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Friday, August 1, 2014

DA from July 2014 for Central Government Employees

DA from July 2014 for Central Government Employees and Pensioners will be 107% – AICPIN for June 2014 Released by Labour Bureau, Government of India

Labour Bureau, Government of India has released the All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) (AICPIN or AICPI-IW) for the Month of June 2014 as 246. There is 2 point increase in this consumer price index compared previous month. As a result, Now we have all the 12 AICPIN indices from the month of July 2013 to June 2014 in our hand now to Estimate DearnessAllowance applicable to Central Government Employees and Central Government Pensioners with effect from July 2014
MonthActual AICPI-IW
July 2013235
Aug 2013237
Sep 2013238
Oct 2013241
Nov 2013243
Dec 2013239
Jan 2014237
May 2014244
Jun 2014246
As we estimated in our earlier article published in the first week of July 2014  DA from July for CG Employees and Pensioners is now confirmed to be 107%
Estimated DA from July 2014 = ((235+237+238+241+243+239+237+238+240+242+244+246)/12)-115.76)*100/115.76
= 107 % (Rounded to nearest Integer at the lower side)

AICPI-IW for June 2014 released

AICPI-IW for June 2014 released – All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the month of June 2014 is 246 – 2 Point increase compared to previous month

No. 5/1/2014- CPI
DATED: the 31st July, 2014
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) June, 2014

The All-India CPI-1W for June, 2014 increased by 2 points and pegged at 246(two hundred and forty six). On 1-month percentage change. it increased by 0.82 percent between May, 2014 and June, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.32 per cent between the same two months a year ago.
The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.37 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry Chicken, Milk, Onion, Potato, Tomato and other vegetables, Sugar, Cigarette. Electricity Charges, Bus Fare. Barber & Tailoring Charges. Toilet Soap, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat & Wheat Alla, Edible Oils, Fruits, Soft Coke. Medicine (Allopathie), etc., putting downward pressure on the index.
The year-on-year intlation measured by monthly CPI-1W stood ai 6.49 percent for June, 2014 as compared to 7.02 per cent for the previous month and 11.06 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.88 per cent against 7.66 per cent of the previous month and 14.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
At centre level, Goa. Mudurai. Vishakhapathnarn. Ilengluru and Kodarma recorded the maximum increase of 6 points each followed by Ahmedabad and Hubli Dharwar (5 points each). Among others. 4 points rise was observed in 8 centres. 3 points in 11 centres. 2 points in 16 centres and 1 point in another 16 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 8 points was reported in Giridih, 2 points each in Yamunanagar and Sholapur and 1 point in 5 centres. Indices of’remaining 12 centres experienced no change.
The indices of’ 36 centres are above and other 42 centres are below national average.
The next index of CPI-1W for the month of July,2014 will be released on Friday. 29 August. 2014. The same will also be available, on the office website www.]abourbureau.gv. in.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014




National Executive Meeting

New Delhi – 25.07.2014

The National Executive meeting of NCCPA was held at D-7 Telegraph Place, New Delhi – 110001 at 11.00 Hrs under the Presidentship of ComradeR.L.Bhattacharyya the Chairman NCCPA. More than 20 members of the Executive attended.

The meeting commenced with paying condolence to all the departed leaders since our last meeting.

Comrade VAN.Namboodiri Patron of NCCPA inaugurated the National Executive and he narrated the growing unity of pensioners internationally and explained the proceedings of the international conference of pensioners and senior citizens at Barcelona in Spain. The formation of Trade Union International – Pensioners and Senior Citizens at the behest of WFTU in Barcelona in Ethens marks the beginning of international unification of all pensioners in different countries. He also referred to the change of Government in India and the dangers of division amongst the working people and pensioners due to divisive policies. He touched the task before the 7th CPC and inaugurated the Executive.

Comrade S.K.Vyas the Secretary General NCCPA briefed the executive about the preliminary interaction between the Chairman 7th CPC and BCPC led by Comrade S.C.Maheswari and S.K.Vyas. He explained all the issues discussed with the Chairman as follows:

1.NPS: We have categorically told that it should be rescinded and scrapped. The Chairman asked us as to why the NPS was not challenged in court of law during the past 10 years after its implementation? He also questioned as to what the Pay Commission can do in this matter? We requested that the CPC can intervene as 6th CPC had given recommendations that Defined Pension Scheme is better than NPS. We requested that the recommendation of 6th CPC should be applied to all entrants since 1.1.2004. The Chairman desired all relevant materials be submitted to him for study and we have agreed to supply.

2.Parity in Pension:We cited the Boothalingam Committee recommendations that had proposed for periodical pension revision and also the 4th and 5th CPC recommendations in this account. We also cited how the VI CPC did not extend this parity but only granted Modified Parity with reference to the minimum of the revised pay. The Government had however now accepted to implement One Rank One Pension in respect of Ex-Servicemen. Therefore the 7th CPC should grant full parity of past and future pensioners. The Chairman agreed to look into this.

3. Rate of Pension: We pointed out the absence of any rationale in fixing 50% of LPD as pension. The Supreme Court had held that Pension should be adequate to enable the pensioners to live maintaining the same standard which he was having while in service. To ensure this the pension should be 2/3rd of LPD as because the family on retirement is  reduced to two  units.

 4. Minmum Pension: Minimum Pension should not be below the minimum wage in Central Services as because otherwise the pension would be below the subsistence level.  This will benefit most the family pensioners only because the family pension is only 30% of LPD at present.

5. Additional Pension: The Pay Commission was requested to recommend additional pension  each five years after retirement. The Chairman stated that the rate of pension, Minimum Pension and the Additional Pension issues  would be considered keeping in view of the total economy.

6. Anomalies: On anomalies the Chairman said that they should be given details of all the unresolved anomalies so that similar anomalies are not repeated by 7th CPC.

7. CGHS: The Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had submitted a detailed report on functioning of the CGHS and improvement therein. We requested the Chairman to call for the Action Taken report by the Government on the recommendations of the Standing Committee and then suggest appropriate action to be taken for improving the CGHS.

8. P&T Pensioners: We pointed out the existing discrimination against the P&T Pensioners who are denied entry into CGHS after retirement on the plea that they were not subscribing to CGHS while in service. The Chairman felt that there should be no discrimination and that he would look into the matter.

Comrade Vyas then narrated the details about the Chennai Meeting of BCPC which finalised the common memorandum. The common memorandum so finalised had been submitted to CPC and covered many points in that memorandum with the Chairman of the Pay Commission during the preliminary interaction.

The issue of finalising the NCCPA memorandum was discussed in the meeting. The following decision was taken:

1.NCCPA will endorse the BCPC memorandum .

2. Some left out issues will be covered in Part-I of NCCPA Memorandum by way of supplementing the BCPC memorandum.

3. Part-II of NCCPA memorandum will contain sectional issues of various departments.

4.NCCPA Memorandum will be submitted before 31st July, 2014.

Secretary General

Friday, July 25, 2014

Com.M.Krishnan Deliberates on NPS at Pensioners AIC at Vellore TN

Centre has no liability since fund created will be administered by private insurance firm
M. Krishnan, secretary general of the Confederation of Central Government Employees, speaking at the conference of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association in Vellore 

The New Pension Scheme (NPS) introduced under the New Pension Fund Development and Regulatory Authority (NPFDRA) Act passed by the United Progressive Alliance-II government with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party will affect the existing pensioners as well as all those who joined the service prior to January 1, 2004, according to M. Krishnan, secretary-general of the Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE).
Speaking on ‘New Pension Scheme and its Impact’ on the second day of the two-day First Foundation All India Conference of the All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association (AIPRPA) here on Sunday, Mr. Krishnan said that the NPS was introduced by the Centre based on the recommendations of the Bhattacharji Committee which stated that the financial position of the Central government employees would be far better at the time of their retirement since they were getting better wages while in service.
On these grounds the committee recommended the introduction of the contributory pension scheme (CPS). The committee also stated that the pensioners need not be paid any compensation for price rise except the increase in pension which they would get whenever there was a pay hike for the serving staff. Based on this, the then National Democratic Alliance government issued the order introducing the NPS and making it applicable only to those who joined service after January 1, 2004.
The UPA-I government did not cancel the order but gave a legal status to the NDA government’s order by bringing an Ordinance, which however could not be made into a law because of the opposition of the Left parties. But the subsequent UPA-II government passed the NPFDRA Act in Parliament with the support of the BJP.
With the passing of the Act, the employees who joined after January 1, 2004 suffered a 10% salary cut since this 10% went towards the New Pension Fund created under the Act. The General Provident Fund too was withdrawn for this category by the government which stated that the employees who were under the CPS would get 60% of their contribution as pension at the time of their retirement. Under the NPFDRA, the Central government had no pension liability since the Pension Fund created under the Act was to be administered by a private insurance company which would invest the fund in the share market, which only went to benefit the corporates.
“This virtually amounted to privatisation of pension,” he said.
Cautioning existing pensioners and those Central government employees appointed prior to January 1, 2004 who were under the wrong impression that the NPS would not affect them, Mr. Krishnan pointed to a clause in the NPFDRA Act which states that the NPS could, by a notification of the Government of India, be extended to those who were appointed prior to January 1, 2004 too.
The Secretary General said that a committee constituted by the Central government to work out the projected liability for it if it were to make an initial contribution towards the Pension Fund to provide pension to those who joined before the cut-off date stated that the Centre would have to contribute Rs. 3,35,628 crores to provide pension for the next 30 years, which the Sixth Pay Commission said the government could not bear.
So the committee suggested that the government could consider segregating the liability into one for those below 40 years, and another for others. But such a fund too would be managed by a private agency which would invest it in the unpredictable share market.
“So, the Damocles’ sword of the NPS hung on the existing pensioners too”, he said, adding that the Central government employees and pensioners should fight a joint struggle against the NPS.
source: The hindu dt 22.07.14, Vellore