arbitration (BOA) comprising a chairman (who is an independent person) and two members,(nominated one each by staff side and official side) is functioning  under the administrative control of the  Ministry of Labour.  Awards of the Board of Arbitration are binding on both the sides, subject to the over-riding authority of the Parliament to reject or modify the awards.  Under JCM scheme, 259 references have been made to the Board so far, for settlement. Out of these 257 have been decided by BOA.  Most of the awards which were in favour of the employees, have been implemented, except a few which could not be accepted due to adverse affect on national economy / social justice.

      The details of the break of 257 cases decided by the Board of Arbitration is given in table one and action taken by the government on 177 cases are given in table 2:-

TABLE -1 BREAK-UP 0F 257 CASES DECIDED BY BOA

Demands of Staff Side accepted partially or fully by Award Board of Arbitration

Demands Staff Side rejected by BOA

Withdrawn by Staff Side dismissed

Amicably settled/without any

Disposed of by BOA

177

49

19

7

5

 

TABLE-2 ACTION TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT ON 177 CASES

(MENTIONED IN FIRST COL OF TABLE.1 ABOVE)

No. of Awards accepted and implemented by the Govt.

No. of Awards pending with the Parliament/Government

No. of Awards rejected with the approval of Parliament

156

16

5

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

TRIPARTITE  LABOUR CONFERENCE DECISION 

Minimum Wages Act Coverage for all Employments

            Raising the Wage Ceiling in the Employees Provident Fund, Enhancement of Pension under Employees Pension Scheme 95, Portability of PF Account, Reduction in the Requirement of Minimum Continuous Service, Etc.

            Stress on Matching the Large Scale Skilling Targets with Creating Similar Number of Openings in the Area of Employment

            Maternity Leave Under the Maternity Benefit Act be Increased from the Present Level of 12 Weeks to 24 Weeks

                Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge today detailed about the recommendations made during the 44th  Indian Labour Conference concluded at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Addressing the media persons he said this Session of the Indian Labour Conference had elaborate discussions on three agenda items - (i) Minimum Wages (ii) Social Security and (iii) Employability and Employment.

            The Conference was inaugurated by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India.   The Conference was attended by Labour Ministers from 14 State Governments. All the major 12 Central Trade Union Organisations and 6 major employers' organisation participated in the Conference.  Besides, senior officials from 23 Central Ministries and all State Governments/UTs attended the Conference.  The International Labour Organisation Experts based at Delhi were also present.

            Shri Kharge referred the Prime Minister inaugural address in which he emphasized the great importance that the UPA Government attaches to the promotion of healthy industrial relations and well being of our workforce. 

            Shri Kharge said   our huge unorganized sector poses great challenges in ensuring quality employment and extension social security coverage.  Minimum Wages are an important means of protecting the interest of the workers were not in the formal sector.  Our flagship health insurance scheme "Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana" has covered 2.5 crore Below Poverty Line families and this Scheme is being extended to cover other category of workers.                                                                         

            According to the minister the Conference Committee on "Minimum Wages" recommended that the Minimum Wages Act should cover all employments and thus facilitate India's ratification of ILO's Convention No.131.  There was convergence of views towards making National Minimum Wages and make it applicable to any employment irrespective of the number of workers engaged.  Objective suggestions were made for linking minimum wages with NSSO Consumer Expenditure Survey and inflation.

            Also the Conference Committee on "Social Security" had very focused discussion and came out with specific recommendations in the areas of raising the wage ceiling in the Employees Provident Fund, enhancement of pension under Employees Pension Scheme 95, portability of PF Account, reduction in the requirement of minimum continuous service, etc.   The Committee addressed the gender issues by recommending enhancement of maternity leave.  The MSME Sector and unorganized sector workers received special attention of the committee members.  Our Ministry's RSBY Scheme has achieved a lot of success and various recommendations were received for bringing other category of workers under its coverage and adding other type of benefits in addition to the existing ones.

            Moreover, the Conference Committee on "Employability and Employment" recommendations laid stress on matching the large scale skilling targets with creating similar number of openings in the area of employment.  Labour intensive industries need to be promoted and protected.  The forthcoming National Employment Policy should be able to provide enabling framework for facilitating employment generation and decent work in the unorganized sector.  The Labour Market Information System should give real time information about skill requirements and skill availability. Other innovative suggestion were bringing the traditional skills under the certification system and involving MSMEs in skill development.  The road map for skilling 500 million persons by 2022 should be finalized in consultation with the tripartite partners.

            Shri Kharge said, this Session of the Conference carried forward the rich tradition of healthy social dialogue, spirit of accommodation and keeping interest of our workforce as the top most priority.   The tripartite partners have shown full concern to the important responsibility we have towards our country's growth and safeguarding the basic interest of our workers.  We will be very closely following up with the implementation of policy solutions arrived at the Conference and the same will be reviewed in the meeting of the next Standing Labour Committee.

         The Recommendations of the Conference Committee on Employability and Employment are:

1.      Employment generation and Employability should be top agenda of the Govt.

2.    Though lot of focus  is  being laid on training of 500 million persons by 2022, there is a need to take appropriate measures for creation of employment opportunities to offer the matching employment.

3.     There is an urgent need to declare the National Employment Policy in order to provide enabling framework for facilitating employment generation and decent working conditions for all.

4.      Investment in labour intensive industries should be promoted and incentivised.

5.     Labour Market Information System should be established to get skill requirement from the industry and available skills from the institutes. In this regard, employment exchanges may be modernized for providing virtual job market on real time basis.

6.    Skill mapping should be done at the local level and inventory of skill assets should be created.

7.    ITIs should also focus on sectors beyond manufacturing and should concentrate on service sector. There is urgent need for quality assurance measures in training of ITIs and instructors.

8.    Emphasis should be laid on development of infrastructure including storage, processing and marketing in rural areas and agro-based industries.

 

9.    ITIs should focus more on popular trades keeping in view the requirement of the local industries.

10.  Institutional arrangements for providing training in traditional skills should be encouraged and may brought under certification system.

11.  Public awareness programme should be taken up, particularly in rural areas regarding the importance of skill development and certification of traditional skills.

 12.  There should be functional and spatial integration of State and Central infrastructure and other available resources for optimal utilization of resources.

13.  MSMEs should be encouraged and supported to participate in the skill development efforts.

14.  Stipend of apprentices under the Apprentices Act should be enhanced.

15. Existing and new Centres of Excellence/Clusters in traditional crafts should be strengthened and provided support in terms of marketing, credit, new technology, etc. to promote self-employment.

16.  Barriers should be removed from skilling and certification of illiterate and uneducated workers.

17.   Entrepreneurship and self-employment should be encouraged by providing necessary support.

18.  Existing employment in the unorganized sector should be safeguarded by assuring access to natural resources for those sectors dependent on them.  In order to increase their productivity, appropriate advanced tools and technology for traditional producers should be developed.

19.   Skill development should be promoted among the women and differently-abled persons.  To increase participation of women in skill development, special measures should be taken.

 

20.   Centres of Excellence should be established at the national and State levels  which  will produce world-class technicians.

21. National level consultation with all the stakeholders should be held immediately to finalize the road-map for preparing skill development plan leading to skilled force of 500 million persons by 2022.

22.  Comprehensive steps should be taken to create environment for employment generation and protection.

23.    Trainers should be trained in large numbers to meet growing requirement.

                During the Conference a Committee was constituted to discuss Agenda Item No.(i) concerning Minimum Wages  and related issues. These issues, inter alia, include norms for fixation/revision of minimum rates of wages, Variable Dearness Allowance(VDA),  National Floor Level Minimum Wages etc. On the basis of detailed discussion, the following points emerged.

1.  There was consensus that the Government may fix minimum wages as per the norms/ criteria recommended by the 15th ILC (1957) and the directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court (Repttakos Co. Vs Workers' Union) 1992.  The Government may take necessary steps accordingly.

2. There was a broad consensus that the Minimum Wages Act should cover all   employments and the existing restriction for its applicability on the scheduled employments only should be deleted. This will also help India ratify ILO Convention No.131.

3.  It was broadly agreed that there should be national minimum wages applicable to all employments throughout the country.

 4.There was broad agreement on the amendment proposals as listed out in Para 5(iv,  v & x).

 5.  In respect of 5 (iv), it was pointed out that the payment  to the apprentices should   be treated differently from the other categories.

 6.The Committee noted that at present there are 12 States/UTs who have not adopted  VDA. There was a broad consensus that all States/Uts should adopt VDA.

 7. It was also recommended that the payment of minimum wages should be done through Banks/Post Offices etc.

 8. As regards 5(vi), it was felt that the enforcing agencies should not be given the power of adjudication and, therefore, this proposal should be re-examined.

9. The proposal of paying different minimum wages in respect of same employment    either in the Centre or in the State should be done away with.

          A Conference Committee was also constituted to discuss the agenda item No. (iii) i.e. "Social Security".  On the basis of detailed discussions, the following points emerged :-

(i)        There was a broad-based consensus that the wage ceiling for the application of EPF Act be increased from the present level of Rs.6,500/- to Rs.10,000/- or Rs.15,000/- as already applicable for the ESI Corporation.  Similarly, the ceiling for workers covered under EPF Act be reduced from 20 to 10.  However, Laghu Udyog Bharati was not agreeable to this reduction in ceiling of number of workers.

(ii)        Minimum pension under the EPS 95 be increased to some floor level, which should not be less than Rs.1,000/-,  since a large number of workers receive pension which is less than that provided by the State Governments for elderly people which is normally in the range of Rs.400/- to Rs.1000/-.

(iii)      The PF Accounts be computerized urgently so that the workers are able to avail the facility of PF transfer and settlement immediately. Smart Cards like RSBY be issued to PF account holders.

(iv)          Minimum ceiling of 5 years of continuous service be reduced in case of gratuity and gratuity be made transferable in case of change of job by the employee.

(v)       The maternity leave under the Maternity Benefit Act be increased from the present level of 12 weeks to 24 weeks.  Thsis increased maternity benefits be made available only upto two children, while the lower limit be continued for more than two children.

(vi)       Accountability on the part of organizations implementing the social security schemes be fixed in order to ensure that the beneficiaries receive the deliverables in time.  Citizen Charters for these organizations be finalized early.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

REGULATION OF STRIKE PERIOD- REITERATION OF INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED VIDE LETTER NO. 8/27/97 SR (Pt) DATED 23.06.1998.

D.G. Posts No. 8/15/2011-SR dated 1st February, 2012.

            As you aware, the Postal Joint Council Action served a notice of Indefinite Strike with effect from 17.01.2012 accompanied by a 25 point Charter of Demands. All the items were discussed in detail in a series of meetings taken by Secretary/Members of the Postal Services Board and minutes of the meeting were sent to you vide communication dated 16.01.2012.

2.         In this regard attention is invited to para 24 of the minutes of the meeting dealing with imposing FR-17A against strikers. Instructions on the subject were issued by the Department vide D.O. letter No. 8-27/97-SR (Pt) under the signature of the then Member Development which inter alia states that the provisions of FR-17A in respect of Departmental Employees and Rule 23 of ED Conduct and Service Rules -1964 in respect of EDs (Since substituted by GDS (Conduct & Engagement Rules, 2011) may be invoked only in cases of incitement, instances of violence /sabotage etc. The Department is following these instructions in the matter of regulating the strike period/strike situation. It is requested to review the action taken in this regard in the light of the aforesaid instructions, under intimation to this office.

Sd/-

(Subhash Chander)

Director SR &Legal

Monday, February 13, 2012

GRANT OF UNIFORM AND KIT MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCES-REGARDING

D.G. Posts No. 23-5/2007-UPE dated 02.02.2012. (Addressed to Director (JCA), DOPT.)

            In the Department of Posts, meeting of the Departmental Council (JCM) is scheduled to be held on 10.02.2012. The Staff Side of the Departmental Council (JCM) has submitted an agenda item regarding grant of uniform and kit maintenance allowance to all uniformed staff. In agenda item it is submitted that there is no provision for grant of uniform/kit maintenance allowance for keeping the uniform and other kit items for better appearance and long duration like other uniform wearing staff such as nurses etc. Washing Allowance and stitching charge is not a substitute for good maintenance. Therefore, the Staff Side has requested for grant of uniform/kit maintenance allowance to all uniformed staff.

2.         In view of the above, it is requested to consider the proposal of grant of uniform/kit maintenance allowance from the staff Side of the Departmental Council (JCM) and intimate the decision to Department of Posts at the earliest.

Sd/-

(R.B. Chawla)Director (MM&VP)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

CONFEDERATION

MAKE ALL PREPARATIONS FOR THE SUCCESS OF 28TH FEBRUARY ALL INDIA GENERAL STRIKE

MAKE ALL PREPARATIONS FOR ORGANISING CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS IN 28th FEBRUARY 2012 GENERAL STRIKE

HOLD CONFEDERATION STATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND WHEREEVER NO CONFEDERATION IN EXISTENCE ORGANISE MEETINGS OF ALL ORGANISATIONS OF CONFEDERATION AND PLAN FOR STRIKE.

ORGANISE THE CONFEDERATION STRIKE PREPARATORY MEETINGS AS PER THE SCHEDULE EXHIBITED IN THE WEBSITE WITHOUT FAIL.

THE MEETINGS OF CONFEDERATION IS MEANT FOR ALL OFFICE BEARERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF ALL CIRCLE ORGANISATIONS AFFILIATED TO CONFEDERATION - IT IS A LEADERS MEETING FOR PLANNING TO ORGANISE SUCCESSFULLY THE STRIKE - MAKE IT COMPULSORY TO ALL OFFICE BEARERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF ALL ORGANISATIONS TO ATTEND WITHOUT FAIL.

THE STRIKE CHARTER OF DEMANDS IS ONCE AGAIN EXHIBITED - THERE WAS A CORRECTION  OF TYPING ERROR IN THE EARLIER CHARTER OF DEMANDS THAT HAS BEEN INCORPORATED AND RE-EXHIBITED HEREUNDER: 

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

PART-A.

           1)    Concrete measures to contain price rise.

2)   Concrete measures for linkage of employment protection with the concession/incentive package offered to the entrepreneurs,

3)   Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

4)   Universal social security cover for the unorganized sector workers without any restriction

5)   Creation of a National Social Security Fund with adequate resources in line with the recommendation, of NCEUS and Parliamentary Standing Committees on Labour, Stoppage of disinvestment in Central and State PSUs, the Central Trade Unions also demand immediate action by the Govt. of India to en sure:-

6)   No Contractorisatlon of work of permanent/perennial nature and payment of wages and benefits to the contract workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the Industry/establishment

7)   Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs 10,000/-,

8)   Remove the ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund; Increase the quantum of gratuity.

    9)   Scrap PFRDA Bill/New Pension Scheme; Ensure pension for all.

   10) Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and                       immediate  ratification of ILO conventions 87 and 98.

PART-B

1.         Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation, coporatorisation and privatization of     Governmental functions.

2.         Fill up all vacant posts and create posts on functional requirements.

3.         Revise wages of CGEs with effect from 1.1.2011 and every five years thereafter.

4.         Regularize the GDS, daily rated workers, contingent and casual workers by bringing  about a definite scheme of regularization.

5.         Remove restriction imposed on compassionate appointment (end the discrimination on compassionate appointment between the Railway workers and other CGEs).

6.         Stop the move to introduce the productivity linked wage system; Performance related pay; introduce PLB in all Departments; remove the ceiling of emoluments for bonus computation.

7.         Settle all items of anomalies (including the MACP related anomalies) raised in the National and Departmental Anomaly Committee within a fixed time frame of two months; Set up the anomaly committees in those Departments where it has not been set up till date with the Standing Committee Members of the National Council; Convene the meeting of the Departmental Council in all Ministries / Departments once in three months as envisaged in the JCM Scheme.

8.         Make the right to strike a legal right and stop curtailment of TU Rights.

9.         Implement all Arbitration Awards.

10.       Raise the interest rate for GPF; Revise the OTA and Night Duty Allowance and Stitching and Clothing Rates of Uniforms.

11.       Merge DA with Pay for all purposes including Pension as and when the DA rates cross the 50% mark.

12.       Vacate all Trade Union Victimizations.

 

 

Thursday, February 2, 2012