Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Much awaited meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was held on 17th January 2017 at National Council (JCM) Staff-side office at New Delhi. Leaders of Railways, Defence, Postal and Confederation attended. Detailed discussions were held on the developments that took place after the deferment of the indefinite strike of 11th July 2016 and also on the totally negative attitude of the Government towards the 7th Pay Commission related issues of the Central Government Employees & Pensioners, including increase in Minimum Pay, Fitment formula, Allowances, Pensioner’s Option-I etc.
Unfortunately, there was no consensus regarding revival of the deferred indefinite strike. Hence no decision could be taken. Meeting ended with a decision to meet again after some days. In the meantime NJCA Chairman and Convener may try to meet the Cabinet Ministers who have given the assurances on 30th June 2016 to NJCA leaders.
As there is no immediate possibility for revival of the indefinite strike by NJCA, Confederation National Secretariat has decided to intensify the mobilization campaign and preparation for making the 16th March 2017 one day strike a grand success. All Affiliated Organizations and C-O-Cs are once again requested to make all –out efforts to ensure cent percent participation of employees in the strike. In addition to the campaign programme of National Secretariat members, each affiliated organization and C-O-Cs should chalk out their own separate campaign programme. Please give wide publicity through local print / electronic media and social media like whatsapp, facebook etc.
No doubt, our strike will have a great impact in settling the demands and also in exposing the powers-that-be who betrayed the cause of 33 lakhs Central Govt Employees and 34 lakhs Pensioners.
Somebody should come forward to protest and also, if necessary, to suffer and Confederation is ready for it.
Let Confederation lead and others follow.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
New Delhi, Dec 19: Central government employees will have to wait till February next year to get higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The ‘Committee on Allowances’ has got extension till February 22, 2017 to give its report on higher allowances. The extension given to the ‘Committee on Allowances’ raises eyebrows because the panel in October said the report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is ready. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then formed ‘Committee on Allowances’ for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance.
“The government gave its approval for the extension of the term of the committee on allowances up to February 22, 2017,” an official statement said. The committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was given four months by the Union Cabinet to complete its task. Ashok Lavasa, in October, said, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.”
Sources close to the Finance Ministry said the demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes that has led to a massive cash shortage has delayed the payment of higher allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The government hopes that the situation will return to normal after December 30 and it will be able to pay higher allowances to its 4.8 million employees.
The central government employees have been waiting for fatter allowance since July when the government issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The 7th pay commission recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, which triggered a resentment among central government employees. To resolve the issue, the government formed the ‘Committee on Allowances’.
While the government plans to pay pay higher allowance, under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, with retrospective effect from August 2016, central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016. Earlier, we reported that the government is planning to pay higher allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from February to minimise the expenditures. Until acceptance of higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.