Saturday, October 18, 2014

Non-Gazetted Railway employees gets 78 Days Bonus

All eligible Non-Gazetted Railway employees will get 78 Days wages as Bonus for this year….

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its ex-post facto approval for the payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2013-14 to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees.

The financial implication of payment of 78 days’ PLB to railway employees has been estimated to be Rs. 1063.38 crores. The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to eligible non-gazetted Railway employees is Rs. 3500/- p.m. About 12.60 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision. The PLB on Railway covers all non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) throughout the country. This year also, PLB equivalent to 78 days’ wages has been paid as a special case to motivate employees.

Background

The Railways were the first departmental undertaking of the Government of India where the concept of PLB was introduced. The main consideration at that time was the important role of the Railways as an infrastructural support in the performance of the economy as a whole. In the overall context of Railway working, it was considered desirable to introduce the concept of PLB as against the concept of Bonus on the lines of the Payment of Bonus Act -1965. Even though the Payment of Bonus Act does not apply to the Railways, yet the broad principles contained in that Act were kept in view for the purpose of determining the “Wage/Pay Ceiling”, definition of ‘Salary’/’Wage’, etc. The PLB Scheme for the Railways came into force from the year 1979-80 onwards and was evolved in consultation with the two recognised federations, the All India Railwaymen’s Federation and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen and with the approval of the Cabinet. The scheme envisages a review every three years.

Source: PIB

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Representatives of Bank employees meet FM on wage revision issue

Wage issue: Javadekar leads bank employees’ delegation to meet FM

Unions had gone on a two-day nation-wide strike in February to press for their demands
Representatives of bank employees headed by Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for early settlement of wage revision negotiations.

Javadekar said the finance minister assured the delegation he would look into the matter and the settlement process would be expedited. The meeting came days after the umbrella body of the lenders Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) rejected the union’s call for steeper wage hike.

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IRCTC DEDICATES ANDROID APP FOR TRAIN PASSENGERS

IRCTC DEDICATES ANDROID APP FOR TRAIN PASSENGERS

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IT IS A FREE TO USE APPLICATION AND CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE. THIS MOBILE APPLICATION CAN BE USED FOR VARIOUS OTHER RELATED SERVICES LIKE CHECKING RESERVATION STATUS, TRAIN SCHEDULES, TRAIN ROUTES, SEAT AVAILABILITY, CACELLATION OF TICKETS AND BOOKING HISTORY ETC.,

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• Search and Book train tickets
• View and Cancel tickets
• Retains recently added passenger details
• New Users, register from App directly
• Upcoming Journey Alerts
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Chairman of IESM Maj Gen Satbir Singh writes to Prime Minister to implement OROP without further dely

Chairman of IESM Maj Gen Satbir Singh writes to Prime Minister to implement OROP without further dely
Letter to Narendra Modi PM : IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION OVER DELAYED
01 Sep 2014

Sh. Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
New Delhi -110001


IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION OVER DELAYED

Dear Prime Minister,

This is in continuation of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) letter dated 14 Aug 2014 and 22 Aug 2014. This is the third letter, I am writing to you on behalf of the Ex-Servicemen and Defence family pensioners Fraternity to request you to fulfil your assurances given to them during your Election Rallies which were also reflected in the BJP Manifesto.

Mr. Prime Minister one of our Ex-Servicemen Maj Gen K M Bhimaya (Retd) visited Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library at Springfield Illinois and came across a priceless peace of tribute to the US Army Veterans by the Decatur Review (May 31, 1893). I would like to share with you the excerpts from the above piece which the General has shared with us. After reading the piece. I am sure you will feel deep inside, the obligation of the Nation towards its Martyrs and Living soldiers both serving and retired and their members of families :-

“Every soldier who placed himself on the deadly altar is as deserving of credit as if he had died there. The truest way to honor the dead is to rightly appreciate the living. The returned veteran who is healthy and beyond need and to whom the nation is largely indebted does not ask charity at the hands of the government he served, but it is not too much to ask that the pension laws shall be so perfected and so administered that none of our worthy comrades and their families shall be left to suffer for the comforts of life.”

Sir, we were very sure that you at the helm of affairs of the Govt will undo the injustice done to the Defence Forces by successive Govts for the past 67 years. Our status and inter-se-equations with other Central Services have been systematically downgraded since 26 Jan 1950. One Rank One Pension as per the accepted definitions ie “Pensions as on 01.04.2014 of defence personnel will be paid to all past pensioners with same rank and same years of service and the future enhancements in the rates of pensions will also be passed on to the past pensioners” as assured by you starting with Rewari Rally, has not been implemented even six months after its sanction. The Defence Fraternity is rather surprised to know that the bureaucrats have as “Red Herring” brought in the hurdle of Finances and are trying to create confusion by giving a twist to the very definition of OROP. At the time of giving approval to the concept of OROP and issuing executive orders for the same, it was clearly mentioned that funds required for the same will be made available. Then, sir, why, the Draft Govt Letter (DGL) prepared by the Service HQs which has been correctly prepared as per the Govt executive orders has, not yet been issued?

May we request you to kindly issue instructions to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) exactly as per the approved definition the earliest please? What we understand from your policies and manifesto that your Government will ensure stronger military and would raise the morale of Armed Forces Personnel by respecting them and giving them their dues. Sir, Armed Forces personnel look up to the veterans as their future life and see them as their guide and philosopher. Wellbeing of Ex-servicemen will raise morale of serving soldiers many notches high.

Any further delay, will cause disillusionment amongst the Ex-Servicemen towards the BJP and its Govt.
With regards,
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Chairman IESM
Source: www.indiamydreamland.blogspot.in
[http://www.indiamydreamland.blogspot.in/2014/09/letter-to-narendra-modi-pm.html]

Fulfill the promises made on One Rank One Pension – Assurance given by PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the Commanders that he would do everything to fulfill the promises made on One Rank One Pension; improving service conditions; and, creating better safety nets and opportunities for services after retirement.

PM’s Address at the Combined Commanders Conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Combined Commanders` Conference 2014 in New Delhi today.

Prime Minister said that India`s Armed Forces, which represent the world`s largest democracy, were second to none in professionalism, valour, commitment, service and duty. The Armed Forces have always vindicated the faith and confidence that people of India placed in them, whether it is for our nation`s security or for relief in times of natural calamities. He thanked the Armed Forces for their extraordinary service to the people during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir and the cyclone on the East Coast. He paid tribute to the tradition and training that inculcated the highest ideals and professional capabilities in our Armed Forces. The nation`s trust was the biggest strength of our Armed Forces.

Prime Minister noted that the world was looking at India with renewed interest, confidence and excitement and there was a universal current of expectation from India to emerge not only as one of the poles of the global economy, but also as one of the anchors of regional and global security.

Prime Minister emphasized that an atmosphere of peace and security was essential to enable India to achieve its goals of economic development. For this purpose, he said, his Government has focused on creating a favourable external environment and on strengthening India`s security.

Prime Minister outlined India`s key strategic and security challenges and priorities. He also observed that in addition to the familiar challenges, India had to be prepared for a changing world, which demanded new thinking on our part with regard to economic, diplomatic and security policies.

Prime Minister noted, that “beyond the immediate, we are facing a future where security challenges will be less predictable; situations will evolve and change swiftly; and, technological changes will make responses more difficult to keep pace with. The threats may be known, but the enemy may be invisible. Domination of cyber space will become increasingly important. Control of space may become as critical as that of land, air and sea. Full scale wars may become rare, but force will remain an instrument of deterrence and influencing behavior, and the duration of conflicts will be shorter.”

Prime Minister assured the Armed Forces of his commitment to provide adequate resources to ensure full defence preparedness, overcome shortages and meet modernization needs. He also asked the defence establishment, including the Armed Forces, to reform procurement processes as also suggest corrective measures to avoid delays in domestic development and production of defence equipment.

Prime Minister urged the Armed Forces to focus on efficiency and economy in the use of resources and our military assets, including by greater integration and sharing of resources among the Services and draw up long term acquisition plans keeping in view availability of resources, future operational requirements and technology trends.

Prime Minister also noted, “We should remember that what matters is capability of the force.” He also said, “When we speak of Digital India, we would also like to see a Digital Armed Force,” and asked the Services to give serious thought to upgrade technological skills for effective projection of power by men.

The most important task, Prime Minister observed, was to transform our defence forces. He called for increased jointness and urged the three wings of the Services to work as a team all the way from the lowest levels of the Services to the top. He suggested a number of practical steps to achieve that goal. He also felt that Commanders Conferences should be organized alternately on sea, in forward Army camps and at air bases, and not just in Delhi. Prime Minister also assured the Commanders that he would continue the practice that he had started of meeting the three Chiefs at least once a month.

Outlining his vision of expanding domestic defence industrial base, he stressed the important role that the Services, as users, can play in this, both by committing to targets for domestic procurement and participating in innovation and improvements in domestically produced equipment.

Prime Minister also mentioned that he attached the highest priority to the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, both during and after their service careers. He assured the Commanders that he would do everything to fulfill the promises made on One Rank One Pension; improving service conditions; and, creating better safety nets and opportunities for services after retirement.

Friday, October 17, 2014

7th Pay Commission wanted a direction from the Government to consider grant of Interim Relief to CG Employees

7th Pay Commission wanted a direction from the Government to consider grant of Interim Relief to CG Employees

The President of Karnataka Pensioners Association Shri Ramanatha Rao sent a letter to our email. The content of the letter is reproduced and given below for your information…

“The Pensioners Assns in Karnataka had met the 7th Pay Commission team at Bangalore on Aug 24. The Chairman clearly appeared to be in favour of the grant of Interim Relief. But, he wanted a direction from the Govt. to consider such an issue. Thereupon, I have already written to the Prime Minister on Aug 26. Copy is Attached”.

Rgds to all
SS Ramanatha Rao,
Bangalore/13.10.2014.

THE KARNATAKA CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION (REGD.)
(Estd: 1974; Regn. S.No.143/1983-84 d/ 9th August 1983)
“Swarna”, 120/1, 2nd Main, Gayatri Devi Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Bangalore 56000
(Affliated to BPS New Delhi, AIFPA Chennai & KCCCGPAs Bangalore)

Email ID: cgpakarn@gmail.com
Tel: 23468438
RNI Regn No: KRENG/2008/27233
Postal Regn No: KRNA/BGE/200/2012-14
President
Vice-President
Secretary
Treasurer
S S Ramanatha Rao
S S Kargudri
Ashok S Kololgi
K S Menon
Tel: 2661 9394
Tel: 25837178
Tel: 9448469351
Tel: 9743771933
No.KCGPA/P/IR/2014

Date:August 26, 2014.

To
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
Government of India,
South Block, NEW DELHI 11001
Respected Hon’ble Prime Minister,

At the outset, we extend Good wishes to the Government. We are happy the 7th Central Pay Commission team came to Bangalore, and gave us an audience on August 24 to present our views on different subjects. Around 20 organisations representing different sections of serving employees and pensioners met the Commission, in groups. The interaction was very good. The Chairman and the members heard us all very well and gave convincing answers.

2. One subject of immediate interest is the Grant of Interim Relief. We stated that the very constitution of the Commission was as a sequel to the proposal of the Planning Commission about two/three years back. This meant that the Commission gives out its Recommendations within 2016, and thereupon the Govt could take its Decisions before 2016. This also meant particularly that the Government would not face a situation, as it did after the 6th CPC, wherein it had to pay out large sums to the serving staff and pensioners, which it did in two instalments, in 2008-09.

In this very background, to reduce payment of large sums in 2016, the concept of Interim Relief has been in place. A similar Pay Commission has recommended it in the past, and the Govt has accepted such a recommendation, in the interest of the serving and retired staff. The State Governments have sanctioned the Interim Relief along with the constitution of the Pay Commissions. If it could be stated, by 2016, when the Commission Recommendations come into force, some of the aged members may not be there. The Grant will also help the staff/pensioners face the rising food prices to some extent and the erosion in monetary value. The Interim Relief is thus justified.

3.When this position was projected to the Commission at Bangalore, on August 24, theChairman gave us all an Impression that the Commission was in favour of the Interim Relief; but the Government should give them a specific reference on the subject. He added that the Commission would consider the reference in a month or two, and give out its Recommendation on Interim Relief. The Quantum of Interim Relief and the Date of effect are to be decided.

It should be admitted that this IR would not be calculated for the purpose of DR/DA/HRA/CCA or any such Allowance; and the amount paid thus would be adjustable in the payments that would befall in 2016, about 18 months hence. This Grant of Interim Relief would be Dasara/Deepavali Gift.

4. We. therefore, very sincerely Request the Government to make a very specific reference soon to the 7th CPC to consider the Grant of Interim Relief.

Respectful Regards and Namaskar,

Yours faithfully,
(Sd)
SS Ramanatha Rao
Mobile: 0-9980204456
E-mail: hngrssrrao@gmail.com

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