Monday, June 9, 2014
Staff side JCM submits memorandum to 7th CPC on interim relief and DA merger
The Staff Side of the Joint Consultative Machinery (National Council), New Delhi, in which the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi, is a constituent, has submitted a Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission urging the Commission to consider the demand already raised with the Commission on the issue of (i) Merger of DA with Pay and (ii) Grant of Interim Relief to central government employees.
In a letter sent to Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman of the 7th Central Pay Commission forwarding therewith the detailed Memorandum on the above two issues, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM, urged the Commission that the Dearness allowance as on 1.1.2014 which stood at 100% may be recommended to be merged and treated as Dearness Pay for grant of all benefits, allowances, pension and other retirement entitlements. The Staff Side has also urged the Commission that Merger of D.A. as on 1.1.2014 may also be recommended in respect of pensioners and Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal Departments.
The Staff Side, explaining in detail various aspects of real value erosion of wages, has submitted before the 7th Central Pay Commission that Central Government employees presently have a very depressed salary structure. The Secretary, Staff Side JCM pointed out that barring the 6th Central Pay Commission, all other Commissions had recommended grant of Interim Relief to the Central Government Employees. As per the 5th Central Pay Commission, Interim relief represented a provisional arrangement during the period between setting up of a Pay Commission and submission of a report by the Commission and its acceptance by the Government. Most of the earlier Commissions with the exception of Ist and 6th Central Pay Commissions had taken 2-3 years and sometimes more to finalise their recommendations. The Staff Side said that the final outcome of the deliberations of the 7th CPC will become available only by 2016.
It is, therefore, needed that the employees have to be compensated in the form of Interim Relief. The Staff Side urged the Chairman, 7th Central Pay Commission that the Commission may, as has been done by the various earlier Pay Commissions, recommend atleast 25% of Pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay as Interim Relief subject to a minimum of Rs. 4000/-. The Secretary, JCM Staff Side further urged the Commission to recommend Interim Relief at the above rate subject to minimum of Rs.2000/- to pensioners and Gramin Dak Sevaks.