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Final Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM held on 26.02.2021

Final Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM held on 26.02.2021. Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM held on 26.0

Include unmarried /widow /divorcee sister in the definition of family for family pension: Item No. 20/19/SC Standing Committee Meeting
Coverage under CCS (Pension) Rules1972, in place of National Pension System to Casual Labourers
Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for few days in a month to claim the Transport Allowance: Item No. 10/19/SC Standing Committee Meeting

Final Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM held on 26.02.2021. Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM held on 26.02.2021 at 11.00 AM and onwards under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) in Conference Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi.

No. 3/ 1/2021- JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA) Section

North Block, New Delhi – 110 001
Dated :3oMarch, 2021

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Final Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM held on 26.02.2021.

The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee held on 26.02.2021, under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) for information and necessary action, if any.

Encl: As above

(S.P. Pant)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

To

1. All the Members of the Standing Committee of the National Council (JCM)

Copy to:

1. Secretary, Staff Side, NC(JCM), 13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi.
2. General Secretary, AIRF, 4 State Entry Road, New Delhi
3. General·Secretary, NFIR, 3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi.


Minutes of the meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM held on 26.02.2021 at 11.00 AM and onwards under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) in Conference Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi.

A meeting of the Standing Committee of JCM was held on 26.02.2021 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) to discuss the various pending as well as fresh issues raised by the Staff Side.

The list of participants is at Annexure I.

2. . The Chairman welcomed the participants, and requested them to observe two minutes of silence as a mark of respect to the two members of the Staff Side, namely, Late Shri Rakhal Das Gupta, and Late Shri M.S. Raja, who have since passed away. Thereafter, the Chairman spoke about the importance of the meeting of the SC, JCM, and the beneficial role it plays in the running of the Govt. He expressed regrets that due to various reasons, including the Pandemic in 2020, the JCM meetings have not been held. He also expressed hope that there would be more regular meetings as the situation improves. Secretary(P) invited the members from the Staff Side as well as the Government side to participate in the meeting with a free and frank approach, so that issues are appreciated and solutions are found.

3. Thereafter, from the Staff Side, Dr. M. Raghavaiah, Leader, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, and Shri C. Sri Kumar, Member, addressed the Meeting, touching upon various aspects of problems being faced by the govt. employees. The following is the gist of the issues raised by the speakers: –

3.1 Ex-gratia payment to the victims of Covid-19 in different Ministries/ Departments, who have laid down their lives serving the nation during the pandemic . Secretary, Staff Side specifically spoke about the Railway employees, who worked round the clock during the COVID- 19 Lockdown and subsequent Pandemic period , in order to maintain the supply of essential commodities throughout the country. He further informed that more than 450 staff have died during the Pandemic. In view of the grim situation, the, ex-gratia amount should be suitably awarded to the employees in recognition of their contribution to the nation during this difficult time. Further, it was also informed the meagre ex-gratia amount that has been sanctioned, has also not reached the families. This needs to be monitored. He also requested that a separate quota of Covid-19 victim dependents may be created for appointments on Compassionate Ground, which is apart from the 5% quota permitted. Shri C. Sri Kumar also pointed out that the workers of M / o Defence performed duties, day and night, during the Pandemic period, and hence, the family members of victims of Covid-19 should be given Govt. job on Compassionate Grounds on priority basis.

3.2 The unilateral decision of the Government of India to freeze the DA, was also mentioned by Secretary, Staff Side and it was demanded that the freeze may be removed immediately in favour of the Govt. employees .

3.3 The New Pension Scheme was also mentioned, and that it needs to be reviewed, and advantage of the Old Pension Scheme may be given to the employees. The assurance given to the Staff Side that 50% of the last pay drawn would be ensured as pension, may also be acted upon quickly by the D/ o Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare.

3.4 Regarding the Night Duty Allowance (NDA), it was informed that in the Core Departments, like Railways and Defence Production, the employees like Technicians (Level-3, Level-4) , Loco Pilots, Station Masters and such various Technical posts have been denied the benefit of NDA on account of the ceiling imposed by the Government . The award given by the Arbitrator in this regard was also accepted by the Govt., but it has been of no avail. It was informed that a proposal was also sent by the M / o Railways to DoPT, requesting the Govt. to allow them to take a decision on their own on this issue. However, nothing positive has come out of it.

3.5 Regarding the issue of Travelling Allowance, it was stated that the element of Mileage Allowance is yet to be granted exemption from the purview of Income Tax. This is a burning issue with regard to employees of Railways, who are awaiting some relief.

3.6 Regular meetings of the JCM at the National Council, Standing Committee, as also at the Departmental Councils-level must be held so that the employees get to present their point of view to the Govt at regular intervals. Secretary, Staff Side also stated that the issues which have already been settled during the NCJCM or Standing Committee Meetings, should be implemented in their letter and spirit, so that the purpose of JCM is served. Further, the demands of the Staff Side may not be rejected unilaterally, i.e., without consulting them. He also urged that the Staff Side must be consulted whenever stringent measures/ tough decisions are propose d to be taken by the Government so that their point of view is also heard.

3.7 The issue of certain important decisions of the Supreme Court on policy matters to be applied in rem, and not m personam, to avoid multiplicity of litigations and delay in decision-making was also mentioned.

3.8 The issue of creation of posts was also raised. The current system of surrendering posts to create new posts is not acceptable, as stated by Secretary, Staff Side, as organisations like the Railways/ Posts cannot wind up existing posts for creation of new posts. An example was given of the post of Station Master by Secretary, Staff Side in this regard. For creation of the post of a new Station Master, it will be impractical that an existing post of Station Master needs to be abolished . He also touched upon the method of cadre restructuring, wherein there is a ban on creation of new posts. These measures should be removed as they are harming the functioning of the Govt.

3.9 The issue of recovery of the TA given to the employees during Covid- 19 Pandemic was also raised. The Staff Side informed that majority of the employees even though were asked to work f rom home they were called for various emergency duties for which no attendance record was maintained due to suspension of bio metric attendance system to avoid spread of COVID- 1 9 virus. Therefore, the recovery of TA given during the lockdown period to the employees should not be recovered considering the extra ordinary situation. Department of Expenditure may arrange to issue instructions in this regard.

3.10 Regarding Cash Scheme against LTC, it was stated that it has been permitted with numerous conditions, which are difficult to comply with, and therefore, nobody would be interested in taking it. Further, the LTC Block Year 2018-2019 was requested to be extended till 31.12.2021 in view of the fact that the extended period was also covered by the COVID- 19 Pandemic, and nobody could take the benefit of the same.

3.11 It was also stated that the reimbursement of the expenditure incurred on medical treatment by individual employees during Covid-19 period, may be made to them on urgent basis without creating hurdles.

3.12 2 The Staff Side stated that the pay scale of the Master Craftsman of the Defence Ministry was upgraded by the fast track committee from Rs. 4,500-7000 to Rs. 5000-8000 (PB2+GP Rs. 4200 w.e.f. 1-1-2006. In accordance with DoP&T clarifications on ACP/MACP, any placement in the higher pay scale by expert bodies cannot be treated as promotion for the purpose of ACP / MACP. This was upheld by various Courts also. Therefore the MCM of Defence ,who were in the pay scale of Rs. 4500-7000, as on 31-12-2005, and upgraded to Rs. 5000-8000 by fast track committee, are entitled for two more MACP’s. As regards the pharmacist, their pay scale was also upgraded from Rs. 4500-7000, to Rs.5000-8000 after completion of 2 years by Fast Tract committee. This placement also is treated as a promotion and the pharmacist are denied their due ACP/MACP benefits. Both the cases deserves favourable consideration.

3.13 3 Regarding Festival Advance , it was stated that the demand of the Staff Side for restoration of Festival Advance had been agreed to in the last meeting. However, no decision has, so far, been communicated. Hence, the demand for one month’s basic pay as Festival Advance, to be recovered in 10 instalments, was also raised.

3.14 4 The Staff Side stated that the 7th CPC was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2016. In many departments, employees were promoted after the date of the notification of the 7th CPC. The Staff Side requested for giving one more option to such employees as opted for 7th CPC from the date of their promotion to the higher post. For example of 51,000 employees of Railways were promoted on 1-9-2016. Similar cases are there is Defence, Postal and other Departments. This demand may be favourably considered .

3. 15 Secretary, Staff Side also touched upon the issue of FR 17A. FR 17-A states that where an individual employee remains absent unauthorizedly or deserts the post, the period of such absence shall be deemed to cause an interruption or break in service of the employee, unless otherwise decided by the competent authority for the purpose of LTC and eligibility for appearing in departmental examination, for which a minimum period of service is required. Unless the strike is declared as illegal, participation in strike may be dealt with under FR-17-A, and the principle of ‘No Work No Pay’ be applied and it may not be treated as ‘dies-non’. The Staff Side further stated that their claim was also supported by many Court judgements including the judgement of Delhi High Court in the case of CGHS employees. Therefore, DoP&T may issue instructions that in the Industrial Establishments where the strike is not declared as illegal by the labour court, in such cases dies non cannot be imposed. The absence day either has to be regularized with wages or at the most by imposing no work no pay and no ‘dies non’.

4. . Thereafter, the 49 agenda items were discussed one by one. The agenda items and the decisions taken thereon in the meeting have been listed in the last column of the tabular statement at Annexure II.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

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ANNEXURE-I

List of Participant Official Side / Staff Side who attended the Standing Committee Meeting held on 26.02.2021 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P)

STAFF SIDE OFFICIAL SIDE
Dr. M. Raghavaiah Leader Ms. Suj ata Chaturvedi Additional Secretary (Estt.) DoPT
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra Secretary, Staff Side Ms. A. G. Mathew Additional Secretary (Pers) D/ o Expenditure
Shri Guman Singh Member Shri Deepak peter Gabrel PGD

Ministry of Railways

Dr. N. Kanniah Member Shri M . L. Gupta EDPC -II / I

Ministry of Railways

Shri K. S. Murthy

Member

Shri Rakesh Mittal

Joint Secretary (E) Ministry of Defence

Shri R. P. Bhatnagar Member Shri Anurag Bajpai Joint Secretary

Deptt. of Defence Production

Shri C. Srikumar Member Shri Satyajit Mishra Joint Secretary (E) DoPT
Shri  R .  Srinivasan Member Shri Ruchir Mittal Director (Pension) D/ o Pension & PW
Shri R.N. Parashar Member Shri Ashok  Chakarpani Director, OSD(IP) Ministry of Defence
Shri S.P. Pant

Deputy Secretary (JCA) DoPT

Annexure II.

AGENDA DISCUSSED DURING THE STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 26.2.2021 – DECISIONS TAKEN

A. Unresolved Items of the Earlier SCM held on 7.3.2019

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No. 1/SC/19 M/o Railways M/o Defence

Subject: Policy formulation for direct appointment of Trained Trade Apprentices of Central Government Industrial Establishments like Railways, Defence etc. as per the amended provisions of Section 22 of Apprentice Act, 1961.

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 25/2019/SC. Ministry of Railways

Subject: Counting of full service of temporary casual labourers for pensioners and retirement benefits in Railways

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 34/2019/SC Ministry of Railways / D/o Personnel &Training

Subject: Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations – Upward revision of pay scales of various categories.

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 24/19/SC D/o Expenditure

Subject: Transport Allowance in case of Physically Handicapped person at double rate and deduction of the same if one is on short leave may be dispensed with.

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 26/19-SC D/o Expenditure

Subject: Extension of benefits of revised Pension Rules – 2016 in respect of pensioners of Central Government employees in autonomous bodies

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 29/19-SC D/o Expenditure

Subject: Enhancement of Bonus Ceiling Limit of Casual Labourers, consequent on enhancement of bonus calculation ceiling of Central Govt. Employees

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 48/19/SC M/o Housing and Urban Affairs

Subject: Deduction of House Rent on flat rates without providing equal facilities

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 13/19/SC DoPT

Subject: Removing the anomalous situation in the representation of JCM. Staff Side requested that at least all non-gazetted employees should be  considered for  inclusion in the JCM Scheme

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 12/19/SC DoPT

Subject: Opening of CGHS Dispensaries in Agra, Barrackpore (Kolkata) and Kochi.

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 43/19/SC MoHFW

Subject: Grant of one time option to CGHS beneficiaries to opt for entitlement as per their revised Pay in Pay Band.

Item Nos. and Ministry / Deptt.:  Item No. 20/19/SC D/o Pension & PW

Subject: Include unmarried /widow /divorcee sister in the definition of family for family pension.

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 44/ 19/SC MoHFW

Subject: Provision of CGHS facility for life time to dependent/ disabled / mentally retarded children of Central Government Employees/ Pensioners.

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 3/ 19/SC Pension & PW

Subject: Revision of the benefit of Deposit Linked Insurance Coverage from GPF

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 18/ 19/SC D/o Pension & PW

SubjectRevision of Ex-gratia to CPF/SRPF retirees.

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 36/ 19/SC M/o Railways

Subject: Implementation of Pay Scales recommended by the 7 CPC in case of several other common categories. Scales of Accounts staff of unorganised cadre, canteen staff, EDP staff, firefighting staff, MTS, para medical staff, etc. has been revised but there is confusion regarding revision of pay scale of medical laboratory staff.

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 37/19/SC M/o Railways

Subject: Recommendations of the 7th CPC on the allowances. 7th CPC has recommended allowances Running Hour Allowances’ (RHA) to Train Controller, Track Maintainer, Loco Pilot (Mail/Express), Loco Pilot (Passenger), Loco Pilot (Goods), Guard (Mail/Express), Guard (Passenger). 

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 46/19/SC M/o Railways

Subject: Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying higher duties responsibilities but carrying same grade pay. It has been given to Loco Pilot and Mail Guard but not, among other, to shunters and Goods Guard.

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 49/19/SC M/o Railways

Subject: Inadequate medical facilities & conditions imposed for recognition of Referral Hospitals by the Indian Railways

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 10/19/SC D/o Expenditure

Subject: Restoration of Interest Free Advances, withdrawn by the Government based on 7th CPC Recommendations

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 21/19/SC D/o Expenditure

Subject: Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for few days in a month to claim the Transport Allowance

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 27 & 38/19/SC D/o Expenditure

Subject: Parity in pay scale of all stenographers, assistants and Ministerial staffs in subordinate offices and in IA&AD and organized accounts cadre with Central Secretariat staffs by upgrading their pay scales.

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No. 4/19/SC M/o Defence

Subject: Career progression of Data Entry Operator Cadre of DRDO, under Ministry of Defence. The clerical staff and storekeepers, conversant with computer, were given the designation of DEO. A separate of DEO was created.

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No. 5/19/SC M/o Defence

Subject: Recognition of Technical Diploma Course in different discipline of Engineering / Technology obtained through Distance Education Mode for the purpose of LDCE to the Departmental Candidates for appearing for higher post with Grade Pay Rs. 4200/- (Level 6. of 7th CPC)

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No. 8/19/SC M/o Defence

Subject: Correlation of the hourly rates of Industrial Workers of Ordnance Factories based on 6th CPC pay scale w.e.f. 01.01.2006

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No. 2/19/SC DoPT/ CS-Div.

Subject: Promotional prospects of MTS

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No. 6 Ministry of Defence

Subject: Implementation of the recommendation of 6 CPC with regard to Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for posts in Group “B” and Group “C”

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No.11/19/SC DoPT Estt.(D)

Subject: MACP to the employees, who have completed 10/20/30 years on the date of their retirement

Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No.13/19/SC DoPT/JCA

SubjectRemoving the anomalous situation in the representation of JCM.

New Agenda items for the meeting of Standing Committee (received on 08.02.2021)

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: Item No.11/19/SC DoPT Estt.(D)

Brief: Coverage under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, in place of National Pension System, to those employees who are recruited to Central Government Service, based on the Employment notification, issued during the year 2002, 2003 and selection process completed on or after 1/1/2004.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.2/ 21/SC Estt: DOPT(Pay)

BriefNon-implementation of decision taken in the 7th CPC National Anomaly Committee meeting held on 17/07/ 2018 on the item no. 4, on fixation of pay on Promotion.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 3/21/SC M/ o Finance

Brief: Central Government Employees may be granted one more option to switch over to 7th CPC, from a date subsequent to 25th July 2016.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 4/21/SC M/o Finance

Brief: Re-option opportunity for switching over to 7th CPC Pay Level, to a date beyond 25th July, 2016.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 5/21/SC Estt: Leave and Allowance, DOPT

Brief: Accumulation of Earned Leave / Leave on Average Pay (LAP), beyond the ceiling of 300 days, including Industrial Employees.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 6/21/SC M/o Railways & D/o Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare

Brief: Coverage under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 7/21/SC D/o Expenditure

BriefFixation of pay on promotion in 6th CPC pay structure-deprival of annual increment, to those promoted prior to 31.12.2006

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 7/21/SC Estt : Pay, DOPT

BriefUnjustified denial of financial upgradation to Junior Translator in GP 4200 / Level-6, joining the posts on selection from the lower grades.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 9/21/SC Estt : Pay, DOPT

Brief: Grant of increment on 1st January & 1st July to those employees retiring on 30th June/ 31st December- Apex Court order.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 10/21/SC DOPT :Estt. RR / Estt.: Pay

BriefEnhancement of entry qualification and upgradation of entry Grade Pay of Pharmacist category.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 11/21/SC DoPT – Establishment Leave and Allowance

Brief: Regularisation of the absence of employees, due to various circumstances under Covid-19 Pandemic and Lockdown.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 12/ 21/SC D/o Expenditure

Brief: Option to switchover to sixth CPC Pay Scale, to those employees, who are subjected to the benefit of entry pay

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 13/ 21/ SC D/o Expenditure & Estt : RR/ Pay

Brief: Grant of entry pay of promotees, at par with direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1.2006, without any condition.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 14/21/SC M/ o Health Family Welfare

Brief: To settle the outstanding grievances of the Pharmacist Category.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 15/21/ SC M/o Health and Family Welfare

Brief: Medical treatment of Government employees/ pensioners and also the family members, outside India, who are governed under CGHS.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 16/ 21/ SC Estt: DoPT, JCA

Brief: To ensure effective functioning of the Joint Consultative Machinery.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 17/ 21/ SC Estt: DoPT, JCA

Brief: Implementation of awards of Board of Arbitrations, by Government of India.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 18/ 21/ SC DoPT-Estt : D

Brief: Notional Pay Fixation on promotion/ ACP/ MACP to the employees who are imposed with minor penalty.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 19/21/SC M/o Defence & Estt : RR, DOPT

Brief: Educational Qualification for recruitment of MTS and MTS (Tradesman Mate) in the Ministry of Defence

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 20/ 21/ SC DoPT – Estt:I

Brief: One time relaxation for LTC Cash voucher scheme for new recruits who got appointed in the year 2012.

Agenda Item No. and Ministry / Deptt.: 21/ 21/ SC DoPT – Estt:I

Brief: Implementation of Govt. decision on 7th CPC recommendations, on Risk Allowance, to the Central Government Employees, including Defence Civilian Employees.

The Staff Side, has requested to give Risk Allowance with effect from 01.07.2017.

Decision/ comments in the meeting of 26.2.2021: It was decided that DoPT will look into the matter.

 

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