Wednesday 30 April 2014

மே தின வாழ்த்து !

உழைப்பாளர் நாளின் வரலாறு மிகவும் நீண்டதாகும். காலவரையரையின்றி அடிமைகளைப் போல வேலை வாங்கப்படுவதைக் கண்டித்து உலகின் பல்வேறு நாடுகளில் பல நூற்றாண்டுகளாக தொழிலாளர்கள் நடத்திய போராட்டம் 1889 ஆம் ஆண்டில் வெற்றி பெற்றது. இதைத் தொடர்ந்து அந்த ஆண்டின் ஜூலை 14&ஆம் தேதி பாரீசில் கூடிய உலகத் தொழிலாளர்கள் மே ஒன்றாம் தேதியை உலகத் தொழிலாளர் நாளாக அறிவித்தனர். இந்தியாவில் சென்னையில் தான் முதன்முதலில் தொழிலாளர் நாள் கொண்டாடப்பட்டது என்பதும், தமிழராகிய சிந்தனைச் சிற்பி சிங்கார வேலர் தான் இதைக் கொண்டாடினார் என்பதும் தமிழர்களாகிய நமக்கு பெருமையாகும். உழைப்பாளர்களின் ஒற்றுமையை உலகிற்கு உணர்த்திய உழைப்பாளர் நாளை மே நாளாக கொண்டாடும் உழைக்கும் மக்கள் அனைவருக்கும் எனது வாழ்த்துக்களை தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறேன்

N .ராஜேந்திரன் 

Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014


Sunday 20 April 2014


NEW DELHI-110001
Meena Agarwal
D.O No. 7CPC/15/Questionnaire
9th April, 2014
Dear ………..,
As you may be aware the Seventh Central Pay Commissions has been constituted by the Government on 28 February 2014 with a view to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required. The terms of reference of the Seventh Central Pay Commission are available on the .
2. A Questionnaire seeking the considered views of all stakeholders is enclosed. The response of your Ministry to thisQuestionnaire is sought. I shall be grateful if the replies are furnished to the Commission on or before 10th May, 2014, so as to enable the Commission to take them into account as part of its examination of the issues that it is mandated to address. The reply may be sent to Post Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas P.O, New Delhi 110 016, and in the case of email to
Encl:- As above.
With Regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Meena Agarwal)
To all Secretaries to Govt of India

7th CPC Questionnaire
1. Salaries
1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two.
1.2 What should be the considerations for determining salary for various levels of functions falling between the highest level and the lowest level functionaries?
2. Comparisons
2.1 Should there be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the private sector? If so, why? If not, why not?
2.2 Should there at all be any comparison/parity between pay scales and perquisites between Government and the public sector? If so, why? If not, why not?
2.3 The concept of variable pay has been introduced in Central Public Sector Enterprises by the Second Pay Revision Committee. In the case of the Government is there merit in introducing a variable component of pay? Can such variable pay be linked to performance?
3. Attracting Talent
3.1 Does the present compensation package attract suitable talent in the All India Services & Group A Services? What are your observations and suggestions in this regard?
3.2 To what extent should government compensation be structured to attract special talent?
4. Pay Scales
4.1 The 6th Central Pay Commission introduced the system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay as against the system of specific pay scales attached to various posts. What has been the impact of running pay bands post implementation of 6th CPC recommendations?
4.2 Is there any need to bring about any change?
4.3 Did the pay bands recommended by the Sixth CPC help in arresting exodus and attract talent towards the Government?
4.4 Successive Pay Commissions have reduced the number of pay scales by merging one or two pay scales together. Is there a case for the number of pay scales/ pay band to be rationalized and if so in what manner?
4.5 Is the “grade pay” concept working? If not, what are your alternative suggestions?
5. Increment
5.1 Whether the present system of annual increment on 1st July of every year uniformly in case of all employees has served its purpose or not? Whether any changes are required?
5.2 What should be the reasonable quantum of annual increment?
5.3 Whether there should be a provision of variable increments at a rate higher than the normal annual increment in case of high achievers? If so, what should be transparent and objective parameters to assess high achievement, which could be uniformly applied across Central Government?
5.4 Under the MACP scheme three financial up-gradations are allowed on completion of 10, 20, 30 years of regular service, counted from the direct entry grade. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the scheme? Is there a perception that a scheme of this nature, in some Departments, actually incentivizes people who do not wish to take the more arduous route of qualifying departmental examinations/ or those obtaining professional degrees?
6. Performance
What kind of incentives would you suggest to recognize and reward good performance?
7. Impact on other organizations
Salary structures in the Central and State Governments are broadly similar. The recommendations of the Pay Commission are likely to lead to similar demands from employees of State Governments, municipal bodies, panchayati raj institutions & autonomous institutions. To what extent should their paying capacity be considered in devising a reasonable remuneration package for Central Govt. employees?
8. Defence Forces
8.1 What should be the considerations for fixing salary in case of Defence personnel and in what manner does the parity with civil services need to be evolved, keeping in view their respective job profiles?
8.2 In what manner should the concessions and facilities, both in cash and kind, be taken into account for determining salary structure in case of Defence Forces personnel.
8.3 As per the November 2008 orders of the Ministry of Defence, there are a total of 45 types of allowances for Personnel Below Officer Rank and 39 types of allowances for Officers. Does a case exist for rationalization/ streamlining of the current variety of allowances?
8.4 What are the options available for addressing the increasing expenditure on defence pensions?
8.5 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to war widows?
8.6 As a measure of special recognition, is there a case to review the present benefits provided to disabled soldiers, commensurate to the nature of their disability?
9. Allowances
9.1 Whether the existing allowances need to be retained or rationalized in such a manner as to ensure that salary structure takes care not only of the job profile but the situational factors as well, so that the number of allowances could be at a realistic level?
9.2 What should be the principles to determine payment of House Rent Allowance?
10. Pension
10.1 The retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 a re covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). What has been the experience of the NPS in the last decade?
10.2 As far as pre-1.1.2004 appointees are concerned, what should be the principles that govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits?
11. Strengthening the public governance system
11.1 The 6th CPC recommended upgrading the skills of the Group D employees and placing them in Group C over a period of time. What has been the experience in this regard?
11.2 In what way can Central Government organizations functioning be improved to make them more efficient, accountable and responsible? Please give specific suggestions with respect to:
a) Rationalisation of staff strength and more productive deployment of available staff;
b) Rationalisation of processes and reduction of paper work; and
c) Economy in expenditure.
12. Training/ building competence
12.1 How would you interpret the concept of “competency based framework”?
12.2 One of the terms of reference suggests that the Commission recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.
a) Is the present level of training at various stages of a person’s career considered adequate? Are there gaps that need to be filled, and if so, where?
b) Should it be made compulsory that each civil service officer should in his career span acquire a professional qualification? If so, can the nature of the study, time intervals and the Institution(s) whose qualification are acceptable, all be stipulated?
c) What other indicators can best measure training and capacity building for personnel in your organization? Please suggest ways through which capacity building can be further strengthened?
13. Outsourcing
13.1 What has been the experience of outsourcing at various levels of Government and is there a case for streamlining it?
13.2 Is there a clear identification of jobs that can be outsourced?
14. Regulatory Bodies
14.1 Kindly list out the Regulators set up under Acts of Parliament, related to your Ministry/ Department. The total number of personnel on rolls (Chairperson and members + support personnel) may be indicated.
14.2 Regulators that may not qualify in terms of being set up under Acts of Parliament but perform regulatory functions may also be listed. The scale of pay for Chairperson /Members and other personnel of such bodies may be indicated.
14.3 Across the Government there are a host of Regulatory bodies set up for various purposes. What are your suggestions regarding emoluments structure for Regulatory bodies?
15. Payment of Bonus
One of the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission is to examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus. What are your suggestions and observations in this regard?

Tuesday 15 April 2014

மத்திய அரசு பெண் ஊழியர்கள் குழந்தைகளின் படிப்பு, நோய்க்காக தொடர்ந்து 2 ஆண்டு லீவ் எடுக்கலாம்

புதுடெல்லி : மத்திய அரசில் பணியாற்றும் பெண் ஊழியர்கள் தங்கள் குழந்தைகளின் படிப்பு, நோய் மற்றும் நலனுக்காக தொடர்ந்து 2 ஆண்டுகள் வரை விடுப்பு எடுக்கலாம் என்று உச்ச நீதிமன்றம் உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது.கொல்கத்தாவைச் சேர்ந்த மத்திய அரசு பெண் ஊழியர் காக்காலி கோஸ். இவர் தன்னுடைய மகனின் அரசு பொதுத்தேர்வுக்காக 2 ஆண்டு விடுப்பு கேட்டு விண்ணப்பித்திருந்தார். ஆனால், தொடர்ந்து 2 ஆண்டுகள் விடுப்பு அளிக்க முடியாது என்று அவரது விண்ணப்பம் தள்ளுபடி செய்யப்பட்டது. இதை எதிர்த்து மத்திய நிர்வாக தீர்ப்பாயத்தில் அவர் வழக்கு தொடர்ந்தார். குழந்தைகளின் நலனுக்காக மத்திய அரசு பெண் ஊழியர், 2 ஆண்டு விடுப்பு எடுக்கலாம் என்று தீர்ப்பாயம் உத்தரவிட்டது.ஆனால், தீர்ப்பாயத்தின் உத்தரவை எதிர்த்து, அரசு தரப்பில் கொல்கத்தா உயர் நீதிமன்றத்தில் வழக்கு தொடரப்பட்டது. வழக்கை விசாரித்த நீதிபதிகள், குழந்தைகள் நலன் விடுப்பின் (சிசிஎல்) கீழ் ஒரே நேரத்தில் 730 நாட்கள் விடுப்பு எடுக்க முடியாது என்று உத்தரவிட்டனர்.

இதனால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட காக்காலி கோஸ், உச்ச நீதிமன்றத்தில் வழக்கு தொடர்ந்தார். நீதிபதிகள் எஸ்.ஜே.முகோபாத்யாயா, வி.கோபால கவுடா ஆகியோர் அடங்கிய அமர்வு இந்த வழக்கை விசாரித்து நேற்று வெளியிட்ட உத்தரவில் கூறியிருப்பதாவது:மத்திய அரசின் சுற்றறிக்கைகள் மற்றும் விதி எண் 43சியை ஆராய்ந்ததில், மத்திய அரசு பெண் ஊழியர்கள், 18 வயதுக்கு உட்பட்ட தங்கள் குழந்தைகளின் நலனுக்காக ஒரே நேரத்தில் அதிகபட்சமாக 730 நாட்கள் வரை விடுப்பு எடுக்கலாம். இது பெண் ஊழியரின் முழு பணிக்காலத்தில் 2 குழந்தைகளுக்காக பயன்படுத்திக் கொள்ளலாம். கைக்குழந்தையை பாதுகாப்பதற்கு மட்டுமின்றி, தங்கள் குழந்தைகளின் படிப்பு, நோய் உள்ளிட்ட காரணங்களுக்காகவும் இதை பயன்படுத்திக் கொள்ளலாம்.இந்த விவகாரத்தில் உயர் நீதிமன்றத்தின் உத்தரவு ரத்து செய்யப்படுகிறது.இவ்வாறு நீதிபதிகள் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளனர்.

Govt woman employee can get uninterrupted two-year leave for child care: SC

The Supreme Court held that a woman employee of central govt can get uninterrupted leave for two years, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. Reuters

SUMMARYWoman employee took government to court for not granting her leave of 730 days.

The Supreme Court today held that a woman employee of central government can get uninterrupted leave for two years for child care, which also includes needs like examination and sickness.
A bench of justices S J Mukhopadhaya and V Gopala Gowda set aside the order of Calcutta High Court which had held that Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules do not permit uninterrupted CCL(Child Care Leave) for 730 days.
"On perusal of circulars and Rule 43-C, it is apparent that a woman government employee having minor children below 18 years can avail CCL for maximum period of 730 days i.e. during the entire service period for taking care of upto two children. The care of children is not for rearing the smaller child but also to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc," the bench said.
It said that CCL even beyond 730 days can be granted by combining other leave if due and the finding of the High Court was based neither on Rule 43-C nor on guidelines issued by the central government.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by a woman government employee Kakali Ghosh challenging government's decision not to grant her leave of 730 days for preparing her son for secondary/senior examinations.
She had first approached Central Administrative Tribunal Calcutta for getting leave. The tribunal had ordered in her favour but the High Court reversed the order after which she moved the apex court.
The apex court set aside the High Court's order.
"We set aside the impugned judgement dated September 18, 2012 passed by the Division Bench of Calcutta High Court, Circuit Bench at Port Blair and affirm the judgement and order dated April 30, 2012 passed by the Tribunal with a direction to the respondents to comply with the directions issued by the Tribunal within three months from the date of receipt/ production of this judgement," it said.

Sunday 13 April 2014

LTC - Will Air Travel Continue for the Next 2 Years?


Will Air Travel Continue for the Next 2 Years?

For a number of years, Central Government employees have been enjoying the benefits of Leave Travel Concession (LTC). When a Central Government employee is employed at a place that is not his home town, then, once every two years or twice every four years, he/she is eligible to reimburse the travel expenses incurred for travelling to and back, along with the entire family. 

BLOCK YEAR consists of four years. The current block year runs from 2010 to 2013. This is divided into two – 2010-11 and 2012-13, and concession to travel to the home town is offered twice.  Instead of two trips to home town, the employee is eligible to convert one of them as ALL INDIA LTC concession. Those who haven’t availed of the concession of the 2012-13 year block can utilize it in 2014. 

Depending on their designation, the employees are eligible to utilize air, ship, rail and road transportation facilities, along with the travel class. 

In the year 2010, in order to develop Jammu & Kashmir and North-East Region, it was announced that Central Government employees are eligible to travel to these regions via air from Delhi and Kolkata respectively. It was also announced that the travel expenses could be claimed in advance. Following this announcement, Central Government employees have started travelling via air, along with their families. From the HEADQUARTERS, where they are employed, they have to travel to New Delhi or Kolkata by train and go to Shri Nagar or Gauhati by airplane. 

This concession is given in two categories, on the basis of grade pay. Those with GP higher than Rs. 4200 and above are eligible to travel from the airport nearest to their work headquarters. Those with GP lesser than Rs. 4200 will have to travel to Delhi or Kolkata by train and continue only the rest of the journey by airplane. 

These concessions were initially announced for only two years and then extended to 2013. Each BLOCK YEAR can be carried forward to one year, i.e., those who haven’t utilized the facility in 2012-13 BLOCK YEAR can avail of it until December 2014. 

This wonderful opportunity will draw to a close very soon. The Government has issued permission to travel by air to the NORTH-EAST REGION until 30.04.2014 and to JAMMU & KASHMIR until 17.06.2014. 

Question is – Will this concession be extended for the next two years?

Friday 11 April 2014

நமது NFPE அஞ்சல் நான்கின் கோட்ட உதவி செயலரும் முன்னால் GDS சங்க கோட்ட செயலரும் கிண்டி அஞ்சலகத்தில் தபல்கரராக பணிபுரியும் தோழர் G.தீனதயாளன்  அவர்கள் 11/04/2014 அன்று மாலை பாலாஜி மருத்துவ மனையில் இயற்கையெதினார் என்பதை வருத்ததுடன் தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறோம். அவருடைய பிரிவால் வாடும் அவருடைய குடும்பத்தினர் மற்றும் கிண்டி அஞ்சல் உழியர்களுக்கும் ஆழந்த இரங்களையும் அஞ்சலியையும் தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறோம்.