President : - VIKAS SHARMA, ASP [HQ], AMRITSAR (M) 09417226661;

Circle Secretary :- BALBIR SINGH KAUSHAL, Manager, National Sorting Hub, Chandigarh (M) 9914066754;

Treasurer :- GAURAV NAGI Inspector Post (MOD) Punjab Circle Chandigarh (M) 09876581559

Sunday, November 29, 2015


During the Course of visit to Directorate on 26th and 27th November 2015, General Secretary, Asst General Secretary-I and CHQ Treasurer met Hon’ble Secretary (Posts), DDG (Estt), Director (Estt), Director (SR), ADG (Estt), ADG (Staff) and many more officers in the Directorate. Member (P) and Director (Staff) were on leave.

The following issues were discussed with the officers.
1.         Issue of combined seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre since 2001 onwards
            The work of preparation of combined seniority list is said to be under process, but circle seniority lists from few circles are not received at Directorate. Directorate has already issued reminder to defaulting circles.

2.         Issue of revised Recruitment Rules of PS Gr. B cadre
            The query raised by UPSC is replied by Directorate.

3.         Reduction of quota of General Line in PS Gr. B Examination from 6% to 3%
            This issue is linked up with RR. Once RR of PS Gr. B finalised, then quota will be reduced.

4.         Holding of DPC for the promotion the cadre Dy. Manager MMS
            ACRs of eligible officers will be called for soon. Three posts are vacant.

5.   Issue of revised Recruitment Rules for the post of Assistant Manager in MMS
            File is under submission to UPSC.

6.         Holding of PS Gr. B Examination for the year 2013, 2014 and 2015
            Online examination will be held separately for each year by keeping sufficient gap between two examinations. RFP is not finalised. Question Bank not received from RANKPA. Reminders have already been issued.

7.         Inter circle Rule 38 transfer cases of Inspector Posts cadre
            Associations letter No. CHQ/IPASP/Agenda/2012 dated 7/7/2015 addressed to Member (P) forwarded to concerned circle by Directorate under Memo No. 13-4/2015-SPB-II dated 9th July 2015 with a direction to take necessary action.

8.         Holding of periodical meeting with Hon’ble Secretary (Posts)
            It is expected in last week of January 2016 or first week of February 2016.

9.         Completion of appointment formalities of  candidates nominated by Staff Selection Commission for appointment as Inspector Posts on the basis of Combined candidates Level Examination 2013
            Concerned circle will speed up the issue and complete at the earliest.

10.       Vigilance enquiry in the death case of Ms Mohini Gupta Ex-ASP Ajmer (Raj.)
            Report called for from Rajasthan Circle is awaited. Reminders already sent.

11.       Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre
            This vital issue discussed at length keeping in view the recommendations given by 7CPC for our cadre.

Association requested to DOP in writing i.e. “In continuation to this Association’s letter of even number dated 16-06-2015, it is to intimate that the 7CPC has submitted their report to the Government of India on 19-11-2015.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kudos to Mr. Harimohan ji ex-cs Punjab, Mr Suresh ji ex-President CHQ, Mr Vilas Ingle, GS, CHQ and Mr Parmanand ji, who pioneered and steered the ship of GP issue to its logical end !!!

It’s all the courageous acts of our stalwarts (both ex & present), who supported the GP issue through thick and thin.
  • Be it the matter of support/motivation/encouragement provided by Punjab Circle particularly Mr Harimohan ji/Suresh ji to Mr Parmanand ji to pursue the matter through legal recourse.
  • Be it the time to time reply / data preparation for arguments in CAT Case before the Ernakulam Bench.
  • Be it the issue of filing another CAT case with support of Kerala Circle particularly Ajit Kurian and our CHQ warriors.  
  • Be it the tireless efforts of Mr Harimohan ji in providing continuous material facts/motivational backups against every issue raised and keeping the flame burning at the top.
  • Be it the amount donated by our generous comrades for fighting the issue.
  • Be it the Committee constituted at AIC Ahmedabad under dynamic leadership of Mr Suresh ji, Ex-President CHQ.
  • Be it the spade work and indepth analytical preparation of Memorandum (PPT as well) for submission before 7th CPC on behalf of IP/ASP cadre, by the said Committee.
  • Be it a candid discussion by Mr Vilas Ingle’s with CPC members in a meeting at Mumbai with ample support of alike warriors from TN and Maharashtra Circle.
  • Be it Mr Rattan Chand CS HP Circle meeting with CPC members at Shimla and such like meetings held at various places.
Congratulations to all comrades, who worked tirelessly both upfront and behind the scenes in support of this Grade Pay issue. GP issue being the burning issue was largely discussed in each circle. Congratulations to all those who participated in it. At last, what we fought for, have been recommended by the 7th CPC. Hike of Rs.600/- to Gr B, Hike of Rs.200/- to ASP, Hike of Rs.400/- to IP cadre at entry level. Most significantly, pay parity with Inspectors of CBEC/CBDT.

Comrades, acceptance of Government is still required. Hopefully it would be accepted without any hitch. Now what essentially required is the date of implementation, which must be, in any manner, 1st January 2006 and nothing less than it.   

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

7th CPC : Issues and Expectations

Every ten years, the Central Government of India sets up a Central Pay Commission (CPC) to revise the pay scales of its employees. Since these pay scales are largely adopted by state governments as well, they influence the income of millions of households.

During 2013, time seemed to be running out for the constitution of the next Commission before the beginning of the election cycle. But on September 25, 2013, a week before the election-related Code of Conduct became effective, the government set up the Seventh Central Pay Commission. This commission will review and revise the salary and pensions of 50 lakh (5 million) or more Central Government employees. Now that it is constituted, the Commission will most likely be able to implement its recommendations by the scheduled date of January 1, 2016.

Duties of the Seventh Central Pay Commission :
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On Feb 28, 2014, the Cabinet approved the terms of reference of the 7th CPC. The CPC is expected to suggest a merger of 50% of DA (daily allowance) with basic pay, which would increase the gross salary of Central Government employees by around 30%. The Cabinet has approved an additional 10% DA over the existing 90% admissible DA, effective January 1, 2014. This increase would be paid in cash after the disbursement of March salary. The 7th CPC is required to submit its recommendation within a year and a half of its date of constitution.

Major issues to be resolved :

1. Pay Parity between IAS & other government services: Hundreds of letters are sent by IAS officers to the concerned government officials apprehending that the seventh central pay commission may try to restore parity between different government services in terms of compensation and career progression. It is to be seen how 7th CPC and government deals with this crucial issue.

2. Pay parity with private sector: Central services have demanded to every pay commission to create parity with the officers of private sectors and make their salary structure comparable to later.

3.Retirement age: There is no denial of the fact that working efficiency of an employee is influenced by the increasing age but experience often weighs heavily over the age factor. Even then looking at attitude of present government impression is clear that pay commission is signaled to reduce the retirement age of government employees. Whatever circumstantial indications are available it shows that either 33 years of service of 60 years of age (whichever is minimum) is likely to be recommended. If media reports have ant substance of truth, under performers may be asked to opt for voluntary retirement after reaching the age of 55 years.

4.Pay gaps between least & highest paid employees: In 1947, gaps in salary between lowest and highest paid government employee was in the 1:41 ratio that got reduced to 1:12 by subsequent pay commissions. It has to be observed whether this gap is widened or reduced by the 7th CPC.

5. Continuing with grade pay system? It would be interesting to note whether 7th CPC continue grade pay system or adopts old pay scale system. As per reliable sources, grade pay system will not longer exists in 7th CPC structure. A table is circulating in the media predicting projected pay scales believed to be suggested by 7th CPC.

What are the hottest rumors?

1. Central Government is willing to merge 50% DA with basic pay with effect from 1.1.2015 - All Govt. employees would be happy if it has happened,

2. Age of Retirement will be determined based on completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 58/60/62/65 Years (depending on existing retirement age in various departments) whichever is earlier.

Members of the Seventh Central Pay Commission

Chairman - Ashok Kumar Mathur (Former Supreme Court Justice and Former Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal)

Full time member - Vivek Rae OIL secretary)

Part time member - Rathin Roy (Director, NIPFP)

Secretary - Meena Agarwal (OSD, Department of Expenditure)

Latest update :

Union Cabinet chaired by PM on August 26, 2015 gave its approval for extension to 7th CPC to submit its report by the end of December 2015.

As per reports in media, 7th CPC is likely to maintain status quo on the retirement age. However, some unconfirmed sources didn't rule out the possibility of a suggestion from Pay Commission to the government that the earliest of either 33 years of service length or 60 years of age may be considered as a criteria for superannuation of central government employees.

Recommendation for pay hike is likely to be low after merging the existing basic pay and dearness allowances. Merging the both component mean 155% rise and adding 25-35% extra makes it 1.8 to 1.9 times in terms of basic to basic.

Grade Pay is likely to be abolished by 7th CPC and gaps between pay scales may widen and hence 7th CPC scale may some what follow the earlier pay formats (as in 3rd, 4th or 5th CPC)

Government may not risk any adverse effect of disclosures related to pay recommendations on election prospects in upcoming Bihar elections.

Implementation Dates of Previous Pay Commission Recommendations

January 1, 1986 - 4th Pay Commission
January 1, 1996 - 5th Pay Commission
January 1, 2006 - 6th Pay Commission

The Pay Commission Process :

Implementation of a Pay Commission's recommendations always leaves behind a few anomalies for the next commission to resolve. Making recommendations for pay revision is a long process, involving discussion with various organizations, submission of demands by representatives of unions and associations, and evaluating the potentialFINANCIAL impact of these demands on the national exchequer. Representatives of various organizations are asked to make presentations. The Pay Commission examines service conditions, pay, and perks given to employees.

All the earlier Commissions set up to revise the pay of Indian Central Government employees—except the 6th CPC—took more than three years to submit their report. The Sixth Pay Commission submitted its report within just eight months. Nevertheless, such a quick turnaround cannot be taken for granted for future Pay Commissions, since the timing of report submission and the nature of the recommendations are influenced by political and economic considerations.

Rationale for the Seventh Pay Commission :

The constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission is justified for the reasons listed below.

Daily Allowance (DA) has already exceeded 100% of basic pay, and it cannot be merged with basic pay due to the recommendations of the 6th CPC.
Since the wages of some categories of non-government employees are revised at intervals of less than ten years, wages should be revised every five years for central government employees also.
Prompt pay revision of Central Government employees will help reduce the increasing disparities between Central Government employees, public sector employees, bankers, and private sector employees.

Other expected tasks for the 7th Pay Commission include resolving anomalies created by the 6th CPC and addressing bonuses and problems related to the new pension program. All sections of employees will get an opportunity to present pay-related problems to the new Pay Commission and request redress of their grievances.

A new demand gaining support is constitution of a National Pay Panel that will make recommendations for all employees of the country. Since most of the states have adopted for their own employees the pay structure suggested by the 6th CPC for Central Government employees, uniform recommendations would remove discrimination between state and central employees. Recommending a uniform wage structure for each and every employee of India would also reduce pay disparities between private, public and autonomous organizations.

My poll indicates that 39% believe that Central Government employees are likely to get a threefold raise in salary. This is consistent with what was done in the past by earlier pay commissions. Given the existing trend in DA increase, salary may increase 2.3 times by the implementation date of the 7th CPC. Projected pay scales under this assumption are shown below.

Projected Pay Scales (After Implementation of the 7th CPC) :

A projection based on media report is reproduced below. However, a fake report in the name of 7th CPC is also being circulated in the media by some miscreants. 7th CPC has been granted extension by the Govt. of India to submit it report by the end of December 2015. It would be clear after the submission of report by 7th CPC what content it has submitted to the ministry for acceptance. Further, each and every point in the report will be examined by the cabinet and approved after considering all the implications. Till then enjoy and go through the speculations made by experts.

7th CPC as per some media reports has eliminated grade pay system and recommended pay scales similar to earlier pay commissions.

7th CPC as per some media reports has eliminated grade pay system and recommended pay scales similar to earlier pay commissions.

A better way to get rid of corruption in public life than across-the-board increases would be to legalize a commission on services by each and every employee. This would also help improve the productivity of private sector employees. In some private or autonomous banking institutions, for example, employees are paid a reasonable percentage for accomplishments such as encouraging customers to open more accounts.

Wage revision is expected for Central Government employees effective January 1, 2016. The newly constituted Pay Commission will get two years to review the existing wage structure and suggest a new one, to meet the expectation of employees, and also to increase efficiency at work at a pace with the growth in the economy.

The Seventh Pay Commission needs to introduce more parity into the pay structure of various sectors. Employees in all departments have been vested with more responsibilities, but their pay structure still belongs to the British period. People serving in the police and armed forces have very low salaries although their duties have become enormously more challenging. Government should increase the compensation to its officers for any service-related casualty. Police forces working under adverse conditions and in remote areas must be paid high wages and good benefits so that more people join these organizations.

The new pension system implemented based on the recommendations of the 6th CPC needs to be revisited and reviewed by the 7th CPC, since the adequacy ofFUND management depends on market forces and the capabilities of fund managers. The 7th Pay Commission needs to take some vigorous action, based on discussions with trade unions, to come out with a more amicable solution for the new pension scheme.

These are some of the things people genuinely expect from the government, but time will tell how much people get from the CPC.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Much awaited promotion orders !!!

Directorate issues promotion orders in PS Group B.  122 officers of IP/ASP cadre got promotion in PS Group B cadre. List includes 31 PS Group B officers, who have earlier declined promotion.

Only one officer from Punjab Circle got promotion. Association congratulates Shri Suraj Prakash, Sr Postmaster (Offg) Amritsar Head Office on his promotion to PS Group B cadre. He has been allotted Haryana Circle on his regular promotion.

Consequent upon issuance of repatriation orders, Association also welcome Shri Ravi Dutt Shallu and Shri K.K. Chauhan to their parent circle. Posting orders are awaited from Circle Office.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Obituary !!!

Yesterday was a sad day for Punjab Circle. Everyone is stunned to hear the sad news. Smt Sukhvinder Kaur, Postmaster General, Punjab West Region, Chandigarh passed away at PGIMER Chandigarh fighting with cancer, leaving behind two daughters and husband. She also worked as Sr Supdt Post Offices, Patiala, Director Postal Services (HQ) and Director Postal Services (R) in the Circle. Department has lost a truly gentle lady. A void created by her would be hard to fill. Association conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prays Almighty to rest soul in peace.