In the background of the setting up of the Committee to go into the feasibility of implementing the Option No. 1. As per the Government notification on pension matter, the following members of NJCA met the Secretary Pension who is the chairman of the said committee today.
1.Coms. Shiv Gopal Misra,
2.Com. M. Raghaviah,
3.Com. K.K.N. Kutty and
From the discussion it has become evident that the Pension department is still persisting with their stand that the recommendation of the 7th CPC giving alternative option to 2.57 multiplication formula is not possible to be acted upon for want of requisite documents for verification of the claim of the individual pensioners. The have still not assessed the magnitude of the so called problems and rely upon the oral statements made by the heads of departments. The delegation has requested them to ascertain the actual number of persons in whose cases the requisite Service Books might not have been kept by the concerned department. The delegation pointed out to them that the Finance Minister had categorically stated of the acceptance of the recommendation and the only thing the committee was expected to sort out the problems of implementation to the satisfaction of everybody concerned. They made it clear to the Pension Secretary that once the Commission has recommended for any one alternatives, the option is inevitable and exclusion of any one proposal will make the option incapable of tenability. To deny Option No. 1. Is, they pointed out, would be an incongruity. In any case, the delegation made it clear to the Secretary Pension and his officers that staff side would resist the move vehemently.
We have been given to understand by many organizations and individual pensioners that various other document exist in the Government to verify the claim of the individual pensioners, who wanted the option No. 1. To be exercised. The Government would be able to rely upon those documents for the purpose of verification. The Secretary Pension has been told that they must issue for calling up for option from the individual pensioners, with a request that their applications must accompany with documentary evidence to establish their claim. Once the applications are received, the concerned Departments would be able to assess in whose cases the same is capable of verification and in whose cases records were not available. In the case of the departments and individual pensioners, in whose cases verification of the claim becomes difficult, alternate methodologies can be evolved to entertain and approve the claim.
We would very much like to know from the organizations and individuals who asre in the knowledge of pension related matters to make suggestions to us so that in the next round of discussions, we would be able to present the case perfectly. Kindly write to us only through the e mail addresses given below and send sms to the following number so as to enable the undersigned to access the suggestions made.
It is clear from the discussions that the Pension department is afraid of litigations as anomalies are bound to be arising and therefore would shut out its possibility by not implementation the recommendations of the 7th CPC. The Committee will meet formally with the staff Side within a fortnight’s time. We request our affiliates to write to us immediately of their opinion in the matter.
We enclose herewith the letters written by the Convenor NJCA to the Government as also the Circular letter issued by him today.
Copy of NJCA letters
Copy of NJCA Circulat No. NJCA/2016/7th CPC Dated August 12, 2016
We have been receiving communication from various organizations as also from individual employees after the promulgation of the notification by the Government on 7th CPC recommendations. Most of these communications had been to express the anxiety and in some cases anger too over the delay in setting up the high level committee, assured by the Group of Minister to review the minimum wage and multiplication factor.
We have been pursuing the said issue on a day to day basis and we are fully appreciative of the apprehensions expressed in many of these letters. Since the decision making in the Government is a long procrastinated matter involving various levels and departments, such delays are not uncommon. But we have been informed as to why the assurances held out have not been translated into action.
We have also noted that in the absence of the JCM functioning especially at the Departmental levels of various Ministries, the department specific anomalies and demands are not being subjected to any meaningful negotiations with the respective organizations. We have addressed the Cabinet Secretary to hold a special discussion with us on this subject immediately. Copy of our letter is enclosed.
On 12th August, 2016, we have met the Secretary Pensions to convey our strong resentment over the decision to allow the Option No. 1 given to the pensioners to be implemented subject to feasibility. We have reiterated that while we are open to discussion as to the methodology of verification of the claims of individual petitions in respect of Option No.1, we would not be able to countenance of the non implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC on the flimsy ground of non availability of records.
The available NJCA members met today at Delhi to review the situation in the background of the feeling conveyed to us through letters from various organizations. We have after taking note of the anxiety expressed and the ongoing discussions with various authorities over the setting up of the high level committee to wait up to the end of this month before we embark upon any action for the setting upon of the said high level committee. The employees may be apprised of this decision through the requisite campaign programme.
In the meantime, we must endeavour to support the one day strike action slated for 2nd September, 2016 for which the call has been given by the Central Trade Unions (including independent Federations) to the best of the ability of the respective organizations as the objective of the strike is the betterment of the working people in our country.
7th CPC Anomalies
All the Constituents Organizations are requested to forward the various anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th CPC notification / CCS (RP) Rules 2016 to the Staff Side office with brief / illustration etc. within in 15 days from today so as to enable us to study and forward the same to the Anomaly committee for settlement.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Copy of NJCA letter No.NC-JCM-2016/C.S. (PM) dated August 12, 2016
The Cabinet Secretary,
Govt. of India and Chairman,
National Council JCM
We recall the discussions we had with you on 7th June 2016 when inter-alia we brought to your kind notice the growing discontent of the employees on the following two issues which were the subject matter of discussions on very many occasions
1.JCM functioning – Non convening of meetings at the Departmental levels, consequent non availability of a forum for discussion and negotiations for Unions / Federations
2.Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways
The functioning of the JCM especially at the Departmental level was virtually halted, when the Government promulgated a new set of recognition rules in 1993 to cover the non industrial employees i. e. for employees in the Department other than Railways and Defence. It took nearly a decade and half to operationalise the new recognition rules and during the same period the functioning of JCM was virtually stopped at the departmental levels. This in-turn resulted in non-discussion and non settlement of various Departmental specific demands and issues, emanated from the flawed recommendation of 5th and 6th CPC. Now that the 7th CPC recommendations would be taken up for implementation, the need for a forum to discuss these issues, especially Departments specific matters need not be emphasized.
The untenable restriction imposed by the government i. e. 5 percent of the vacancies for Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways has created innumerable difficulties and arbitrary discrimination. The very fact that the said government orders have no sway to half of the civilian employees makes the orders discriminatory and bereft of any merit. The specious plea of the Government that the said orders were issued on account of a directive from the Supreme Court was later found to be fallacious. On various occasions, the Staff Side was assured of a review of the scheme. The scheme requires simplification and has to be made non discriminatory too.
We want the above two issues to be discussed at your level and reach a settlement. We shall be grateful if you will afford us an opportunity to have such a discussion on a date convenient to you. We shall also be thankful if you can indicate the date of the meeting atleast 15 days in advance.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Copy of NJCA letter addressed to finance Minister
Shri Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Govt. Of India,
Sub: Setting up of a high level committee to review the Minimum Wage Multiplication Factor.
Ref: Our letter of even No. dated 26.7.2016. ‘
We solicit your kind reference to the discussion, the representatives of NJCA had with you in the presence of the Honourable Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh and the Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu and the MOS (R) Shri Manoj Sinha on 30th June, 2016.
We were expecting a quick action on the part of the Government to operationalise the assurance of setting up a high level Committee to go into the Minimum wage, Multiplication factor etc. However, we are disappointed that even after a lapse of more than a month no order has been issued by the Government in this regard. The employees, as you are aware, were angry over the arbitrary determination of the minimum wage by the 7th CPC by mutilating the Dr. Aykhroyd formula and also the propornate multiplication factor .
We, therefore, appeal to you that the concerned authorities may be asked to expedite the issuance of orders setting up the committee and finalization of the Report within the available time of remaining three months.