National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
The Secretary (DoP&T),
Department of Personnel & Training,
Sub: Terms of Reference of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
On perusal of the notification issued by the Government of India through Gazette of India bearing No.1/1/2013-E III (A) dated 28/02/2014, we find that the Terms of Reference notified by the Government is at variance in many respects to the Draft Terms of Reference the Staff Side had submitted to the Government on 25.10.2013 as desired during discussions in the meeting chaired by Secretary, DoP&T.
At the conclusion of the meeting held on 24.10.2013, it was agreed that the Government would consider our suggestions in the matter and will convene another meeting with the participation of the Secretary (Expenditure) to iron out the differences, if any and explore the possibilities of an agreement in the matter.
We regret to inform you that no such meeting was convened and no attempt was made by the Official Side to work for an agreed Terms of Reference. We find that the Government has rejected our suggestions for either taking decision in the matter of Interim Relief Merger of D.A., representation of labour representative in the Commission itself, bringing in parity with the past and present pensioners, covering the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 within the ambit of the Defined Benefitted Pension Scheme, date of effect, settlement of the pending items in the National Anomaly Committee etc., or referring those issues to the Commission itself for an Interim Report.
In the meeting held on 24th October, 2013 the Staff Side also pointed out that proposals of various ministries seeking clearance of Finance Ministry for rectification of 6th CPC anomalies are still pending with Ministry of Finance and requested that the said proposals may be cleared before constituting the 7th Central Pay Commission. However, the proposals are yet to be cleared by the Ministry of Finance.
Besides, we are to state that the existing Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) Scheme being a bilateral agreement, cannot be subjected to scrutiny and examination by the 7th CPC.
We, therefore, request you to kindly convene a meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) to discuss the issue, so as to make amendments to the Terms of Reference.