# Points to be taken into consideration while finalizing the 7th Pay Commission Report: Demands by MSA, SoI

Points to be taken into consideration while finalizing the 7th Pay Commission Report: Demands by MSA, SoI

SURVEY OF INDIA

MINISTERIAL STAFF ASSOCIATION (CHQs’)

Points to be taken into consideration while finalizing the 7th Pay Commission Report :-

The demand of the Staff Side to fix the minimum pay to that of Rs. 26,000/- has been completely rejected by the 7th CPC and has arbitrarily fixed the minimum pay as Rs. 18000/, The 7th CPC has mutilated the formula for fixing the minimum wage. The minimum wage recommended amounts to a meager increase of Rs. 2250 from the existing minimum pay of Rs. 7000 + 8750 (125 % DA as on 1.1.2016). From this minimum pay of Rs, 18000/-, as per the recommendation of the 7th CPC itself Rs. 1500/- will be recovered for CGEIGS and 10 % i. e Rs.1800/- will be recovered towards New Pension Scheme from the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 and 6% towards GPF contribution from the employees recruited prior to 1.1.2004 resulting in minus or a very meager  benefit for the low paid employees.

While the minimum wage is fixed as Rs. 18000/- the Secretary level officers are given a huge hike of Rs. 2,25,000 and the Cabinet Secretary’s salary is fixed as Rs. 2,50,000. The ratio between minimum pay and the maximum pay should be not more than 1: 8, the 7th CPC has kept the ratio as 1: 13.88.   The public at large is misled by the statement that a hike of Rs 23.5% is granted to Central Government employees where as the actual increase is only  3 to 4 % as per the calculation given below

### Calculation of Pay and allowance for the month  of January 2016 as per  Sixth CPC is given below:–

Basic Pay Pay = PB Rs.5200 + GP Rs.1800 = Rs.7000/-

Assuming DA 125% as on 1.1.2016 = Rs. 8750/-

(Since he is staying in Quarter) HRA = Nil

T.A. = 600 + DA = Rs. 1350/-

Total Gross Amount =Rs. 17100/-

Deductions:

NPS 10% of basic Pay + DA =  Rs. 1575/-

CGEGIS = Rs.    30/-

Total Deductions = Rs.  1605/-

Net Pay (6th CPC) =Rs. 15495/-

### Calculation of Pay and allowance for the month  of January 2016 as per  Seventh CPC is given below:-

Basic Pay Pay = Rs.18000/-

7th Pay Commission DA as  on 1.1.2016 = Nil

(Since he is staying in Quarter) HRA = Nil

T.A. = 600 + DA = Rs. 1350/-

Total Gross Amount =Rs. 19350/-

Deductions:

NPS 10% of basic Pay =  Rs. 1800/-

CGEGIS (as per 7th CPC recommendation) = Rs.   1500/-

Total Deductions = Rs.  3300/-

Net Pay (7th CPC) =Rs. 16050/-

The Benefit out of 7th Pay commission is (16050 – 15495) only Rs. 555/- which is 3.2 % of the gross pay of 6th CPC.

The minimum wages should be fixed at Rs. 23,100/- as per the calculation given below

Basic Pay Pay = PB Rs.5200 + GP Rs.1800 = Rs.7000/-   (Basic Pay)

100% D.A. which should be merged as per Vth CPC = Rs. 7000/-  (Dearness Pay)

25% DA on the above (total DA 125% – 100%) =Rs.  3500/-  (D.A.)

40% benefit (as given in VIth CPC) on Pay +DP =Rs. 5600/- (Fixation benefit)(*)

(*)(VIth CPC has given fixation benefit of  40% of the maximum of pre-revised scale)

Total Gross Amount =Rs. 23100/-

Hence the minimum benefit should be not less than 23,100/-

### House Rent Allowance

The House Rent Allowance has been reduced from the existing 30% to 24%, 20% to 16% and 10% to 8%. More over the 7th CPC has recommended for abolition of various allowances like small family allowance, Cash Handling Allowance and advances like festival advance, Scooter Advance etc. Instead of removing the existing anomalies in the MACP Scheme, the 7th CPC has introduced examination for granting MACP. The 7th CPC has refused to make any recommendations against the New Pension Scheme. For the 2114 spell of 365 days child care leave for women employees the leave wages will be reduced to 80%.

We demand the Allowances like Family Planning Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Care Taker Allowance should not be abolished.   The Advances like Scooter Advance, Festival Advance, Flood Advance should not be abolished as these are  the meager amount the low paid employees are getting to celebrate festival and other genuine purposes.  CCL should be granted for 2 years without reducing it to 80% in the 2nd year.

Benefit on promotion before the 7th pay commission is more than the amount of promotion to be given after  implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission :-

Suppose an UDC get promotion to Assistant before 1.1.2016.

His present Pay :11100 + 2400 Grade Pay

D.A. @ 125 %:16875

On promotion his pay will be : 11510 + 4200

New Pay as per  7th CPC=15710 X 2.57= 40374   Pay metrix : 41100/-

He will get the pay or Rs. 41,100/- in the revised scale  if he  get his promotion before 1.1.2016.

If the same person is getting promotion after 7th C.P.C.

Pay as on 1.1.2016  is    (11100+2400) X 2.57   =  34695   Pay metrix :  35,300/-

On promotion one increment in the same Level should be given   Rs. 36400/- .  As there is no pay near to that  his pay will be upgraded to 36,500/- minimum of the Pay matrix No. 6

His pay will be only Rs. 36,500/- if he get a promotion after 7th Pay Commission.

Hence the loss is    (41100-36500)   =   4600/-

It is one of the example in many cases the loss will be more than this.

Hence it is suggested that the rate of increment should be minimum 5% and on promotion 2 increment should be given otherwise there will be lot of difference in the pay of  employees who got promotion one day before the implementation of 7th Pay commission and those who got promotion after implementation of the 7th pay commission.

### Rate of Increment shown in the Pay Matrix  is less than  3%

Please see the Pay Matrix given on page No. 89.

Level 2,   Index 2,   the pay is shown as 20500,  after giving an increment of 3%  it should be 21,115/-  but the next index is only Rs. 21,100/- (level 2 index 3)    next pay also should be 21115 + 633 =21748 but the next index (level 2 index 4) is only 21700/-   in Level 6 index 14 also it should be 50500 + 1515 = 52015/- whereas it is given only 52000/-.  In many places even though the increment is shown as 3%,  it is rounded off to lesser amount causing  the employees at financial  loss.  In VIth pay, while calculating increment,  commission if the last digit  is 1 or above it used to  round  off to next 10.  So here also if the amount is 10 or above it should be rounded off to the next 100.  Kindly look into the matter.

As per 7th CPC para No. 1.26 (page No. 6), there is a  mention about Cadre Review.

” A serious grievance has been made by all services that Cadre Reviews have not taken place for years together, which has resulted in great anguish and frustration among the services.  Though it is essentially an administrative matter, it has a serious impact on the status and emoluments of employees.  On account of delay in Cadre Reviews, many Central Services lag behind and that gives rise to frustration and ultimately effects governance.  We have tried to cover this issue in the appropriate chapter in this report.  Therefore, the government should take a call and give them a proper representation in the government.

6.2.10   (pare No. 106)   The services have contended that there is an urgent requirement for the Defence Forces to undertake periodic cadre reviews to remain current in their manpower structuring, and to enable the forces to adapt to the changing operational scenario at all times, without affecting the pyramidal structure in the services.  The commission recognizes the importance of Cadre Reviews in aligning a service to the ever changing organizational needs and to maintain congruence between functional needs and legitimate aspirations of its officers.

7.3.12 (page No. 170) The various service Associations highlighted that in very many cadres refiews have not been carried out for long.  Extant instructions are that a cadre review should be undertaken at least once in a period of five years.  The fact that these instructions have not been followed in many cases has bred resentment and frustration.

7.3.13.  The process of cadre restructuring and the reported delays affecting the genuine career aspirations of employees at all levels, was discussed with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).  The department acknowledged that while the ideal periodicity is five years, in various cases, reviews are delayed due to many reasons.  Significant amongst these is non submission of proposals by the cadre controlling authorities.  As far as DOPTs concerned, the procedure as well as the templates (for proposal submission) is stated to have been well formulated and disseminated.  It was also informed that meetings of the Cadre Review Committee (CRC) are held regularly.

The maiden cadre review proposal in respect of Ministerial Staff, started in the year 2003 reached nowhere.  Whereas  cadre review of Group A Officers has been processed and implemented during the corresponding period. Thus cadre review procedure for group B & C staff should be implemented at the before the implementation of VIIth Pay Commission, so that our staff will be benefited.  It is therefore, urged upon the respective authority that Cadre Restructuring of Ministerial Staff in particular and Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ Staff in General should be considered before implementation of 7th CPC. Otherwise the same grievances and difficulties regarding continuation of operational scenario of Ministerial job will be existed after this CPC implementation.

The following points may kindly be taken into consideration while finalizing the VIIth Pay Commission proposal:

Sl. No.

Name of the Post

Remarks

01 Estt. & Accounts

Officer

The Pay Scale of E & AO as per

 4th CPC 5th CPC 6th CPC Now recommended 2375-75- 3200-100-3500 7450-225- 11500 9300-34800 GP 4600 9300-34800 GP 4800

The Pay Scale of Group ‘B’ Gazetted Post (Technical)

 4th CPC 5th CPC 6th CPC Now recommended 2000-60- 2300-75- 3200 6500-200- 10500 9300-34800 GP 4200 Later on GP Increased to 4600/- 9300-34800 GP 4800

There is a huge difference in the pay scales of E& AO as a specialized Gr ‘B’ Officer and other Group B Officers of Survey of India in 4th and 5th CPC.

The Duties of E & AO is much more than that of Group “B” Gazetted Officers (Technical) of Survey of India.

The duties of E & AO are:-

To function as DDO. To supervise both Establish & Accounts Section of the GDC. To Assist the Director in functioning as Administrative Head and Controlling Officer of the GDC/Directorate, etc. The Grade Pay of Section is Rs. 4800/- as per 6th Pay Commission. There are many Section Officers (Office Suptds.) are working under E & AO.

Hence the grade pay recommended by 6th CPC for E & AO is not correct. The Grade Pay of E & AO should be 5400/- considering the duties and responsibilities allotted to him/her.

As per VIIth Pay Commission report Para No. 7.1.4 (Page No. 140), the Grade Pay of Section Officer is a promotion post for Assistant (GP 4600). Initially on promotion, the SO is at GP 4800 and after four years is entitled to a non-functional upgrade to GP 5400 (PB-3), effectively two level higher.

As per VIIth pay commission report Para No. 11.27.19 (ii) page No. 684, the Superintendent of Income Tax are getting the Grade pay of Rs. 4600/-. There are many Office Superintendents working under an E & A.O. Hence it is suggested to consider to upgrade the Grade of Rs. 5400/- to E& AO.

02. Office Superintendent The duties of Office Superintendent in Survey of India is one and the same of Section Officers in other Departments. It includes supervising and checking the works of the Ministerial Section and to allot the work to the ministerial staff. Supervision of preparation of reports/returns, seniority lists/gradation list, budget estimates, audit reports, pension cases, work of cashier, internal auditing. Compilation/consolidation/monitoring and disbursement of Budget, Reconciliation, correspondence on audit paras, Data Entry and Respective Correspondence, work related to recruitment. To check the reply of legal cases/RTI caes and to ensure their timely submission. Training and guiding the junior ministerial staff, etc.

The Section Officers of other Departments are getting the Grade pay of Rs. 4800/-. Please refer the letter of 7th CPC regarding recruitment of staff, wherein the pay of Section Officers/equivalent is mentioned as Rs. 4800/-.

The name of Office Superintendent should be changed as Senior Section Officer in the proposed Restructuring proposal and the G.P should be determined accordingly.

03. Assistants As per the recommendation of 6th CPC the pay scale of Assistants was upgraded in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 6500-10500 as par with the Central Secretariat Assistants (Grade pay 4200 in the revised scale). In the meantime the grade pay of Central Secretariat Assistants has been raised from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- but the same was not done in the case of Assistants of Survey of India. The Assistants were designated as Head Clerk before the creation of the GDCs and they were working as Section Officers in Units/field Parties.

Please refer the letter of 7th CPC regarding recruitment of staff, wherein the pay of Assistants are mentioned as Rs. 4600/- (copy enclosed).

As per VIIth Pay Commission Report page No. 145, the commission has strongly recommended parity in pay between the field staff and headquarter staff upto the rank of Assistants.

The Commission accordingly strongly recommends parity in pay between the field staff and headquarter staff upto the rank of Assistants on two grounds—firstly the field staff are recruited through the same examination and they follow the same rigour as the Assistants of CSS and secondly there is no difference in the nature of functions discharged by both. Therefore to bring in parity as envisaged by the VI CPC, this Commission recommends bringing the level of Assistants of CSS as per with those in the field offices who are presently drawing GP of 4200. The pay of those Assistants/Stenographer who have in the past, been given higher Grade pay would be protected”.

The Assistants of Central Secretariat already got the benefit of fixing their pay with Grade pay of 4600/- and they enjoyed this benefit from 1.1.2006 to 31.12.2015 and their pay will be fixed based on this pay. In order to maintain the parity the same benefit should be extended to the Assistants of Survey of India also.

The name of Assistants should be changes as Junior Section Officer in the proposed Restructuring proposal.

04. U.D.C. The qualification for the post of UDC is fixed as Graduation. Many posts whose educational qualification are graduation are granted with a Grade pay of 4200/- or 2800/-.

The name of UDC should be changed as Administrative Assistant Grade I in the proposed Restructuring proposal.

05. L.D.C. The minimum qualification for the post of LDC has been changed from X to XII but the pay scale of LDC has not changed. The Grade pay for all other posts whose minimum qualification is XII is starting from 2400. For example Hindi Typist, Data Entry Operator, etc. An LDC has to do typing/data entry operation in addition to Preparation of bills, diary and despatch, file management, assistance related to reports/returns/estimates etc. Hence the grade pay of LDC should be Rs. 2400/-.

The name of UDC should be changed as Administrative Assistant Grade II in the proposed Restructuring proposal.

### LDC/UDC Issues :-

7th Pay Commission has turned down the genuine issue of LDC & UDC on the ground that the government has stopped direct recruitment for the clerical cadre and gradually phasing out the existing incumbents( Please see Para 11.22.100, Para 11.52.32, Para 11.52.32,. Para 7.7.37 & 11.35.28).  Issuing of such an order without the knowledge of Staff side may not be possible. Thus reason given for rejection of the demand is not convincing.

Besides Confederation/Staff Side JCM, several Departments had recommended upgradation of grade pay of LDC & UDC of Administrative Offices especially the LDC& UDCs of subordinate offices of Government of India.

But the fact is that Staff Selection Commission is frequently conducting recruitment for the post of LDC. Combined higher secondary examination for the selection of LDC also has been conducted recently. Moreover, no alternative recommendation to replace the LDC post is given in the report.  It is to be noted that the normal ratio of LDC and UDC in subordinate offices is 3:1 and thus LDCs have been allocated responsible sections and in many smaller offices LDC alone is handling the work of entire Administration.  The direction set in the recommendation of the Commission is to contractorise all the Administrative posts below the post of Assistants. This should be prevented at any cost and a respectable pay scale for LDC & UDC should be ensured. Without the active support of the Confederation/JCM this cannot be done.

### LDC & DATA ENTRY OPERATOR

On the other hand rejecting Central Secretariat Clerical service demand of parity with DEO (Grade Pay 2400), the commission observes “Even though the entry requirements are similar, historically the pay scales of the two posts have been different. Besides, they comprise two distinct cadres with different set of roles and responsibilities. Hence, the demand for parity of pay of LDC with DEOs cannot be acceded to by the Commission.”(Para 11.35.38).

Historically these cadres may be different set of roles but the fact is that functions of LDC are more complex than that of DEO and same was brought before the commission by various Associations/Administrative Authorities. Earlier pay Commissions have fixed Pay Scale to DEO considering their work on computer. But today LDCs are selected on the basis of their expertise in computer operation also.

As you know, in subordinate offices DoPT manual is not followed for allocating work to LDCs there.  In order to bring the reality, some comments among the hundreds of comments posted in our web site/received through e-mail is given in annexure I, II & III. Please go through it.

### Parity of pay of Assistant/Stenographers with Central Secretariat.

The Assistants of Central Secretariat have  already got the benefit of fixing their pay with Grade pay of 4600/- and they enjoyed this benefit from 1.1.2006 to 31.12.2015 and their pay will be protected as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission Report.  In order to obtain the parity between the Assistants of Central Secretariat and Field offices,  the  benefit of fixing their pay with a Grade pay of Rs. 4600/- from 1.1.2006 to 31.12.2015 should  be extended to the Assistants of Survey of India also.

Similarly, the Non Functional Selection Grade granted to the UDCs of Central Secretariat has also been withdrawn by the 7th CPC in its report (Para 7.1.4(J). Our demand is that the NFSG may be restored and the benefit of the same should be extended to the UDCs of subordinate offices also.

### Grant of MACP on Promotional Hierarchy:

The report of the Commission is confusing and contradictory. Please see Para 5.1.12, 5.1.44, 7.4.8, 74.13, 11.52.45 etc. The Pay Commission has drafted MACP recommendation to fool the employees and giving benefit to Government.  MACP should be granted on hierarchical scale, if both Levels are same it should be given in the immediately next level.

### Transport Allowance

In A1 cities the employees crossed the limit of Pay Rs. 7440/ in pay band 5200-200200 was getting transport allowance Rs. 1600+DA. But 7th CPC has recommended only Rs. 1350 for these employees. The disparity is to be removed.

### Abolition of interest free advance:

Pay Commission has recommended abolition of 12 advances including, Festival Advance, LTC Advances, Tour/Tr TA Advance Medical Advance etc. This will affect the touring staff and low paid employees. If this recommendation is accepted, no low paid employee can avail LTC.

### Abolition/Reduction of Care Taking Allowance

As per recommendation contained in Para 8.3.23 of the 7th CPC report, the present care taking allowance has been abolished and in place Extra Work Allowance at  a  uniform rate of 2  percent  of Basic Pay per month. This will affect detrimentally to the caretaking work in various NSSO Offices especially in FOD Offices where permanent care takers are not appointed and the person assigned the duties of caretaking are doing heavy responsibilities.

On other hand, pay fixation on promotion from UDC to Assistant immediate next pay scale is found more beneficial than the hierarchical promotion. Fixation of a UDC drawing Rs. 10960+2400 promoted to Assistant is given below:

Fixation on Pay scale hierarchy i.e., Rs, 2800 GP

 1/1/2016 10960+2400=13360 X 2.57 34335 34300 Increment on 1.7.2016 35300 Increment on Promotion 1059 Pay fixed at higher stage in 2800 Grade Pay 37000

Fixation on Promotional hierarchy i.e. Rs 4200 GP

 1/1/2016 10960+2400=13360 X 2.57 34335 34300 Increment on 1.7.2016 35300 Increment on Promotion 1059 Pay fixed at higher stage in 4200 Grade Pay 36500

Similar deficiencies may be noticed in other cases also. For similar cases multiplication factor should be increased.  Two  increments should be granted  on promotion.

This may also be looked into.

Kindly consider the above facts while implementing the report of 7th Central Pay Commission.

We oppose Performance based Incentive System because it is not appropriate.   Marks acquired in APAR should not be linked with grant of Increment, promotion  & MACP.

D.A. should be merged with basic pay whenever it crosses  50%.

We oppose plan for Medical Insurance to Central Govt. employees.   CGHS facilities may be improved.

SECRETARY GENERAL,
MINISTERIAL STAFF ASSOCIATION
SURVEY OF INDIA

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