Saturday, March 1, 2014

Modest Expectation for 50% DA Merger still on the cards
The expectations will not subside until the central government makes it clear whether 50% DA Merger will be approved or not. Though there were mixed news about whether 50% DA Merger is approved or not, Railway and Defence Federation’s Leaders told that the 50% DA merger was approved by the Cabinet. A website belongs to an important railway federation also flashed a news confirming merger of 50% DA is approved by the cabinet. Sometime later it changed its stand and removed the flash news

One of the News Media also confirmed that 50% DA is approved by the cabinet. But so far any announcement in this regard has not been come from the Government. Some Leaders of the Federations told, ‘when we had a talk with them, initially the central government agreed in principle to merge the 50% of Dearness Allowance and its decision was expected from the cabinet meeting held yesterday evening. But we are unaware of the reason for the government not announcing its decision.’

Earlier reports claimed that the government was considering 50% DA Merger and increasing retirement age to 62. But a source close to official side said these will be a part of Terms of Reference of 7th Pay Commission and the Panel , however, can recommend this later

Everybody feels, still it is an incomplete picture, as the government has not declared it is done
7th CPC TOR and its Implications

                  First of all I thank you on behalf of Circle union for making the 12th &13th Feb strike a success, which has made the Central Government a rethink on major issues of the Central Government, the initial stand  of the Central Government as per the press statement  issued by Hon'able   Finance Minster on 25th September 2013 that the date of effect of the 7th CPC shall be from 1/1/2016, hence no IR and no proposal from the Central Government on DA merger.

                After the 12th &13th Feb strike in which lakhs of Central Government Employees participated in strike, the  Central Government  had to rethink on these issues. The Union Cabinet meeting has approved the terms of reference of the 7th CPC, if we go through it we find the 7th CPC can submit its interim report on DA merger, IR, Allowances, etc. The date of  effect of the 7th CPC is to be fixed by the 7th Central Pay Commission itself.

             Two main demands of the Central Government  Employees   have not been accepted that is one on GDS inclusion in 7th CPC and other on health scheme.        

              Now comrades it is clear we have won a half battle, many more joint struggles of Central Government employees are required to achieve our demands.

Comradely yours

Rashmin Purohit
Circle Secretary