NCCPA Circular on the latest developments in 7th CPC Recommendations….
NATIONAL COORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION
13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi -110001
Dated: 5th June, 2016.
Ever since the 7th CPC was set up, the JCM Staff Side had been striving to make a united common approach on all issues/demands of the Central Government employees before the Commission. Having failed to elicit a favourable response from the then Government on the question of grant of IR and DA merger, the National JCA came into being to spearhead the agitational programmes. The Staff Side JCM could unite almost all organisations, especially those who were participating in the JCM. They could make a memorandum, after detailed deliberations with all stake holders, which was accepted and endorsed by large number of Federations barring a few. It is a fact, evidenced from the report itself, that the Staff Side memorandum could become the central document of consideration and discussion by the 7th CPC.
In the matter of retirement benefits, the Staff Side authorised Late Com. S.K. Vyas to cause inter action with all Pensioners’ Associations and formulate a common view. Late Com. Vyas accomplished the task admirably well and the document he presented was deliberated upon by the Staff Side thoroughly and with certain minor modification was incorporated in the main memorandum itself. Elaborate discussions with the Commission as a follow-up measure on issues both pertaining to the working employees and retired personnel were held by the Staff Side JCM.
The final recommendations of the 7th CPC was far below the expectation and the Staff Side rightly came to the conclusion that the last minute intervention of the newly elected Central Government had a big role in effecting reversal of the pronounced stand of the 7th CPC on various issues. The Commission’s report is beset with very many dissenting note, which is indicative of the state of affairs in the Commission’s functioning. It became clear that unless sanctions are generated, no satisfactory settlement on even core issues could be brought about. The National JCA acted swiftly and apart from organising various programmes of actions. It submitted a charter of demands consisting 26 issues for effecting improvement in the recommendations of the Commission by the Government. The charter was the product of the wide ranging discussions the staff side held with various organisations of the working employees and the retired personnel. The said charter was then subjected to discussion with the empowered committee set up by the Government under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary on 1.3.2016.
There had been no response from the Government after the said meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for nearly two months. On 24th the Convenor sought and obtained a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary in which the undersigned also took part. The Cabinet Secretary was candid enough to inform the delegation that except a slight increase in the minimum wage, no other issues are likely to be modified. He also informed the delegation that the Option No. 1 provided for as an alternative in the pension fitment formula, which many pensioners felt was a very positive recommendation, might not be accepted by the Government on the plea of the non-availability of the relevant records and the consequent infeasibility and impracticability of implementation of the recommendation. On his advice, the Staff Side met the Secretary Pension on 3rd May, 2016. The meeting was attended by the representatives of various Ministries. Almost every one of them expressed the probable difficulties that would be encountered in the implementation of Option No. 1. due to the possible non-availability of the relevant records. They also pleaded that quite a number of anomalies might arise if the recommendations were to be acted upon. The official side also stated that some of the Pensioners organisations had written to them expressing the fear and anxiety over the anomalies that might arise on implementation of the recommendation of the Commission.