Tuesday, March 17, 2015
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet is likely to approve hiking dearness allowance (DA) to 113 per cent from existing 107 per cent benefiting 30 lakh central government employees and 50 lakh pensioners in its meeting scheduled in next week.“The Union Cabinet will take a proposal to hike Dearness allowance for its employees and dearness relief for its pensioners to 113 per cent in next week as per agenda listed for the meeting,” a source said.
The hike in DA would be effective from the January 1 this year.
As per practice, the government uses Consumer Price Index- Industrial Workers ( CPI-IW) data of the past 12 months to arrive at a quantum for the purpose of any DA hike.
Thus, the CPI-IW from January 1 to December 31, 2014 would be used to take a final call on the matter.
The CPI (IW) of the months January, February, March, April, May, June and July were 237, 238, 239, 242, 244, 246 and 252 respectively.
The consumer price index -industrial workers (CPI-IW) remained stationery at 253 for last five months August to December, 2014.
“The average of the consumer price index -industrial workers (CPI-IW) from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 works out to be 6.3 per cent. Thus the Central government will hike dearness allowance for it employees by 6 per cent,” the source added.
However, the employees’ bodies are pressing hard to merger of 50 percent DA with basic pay but it has not been given heed by the seventh Pay Commission as well as the government.
The merger of 50 percent DA was discontinued in the Sixth Pay Commission but the Fifth Pay Commission had recommended that if the DA crosses more than 50 percent then it should be clubbed with the basic pay.
Friday, March 13, 2015
All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association
HYDERABAD BRANCH Dated : 11.03.2015
The Chief Commissioner,
Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax,
Sub: Inter Commissionerate Transfer –Request for forwarding of the representations -Regarding.
It is humbly submitted to the benign Chief Commissioner that many representations which were submitted by the Inspectors working in Hyderabad Zone and Vizag Zone seeking Inter Commissionerates Transfer to other Zones have not been forwarded so far.
2. It is submitted that Ministry vide letter F.No. A.22015/23/2011-Ad.III.A dated 27.10.2011 had lifted the ban on Inter Commissionerate Transfer in respect of Inspectors of Customs and Central Excise subject to completion of prescribed probation period. Recruitment Rules prescribes two years of probation period for Inspectors of Central Excise and accordingly, Inspectors working in these two zones have submitted representation requesting Inter Commissionerate Transfer after completion of two years of probation period as stipulated in the letter referred to above.
3. Some of the ICT representations which were forwarded to the concerned zones have been considered favorably and the officers also got posted to their native place. The Association is grateful for the benign action and extends its sincere gratitude to the Chief Commissioner and cadre controlling Commissioner of Hyderabad for their generous action. However, it is regretted to bring to your kind notice that some of the representations are yet to be forwarded to the respective zones.
4. All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association, Hyderabad is aware of the fact of acute paucity of Inspectors after cadre restructuring as most of the senior inspectors got promoted as Superintendents. However, it is pertinent to submit that Staff Selection Commission has completed interview of 2013 Batch and final result of direct recruit inspector is awaited and the same is likely to be released very shortly. Further, written examination results for 2014 batch have also been declared by the Staff Selection Commission. It is expected that the inspector strength is likely to be augmented by the SSC in the coming months thereby averting the paucity in Inspector cadre. Further, a large number of STAs are also on the verge of Promotion to the cadre of Inspectors.
5. Since the process of acceptance of representations will also take reasonable time at the other end, it is requested that all such representations may please be forwarded to the concerned zones for necessary action. However, for the sake of administrative convenience, the relief of the officers whose representations are considered favourably at the other end, may be deferred till the new batch of inspectors allotted to Hyderabad / Vizag zone join the Department.
Thanking you Madam,
Copy submitted to the Commissioner, Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax, Hyderabad –I Commissionerate.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission drafted in to make a new pay structure for the 30 lakh Central government employees would not be able to submit its report in August this year, the Commission is likely to seek extension till October.
The reports of Seventh Pay Commission will be implicated from April next year as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Parliament on February 27, “The 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17.”
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said above statement in his pre-budget speech. His statement indicates that the government may implement Seventh Pay Commission report from April 2016.
The UPA government formed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justice Ashok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. According to present position, the commission will take at least 20-24 months.
However, the Sixth Pay Commission had submitted its report within 18 months.
As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the central government employees more than doubled as per Fourteenth Finance Commission estimates.
As such, the central government employees are expected to get 100 percent salary hike under the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.
Issues like inflation, the government’s financial position and salary structure of government employees in other countries would also be considered as parts of pay panel recommendations.
The Fourteenth Finance Commission asked the pay panel to link the pay with productivity, which will be the biggest hurdle for central government employees to be got over to get salary hike.
It is interesting to note that the earlier governments never accepted to link the pay with productivity.