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7th Pay Commission Latest News – Likely Minimum Pay 23,000 and fitment factor 2.7 – Zee News Reports on 7th CPC Empowered Committee’s proposal to Govt

 

All Central Government Employees would be rejoicing at the news that is published by Zee News if it turns to be a reality.

Empowered Committee that studies to suggest suitably on 7th Pay Commission recommendations is reported to have proposed a minimum basic pay of Rs. 23,000 in the place of Rs. 18,000 recommended by 7th Pay Commission.

As far as fitment factor is concerned by which the the basic pay of existing employees is to be revised, Zee News reports that fitment factor of around 2.7 has been proposed by Empowered Committee as against 2.57 recommended by 7th Pay Commission.

 

 

 

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the chairmanship of Mr.P K Sinha, Cabinet Secretary convened a meeting on 14th June 2016 and discussed for increase in basic pay of Central Government Employees up to 30%.

As per Zee News report quoting Dainik Jagran, the Cabinet Secretary called on higher ups in Prime Minister Office on 15th June 2016 and discussed with them relating to report of Committee of Secretaries prepared so far with regard to 7th CPC related increase in pay and allowances of Central government employees.

It is also reported by Zee News that the secretaries panel which is reviewing the 7th pay commission’s recommendations submitted its report to the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry will prepare a note and present it before the Cabinet in the next 15 days.

While All Central Government Employees, Railway Employees Civilian Defence Employees have announced for All India Strike from 11th July 2016, it may have an impact on Govt in finalization of its decision on 7th Pay Commission recommendations as early as possible.Source: Zee news
 

Virtually all States support GST – FM

VIRTUALLY all states have supported the idea of GST today barring Tamil Nadu which has expressed some reservations. Tamil Nadu has offered a few suggestions which have been noted by the committee.", said the Finance Minister yesterday after a meeting of the empowered committee of State Finance Ministers. He said that there was no deadline as such but hoped to get the laws in place by the end of this year. The Finance Ministry released the Model GST Law for public scrutiny. And every line will be dissected in the coming days. I am personally very pessimistic about GST being a reality in the near future and am really scared about the monster that is going to be unleashed, but a few observations on the Draft Act may be not out of place.

 

Source: TIOL

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Empowered Committee Meeting Postponed – “The meeting is expected to take place on Tuesday, June 14”, said V.P. Mishra, President, Indian Public Service Employment Federation.

 

The meeting of the Empowered Group of Secretaries reviewing the 7th Pay Commission, to finalize the payout to the central government employees did not take place as scheduled earlier on Saturday.

 

The office of the Cabinet Secretary dealing with 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation confirmed that the meeting did not take place on Saturday. It did not reveal either when would the secretaries panel meet again to give the final shape to the salaries of central government employees.

“The meeting is expected to take place on Tuesday, June 14”, said V.P. Mishra, President, Indian Public Service Employment Federation. “When we met the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha on June 3, he told us that we would be meeting on June 14”, added Mishra confirming that the 7th Pay Commission report is said to be finalised soon.

The AK Mathur led 7th pay panel report, which was released in November, had raised the minimum pay of central government employees to Rs 18,000 per month from currently drawn Rs 7,000, while the maximum pay recommended was Rs 2.5 lakh per month from Rs 90,000.

The employees unions decried the wage revisions suggested by the Commission as the “the lowest in the post independent history of the country”, and said a “meager rise of 14% alone was recommended by the Commission to be effective for a long period of ten years.”

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries, which was set up in January to review the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, is expected to meet on Tuesday and is expected to finally decide how the monthly package of central government employees will shape up.

“We have give our recommendations, and  the Cabinet Secretary told us that we are looking into these”, added Mishra.

“It (Empowered Committee of Secretaries) is a divided house, but good number of people agree that what we are saying has a point”, said KKN Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.

The Confederation is demanding the minimum salary of Rs 26,000 per month. ” The Staff side had computed the minimum wage as on 1.1.2014 at Rs. 26,000, The rates were taken on the basis of the actual retail prices in the market as on 1.1.2014 (average prices of 8 Cities in the country) substantiated by the documentary evidence of Cash bill obtained from the concerned vendors. As on 1.12016, the minimum wage work out to Rs. 29339, rounded off to Rs. 30,000″, said the Confederation in its Charter of demand.

It has done everything possible to get the maximum payout under 7th Pay Commission. The Confederation has decided to go on strike from July 11, if its charter of demand are not met by the government, and has already given the strike notice to the Cabinet Secretary.

There are nearly 47 lakh employees and over 50 lakh pensioners in India on central government payrolls currently.

Source: Zee News

Sad demise of Shri R.V.Balaram, Joint Commissioner of Service Tax-VII, Mumbai.

With profound sadness, HYDEXCUST informs that Shri R. V Balaram, Joint Commissioner of Service Tax-VII, Mumbai, collapsed while on duty in the Headquarter office at Satra Plaza, Vashi, Navi Mumbai,  around 1 pm on 10.06.2016. Within no time, he was rushed to the nearest Hospital for medical assistance, but within 20 minutes, the Almighty took him to his Kingdom. 

 

Balaram Sir joined as a Direct Recruit Appraiser and has served the Department in Kolkatta, Delhi,  Vizakhpatanam and Hyderabad. Promoted as Assistant Commissioner in the year 2005, he was first posted to Bellary Division of Belgaum Commissionerate. In Bellary, he developed health problems and got his lever transplanted in London. He continued to serve the department as AC/ DC at Hyderabad Central Excise Commissionerate as well as in NACEN, Hyderabad. He graduated from Loyola College, Vijayawada and did his higher studies in Sociology. He got his M.Phil in Political Economics from the University of Hyderabad, and later studied Economics from London School of Economics.  He was much in demand as a guest Lecturer in various European Universities including Oxford University.

He is survived by his wife, two children and his ailing parents. He is blessed with twin sons, who are already bright stars in their own right – one is a School level Maths Olympiad Champion. He had planned to shift his children to Mumbai and had already got their admission in Orchid International School at Thane. His equally qualified spouse had got an open invitation from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.  But destiny was too unkind by not allowing his family to be shifted and settled in Mumbai with him. His father is a retired Indian Forest Service officer, settled at Tiruvar near Vijayawada. His brother was an IPS officer, who also died in service due to certain health problems.

 

 

He had multiple health problems but on the unfortunate day, he was cheerful and active as usual. But the attack he suffered was too massive and he could not be revived even with prompt medical assistance. 

 

 

  By his ever friendly and humble nature, soft and calm attitude and the care and support he gave to the subordinate staff to have a tension–free office atmosphere, he will be remembered for ever.

 

 

He was popular wherever he was posted, among the fellow staff as well as Seniors. Whoever had the opportunity to listen to his lecture, were mesmerized with his depth of knowledge in the subject and the command of language with smooth narration. Everybody will miss his presence and his passing away is a great loss to the Department. An honest, knowledgeable and down to earth officer is lost for ever.

 

 

Hydexcust  prays to the Almighty to let the departed soul rest in peace and to give courage & strength to his ailing parents, spouse and children to overcome this irreparable loss.

LTC to Jammu and Kashmir by Private Airlines – DOPT extends the relaxation till 25.09.2016 – Earlier relaxation for LTC to J&K by private airlines expired on 27.11.2015

 

 

 

No.31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: June 1st, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-1V) dated 26th September, 2014 where Government servants in relaxation to CCS(LTC) Rules, were allowed to travel by air to visit Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), North East Region (NER) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) on LTC for a period of two years against conversion of one block of Home Town LTC. The relaxation was given subject to air travel by Air India only.

2. Later vide DoPT’s O.M. of even no. dated 28.11.2014, the Government decided to allow travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir under this special dispensation scheme subject to certain conditions. The scheme was valid for a period of one year from the date of issue of the O.M. and expired on 27.11.2015.

3. It has now been decided to extend the scheme for a further period from the date of issue of this O.M., till the date of expiry of the of the special dispensation scheme of travel by air to J&K, NER and A&N, i.e. 25.09.2016. All other terms and conditions prescribed in this Department’s O.M. dated 28.11.2014 shall continue to apply.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Establishment)

7th Pay Commission latest news – Confederation calls for Strike as it perceives low wage hike and no revision in fitment forumula

 – Confederation negates media reports on 7th CPC fitment formula  of 3.0 as false one

The Staff side had demanded of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71. Against this the 7th CPC had recommended minimum wage of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57. The 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240/- to  Rs  3500/- increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000/- to   Rs 6500/- increase per month. This increase is lowest by any pay commission, hence vast changes are required as the prices of essential commodities have gone up and also the inflation rate has gone up. There are various reports on 7th Central Pay commission on the media reports on minimum wage of Rs 21000/- & fitment formula of 3.00, (which is at 34% wage hike against the 14% wage hike recommended by the 7thCPC).  These reports are totally wrong and not true, these reports divert the Central Government Employees from the struggle path. Now it’s clear from the meeting of the staff side leaders with the Cabinet Secretary that there will likely hood of the slight increase in minimum wage, but not be any  changes in the fitment formula.This is against the Staff side demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71.Secondly there is no change in allowances expect HRA that too its rates are reduced by the 7th CPC and also many allowances have been withdrawn. This is saving for the Government. Comrades it is the time to struggle, we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we should get at least 50% wage hike without allowances, as allowances are not taken into pension benefit.Only struggle will get us benefit. Please don’t believe on rumours. Now it is now or never.  Serve strike notice on 9th June.

Source: Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Karnataka Branch.

IZT,2016 Order of Superintendents in common cadre of Hyderabad Zone CCA issued

EO(GO)73-2016(SUPDT AGT ORDER) (2).pdf

Govt. may increase Service Tax Rate to 16% in Budget,2016

To shore up its revenues in order to spend more, the government may increase service tax to 16 percent from the current 14 percent, a move that would make many services costlier, according to a report by business news channel CNBC-TV18 

“In addition to the Swachh Bharat Cess of 0.5 percent already levied, sources say the service tax is projected to rise by 2 percent to 16 percent,” the channel reported.

If the government does raise the service tax rate, one would have to pay higher for restaurant bills, air tickets.mobile  phones, to name a few, as the tax is collected from the end user.

The Swachh Bharat cess of 0.5 percent was levied with effect from 15 November, 2015, on all services  that attract service tax.

The government is hard pressed to shore up its revenues for a probable hike in social welfare spending in view of the upcoming state assembly polls in Kerala, Puducherry, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Assam, which are crucial for the ruling BJP at the Centre to increase its tally in the Rajya Sabha.

On Wednesday, the government estimated a shortfall of about Rs 40,000 crore in direct tax collections, though it said that the same would be managed by a rise in indirect tax collections. The total taxes collected stood at Rs 10.66 lakh crore, 73.5 percent of the budgeted estimates of Rs 14.49 lakh crore for FY2016, it said in a statement. 

The government has utilised the fall in crude oil prices to raise excise duty on petrol and diesel during the past three months to mop up an additional Rs 17,000 crore during the current fiscal.

The Union Budget for FY2016-2017 will be presented by union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Feb. 29, 2016. The budget session of Parliament commences on Feb. 23, 2016.

ay Commission implementation by the Centre and state governments would lead to a $50 bn fiscal stimulus over the next two years

PRBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday announced its monetary policy review and left the key policy rate unchanged. However, it indicated at a accommodative stance on inflation and further rate cut. Rajan said with “inflation moving closer to the target” there would be more room for rate cut to support growth..

However, the RBI also mentioned about Seventh Central Pay Commission risks to the fiscal deficit, which was not factored in the central bank’s inflation trajectory. Therefore, the RBI is in ‘wait n watch’ mode as to what government does in the Union Budget and what big states are doing with their own state pay commissions (Punjab, UP, WB, Kerala and Tamil Nadu – all election bound – and HP have already announced setting up of their respective Pay Commissions, and likely to be followed by the remaining).

“Inflation has evolved closely along the trajectory set by the monetary policy stance. With unfavourable base effects on the ebb and benign prices of fruits and vegetables and crude oil, the January 2016 target of 6 per cent should be met,” Rajan said but added a caveat on the impact of the seventh pay commission implementation on the price index.

“Going forward, under the assumption of a normal monsoon and the current level of international crude oil prices and exchange rates, inflation is expected to be inertial and be around 5 per cent by the end of fiscal 2017, ” RBI said.

“However, the implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission award, which has not been factored into these projections, will impart upward momentum to this trajectory for a period of one to two years. The Reserve Bank will adjust the forecast path as and when more clarity emerges on the timing of implementation,” Rajan said.

“As per our estimate, the Pay Commission implementation by the Centre and state governments would lead to a $50 bn fiscal stimulus over the next two years. The downside risks emanate from softer global commodity prices and a normal monsoon. However, the RBI would like to wait and watch as these factors play out over the next few months before being in a position to recalibrate the glide path of inflation and respond accordingly. We believe that the upside risks are marginally higher than the downside risks as of now, and hence we do not see any policy rate cuts in FY17,” said Jay Shankar, chief India economist & director, Religare Capital Markets.

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Govt. constitutes Empowered Committee of Secretaries for processing the Report of the 7th CPC