Minutes of the Meeting of the Standing Committee held between staff side NC (JCM) and Official side at 3.00 p.m. on 03.05.2017

Minutes of the Meeting of the Standing Committee held between staff side NC (JCM) and Official side at 3.00 p.m. on 03.05.2017

Minutes of the Meeting of the Standing Committee held between staff side NC (JCM) and Official side at 3.00 p.m. on 03.05.2017;  The
meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council (JCM) was
held at 3.00 p.m. on 03.05.2017 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P)
at Room No. 119, North Block, New Delhi. The list of participants is at
Annexure.

MINUTES
OF THE MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE HELD BETWEEN THE STAFF-SIDE,
NATIONAL COUNCIL (JOINT CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY) AND THE OFFICIAL-SIDE
UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY(P) AT 3.00 P.M. ON 03.05.2017

The
meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council (JCM) was
held at 3.00 p.m. on 03.05.2017 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P)
at Room No. 119, North Block, New Delhi. The list of participants is at
Annexure.

2. In his introductory comments,
Secretary(Personnel) while welcoming the participants, mentioned that
the agenda for the meeting included the action taken statement on the 31
items discussed in the last meeting held on 25.10.2016 and 26
additional items received from the Staff Side.

3. (i)
In his opening remarks, Secretary, Staff-Side thanked the Chairman for
convening the meeting and urged that as per the JCM Scheme, the meetings
of the National Council should be held on quarterly basis. He also
pointed out that the meeting of the National Council under the
Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary has not been held since 2010 which, he
emphasized, was against the spirit and the basic principle of the JCM
Scheme. This view was seconded by other representatives of the
Staff-Side.

(ii) Secretary (Staff-Side) further
requested to know the present position on the basic demands made by the
Central Government employees about minimum wages, fitment formula,
reversion to the old pension scheme and the report of the Committee of
Allowances. He recalled that when a notice for strike was given in 2016,
the senior Cabinet Ministers in the Central Government had met the
staff side representatives and assured a positive decision on the
aforesaid demands. Although that strike was deferred on this assurance,
the central govt. employees are still waiting. Consequently, it is
getting difficult to make the central government employees understand
the reasons for delay in fulfilment of the assurances then given by the
Senior Cabinet Ministers.

(iii) Hence Secretary,
Staff-Side requested the Chairman to convey to the Cabinet Secretary and
Chairman, National Council (1CM) the duty to meet the Government
employees in accordance with the JCM Scheme to avoid an atmosphere of
confrontation.

(iv) He stated that a number of agenda
items proposed by the Staff-Side have been deleted and no formal
communication has been sent to them on the reasons for deletion. He
requested that the views of official side on this may be communicated to
them. This sentiment was echoed by other members of the Staff-Side. He
also mentioned that the senior Cabinet Ministers had issued a statement
about constitution of a High Level Committee to look into the aforesaid
basic demands made by the Staff Side while giving the strike notice.
However, even after more than 10 months, nothing has happened and only
one meeting was taken by Additional Secretary in Department of
Expenditure.

(v) On allowances, he informed that there
is a lot of uncertainty on whether the allowances would become
admissible prospectively or from 01.01.2016 i.e., the date of
implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission.

(vi) The following points were also raised by Leader JCM (Staff-Side):

a.
The assurance given by Senior Ministers on 30th June 2016 on 7th CPC
issues-mainly minimum wage and multiplying factor have not been
fulfilled. Only one meeting was held by Addl. Secretary (Expenditure)
with the Staff side and thereafter nothing is known with regard to
progress made even though 10 months passed.
b.
On 7th CPC recommendation for revision of pension on the basis of
option the contents of the Committee’s Report are not made available to
the JCM (Staff Side). There is need to see that transparency is ensured
for preserving healthy industrial


c. On Allowances,
the Leader JCM (Staff Side) expressed disappointment as there has been
no positive outcome even after lapse of several months. He requested the
Chairman that the JCM (Staff Side) demand to revise the Allowances
w.e.f. 01/01/2016 should be considered and Staff Side demand be taken to
the level of Cabinet Secretary and the Government.

d.
Although Ministry of finance Resolution dated 25th July 2016 stipulates
that 14.29% hike in the pay of Running Staff in the Railways be
ensured, unfortunately, the same has not been complied with. The said
hike has not been ensured. He requested the Chairman to kindly take
appropriate initiative on the proposal sent by Ministry of Railways
which is pending with the Ministry of finance. He also pointed out that
the references made by different ministries to the DoP&T/MoF
pursuant to the discussions held by the JCM Constituents with the
respective Departments/Ministries are pending. He requested that speedy
response be ensured by DoP&T/MoF.

While
concluding, the Leader, JCM (Staff-Side) expressed confidence that the
NC/JCM meeting as well Standing Committee meetings will be convened
regularly in accordance with the JCM rules for paving way for healthy
industrial relations”.

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(vii) The Staff-Side drew
attention to the fact that since 1966 Joint Committees used to be set up
for discussing contentious issues which has since stopped. References
from the Departments are also remaining unanswered. The members of the
Staff Side requested that DOP&T should take a view on all these
issues as a number of them have not been settled. The Staff Side also
requested that the duration of Standing Committee meetings should be
extended so that all issues can be discussed and resolved quickly and
the meetings should also be held every quarter.

(viii)
The Staff-Side also pointed out that items of agenda sent by them are
to be included, if it is found to be appropriate to be discussed. Since
there had been permanent subcommittees under the Chairmanship of
Secretary. (Health) and (Pension), the agenda items pertaining to those
two ministries can be referred to those two sub-committees. The
sub-committees are to deliberate and report back to the Standing
Committee for a final decision. They wanted the said procedure to be
followed as the items sent by the Staff Side to the meeting contained
many Pension and Health related issues.

(ix) Referring
to the convening of the Departmental Council, the Staff Side said that
the situation has not registered any significant improvement. They also
pointed out that in the details provided; no dates of the last meeting
held had been They pleaded that the Depaitinent of Personnel has to
evolve a mechanism to monitor the functioning of the Departmental
council.”

(x) In view of the ongoing ban on
recruitment imposed by the Department of Expenditure, the staff are
having to work long hours. This is despite the Task Force, set up by
Ministry of Railways on safety-related matters, having suggested that
additional staff be mobilized to ensure safety. Even the Hon’ble Prime
Minister in his speeches has stressed the need for safety; but the
Ministry of Railways have chosen to ignore.

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(xi)
Another point raised was about the instructions issued by the DOP&T
following the assurance given to the Hon’ble Supreme Court in a contempt
case which was said to have created a situation where the DPCs are not
being held and the employees are retiring without getting promotion. It
was stated that UPSC is also refusing to accept DPC proposals and
insists that clarification from DOP&T may first be obtained. As a
result promotions are not taking place and many officers have retired
without promotion. The Staff-Side requested that necessary
clarifications may be issued by DOP&T urgently so that DPCs can be
held in the

4. Chairman, in his reply, said that no
agenda points had been deleted and, in order to ensure that discussions
are complete in a meeting, it was decided in consultation with the
Secretary(Staff-Side) to limit the number of agenda points for today’s
meeting. He further stated that if the Staff-Side insists that the
remaining points which have been left out should also be taken up for
discussion, they would need to be circulated to the concerned
Departments in advance for their He emphasized that the Government
attaches the highest priority to the Staff-Side and the concerns
expressed over the assurance given after the strike call would be
conveyed to the concerned authority. On the issue of the Allowances
Committee’s report not being shared with the Staff Side, the Chairman
stated that the sentiment would also be conveyed to Ministry of Finance
along with the concerns over pay revision etc.

5.
After these opening remarks the Action-Taken-Note on the minutes of the
last meeting held on 25.10.2016 was taken up for discussion.

S.No.1 — Item no, 5(i) of the Standing Committee meeting of 25.10.2016.
S. No. 2 – Include Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of 7th CPC.
S.No. 3 — Settle all anomalies of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.
S.No. 4 — No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments.

S. No. 5 — No corporatization on Postal Services.
S.No. 6 — No ban on recruitment/creation of posts.

S. No. 7 — Scrap PFRDA Act and reintroduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.

S.No. 8 – Ns, outsourcing,
contractorisation, privatisation of governmental function; withdraw the
proposed move to close down the printing press, publication, form store
and stationery departments and medical stores depots.

S.No. 9 – Regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract
workers, and absorb trained apprentices. No labour reforms should be
carried out which are not in the interest of workers.
S.No.
10 – Revive JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating
forum for settlement of demands of the central government employees.
S.No. 11- Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.
S. No. 12 — Ensuring five promotions in the service career.
S.No. 13 – Non-implementation of the decision taken in the 46th
National Council (JCM) Meeting held on 15th May 2010 with regard to Item
No. 20.

S.No. 14 – Reduction of one day Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) to the
employees of OFB & DGQA under Department of Defence Production
against Cabinet decision and Government orders.

S.No. 15 –Grant of one time relaxation to the Central Government
employees who have availed LTC-80 and traveled by air by purchasing
ticket from authorities other than authorised agents.
S.No. 16 — Grant of House Rent Allowance to the employees who have vacated government quarters.

S.No. 23 – Review of the income criteria for the dependent parents of government employees in the wake of the recent legislation of “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007”.


LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL(JCM) HELD ON 03.05.2017
STAFF SIDE

 

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S.No. Name Designation
1. Shri Shiv Gopal Misra, Secretary, Staff Side
2. Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader, Staff Side
3. Shri Rakhal Das Gupta Member
4. Shri J.R. Bhosle Member
5. Shri Guman Singh Member
6. Shri C. Srikumar Member
7. Shri K.K.N.Kutty Member
8. Ch. Sankara Rao Member
9. Shri R.P. Bhatnagar Member
10 Shri. K. S. Murty Member
11. Shri R. Srinivasan Member
12. Shri M. Krishnan Member
13. Shri M. S. Raja Member

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