National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
Recognised by DAE vide DAE OM No. 8/1/2007 – IR&W/95 dated 13th June 2007
JCM Office, Brindavan, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ref. nfaee/09/04 03.01.2009
Hon’ble Member of Parliament,
Sub: Discrepancies in the Pay Revision of
Employees of Department of Atomic Energy - Reg
At the out set on behalf of the employees of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) we would like to wish you a HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR and SUCCESS IN ALL YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. National Federation of Atomic Energy (NFAEE) is a recognized organization by the Government of India/DAE representing more than 15000 employees working in various establishments of DAE through out the country. 22 unions and association recognized by DAE is affiliated with NFAEE. The unions and associations apolitical organizations working in various DAE units under NFAEE always in the forefront to maintain the democratic culture of the country and work hardly to maintain the harmonious relation among the work force during any crisis. We always give utmost importance to build strong establishment for facing any crisis the Government, the common people faces. Being a premier scientific establishment, the role of Department of Atomic Energy and its establishments such as Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in the present era of scientific revelations, is very much important to face any challenge from the competitive world. Self reliance and indigenous development is the answer to face these challenges and for this purpose whole employees – scientists, technocrats and all other section – should work together with proper understanding.
We would like to bring to your attention and your intervention to resolve the situation aroused while implementing the revised pay structure based on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (SCPC). Immediately after the Government issued notification on revision of pay based on the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission, DAE too initiated steps to implement the revised pay structure for its employees. After the submission of the recommendations of SCPC Dr. Anil Kakodkar Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) called the Office Bearers of NFAEE for discussion on 28th April 2008. During the discussion the management assured better pay structure and facilities to the employees and a committee constituted to recommend proper pay structure. On 12th September 2008, the Department issued order to implement the Government order and also constituted another committee to suggest the proper implementation of Revised Pay Rules. NFAEE had given its suggestions to remove the discrepancies/anomalies likely to be arising while implementing the revised pay scales as it is. But it is unfortunate to note here that the said committee failed to suggest steps to remove the discrepancies/anomalies. While implementing the revised pay structure the Department not only denied the better pay structure to the non-gazetted employees, but taken away the promotional avenues by merging certain pay scales.
Department of Space (DOS) is another prestigious Scientific Department of the country doing R&D in the Space Technology and recently succeeded in their CHANDRAYAN abhiyan. Both Department DAE & DOS are coming under none other than our Hon’ble Prime Minister and directly looking after by Shri Pritviraj Chauhan, Minister for State in charge of PMO. It is pertinent to note here that DOS too issued Order to implement the revised Pay structure on 12th September 2008. Without appointing a committee DOS could do justification on revision of pay by taking proper care while selecting the pay scales. DAE even failed to recommend the pay structure adopted by the Department of Space for its non-gazetted staff, though both Departments are coming under the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Because of this attitude of the department, employees losing thousands of rupees by way of salary on comparison with the employees in similar grade working in Department of Space and this will reflect in their pension and other benefits. This can be clear from the facts given below:
· When the auxiliary staff of Space who got two promotions in their carrier getting higher grade pay than that of DAE employees and having better promotional option too.
· The entry level of administrative, accounts, purchase & store staff of the Space Department is higher than that of DAE and the difference in the grade pay at the entry level is Rs500/- per month.
· The Technical staff, core group of the R&D and Industrial activities under DAE too denied the better pay structure comparing to the Space staff. The senior most employees in Technical staff – Technicians, Draftsmen, Foremen, Scientific Assistants, etc – are getting lesser pay in the tune of Rs1000 to Rs1200/- per month, as the selection of pay scale has not been done properly.
NFAEE and its affiliates through representations approached the Secretary, DAE, Director BARC and other officials, but no attempt has been initiated to resolve the anomalies. When Ministry of Health, Ministry of HRD, etc succeeded to upgrade the pay structure of the employees of their core personnel such as nurses, teachers respectively, Department of Atomic Energy miserably failed to ensure better pay structure for their employees working in the core area such as radiation and other hazardous field. When the Defence personnel given lesser pay, the Chiefs of the armed force took up the issue with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet rectified the anomalies of certain cadres.
The discontentment among the employees increased and this lead to protest action in all DAE units and employees were observed Black day by wearing black badges, Day Long Dharna, 24 hours Long Fast, etc. In the mean time Director BARC called a meeting for discussion, but the Department has not come foreword to resolve a single anomalies raised by NFAEE. As the adamant approach is continues, the employees have no other option than go for industrial action and is preparing for indefinite strike.
You are requested to take up the issues with the Ministry concerned and do the needful to resolve the justified demands of DAE employees and at least ensure parity with DOS in respect to the Pay structure.
Anticipating an initiative and intervention from your side to resolve the problem facing by the Employees of DAE.
Copies of the correspondence we had with Department are attached.
Encl: As above