National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY
Recognised by DAE vide DAE OM No. 8/1/2007 – IR&W/95 dated 13th June 2007
JCM Office, Brindavan, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
Ref. No: nfaee/sg/14/178 21.11.2014
The Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Atomic Energy
CSM Marg, Mumbai 400001
Sub: The points of submission to be made before
7th Central Pay Commission by DAE - Reg
This letter is in continuation with our letter No. nfaee/sg/14/175 dated 19th November 2014.
With great expectation to hear from the Department about the proposals prepared by the Department to submit the 7th Central Pay Commission, the representatives of this Federation and the affiliated unions and association were attended the meeting being convened by the Additional Secretary on 19th November 2014. But it became an unproductive exercise as the Departments has not come with any proposal to share with the recognized unions and associations. The only attempt done by the Department is that a power point presentation has been done based on the proposal received by the Department from this Federation and other 10 unions/association on the questionnaire circulated by the 7th Central Pay Commission after its constitution. It is pertinent to note here that the reply to the questionnaire was asked to submit to the Department before 7th May 2014. Thereafter sequence of developments took place based on the initiative and direction of the 7th Central Pay Commission. But unfortunately Department of Atomic Energy stuck in the first phase itself. The way the Department approached the matter of Pay Commission is so casual and thus we fear the entire employees of the Department is going to miss the opportunity to present our points pertaining to pay structure, allowances, advances, facilities, etc and come out of the discrepancies and anomalies exists.
We would like to put the following for your kind information and attention:
Ø The 7th Central Pay Commission (7 CPC) constituted by the Government of India on 28th February 2014 with a view to go into the various issues of emolument’s structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of the Central Government employees
Ø The Secretary 7th CPC wrote a letter to you on 9th April 2014with a request to furnish replies to the questionnaire circulated by the Pay Commission on before 10th May 2014
Ø NFAEE wrote a letter to you vide No. nfaee/sg/14/056 with a request to hold a meeting with NFAEE before finalizing the reply to the questionnaire of CPC
Ø On 30th April you met the office bearers of NFAEE. In the said meeting Shri. Niranjan Kumar Director and IFA was present and heard our views and directed to the administration to initiate action and interact with staff side on issues pertaining to CPC
Ø Accordingly on 30th April 2014, Shri. Niranjan Kumar Director (SCS), DAE has been issued a letter to all Head of Units and to all recognized unions and associations to furnish the considered views on Questionnaire of CPC before 7th May 2014.
Ø NFAEE has been submitted its reply to the Questionnaire on 7th May 2014 through email and handed over a hard copy.
Ø Thereafter the Pay Commission requested to submit the Memorandum of proposal before 30th June 2014 which was then extended upto 31st July 2014.
Ø NFAEE has been submitted its proposal to the Pay Commission on 30th July 2014 by email as well as sent a hard copy
Ø A copy of the detailed proposals on various issues contains in more than 200 pages was submitted to the Department on 31st July 2014 with covering letter No. nfaee/sg/14/102 addressed to the Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy
Ø In the said covering letter we requested to direct the official concerned to hand over the copy of the Memorandum being submitted by the Department to the Pay Commission and to have arrange a meeting to give us an opportunity to explain our proposals.
Ø But it is unfortunate to note here that the Administration of the DAE utterly failed to move further on the matter on coordinating the Pay Commission matter and respond to the Pay Commission either on questionnaire or detailed memorandum for quite some time.
Ø It is understood that DAE has not been submitted its considered view on the questionnaire sent to you by their letter dated 9th April 2014. We fear that the DAE may be only one Department may not submitted its considered views to the Pay Commission on Questionnaire as well as its detailed memorandum in the stipulated time frame prescribed the P ay Commission.
Ø Almost after 7 months of the appointment of the CPC, DAE constituted two committees vide their letter Nos. 8/3/2014 – SCS/12094 and 12096 dated 23rd September 2014 to ensure better coordination and comprehensive examination of the issues relating to terms of reference of the 7th CPC
Ø DAE has communicated NFAEE vide their letter Nos 8/3/2014 – SCS/13118 & 13119 dated 20th October 2014 the constitution of the Committees and advised to meet both committees with prior appointment.
Ø NFAEE vide our letter Nos nfaee/sg/14/155 & 156 dated 3rd November 2014 and nfaee/sg/163 & 164 dated 11th November 2014 requested both committees to give us time for discussion.
Ø But both committees could not find time to meet as all were busy with various meetings, visit of Pay Commission, etc.
Ø Now it is understood that both committees submitted its report to Additional Secretary and is finalizing the recommendation.
Ø At this juncture only Additional Secretary convened the meeting for discussion on points for submission to the Pay Commission on 19th November 2014.
Though the notification for the meeting on 19th November 2014 was categorically mentioned two separate session for Scientific & technical and Administrative, Accounts, Purchase & Stores, Auxiliary, nothing was presented during the power point presentation.
As explained earlier, the presentation was done based on the comments being sent by the Federation/unions/associations to the pay Commission on their questionnaire which was submitted in the month of May 2014 and not on the basis of memorandum submitted on 31st July 2014 or the report submitted by the Committees constituted by the Department vide their letter dated 23rd September 2014.
Even in respect to the questionnaire the Department has not come out with their stand and just done compilation of the suggestions received from Federation and associations. Even the comments submitted by the constituent units or that of the DAE have not been shared with the representatives of the recognized Federation and unions and associations.
In short it was futile excise just to put it on record that a meeting was convened by the Department to present the compilation of the proposals received from Federation, unions and associations.
We feel the very casual approach of the Department on future of the employees will further amplify the discriminations and anomalies already existing among the various categories of employees and will difficult to find solutions on various un resolved issues such as Overtime Allowances, Night Duty Allowances, etc and other Allowances and facilities.
Thus we request you to directly intervene in the matter and take action on war foot measure to place the issues for the consideration of the Pay Commission. In this regard we would like to suggest that the Department should submit that:
v A note on the questionnaire should be submitted immediately to the Pay Commission.
v Department should create a separate cell for monitoring, coordinating the submission of proposal to the Pay Commission
v A detailed proposal on all issues as per the terms of reference of the Pay Commission such as various issues of emolument’s structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government Employees in general and DAE employees in specific.
v Department should compare the pay structure, promotional avenues, other benefits, etc with similar placed Ministries/Departments based on the qualifications, experience, etc.
v Also the Department should take note of the approach of other Ministries/Departments towards the Pay Commission.
v The attitude of ‘comparison is not feasible’ is a wrong footing and prejudiced on the earlier decision
v All ministries such as Railways, Defence, Postal, Audit & Accounts, etc submitting detailed proposals on pay structure of their employees, need of upgradation, etc for the consideration of the Pay Commission. As per our information those ministries submitted the reports to the Pay Commission. This can be seen from the earlier reports of the Pay Commission that volumes are engaged for all these departments where as the proposal on Department of Atomic Energy contains in 5-6 pages giving an impression that no such categories of employees are in DAE.
v Effort should be taken to sort out the discrepancies
v A meeting may be arranged for a presentation and detailed discussion from NFAEE
We hope that Department is going to submit points based on the questionnaire without any more delay as the Pay Commission insisted for that. Based on the observations/comments of the DAE during the Power point presentation being done on 19th November 2014 we would like to mention the following points should be considered for inclusion in the note:
· The ratio of the minimum pay to maximum pay
The average proposal for ratio was 1:8. The present ratio of minimum to maximum pay is 11.43. It should not be more than that in any case.
· Pay Scales
The number of pay scales should not be reduced. Now there are 19 pay scales. It should be retained
· Grade Pay System
Grade Pay System should be replaced with the earlier Pay Scales pattern
MACP should be on grade hierarchy and not on pay scale hierarchy.
Overtime Allowance should be with reference to the revised pay. Stress should be given on argument as the unique nature of work in DAE as uninterrupted service demands in various activities.
Night Duty allowance also should with reference to the revised pay. No ceiling should be there for NDA. All those who performing Night Duty should be eligible for NDA
The upper limit for eligibility should be removed.
NRPSA being the extra duty being done by the Round the clock shift personnel, the same should be on actual wages for the extra work done by the Round the clock shift personnel comparing the general shift people.
PRIS should continue. Fine tuning is necessary with comparing DOS
Allowance should be revised
o New Pension Scheme
As the Pay Commission put question in the questionnaire, the reply based on the observation/request from the employees should be referred to the pay commission. The Pay Commission also knows that those who joined after 01.01.200 4will not retire by 2014.
All employees those who joined after 01.01.2004 wishes to replace the New Pension Scheme with the Old Pension Scheme
o CPF to GPF option
One more option should be extended to those employees in CPF
· Out sourcing/Privatisation
Considering the activities of DAE, various para meters/training etc various area of work can’t be outsourced or privatized. Thus Department should be exempted from the policy of the outsourcing/privatisation and cotracturisation. Based on the expansion of the activities additional man power in all categories should be sanction which will ensure the completion of the projects in time.
Apart from the questionnaire, other issues also should be specifically submitted to the Pay Commission, as already the Department is delayed all these exercises. All other Departments submitted its detailed proposals for pay structure including the upgardation on comparison with other similar placed cadres in other ministries/departments.
Detailed note on Department specific pay structure with upgradation by considering the training programme, nature of job, etc, specific allowances, etc should be placed for the consideration of the pay Commission, specifically mentioning the quantum of the payment in such allowances.
We request you to give us an early appointment to place these point in person
Address for Correspondence: Jayaraj. KV, Secretary General, NFAEE
PESS/UED; BARC, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085
Tel. No: (O): 022 – 25596519; (Res): 022 – 25554179; (Mobile): 9869501189