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
NFAEE Office, Opp. NIYAMAK BHAVAN, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
Ref. No: nfaee/15/225 10.12.2015
Atomic Energy Commission &
The Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Atomic Energy
CSM Marg, Mumbai 400 001
Sub: Comments/Views on 7th Central Pay Commission Report - Reg
Please refer the vide letter No. 8/13/2015 – SCS/16739 dated 8th December 2015 regarding the subject mentioned above. At the outset we extend our since gratitude for taking initiate by the Chairman Office on our request to act on the direction given by the Department of Expenditure vide their letter No. D.O.No.1-4/2012-EIII (A) dated 21st November 2015.
Since no Nodal Officer at the level of Jt. Secretary has been appointed to co ordinate the matter related to 7th CPC Report, we submit the comments/views on Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission to you. We request you to nominate one Jt. Secretary as Nodal Officer to interact with the representatives of the employees and the implementation cell of Finance Ministry as directed by the Department of Expenditure. Since the time limit mentioned in the letter issued by Department of Expenditure is already going to be over by 11th December 2015, you are requested to direct the concerned Jt. Secretary in war foot manner and to start interaction with NFAEE and submit the suggestions/ views of the Department on the Report of 7th Central Pay Commission at the earliest.
As doing all other ministries and Departments our Department also should make concrete suggestions and comments on all relevant recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
The Working Committee meeting of NFAEE was held on 5th December 2015 at the AERB Auditorium and discussed the recommendations of the Pay Commission in detail and unanimously decided to submit the comments on various issues. Further we would like to mention that while submitting detailed note to Pay Commission on 31st July 2014, a copy was submitted to your office also. Thereafter vide letter No. nfaee/sg/14/175 dated 19th Novemebr2014 NFAEE submitted a gist of the points to be made before 7th Central Pay Commission. This also may take note by the Department finalising its comments on7th CPC Report
The Minimum Pay, Matrix, Fitment formula, Increment, Promotion benefits, MACP, Allowances, Advances, Out sourcing, Department Specific issues and all other issues referred in the report is necessary to have a relook and the Secretaries Committee under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary should be informed our concern on these issues.
The HRA only give the feeling of hike in emoluments in total. HRA is not a factor of entire Government employees as those who are staying in the Government quarters are not eligible for HRA and HRA is not a uniform factor across the country since it varies from city to city.
The normal deduction on PF, NPS, CGHS, CGEIS, Income Tax, etc is likely to be increase as the basic pay shall increase which results the take home salary of the a section of employees are going to be less than that of the salary before the revision of the pay.
Similarly there are recommendations on various issues pertaining to Department Specific also. The suggestions and views on these points also prepared after detailed discussion in the Working Committee. Following are the important recommendations of the 7th CPC to be reviewed and corrective measure to be taken:
01. Minimum Wage: Re-compute the minimum wage on the basis of the actual commodity prices as on 1.7.2015and factor the Dr. Aykroyd formula stipulated percentages for housing and social obligations, children education etc. Revise the fitment formula and pay levels on the basis of the so determined minimum wage
02. Rationalisation of Pay Structure: It is seen that the 7th CPC has applied varying multiplication factors for different pay levels. The 6th CPC has taken the emoluments in the private sector to hike the salary of officers by applying different yardstick to compute the pay bands disturbing the vertical relativity while the 7th CPC has further accentuated the gap of differences in wages between officers and employees. This being unacceptable we urge upon adoption of uniform multiplication factor for determining pay levels.
03. Minimum Pay: Based on the correction new minimum pay should be derived
04. Pay Matrix: Revise the pay matrix basing upon the revised minimum wage and rounding off the stages to the next hundred.
05. Increment: Revise the rate of increment to 5 %. The rate of increment has been pegged down to 3% by the 7th CPC. At this rate an employee will not be able to double his pay even after 30 years.
06. Increment Date: To remove existing anomaly, the annual increment date may be 1st January for those recruited prior to 30th June and 1st July in respect of those recruited prior to 31st December.
07. Fitment: Revised Fitment Factor should be derived based on the new Minimum Pay and the existing Minimum Pay
08. Fixation benefit on Promotion: Grant two increments in the feeder cadre levels as promotion benefit. The recommendation of 7 CPC one increment in the lower level and fix equal or next stage will give meager benefit only.
09. Modified Assured Career Progression: MACP to be treated as financial up-gradation, without any grading stipulation; to be provided on the basis of the promotional cadre hierarchy of the concerned department; increase the number of MACP to five on completion of 8,15,21,26 and 30th years of service. Reject the Efficiency Bar stipulation made by 7th CPC. Personnel promoted on the basis of Examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre.
10. Head Quarters – Field Parity: a) Parity to be ensured for all Stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all the organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat/Head Quarters by upgrading their pay scales (and not by downgrading the pay scales of the CSS)
b) Drivers in all Government offices to be granted pay scale on par with the drivers of the Lok Sabha
11. Allowances: Revise the following allowances as under in place of the recommendations made by the 7th CPC :
(a) House Rent Allowance: Retain the rate of house rent allowance in place of the recommendation of the Commission to reduce it.
(b) Transport Allowance: Restructure the transport allowance into two slabs at Rs. 7500 and 3750 with DA thereof removing all the stipulated conditions.
(c) Overtime Allowance: Overtime allowance whenever sanction must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee and the rule existing in the Department for OTA calculation.
(d)Cash handling /Treasury allowance: The assumption that every transaction in Government Departments are through the bank is not correct. There are officials entrusted to collect cash and therefore the cash handling allowance to be retained.
(e) Dress Allowance: Considering the various factors of subsuming Uniform allowance, Washing allowance, Shoe Allowance, etc ceiling to be raised to Rs 20,000/- p a
(f) Nursing Allowance: Nursing Allowance to be raised to 50% of Rs 4800/- since it is partially linked with DA and the Dress Allowance made available to the nurses.
(g)Qualification Pay: Qualification Pay to be retained and enhance
(h)Small Family Norms Allowance: Small family norms allowances should continue and must be enhanced to 2.25 times.
(i) Fixed conveyance allowance: This allowance had no DA component at any stage... This allowance must be enhanced to 2.25 times with 25% DA thereon as and when the DA crosses 50%
(j) Special Duty Allowance: Restore the island Special duty allowance and the Tripura Special compensatory remote locality allowance. The special duty allowance in NE Region should be uniform for all at 30%
(k) Increase in Fixed Allowances: All fixed allowances must be raised to 2.25 times as per the principle enunciated by the Commission
(l) Allowances not mentioned by the Pay Commission: Restore the allowances abolished for the reason that it is either not reported or mentioned in the Report by the Commission.
12. Advances: Restore the following advances and revise the same to 2.25 times unless otherwise mentioned.
a. Natural calamity advance
b. Festival Advance
c. LTC and TA advances as per eligibility.
d. Medical advance as per the eligibility
e. Education advance.
f. Vehicle advances including cycle advance as per the eligibility
13.Child Care Leave: The stipulation made by the 7th CPC to grant only 80% of salary for the second year of CCL be rejected and the existing provisions may be retained
14.Child Adoption Leave: The erroneous statement in Para 9.2.5 to be corrected. Vide OM No. 13018/1/2009-Estt (L) dated 22.07.2009, DOP, P&W, the leave period for Child adoption has been increased to 180 days.
15. Casual Leave: Should enhance to 12 for civilian employees and 15 to industrial workers
16.Hospital Leave: Full pay and allowances to be provided for the entire period of WRIIL. The conditions stipulated in clause (4) & (5) under Para 9.2.37 for WRILL be removed
17.Medical facilities: Health insurance should not be introduced
18.Central government Employees Insurance Scheme: 50% of the CGEIS premium to be paid by the Government in respect of Group B and C employees.
19.Compassionate Ground Appointments: In the absence of any recommendation made by 7 CPC, the Government must withdraw the stipulated ceiling on compassionate appointments
20.Vacant Posts: Fill up all vacant posts by holding special recruitment drive
21.Regularisation of Contractual Labours: Contract/casual and daily rated workers to be regularized against the huge vacancies existing in various Government offices.
22.Revise the pension and other retirement benefits as under:-
(a) Parity in Pension: Parity between the past and present pensioners to be brought about on the basis of the 7th CPC recommendations with the modification that basis of computation to be the pay level of the post / grade/ scale of pay from which one retired; whichever is beneficial.
(b) Quantum of Pension: Pension to be 60% of the last pay drawn in the case of all eligible persons who have completed the requisite number of years of service.
(c) Quantum of Pension: The family pension to be 50% of the last pay drawn.
(d)Enhancement in Pension: Enhance the pension and family pension by 5% after every five years and 10% on attaining the age of 85 and 20% on attaining the age of 90.
(e) Restoration of Commutation: Commuted value of pension to be restored after 10 years or attaining the age of 70, whichever is earlier. Gratuity calculation to be on the basis of 25 days in the month as against 30 days as per the Gratuity Act.
(f) Fixed Medical Allowance: Fixed medical allowance for those pensioners not covered by CGHS and REHS to be increased to Rs. 2000 p.m.
(g)Additional Increment: Provide one increment on the last day in service if the concerned employee has completed six months or more from the date of grant of last increment.
23. Exemption for CG Employees from NPS: Exclude the Central Government employees from the ambit of the National Pension Scheme (NPS) and extend the defined benefit pension scheme to all those recruited after 1.1.2004
24.Tenure for Wage Revision: Wage of Central Government Employees be revised in every 5 years
25. Anomaly Committee: Set up a group of Ministers’ Committee to consider the anomalies including the disturbance of the existing horizontal and vertical relativities at the National level and Departmental/Ministry level with provision for referring the disputed issues to the Board of Arbitration under the JCM scheme
DEPARTMENTAL SPECIFIC ISSUES:
01. Merit Promotion Scheme: Suggestion to introduce fixing percentage for promotion should be rejected.
02. Update Allowance: Professional Update Allowance: Update Allowance should continue to the Technical an, Non Technical and supporting Staff working in DAE and the same should enhance to 50% of the existing Rate.
03. Overtime Allowance: Department should ensure Revision in Overtime Allowance based on the revised pay and the existing Rule for calculation of Overtime Allowance in all DAE units where the employees has to perform overtime to run the Nuclear Installation uninterrupted.
04. Nuclear Research Plant Allowance: NRPSA should be renamed as Extra Duty Allowance and the same should be extended to all those who are working in the Round the Clock Shift duty.
05. Qualification Incentives Scheme: The Qualification Scheme Should be retained and enhanced by increasing 225%
06. Risk Allowance: Based on the new Risk Hardship Matrix the risk involved in the Nuclear Installations should be considered and the nuclear worker should be extended Risk Allowance.
07. Performance Relative Incentive Scheme: Medical Leave should be exempted from the eligibility condition as in Department of Space
08. Project allowance: Should be extended to the ongoing projects at various places in the country.
09. National Holiday Allowance: Should extend National Holiday allowance to all those employees working regularly on national Holiday
10. GPF: One time relaxation to those employees intent to switch over from CPF to GPF.
11. Medical facilities: No insurance scheme should be introduce to replace the existing CHSS.
12. Upgradation of the Pay Scale of various categories: Considering the anomalies created by earlier Pay Commission and to ensure vertical and horizontal relativities with qualifications and other Departments, upgradation of Pay structure should be considered.
A detailed note as an annexure to this letter is attached detailing the points to be considered and reviewed by the Secretaries Committee. Annexure I is the short note on common issues and the Departmental specific issues and Annexure II contains the explanatory note on various common issues as well as Departmental specific issues to explain the reason for our suggestion s.
We request to arrange a meeting by the Nodal Officer to make our oral presentation before the Committee in DAE finalising the suggestions/views of the Department on recommendations of 7th CPC to be submitted to the Department of Expenditure/Secretaries Committee by DAE.
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