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/15/229 15.12.2015
Shri Pradhip Kumar Sinha
The Cabinet Secretary
Government of India
Rashtrapathi Bhavan Annex
New Delhi 110001
Sub: Comments/Views on 7th Central Pay Commission Report - Reg
National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees (NFAEE) is the sole Federation recognised by the Government of India/Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) under CCS (RSA) Rules. NFAEE represents all non gazetted staff in Group A, B and C working in various establishments under DAE. The establishments include Industrial, Research & Development, Service and Supportive Sector.
Since the activities under Department of Atomic Energy are entirely different from other conventional Departments, the issues are also vary from other Departments. While submitting the memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission and thereafter during the oral presentation with the Pay Commission, NFAEE tried to pursue such issues to the Pay Commission. But unfortunately most of such issues are still unresolved and not considered by the Pay Commission while finalising its report.
The Working Committee meeting of NFAEE was held on 5th December 2015 at Mumbai and discussed the recommendations of the Pay Commission in detail and unanimously decided to submit the suggestions and views on various issues to the Government as well as to the Department.
The Minimum Pay, Matrix, Fitment formula, Increment, Promotion benefits, MACP, Allowances, Advances, Leave, Vacant Posts, Out sourcing, Pension related issues and all other issues referred in the report is necessary to have a relook by the Secretaries Committee under your Chairmanship as there are major discrepancies found in the recommendations .
The HRA component gives the feeling of hike in emoluments in total. HRA is not a factor for the entire Government employees as those who are staying in the Government quarters are not eligible for HRA. Moreover HRA is not a uniform factor across the country since it varies from city to city and towns.
The normal deduction on PF, NPS, CGHS, CGEIS, Income Tax, etc is going to increase as the basic pay increases. This results the take home salary of a section of employees less than that of the salary after the revision of the pay.
Similarly there are recommendations on various issues pertaining to Department specific also. Recommendations on Merit Promotion, Update Allowance, Overtime Allowance, Nuclear Research Plant Supporting Allowance, etc are some of the issues to be revisited.
The suggestions and views on these points are 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. Detailed note with illustration on each point given below has been attached as Annexure I.
01. Determination of Minimum Pay: Re-compute the minimum wage on the basis of the actual commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 and factor the Dr. Aykroyd formula stipulated percentages for housing and marriage social obligations, children education etc. Revise the fitment formula and pay levels on the basis of the so determined minimum wage.
02. The effect of recommendation of lesser pay as Minimum Pay: By recommending the minimum pay as Rs 18000/- the increase in the salary become a meagre amount. This can be established from the minimum pay recommended itself. At the Minimum Pay level the increase in salary shall be just Rs2250/-. As per the recommendations of CPC the deduction in salary on PF/NPS, CHSS, CGEGIS, etc will be about Rs 2500/- It means take home salary shall be less than about Rs 200/- as on today.
03. 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.
04. Minimum Pay: Based on the correction in “Determination of Pay”, new Minimum Pay should be derived
05. Pay Matrix: Revise the pay matrix basing upon the revised minimum wage and rounding off the stages to the next hundred. Continuing pay scale corresponding to Grade Pay of 5400 in PB2 and in PB3 shall be an aberration and hence request to abolish the level 9 from the Pay Matrix.
06. 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.
07. Increment Date: Employees joined between 1st January and 30th June has to be complete for 13 to 18 months for next increment. To remove 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.
08. Fitment: Revised Fitment Factor should be derived based on the new Minimum Pay and the existing Minimum Pay
09. 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.
10. 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.
11. Benchmark for Promotion and MACP: Pay Commission proposed to stop annual increment in case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench mark either for Promotion or MACP in the first 20 years of their service. Reject the proposal for indirect entry of Efficiency Bar stipulation made by 7th CPC.
12. 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
13. 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. Transport Allowance should be net of TAX.
c. Overtime Allowance: Overtime allowance must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee and the rule existing in the Department for OTA calculation.
d. 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.
e. Nursing Allowance: Nursing Allowance to be raised to 2.25 times of the existing Allowance.
f. Family Planning Allowance: Small family norms allowances should continue and must be enhanced to 2.25 times.
g. National Holiday Allowance: The recommendation of the Pay Commission to extend to all other Departments where the employees are regularly working on National Holidays.
h. Special Duty Allowance: The special duty allowance in NE Region should be uniform for all at 30%.
i. Increase in Fixed Allowances: All fixed allowances must be raised to 2.25 times as per the principle enunciated by the Commission
j. 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.
14. Advances: Restore the following advances and revise the same to 2.25 times unless otherwise mentioned.
a. Interest Free Advances: Recommended to abolish Warm clothing Advance, Advance of Pay on Transfer, Advance of TA on Tour/Transfer/Retirement, Advance of TA to the family of a deceased government employees, Advance on LTC, Advance of Leave Salary, Advance in connection with medical Treatment, Festival Advance, Advance in the event of natural calamity, etc.
b. Interest Bearing Advances: Vehicle advances including cycle advance as per the eligibility
15. 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
16. 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.
17. Casual Leave: Should enhance to 12 for civilian employees and 15 to industrial workers
18. 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
19. Medical facilities: Health insurance should not be introduced
20. Compassionate Ground Appointments: In the absence of any recommendation made by 7 CPC, the Government must withdraw the stipulated ceiling on compassionate appointments
21. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme: The recommendation of the Pay Commission should be revisited and a proper Insurance Scheme should be worked out by considering component of Insurance Fund as well as the Savings Fund based on Life Insurance Corporation of India and the interest factor for the Saving Fund etc.
22. Vacant Posts: There are about 7.5 lakhs posts lying vacant in various Departments. Fill up all vacant posts by holding special recruitment drive
23. Regularisation of Contractual Labours: Contract/casual and daily rated workers to be regularized against the huge vacancies existing in various Government offices.
24. Cadre Review: Ensure Cadre Review of Group C & D Employees in all Departments periodically.
25. Pension: Revise the pension benefits 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 Family 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.
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.
26. Gratuity: Gratuity should not be restricted to 33 years of service and should be given for the full service. Gratuity calculation to be on the basis of 26 days in a month as against 30 days as per the provision in the Gratuity Act 1972.
27. National Pension Scheme: 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. Without prejudice to the demand consider the recommendation of the Pay Commission to streamline the NPS pending decision of exempting NPS to al l Central Government Employees.
28. Tenure for Wage Revision: Wage of Central Government Employees be revised in every 5 years
29. 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
30. Upgradation of Pay Scales: To remove the anomalies created by earlier Pay Commissions Upgradation of Pay Structure of various categories of employees to be done.
DEPARTMENTAL SPECIFIC ISSUES:
31. Merit Promotion Scheme: Suggestion to introduce fixing percentage for promotion should be rejected.
32. Update Allowance: Update Allowance should continue to the Technical and Non Technical and supporting Staff working in DAE and the same should enhance to 50% of the existing Rate.
33. Overtime Allowance: Government should ensure Revision in Overtime Allowance based on the revised pay and the existing Rule for calculation of Overtime Allowance in the Department concerned where the employees has to perform overtime to run the activities interruptedly in Nuclear Plants, Facilities, Laboratories, etc
34. Qualification Incentive Scheme (QIS): The Qualification Incentive Scheme should be retained & enhanced by2.25 times
35. Nuclear Research Plant Allowance (NRPSA): 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 for their extra duty in comparison with General shift personnel.
36. 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.
37. Project allowance: Should be extended to the ongoing projects at various places in the country.
A detailed note as an annexure I to this letter is attached detailing the points to be considered and reviewed by the Secretaries Committee, which contains short note on common issues and the Departmental specific issues with illustrations to explain the reason for our suggestions.
We request to give an opportunity to NFAEE to make our oral presentation before the Secretaries Committee constituted by the Government for finalising the suggestions/views of the Departments/Ministries and Federations, associations of Central government Employees on recommendations of 7th CPC.
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