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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Festive demand, 7th Pay Commission payout will boost gold, year end target Rs 35,000

The coming few months dotted with festivals can provide a further boost to gold prices in India. Experts believe that festive demand can push gold prices to Rs 34,000-35,000 per 10 grams by the end of the current year.

“Gold prices are expected to remain firm in the coming months. We expect strong demand for jewellery during the upcoming festive season which would include Ganapthi and Dusshera festivals.

The marriage season around December should give a further push. Gold should test Rs 34,000-35,000 in the next 4-5 months,” Saurabh Gadgil, CMD, PNG Jewellers and Director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association told FeMoney.

He said that the 7th Pay Commission payout to central government employees, which is expected to begin from September 1, 2016, will also give a boost to gold. “The 7th Pay Commission payout will certainly lead to higher gold sales.

We are already seeing some demand from government employees who are coming and making purchases on anticipation of higher salaries,” Gadgil said.

Gold, which started year at around Rs 25,000 level closed at Rs 31,720 on August 19 according to prices of Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association quotes, which works out to gains of around 27 per cent year to date.

V P Nandakumar, MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Limited agrees that 7th Pay Commission payout will boost gold sales. “A part of the payout can reasonably be expected to find its way into gold purchases,” he said.

Nandakumar also feels that upcoming festive season can boost gold sales. “No doubt the festive season will see an uptick in domestic gold demand,” he said. However, he said that this would not have much impact on international gold prices.

Abnish Kumar Sudhanshu, Director and Research Head, Amrapali Aadya and Investments feels that along with domestic factors, global factors will help keep gold firm. “Gold can touch Rs 35,000 per 10 grams by the year end on the back of negative interest rate policies in Japan and Europe along with expectations of a slowdown in the US rate hike cycle,” feels Sudhanshu.

Read at  http://www.financialexpress.com/markets/commodities/festive-demand-7th-pay-commission-payout-will-boost-gold-year-end-target-rs-35000/353646/

Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS)

Ministry Of Finance
Department of Financial Services

2nd Floor, Jeevan Deep Building,
Parliament Street, New Delhi.
Dated the 5th August, 2016


Subject: Exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS) as recommended by the Hon’ble Railway Ministers – representation from National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)

The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a representation (in original) dated 26.06.2016 received from NFIR regarding the subject cited above.

2. In this regard, it may be stated that exemption of Railways from NPS employees will have a bearing on the exchequer; Department of Expenditure (DoE) may take an appropriate action in this regard.

3. So far as the proposals of Hon’ble Railway Minister in the matter is concerned, the reply to issues relevant to this Department were sent to DoE vide this Department’s OM dated 26.02.2016. (Copy Enclosed)

(Prabhu Dayal)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: NFIR

Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the cases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, 19th August, 2016.


Subject: Clarification on admissibility of Transport Allowance in the cases where the officers are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 — regarding.

Reference is invited to this Department’s Office Memorandum No.21(2)12008- E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008. Para ‘3’ of the O.M. stipulates that Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- & above and those in the HAGS’ Scale, who are entitled to the use of official car in terms of Department of Expenditure (DoE) O.M. No. 20(5)/E.11(A)/93 dated 28.01.1994, shall be given the option to avail themselves of the existing facility or to draw the Transport Allowance at the rate of Rs.7,000/- p.m. plus Dearness Allowance thereon.

2. Several references have been received in this Department seeking clarification on the admissibility of Transport Allowance to officers drawing Grade Pay Rs. Rs.10,000/ under Dynamic ACP Scheme or NFU Scheme. A few cases have also been filed in the Courts in this regard. Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi, in Order dated 13.05.2014 in O.A. No.4062/2013 filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others Nils Union of India & Others, held that the Applicants were not entitled to draw Transport Allowance Rs.7,000/- p.m. plus DA thereon. The said order of the Tribunal has also been upheld by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in their Order dated 03.09.2014 passed in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 3445/2014, filed by Shri Radhacharan Shakiya & Others,

3. Accordingly, it is clarified that the officers, who are not entitled for the use of official car for commuting between residence to office and back, in terms of DoE’s OM 20(5)/E-I1(A)/93 dated 28.01.1994, are not eligible to opt for drawal of Transport Allowance @ Rs.7000/- p.m. + DA thereon, in terms of DoE O.M. No.21(2)/2008- E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008, even though they are drawing Grade Pay of Rs.10,000/- in PB-4 under Dynamic ACP Scheme or under the scheme of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU).

4. Hindi version is attached.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel: 23093276

Filling up of supervisory posts of Accounts Department-NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. II/70/Part II
Dated: 18 /08/2016

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Filling up of supervisory posts of Accounts Department-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2015/AC-II120/App-3 dated 01/08/2016, addressed to General SecretarylNFIR.

On perusal of the proposal sent vide Railway Board’s letter No.2015/AC-II/20/App-3 dated 01/08/2016, the NFIR finds that the said proposal may not in fact give desired results for ensuring efficiency and achieving perfection in the working system. In this connection, NFIR conveys as follows:-

(i) There is need to ensure annual recruitment of JAAs against the DR quota percentage uninterruptedly, thereby, such recruitees can be adequately trained, retrained for meeting the system’s requirements .

(ii) It needs to be admitted by the Railway Board that wrong policy of non-filling of vacancies particularly against DR quota for decades together has resulted difficult situation. Federation wants that such mistakes not be repeated.

(iii) The extant policy of holding centralized examination of Appendix-III IREM needs to be reviewed and decentralized to facilitate Zonal Railways to conduct these examinations regularly fo’r the purpose of filling the vacancies as well for meeting the future requirement. If this policy revision is approved and implemented, the fear that 34% vacancies by 2019-2020 will get dispelled.

(iv) The Railway Board may consider introducing the system of filling vacancies of SSO(A) etc., through different types of examinations against 70% and 30% quota vacancies as is being presently done in the case of selections to Group ‘B’ (Gazetted).

• Those Accounts Assistants with GP 4200/- (PB-2) put in minimum two years service may be allowed to appear in the selection against 30% quota vacancies and panel drawn based on merit. In the case of 70% quota vacancies, those Accounts Assistants rendered 5 years service, may be made eligible to appear and such number be equal to three times the vacancies in the order of seniority and panel be drawn on the basis of their seniority.

• The examinations against 70% & 30% quota vacancies may be conducted annually and while calling for the applications against these quotas, option from the staff may be obtained whether they prefer SSO (A) or Sf. TIA or Sr. ISA, thereby they can be deployed on promotion in case of their empanellement.

• 5% marks weightage may be considered to be added to the qualifying marks to those Accounts Assistants who have completed three years service or more.

• The syllabus for 70% and as well 30% quota vacancies may be formulated by Railway Board which should be followed by Zonal Railways.

• The questions may be of “objective” type upto 50% out of total number of questions and the remaining may be “subjective”.

(v) The Zonal Railways may be advised to conduct the examinations” online “, depending upon the availability of infrastructure and facilities. Such system would contribute for quick evaluation and declaration of results without any loss of time to facilitate filling the vacancies within the reasonable time.

(vi) It also needs to be seriously considered for providing the following pay structure in the Accounts Department.

(a) JAA – GP 4200/-
(b) AA- GP 4800/-
(c) SSO (A)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA – GP 5400/-

NFIR expects the Railway Board to consider the above and respond early. During discussions as and when fixed, the Federation will highlight more details.

Yours faithfully,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah) 
General Secretary

Source :NFIR

Sunday, August 21, 2016

7th Pay Commission effect? Coal India workers demand Rs.18,000 minimum monthly salary, to join September 2 strik

The first indications of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) triggering demands for salary hike have begun in right earnest with Coal India Limited (CIL) workers set to join the general strike on September 2. Among the many demands include minimum monthly salary of Rs. 18,000, similar to the one proposed by the 7th CPC and accepted by the Central government employees.

CIL informed about the September 2 strike in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Saturday morning. The coal workers will be joining other trade unions that have called for a general strike in which about five lakh bank employees are also likely to participate.

Of the 13 demands listed in the charter are hike in minimum monthly salary, halt to disinvestment of public sector undertakings, increased gratuity, discontinue the practice of recruiting people on contract basis and regularise employment of those hired on contractual terms.

"We have received a communication of strike notice dated 19th August 2016 for general strike on 2nd September 2016. Efforts are being made for conciliation process. If they resort to strike, it will affect production and dispatch of coal," CIL said in its filing with the BSE.

Some of the demands for which many industrial workers are going on strike are:

No privatisation, no further disinvestment and no strategic sale of nationalised coal sector

Immediate recruitment drive to fill vacant posts

Strict enforcement of all labour laws without any exception

Urgent measures for controlling prices

Minimum social security cover for all workers

Minimum wage of not less than Rs. 18,000 per month with provisions of indexation for unskilled workers

Assured enhanced pension of not less than Rs. 3,000 per month for the entire working population (including unorganised sector workers)

Stoppage of disinvestment in central/state public sector undertakings

Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and increase in quantum of gratuity.

The proposed Industrial Relations Code Bill 2015 seeks to give flexibility to companies employing up to 300 workers from obtaining government approval for retrenchment, lay off and closure. A Small Factories Bill is also seeking to exempt units with under 40 workers from 14 labour laws, according to PTI.

Read more at http://www.ibtimes.co.in/7th-pay-commission-effect-coal-india-workers-demand-rs-18000-minimum-monthly-salary-join-690544#EMIwghqWHUHQqHrh.99

Government employees in Jammu and Kashmir asked to join duties with immediate effect

Most of the government employees are not attending their duties after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last month.

All government and semi-government employees in Jammu and Kashmir have been directed to join their duties immediately or else they will be treated absent from duties and their salary will be deducted for the month of August.

Most of the government employees are not attending their duties after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last month.

The Divisional Commissioner in his order has said that last month salary was given to all the employees, but this month the salary will not be given to those employees who did not attend office duties.

The order further said that all head of the departments have been directed to withhold the salaries of the absent employees.

Official sources said government has reports that some of the government employees, mostly school teachers are actively involved in organising stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley since July 9 in which dozens have been identified by the police and security forces.

The Divisional Commissioner, Baseer Ahmed Khan has issued an order in which he has directed all absent employees in civil secretariat and all district headquarters to join their duties immediately.

About 5.50 lakh employees are working in government and semi-government departments and the state government is spending about Rs 15,000 crore on their salaries per year.

Around 2000 government and Kashmiri Pandit migrant employees have also fled from the Valley after mass protests in connection with killing of Burhan Wani in Kokernag area of Anantnag district last month.

The state education Minister, Naeem Khan has also urged the parents of school children to cooperate with the divisional administration so that schools can be opened as the education of many students is getting jeopardised.

Read at  http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kashmir-unrest-government-employees-duties-burhan-wani/1/743935.html

Apply minimum wage hike to govt employees, not private sector: Traders

“We have suggested that the minimum hike be given to government employees only,” said a trade union representative.

OPPOSING THE Delhi government’s decision to hike minimum wages, representatives of trade unions met Labour Minister Gopal Rai Saturday and suggested that the order should be made applicable only to government employees and not the private sector.

In a meeting with as many as 100 representatives, it was also conveyed to the government that the decision to hike wages will hamper their business and result in the industry moving out. “We have suggested that the minimum hike be given to government employees only,” said a trade union representative.

AAP’s Trade Wing Convenor Brijesh Goyal said, “We also told the minister that if the wages are hiked, the industry would move out to neighbouring states where labour is much cheaper than Delhi.”

Apart from the strike and protest, traders are also contemplating a legal course of action against the government’s decision, said a source.

Defending his government’s decision to hike minimum wages in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said money in the hands of the poor and middle class, and not “Ambani and Adani”, will benefit the country’s economy.

(with PTI inputs)
Read at  http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/apply-minimum-wage-hike-to-govt-employees-not-private-sector-traders-2988200/

Saturday, August 20, 2016

JCM functioning and compassionate appointments – NCJCM Secretary writes to Cabinet Secretary

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consulative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

Shiva Gopal Mishra

No.NC-JCM-2016/C.S. (PM)
August 12, 2016

The Cabinet Secretary,
Govt. of India and Chairman,
National Council JCM Cabinet Secretariat,
Rastrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi,

Dear Sir,

We recall the discussions we had with you on 7th June 2016 when inter-alia we brought to your kind notice ever the growing discontent of the employees on the following two issues which were the subject matter of discussions on very many occasions

1. JCM functioning – Non convening of meetings at the Departmental levels, consequent non availability of a forum for discussion and negotiations for Unions / Federations

2. Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways

JCM functioning

The functioning of the JCM especially at the Departmental level was virtually halted, when the Government promulgated a new set of recognition rules in 1993 to cover the non-industrial employee’s i. e. for employees in the Department other than Railways and Defence. It took nearly a decade and half to operationalize the new recognition rules and during the same period the functioning of JCM was virtually stopped at the departmental levels. This’ in-turn resulted in non-discussion and non-settlement of various Departmental specific demands and issues, emanated from the flawed recommendation of 5th and 6th CPC. Now that the 7th CPC recommendations would be taken up for implementation, the need for a forum to discuss these issues, especially Departments specific matters need not be emphasized.

Compassionate Appointments

The untenable restriction imposed by the government i. e. 5 percent of the vacancies for Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways has created innumerable difficulties and arbitrary discrimination. The very fact that the said government orders have no sway to half of the civilian employees makes the orders discriminatory and bereft of any merit. The specious plea of the Government that the said orders were issued on account of a directive from the Supreme Court was later found to be fallacious. On various occasions, the Staff Side was assured of a review of the scheme. The scheme requires simplification and has to be made non-discriminatory too.

We want the above two issues to be discussed at your level and reach a settlement. We shall be grateftll if you will afford us an opportunity to have such a discussion on a date convenient to you. We shall also be thankful if you can indicate the date of the meeting atleast 15 days in advance.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Delhi notifies implementation of 7th Pay panel recommendations

The Delhi government has notified implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, which provides 2.5 times hike in basic salaries and pensions of its employees and pensioners with effect from January 1.

The over one lakh employees of the city administration, will get the increased salaries from next month. The arrears will also be paid in one go next month, a Delhi government official said.

The hike in pensions and salaries will cost the exchequer around Rs 2,000 crore annually. The notification was issued after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung gave his approval for the same, the official said.

The move comes nearly one-and-a-half months after the Centre approved the recommendations of the pay panel.

"Arrears as accruing on account of revised pay consequent upon fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules with effect from January 1, 2016 shall be paid in cash in one installment along with the payment of salary for the month of August, 2016, after making necessary adjustment on account of GPF and NPS, as applicable, in view of the revised pay," Deputy Secretary Manoj Kumar said in a written communication to head of all departments.

As per the the new scales of pay, the basic salary at entry-level is going up from Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while at the highest level i.E. Secretary, it would go up from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For class one officers, the starting salary will be Rs 56,100.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Read at  http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/delhi-notifies-implementation-of-7th-pay-panel-recommendations-116081901262_1.html

Central Secretariat employees seek pay parity

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

18-August, 2016
A delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) Association, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues.

The delegation led by Shri Raj Kishore Singh submitted a memorandum listing details of their long pending issues and suggesting options to resolve the same. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008, the pay of direct recruits and new entrants is fixed at higher stage, when compared to the existing employees who were promoted in the same grade. This leads to discrimination in the fixation of pay of Personal Assistants of one category vis-à-vis the other category.

The memorandum also stated that the issue has been lingering on in the National Anomaly Committee for the last four years, but it has not been addressed. It pleaded that the mechanism of grant of “stepping up” to certain employees should be provided only in exceptional cases and not resorted to as a routine matter to sort out discrepancies which may affect a large number of employees.

Members of the delegation suggested that their issue can be addressed by incorporating a new provision in the Rules wherein if a promotee’s pay is getting fixed at a stage lower than that of a direct recruit, then the pay of the promotee should be fixed at the same stage as that of a direct recruit / new entrant. The other option suggested by them was to amend the CCS (RP) Rules so as to appropriately fix the pay in the Pay Band for a particular post carrying a specific Grade Pay.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave a sympathetic hearing to the members of delegation and assured them that DoPT will try to sort out their issue to the maximum extent possible.

Source: PIB