Sunday, April 13, 2014

IAS officers drafting wish list for pay panel

When the country is in the midst of electing a new government, the executive is busy drafting its wish list for the Seventh Pay Commission.

As per a recent resolution, the Central Indian Administrative Service Officers’ Association has decided to present a comprehensive and united representation of its demands before the Seventh Pay Commission, the setting up of which was announced by the government last month.

The association has asked the Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh IAS officers’ units to work on proposals for pay revision. Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan Associations have been allocated the job of drafting various aspects of essentials for IAS officers including security, transportation or car facility or allowance, camp office and attendant allowances.

Dearness, travel and other allowances like entertainment and perks will be looked into by the Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu associations while issues of loans for children’s education, housing, vehicles and gadgets have been entrusted to the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

Health insurance and risk coverage and health facilities will be dealt with by the IAS officers of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, AGMUT and Haryana.

Government residential quarters and housing schemes for members will be studied and proposals submitted to the commission by officers of the Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh cadre.

(The Hindu, New Delhi Edition 13th April. 2014)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

7th Pay Commission Terms of Reference

The Union Cabinet today (28/02/2014) gave its approval to the Terms of Reference of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) as follows:-

a)  To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:-
Central Government employees-industrial and non-industrial;
  1. Personnel belonging to the All India Services;
  2. Personnel of the Union Territories;
  3. Officers  and   employees   of  the   Indian  Audit  and   Accounts Department;
  4. Members of regulatory bodies (excluding the Reserve Bank of India) set up under Acts of Parliament; and
  5. Officers and employees of the Supreme Court.
b)      To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, as well as retirement benefits of personnel belonging to the Defence Forces, having regard to historical and traditional parities, with due emphasis on aspects unique to these personnel.

c)      To work out the framework for an emoluments structure linked with the need to attract the most suitable talent to Government service, promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture, and foster excellence in the public governance system to respond to complex challenges of modern administration and rapid political, social, economic and technological changes, with due regard to expectations of stakeholders, and to recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.

d)     To examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus, keeping in view, among other things, its bearing upon performance and productivity and make recommendations on the general principles, financial parameters and conditions for an appropriate incentive scheme to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity.

e)      To review the variety of existing    allowances presently available to employees in addition to pay and suggest their rationalization and simplification, with a view to ensuring that the pay structure is so designed as to take these into account.

f)       To examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits, including revision of pension in the case of employees who have retired prior to the date of effect of these recommendations, keeping in view that retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on and after 01.01.2004 are covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS).

g)      To make recommendations on the above, keeping in view: 
  1. the economic conditions in the country  and need for fiscal prudence;
  2. the need to ensure that adequate resources are available for developmental expenditures and welfare measures;
  3. the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications;
  4. the prevailing emolument structure and retirement benefits available to employees of Central Public Sector Undertakings; and
  5. the best global practices and their adaptability and relevance in Indian conditions.
h)      To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above.

The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution.  It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised.

The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Background

            Central Pay Commissions are periodically constituted to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Defence forces to get special hearing from 7th pay panel

The armed forces are finally in for a special hearing, with the Centre likely to separately deal with issues pertaining to their service conditions and payment structures in the 7th Central Pay Commission. The Union government, however, has not accepted the demand for military representation on the pay panel.

The terms of reference for the 7th CPC, to be cleared by the Cabinet, will for the first time include a paragraph on the defence forces. It has come in response to intense lobbying by the defence ministry and the armed forces, with the latter for long complaining of a “raw deal” compared to their civilian counterparts in the fixation of salaries by the central panel.

According to the terms of reference, the pay panel will examine the salary structure and benefits, including retirement benefits, with “due emphasis on the aspects unique to these (military) personnel”. The allowances could be reviewed in view of the hardships, both in terms of operations and frequent transfers, associated with military service.

There is another plus for the defence forces, with Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur to chair the pay commission. He has been the chairman of the Armed Forces Tribunal and the government says he is conversant with the issues related to defence forces.

(Time of India - Delhi edition 13/02/2014)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Prime Minister Approves Composition of 7th Central Pay Commission

Prime Minister today (04/02/2014) Approves Composition of 7th Central Pay Commission Under the Chairmanship of Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal.

The Prime Minister has approved the composition of the 7th Central Pay Commission as follows:
  1. Shri Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur -  Chairman  (Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired  Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal)
  2. Shri Vivek Rae  -  Member (Full Time), (Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas)
  3. Dr. Rathin Roy  -  Member (Part Time) (Director, NIPFP) 
  4. Smt. Meena Agarwal  -    Secretary,(OSD, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance)
It is not clear whether Pay commission for Armed Forces will be setup separately or pay structure of the armed forces will continue to be decided by current pay commission.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Government to set up first separate pay commission for Indian military

India's armed forces are likely to have their own pay panel for the first time since independence.

This comes as the government prepares to set up the seventh Pay Commission to decide on salary hikes for the 50 lakh central government employees, ahead of state polls and national elections due by May. The pay panel's recommendations are expected to be implemented from January 2016.

All three military chiefs had written to the Defence Minister last year, asking for pay parity with civilian employees. The armed forces have also been demanding the one rank one pension and one rank one pay rule.

They are also pushing for fixing rank pay and fixing pay structure for jawans and junior commissioned officers (JCOs).

In June last year, Defence Minister AK Antony had reportedly written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on "growing discontent among the services personnel due to the anomalies in payment and salaries."

Mr Antony had said that service personnel, ex-servicemen and pensioners were "equally agitated" and suggested that corrective action be taken or "things may take a bad turn."

A month later, the PM set up a four-member committee of secretaries, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, to look into the demands. The armed forces had then objected to the absence of military representation on the committee. Later, some of the anomalies were corrected, and the government had promised a separate pay commission for the armed forces.

Government salaries had been substantially hiked under the sixth pay commission headed by Justice BN Srikrishna. The revised pays fixed the salary of the Cabinet Secretary at Rs. 90,000 a month and Secretary at Rs. 80,000 per month, while making Rs. 6,660 as the minimum entry level salary.