The Central Government published Gazette Notification for 7th CPC Allowances on 6th July 2017. The 7th CPC has recommended that 53 allowances be abolished and 37 be subsumed in an existing or a newly proposed allowances. But the Government has decided to retain 12 Allowances from that 53 Allowances and allowed 3 Allowances to continue as separate allowance from these 37 Allowances recommended to be subsumed. Finally the Committee on Allowances and ECoS after the discussion with stakeholders, recommended to Modify 34 Allowances [See the List of 34 Allowances and Modifications]
The 7th CPC has recommended that Travelling Allowances can be continued without any changes. But the Government has decided to extend the Air Travel Entitlement to Govt Servants those who are in Level As per the Gazette Notification issued by Government of India, the Travelling allowance is rationalised to enable the Central Staffs from Level 6 to 8 to Travel by Air . The Official concerned clarified that, this Modified Travel Entitlement will be extended to LTC also.
Conference of Postal Pensioners Welfare Association, West Bengal Circle was
held on 6th May 2017 at Kolkata GPO Auditorium Hall. Following
office Bearer & Working committee members are elected for next two years: -
1.President: - …………………. SRI TAPAN KUMAR GHOSHAL ( North Kolkata Division)
2.Vice President: - a) Sri
Radhyeshyam Poddar (South Nadia Division)
b) Sri Ranjit Kumar Mukherjee
c) Sri Arun Sarathi Mondal (Alipore Dn)
d) Sri Gurudas Das (Darjeeling Dn)
e) Sri Jatindranath Saha (Malda
f) Sri Subhas Ch Biswas (North Kol Dn)
3. Circle Secretary: -……… SRI DILIP KUMAR DAS, (Howrah Dn)
Circle Secretary: - a) Sri Dilip
Saha Roy (Alipore Dn)
b) Sri Tulshi Charan Halder (Kolkata GPO)
c) Bidhan Chandra Mondal (Foreign Post Kolkata)
d) Sri Kashinath Sonar (Murshidabad Dn)
Sri Shyamal Mahapatra (Midnapore Dn)
5. Treasurer: -………………… Sri
Prodyut Kumar Maity (Central Kolkata Dn)
High Expectation over announcement of 7th CPC Allowances and its Date of Effect
7th CPC Allowances is now become a hottest topic of discussion and most expected matter by Central Staffs. Central Government confirmed officially that the Report of the Allowance Committee is submitted to the Government. Later the Cabinet Secretary told that Allowance Committee Report will be examined by the Expert Committee of Secretaries which was appointed initially to expedite the Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.
It was said that the Cabinet Secretary Fixed 1st June 2017 for perusal of the report of the Allowances Committee by the Empowered Committee. Whether ECoS has finished its work or not is not known yet.
The Cabinet Committee under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has met On 7th June 2017. There was lot of expectation on that day that the Cabinet would announce its decision about 7th CPC Allowances. But nothing has been announced so far.
The CG Staff have been frustrated by the Government’s approach towards settling the issue of 7th CPC Allowances. The Government servants are considerably losing monetary benefits they are supposed to get from the implementation of 7th CPC Recommendation. They are expecting the following two things to be decided at the earliest.
The amount of Increase in the Rates and Percentage of Allowances What will be the Date of effect ..?
Delaying the Decision on the above two issues are the main reason for the frustration of Central Government Employees. The Federation are trying their level best to give pressure through agitation program to invite the attention of Central Government to announce the 7th CPC Allowances as soon as possible.
Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).
The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1st January, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore. Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:1.Revision of pension of pre – 2016 pensioners and family pensioners
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet. The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor. It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.
While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.
In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations.
In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner. The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases. The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases. The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies.
2.Disability Pension for Defence Pensioners
The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.
The issue of disability pension was referred to the National Anomaly Committee by the Ministry of Defence on account of the representation received from the Defence Forces to retain the slab-based system, as it would have resulted in reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing pensioners and a reduction in the amount of disability pension for future retirees when compared to percentage-based disability pension.
The decision which will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entail an additional expenditure of approximately Rs. 130 crore per annum.
Today D.Theagarajan & D.Kishan rao discussed the matter with the officers in the
Directorate. According to our information the Directorate is going to
form a committee to review the order of cadre restructuring after obtaining the
views of the Heads of Circle.
FNPO & NAPE-C strongly feel that some modifications required in the
present cadre restructuring order at the same time keeping the orders in
abeyance will create the unnecessary delay to get the promotion of the
staff. We are seeking the appointment of Secretary today after meeting
the Chairman. we will post the outcome of our discussion on our website.
GDS D. A order will be issued shortly, in regard to the implementation of
GDS Committee recommendation formalities will take at least 3 months time. Let
us hope for the best.
The attention is drawn to the media
news about extension of working hours of Central Government employees by the
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public
Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. It has been stated in the news
item that Central Government employees’ working hours will be changed from
09.00 AM to 07.00 PM. It was also stated that the holiday of Saturday will also
be done away with for the Central Government employees.
In this regard, the DoPT clarifies that
there is no such proposal under consideration of the Central Government. The
media news regarding the extension of working hours and abolition of holiday on
Saturday for Central Government employees is false and baseless. There is no
oral or unwritten order issued in this regard.
The government has with
effect from March 7, 2017, simplified and liberalised the conditions for taking
advance from the fund for education, illness and purchase of consumer durables.
“Conditions and procedures for withdrawal from the fund for the purpose of
education, illness, housing, purchase of motor vehicles etc. have also been
“No documentary proof is required to be submitted now for advance and
withdrawal applications. A simple declaration by the subscriber is sufficient,”
the minister said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
A time limit for sanction and payment of advance or withdrawal has also been
fixed, said Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel.
He said there is no proposal under consideration of the government to
increase/link the rate of interest on GPF at parity with that of Employees’
Provident Fund (EPF).
“The interest rates on EPF are decided on the recommendations of the Central
Board of Trustees taking into account the yearly income from the investment
made by EPFO. The GPF interest rate is presently fixed at par with that of PPF
interest rate,” said Singh.
The views of allowance
committee, which is examining 7th Pay Commission recommendations, are not yet known, a
top employee union official said. The
panel could submit its report in five to six days, he added. Hopes
were high that the allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission may submit its
report to the government this week. The allowance committee had held a meeting
in this regard on April 6 which some employee union officials termed as
“conclusive”. The 7th pay commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and recommended abolition of 51 allowances and
subsuming of 37 allowances
.The 7th Pay Commission
had recommended that house rent
allowance or HRA be paid at the
rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay,
depending on the type of city. The 7th Pay Commission had also recommended that
the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA
crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per
cent when DA crosses 100 per cent. With regard to allowances, employee unions
have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cen
At a previous meeting held on March 28,
the allowance committee on 7th Pay Commission recommendations had sought
comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of
The government had
earlier said that that the decision on allowances will be taken after the
committee on 7th Pay Commission submits its report. The government had in June accepted the recommendation of
Justice A K Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension.
But the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations relating to allowances were
referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee.
Department of Posts appointed a committee to implement GDS Committee recommendation under the Chairmanship of Member(P). CPMG Andhra Prodesh & CPMG Rajastan are the member. Committee met today and discussed the report. Our Secretary General D.Theagrajan and P.U.Murulidharan General Secretary NUGDS participated the meeting and offered our views. According to our information the the committee will recommend to implement the recommendation of Sri Kamalesh Chandra at the earliest.
associated with National Council JCM are keep telling that Allowance Committee
might submit its report on 20th February 2017. The CG Staff are already very
much upset over the Government’s deliberate attempt to delay the payment of Allowances
by constituting many committees. Because the payment of revised Allowances is
considered will impact the Governments Exchequers. Lot of Committees formed and
Meetings held after the Notification issued for implementation of 7th CPC
Recommendations. But there is no any fruitful outcome from these meetings. No
sign of making decisions which satisfy the Central government employees.
Had the Allowance like HRA is paid in revised rates from the
date of Notification i.e. 25th July 2016, it seems more beneficial than waiting
for the subcommittee reports. Because if revised allowances are not given
retrospective effect, it will be a huge loss for Central Government Servants. Reports
suggest that the Allowance Committee may submit its report on 20th February
2017 and it will be notified with effect from 1st April 2017. Federation
sources told that It is unacceptable and we will fight it out until the revised
allowances implemented with effect from 1.1.2016