Monday, September 30, 2019
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Friday, September 27, 2019
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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Gratuity is a bulk amount paid by the employer to his/her employee for his/her service at the time of retirement under the Gratuity Act 1972 .
7th Pay Commission Gratuity
Death, Retirement and Service Gratuity for CG Employees
What is Gratuity in Central Government Services?
Gratuity is a hidden savings of employees working in Government Service. Gratuity amount is calculated depends upon his period of service. The bulk amount of Gratuity is usually paid at the time of retirement. In some cases, it can be paid before as per existing rules.
How to calculate Gratuity?
Calculation of Gratuity = [ (Basic Pay + Dearness Allowance) x 15 days x Number of Years of Service ] / 26 Days.
Why calculating taken 26 Days instead of 31?
As per the labour law in India, the maximum working days in a month should be 26. Weekly holiday should be given to employees is compulsory.
What is the ceiling of Gratuity?
The 7th pay commission recommended to enhance the ceiling of Gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to 20 lakh.
There are three types of Gratuity in force in Government services…
Death Gratuity &
This is payable to the retiring Government servant. A minimum of 5 years’ qualifying service and eligibility to receive service gratuity / pension is essential to get this one time lump sum benefit. Retirement gratuity is calculated @ 1/4th of a months Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance drawn on the date of retirement for each completed six monthly period of qualifying service.
There is no minimum limit for the amount of gratuity. The retirement gratuity payable for qualifying service of 33 years or more is 16 times the Basic Pay plus DA, subject to a maximum of Rs. 20 lakhs.
This is a one-time lump sum benefit payable to the nominee or family member of a Government servant dying in harness. There is no stipulation in regard to any minimum length of service rendered by the deceased employee. Entitlement of death gratuity is regulated as under:
Less than one year
2 times of basic pay
One year or more but less than 5 years
6 times of basic pay
5 years or more but less than 11 years
12 times of basic pay
Maximum amount of Death Gratuity admissible is Rs. 20 lakhs w.e.f. 1.1.2016
A retiring Government servant will be entitled to receive service gratuity (and not pension) if total qualifying service is less than 10 years.
Admissible amount is half months basic pay last drawn plus DA for each completed 6 monthly period of qualifying service. This one time lump sum payment is distinct from retirement gratuity and is paid over and above the retirement gratuity.
Monday, September 23, 2019
1. Grant civil servant status to all Gramin Dak Sevaks as per the judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court which categorically ruled that GDS are ‘holders of civil post”
2. Minimum five hours pay scale (wage scale) and maximum 7 ½ hours pay scale may be granted (instead of 4 hours & 5 hours). Remove artificial and unjustified cap of maximum 5 hours limit for GDS. Grant pay scale up to 7 ½ hours.
3. GDS wage revision may be given effect from 01-01-2016 as already implemented in case of Central Government Employees and grant revised pay scales as per the formula recommended by Kamlesh Chandra Committee from 01-01-2016 and full arrears of TRCA may be paid instead of 2.57 multiplication.
4. Complete Membership verification under Gramin Dak Sevak (EDA) Recognition Rules 1995 immediately and grant recognition to AIPEU-GDS and extend all Trade Union facilities. Order recovery of subscription to the members of AIPEU-GDS, being the participant union during last verification.
5. Count GDS service for pension in the case of (a) GDS who are promoted as MTS, Postman & Mail Guard (b)GDS who retire from GDS service without any promotion as per the judgement of CAT, Chennai Bench (upheld by Hon’ble High Court & Hon’ble Supreme Court), CAT, Bangalore Bench (upheld by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka) and CAT, Principle Bench, New Delhi judgement dated 17-11-2016. Amend Rule-6 of GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules, 2011.
6. Grant Medical Reimbursement facility to GDS. Union Cabinet had already given in principle approval for introduction of Health Insurance Scheme for GDS while approving the Natarajamurthy Committee recommendations. This should be implemented immediately.
7. Grant of full Composite Allowance @ Rs.2400/1600/800 as recommended by Kamlesh Chandra Committee.
8. Ceiling on ex gratia gratuity to be enhanced to Rs.5,00,000/-,
Ø Enhance coverage of GDS Group Insurance Scheme to Rs.5,00,000/-,
Ø Enhance Department contribution to Rs.300/- per member in the Circle Welfare Fund,
Ø 10% hike in the prescribed limits of grants and assistance from welfare fund,
Ø One week paternity leave for male GDS,
Ø Leave accumulation and leave encashment upto 180 days,
Ø Further relaxation of limited transfer facility for GDS,
Ø Provision of one-time discharge scheme for guaranteed employment & Voluntary retirement scheme after 20 years of service,
Ø Enhance cash conveyance allowance,
Ø Enhance ex gratia allowance during put off duty,
Ø Shifting of retirement date to the last date of the month,
Ø Revision of eligibility for appearing to departmental promotion examinations to Minimum one year qualifying service for GDS.
9. Drawal of arrears to substitutes worked in place of vacant posts of GDS & stop gap arrangements, after fixation of new wages from 01-01-2016.
10. Financial upgradation at 10 / 20 / 30 years of service.
11. Govt contribution to Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) to be enhanced to 14% and GDS contribution to 10% as in the case of regular employees.
12. Instead of fixing wage level of new entrant at minimum TRCA (level-1), the same may be fixed at the corresponding wage level of the previous incumbent who worked in the same post, without waiting for six months for review and revision.
13. Avoid combination of duties wherever it is not feasible due to heavy workload in BOs.
14. ‘Service weightage’ increment for every three years service to be granted while fixing pay in the new scale to avoid fixing of TRCA of senior with more service equal to that of junior / new entrants.
15. Stop proposed move to Corporatize various functions of Postal Department.
16. Fill up all vacancies in the Department of Posts.
17. Stop fixing unjustified and unrealistic targets for canvassing business under IPPB, RPLI etc,.
18.Provide better infrastructure and basic amenities including band width for hassle free functioning of RICT / Darpan in BOs.
19. Withdraw the orders issued by the Department imposing break-in-service on GDS who participating in strike.
20. TRCA once granted should not be reduced under any circumstances even if the workload comes down due to circumstances beyond the control of BPM/ABPM.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Friday, September 20, 2019
Thursday, September 19, 2019
51st YEAR OF 1968 SEPTEMBER 19th STRIKE
Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers
2019 September 19th is the 51st Anniversary of 1968 September 19th one day strike. All leaders and workers who led and participated in that historic strike have either retired from service or are no more.
The indefinite strike of Central Govt. Employees in1960 was the first major strike of Central Govt. Employees after independence. The five days strike from 1960 July 11 midnight was brutally suppressed by the Central Government declaring it as “Civil Rebellion”. The main demand of the strike was improvement and modifications in the 2nd CPC recommendations. The Need Based Minimum Wage, though adopted by the 15th Indian Labour Conference in 1957, was rejected by the 2nd CPC.
The Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) was constituted in 1966 by then Home Minister Guljarilal Nanda, as per the decision of the Government. The apprehension of the progressive leadership that this negotiating machinery may not settle any major demands of the Central Govt. employees and may become just a talking shop or a time killing business, ultimately resulting in abnormally delaying the genuine demands, came true within a year of its formation. In the very first meeting of the National Council JCM, the following three demands were notified by the staff side.
1. Grant of Need Based Minimum Wage as approved by the 1957 Tripartite Labour Conference.
2. Merger of DA with Pay
3. Revision of DA formula
After prolonged discussion for about one and a half year, disagreement was recorded. As per JCM Scheme once disagreement is recorded, the item should be referred to compulsory arbitration. But Govt. rejected the demand for arbitration. Protesting against this arbitrary stand of the Govt. the staff side leadership walked out of the JCM and decided to go for one day’s strike. A Joint Action Committee was formed and the date of the strike was decided as 19th September 1968. Even though, the INTUC affiliated organisations were initially a part of the strike decision, later on they decided not to join the strike due to the intervention of the then Congress Government headed by Smt. Indira Gandhi.
The following were the main demands of the strike charter of demands.
1. Need Based Minimum Wage.
2. Full neutralisation of rise in prices.
3. Merger of DA with Basic Pay
4. Withdrawal of proposal to retire employees with 50 years of age or on completion of 25 years of service.
5. Vacate victimisation and reinstate victimised workers.
6. No retrenchment without equivalent alternative jobs.
7. Abolition of Contract and Casual Labour System.
Strike notice was served and the Joint Action Council (JAC) decided to commence the strike at 0600 AM on 19th September 1968. Intensive campaign was conducted throughout the country. AIRF, AIDEF and Confederation was the major organisations in the JAC. Govt. invoked Essential Services Maintenance Ordinance (ESMO) to deal with the strike. Govt. also issued detailed instructions to impose heavy penalty including suspension, dismissal, termination, Break-in-service etc. on the striking employees. Para-military force (CRPF) and Police were deployed to deal with the strike. Central Govt. gave orders to all state Governments to suppress the strike at any cost. It was a war-like situation. Arrest of Leaders started on 18th September itself. About 3000 employees and leaders were arrested from Delhi alone. All over India about 12000 Central Government employees and leaders were arrested and jailed.
Inspite of all these brutal repressive measures the strike commenced on 18th after noon itself at many places and was a thundering success all over India and in all departments including Railway, Defence, P&T etc. About 64000 employees were served with termination notices, thousands removed from service and about 40000 employees suspended. Seventeen (17) striking employees had been brutally killed at Pathankot, Bikaner, Delhi Indraprastha Bhavan and in Upper Assam lathi charge, firing by police and military and by running the train over the bodies of employees who picketed the trains.
Though the strike was only for one day on 19th September 1968, the victimisation and repression continued for days together. Struggle against victimisation also continued including work-to-rule agitation, hunger fast of leaders from 10th October 1968. There was unprecedented support to the strike and relief work and also to agitation for reinstatement of the victimized workers, from National Trade Unions, state employees and teachers Unions / Federations etc. A mass rally was organised before the residence of Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi on 17th October, 1968.
Kerala was ruled by the Communist Govt. during the strike. Chief Minister Com. E.M.S. Namboodiripad declared Kerala Govt’s full support to the strike of Central Government employees. The Central Govt. threatened dismissal of the Kerala Govt. for defying the Centre’s directive to suppress the strike.
1968 September 19th strike is written in red letters in the history of Indian Working Class. The demand raised by the Central Govt. employees - Need Based Minimum Wage - was the demand of entire working people of India. Even today, the Central Govt. employees and other section of the working class are on struggle path for realization of the Need Based Minimum Wage. The demand of the Central Govt. employees to modify the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission to ensure Need Based Minimum Wage is not yet conceded by the BJP-led NDA Government. Even the assurance given by three Cabinet Ministers including Home Minister, Finance Minister and Railway Minister regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is not honoured by the Govt. even after a lapse of three years and entire Central Government employees feel cheated.
It is in this background, last year we have celebrated the 50th year of 1968 September 19th strike all over the country in a befitting manner. On the 51st anniversary of the historic strike, let us pledge that we shall continue our struggle for realization of the demands raised by the martyrs of the 1968 strike. Let us pay respectful homage to those valiant fighters who sacrificed their life for the posterity. Let us salute and honour all those who participated in the historic strike, especially those who had been victimized severely for joining the strike.
Long Live 1968 September 15th strike martyr.
Long Live, Long Live.
Framing of Department of Posts (Postal Assistant & Sorting Assistant) Recruitment Rules 2019 .........
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
GDS :: Introduction of Children Education Facilitation Allowance - Implementation of recommendations of One-Man Committee ............
GDS- Children Education Facilitation Allowance – important notes
Ø CEFA – admissible with effect from : 1st October 2019
Ø Eligible for two eldest surviving children of serving GDS
Ø Amount : @ Rs.6000/- per annum per child.
Ø Period / Year means academic year
Ø If spouses are GDS/Govt Servant – only one of them can avail the facility
Ø Sanction will be made once in a financial year after completion of the financial year.
Ø No minimum age of child preferred
Ø Allowance will be applicable from class nursery to twelfth standard
Ø Upper age limit for Divyang Children is 22 years
Ø For other children age limit will be 20 years or till the time of passing 12th class.
Ø Correspondence or Distance Learning study also applicable.
Ø Schools - Nursery / primary & middle level – not affiliated to any Board also allowed (!!)
Ø GDS dies while in service – CEFA shall be admissible – observing other conditions.
Ø GDS – discharge/dismissal/removal – CEFA shall be admissible till the end of the academic year
Ø Period ‘non-counted for duty’ of the GDS – CEFA not allowed for the period.
Ø Claim application is prescribed by the Department.
Ø Certificate from the Head of the Institution for the period/year should be produced
Ø Or attested copy of the report card / self attested fee receipts / e-receipts can be produced.
Ø For the current financial year – CEFA @ Rs.3000/- per child
Ø Based on the certificate produced for the previous academic year CEFA @ Rs.6000/-
For more details – go through the Office Memorandum dated 18-09-2019
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