Tuesday 25 February 2014


We are exhibiting below the proposal of the Department, regarding Cadre Restructuring along with the letter submitted by staff side to the Department, for modification of the proposal. As on date, the Department is not ready for any favourable modifications. We are continuing our effort to get it modified. Meanwhile all the Circle/Divisional Secretaries and office bearers are requested to intimate their view points on the proposal of the Department and also regarding the modifications suggested by the staff side. Department is ready to sign the agreement without any modification. In that case what should be our stand?


The Committee constituted by the Department on cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ employees vide No. 25-04/2012-PE I dated 23rd Oct 2013 held its discussions on 04th Feb 2014 at 1500 hours & on 05th Feb 2014 at 1430 hours under the Chairmanship of Shri V. P. Singh, DDG (Personnel). The following were present: -

1. Shri V. P. Singh, DDG (P) – Chairman
2. Shri Alok Saxena, Secretary PSB – Member
3. Ms. Trishaljit Sethi, DDG (E) – Member
4. Sh. Surender Kumar, ADG (PCC) – Member Secretary
1. General Secretary, AIPEU Group ‘C’
2. General Secretary, NAPE Group ‘C’
3. General Secretary, AIRMS & MMS
4. General Secretary, NU RMS & MMS Group ‘C’
5. General Secretary, AIPEU, Postman & MTS
6. General Secretary, NUPE, Postman & Multi Tasking Employees

2. The Committee had earlier met on 27th Nov.

3. The representatives of the Staff side informed that Postal Assistant cadre officials are getting promotions in promotional hierarchy to Grade Pay of Rs. 2800/- (PB-1) in Lower Selection Grade at a time when they are already placed in the Grade Pays’ of Rs. 4200/- (PB-2) or Rs. 4600/- (PB-2) on award of financial upgradation(s) under MACPS. At this, the official side asked Staff side to furnish copies of the orders on above lines from few Circles to corroborate the above claim. The Committee recommends that before processing these recommendations, Establishment Division may obtain the same from Staff Side. After discussions, the following recommendations in respect to the cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ employees were agreed to by the Department.

(a)   The post of SPMs in Single Handed Post Offices and Double Handed Post Offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 2800/- in the Pay Band PB-I.
(b)   The Post of Sub Postmasters in Triple Handed Post offices and LSG Post Offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- in the Pay Band PB-II.
(c)    The post of HSG-II Head Postmasters and Sub-Postmasters will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- in the Pay Band PB-II.
(d)   After the implementation of the above restructuring, the officials in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/-, who have completed 4 years of regular service, will be granted the Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- in the Pay Band-II on non-functional basis after following the usual procedure of non-functional upgradation(s)
(e)   Cadre ratio as per the agreed position mentioned at (a) to (d) above, will be worked out and the ratio so worked out will be replicated to the SA cadre of RMS, PA cadre of Circle & Administrative offices as also to the PA cadre of SBCO.
(f)     In the light of peculiar situation of Postman/mail Guard cadre where the work for bulk of the cadre continues to remain the same; as a special case the Committee recommends the ratios as worked out in pursuance of (e) above may be considered for implementation for these cadres as well and that the cadre so restructured may concurrently get the benefit of MACP also. The Committee further recommends that a proposal may be considered for submission to the 7th CPC to have a percentage based promotion scheme for this cadre akin to the scheme of Staff Car Drivers.


NEW DELHI – 110001

N. JCM (DC)/Cadre Review/Staff Side/2014                                                         Dated - 05.02.2014


Shri. V. P. Singh
DDG (P) & Chairman
Cadre Restructuring Committee for Group ‘C’
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001


Sub: -  Cadre Review of Group ‘C’ employees of Department of Posts.

Kindly recall the discussions we had with you in the Cadre Restructuring Committee meeting held on 27.11.2013, 04.02.2014 and 05.02.2014.

While appreciating the positive attitude taken on some of our proposals submitted to the Cadre Restructuring Committee, we are totally disappointed and feel let down by the way in which certain valid points raised by us has been simply brushed aside and rejected by the Administration side in a pre-decided manner, even without examining the merits or demerits of our suggestions. Outright and summary rejection seems embarrassing.

We are once again constrained to submit the following proposals and modifications for your judicious and dispassionate consideration and acceptance, with a fervent hope that the same will receive due consideration.

While upgrading the existing LSG posts (GP 2800) to HSG-II posts (GP 4200) only the LSG posts of Sub Postmasters is taken into account. All the other posts in the LSG grade such as Asst. Postmasters in Head Post offices and above, Asst. Sub Postmasters in certain major sub post offices, etc. are avoided. This will result only in marginal increase in the number of HSG II post (GP 4200) as below:

Total number of triple handed Postmaster’s post to be upgraded
Total number of LSG posts including Asst. Postmasters Posts
Total Posts
Out of this LSG posts carved out for creation of Postmasters Grade-I to be deducted
Remaining Posts for upgradation to HSG II
Out of this LSG Asst. Postmasters and ASPMs posts are to be deducted
4000 (Correct figure not available with staff side, it will be more than 4000)
Net posts remaining for upgradation to HSG II (GP 4200)

Now we are having 4892 LSG Posts in General line (6989-2097 PM Cadre). Even after upgrading ‘A’ class Postmasters as HSG-II (GP 4200) the number of Posts available for upgradation to HSG-II will be less than the number available now and employees are not going to be benefited, if only those posts are upgraded. Hence our request for upgradation of all existing LSG posts (not only Postmasters posts) to GP 4200 along with Postmaster posts of ‘A’ Class offices. Similarly all posts in HSG-II (other than Postmaster Posts also) may be upgraded to 4600/-.

At present PO & RMS exam qualified officials are posted as Accountants. Officials working as Asst. Postmaster (Accounts) should posses Accountant qualification. There is no separate channel of promotion for qualified Accountants above the post of APM (Accounts). As per the proposal of the Administration side those Asst. Postmaster posts will remain as LSG (GP 2800) only and further those APM (Accounts) posts which are now in HSG-II (GP 4200) will remain as HSG-II (GP 4200) without any further upgradaion. In fact there is no upgrdation for Accounts line posts and the qualified officials have to move out of their Accountant/Asst. Postmaster (Accounts) posts if they want promotional upgradation, thereby the Department will be loosing the services of qualified officials to work in Accounts Branches. Nobody will be willing to work as Accountants and Asst. Postmaster (Accounts).

Hence it is once again requested to upgrade all the posts of PO & RMS Accountants to LSG (GP 2800) and LSG APM Accounts posts to HSG II (GP 4200) and at least 20% of the posts in upgraded GP 4200 may be further upgraded to HSG-I APM Accounts (GP 4600). Thus Accountant qualified officials will have their own channel of promotion. Regarding promotion to GP 4800/- the conditions applicable to General line officials may be made applicable to them also.

At present norm based LSG Postmasters posts are upgraded as Postmaster Grade-I. When LSG Postmaster posts are upgraded to 4200 GP (HSG-II), the Postmaster Grade-I posts shall also be automatically upgraded to the Grade Pay of 4200/-. Otherwise a glaring anomaly will arise. Their counter parts working in general line LSG post offices will be in GP 4200 where as they will remain in GP 2800. The benefit of upgradation should be made equally applicable to Postmaster Grade-I, Grade-II and Grade-III officials also by suitably upgrading the posts in Postmaster Cadre.

In the JCM Departmental Council meeting held on 27.08.2010, JCM (DC) standing Committee dated 18.12.2012 and 23.08.2013 it was decided that the demand for creation of a separate cadre for system Administrators will be considered by the Cadre Restructuring Committee.

But to our dismay, surprisingly the Department informed in the JCM Departmental Council meeting held 23.08.2013 that creation of separate cadre is not feasible.

We are totally in disagreement with the above stand taken by the Department. it seems that the Department has already made up its mind not to create a separate Cadre. We are not repeating the unstinted yeomen service done by the existing System Administrators since the inception of computers in Postal Department by converting it from a wholly computer illiterate department to the present fully computerised status. We have already explained in detail all the points which justified a better treatment for system Administrators and also for creation of a separate cadre as a promotional cadre of qualified PA/SAs. Inspite of all our best efforts, it is quite unfortunate that the Department is taking a totally unreasonable and negative attitude towards the SAs and their claim for better treatment has been mercilessly rejected.

The role of existing System Administrators in total computerization and also in core banking Solutions must be recognised. They are very much frustrated and the discontentment is mounting due to the continuous exploitation of these category of officials for the last more than ten years..

Notwithstanding our claim for creation of a separate cadre of System Administrators (System Assistant) with GP 4200, we request the Administration side to consider the following proposal of the staff side:
(a)   At present there is no sanctioned posts of System Administrators and services of officials working in sanctioned posts of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant (PA/SA) in various offices are utilized as System Administrators, keeping the PA/SA post vacant. The PA/SA posts already kept vacant due to deputation as System Administrators may be redeployed and converted as Posts for accommodating System Administrators (in the PA cadre itself). This is suggested as matching savings. An amount of 15% special allowance may be sanctioned to the officials who are performing the duties of System Administrators in those redeployed post.
(b)   The official working as SA may be granted eligible promotions in the general line as and when due.

Notwithstanding our demand for creation of separate posts for marketing Executives in GP 4200 we request to create separate PA Posts for marketing Executives on redeployment and grant special allowance to the officials working in those posts. (this is suggested as matching savings).

As already explained by us the present nomenclature for supervisory post viz: - LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I does not exhibit the nature of status of the officials holding the posts to the customers and public and it require change.

7.      SBCO STAFF:
In the case of SBCO Staff the following proposal is submitted.

Present Designation
Proposed Designation
Proposed Scale of Pay

Auditor (Entry Level)





LSG (Supervisor
Sr. Auditor
HSG-II (Sr. Supervisor)
Chief Auditor
HSG-I (Chief Supervisor)
Executive Auditor
Chief Executive Auditor

In the case of Postmen/Mail Guard Staff as already suggested by us percentage promotion may be granted and the same may run concurrently with MACP as in the case of staff car drivers of MMS.

As the nature of duties of MTS Staff in Post offices/RMS offices is entirely different from their counterparts in other departments of Government of India, we reiterate our request for bringing MTS Staff also under the purview of Cadre Review.

(a)   Even after the above cadre review proposals are implemented none of the existing officials will be benefited-financially as more number of officials are available under MACP in the Grade pay of 2800, 4200 and 4600 to work against the upgraded posts of 2800, 4200 & 4600 because of MACP-I, II & III. At present there are 26000 MACP II officials and 12000 MACP III officials in the Department of Posts. Even after upgradation as above, more number of officials will be getting MACP-I, II and III, much earlier than their normal promotion to grade pay 2800, 4200 & 4600 (LSG, HSG II and HSG-I). Hence the question of matching savings does not arise at all.

(b)   6% posts in operative cadre and 20% posts in supervisory cadre was reduced as a matching savings when TBOP, BCR scheme was in force. The TBOP/BCR scheme has been scrapped on introduction of MACP scheme. Directorate has issued orders for restoration of justified posts without 6% and 20% cut. But no posts are sanctioned or restored. The cut still remains. If at all any matching savings is required, the above fact may be taken into account and the posts yet to be restored may be adjusted as matching savings.

Once again request you to consider the above points favourably.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)                                      (Giri Raj Singh)                                  (R. Seethalakshmi)
General Secretary                               General Secretary                               General Secretary
AIPEU Group ‘C’                             AI RMS & MMS EU Gr’ ‘C’              AIPEU, Postmen & Gr ‘D’/MTS

(D. Theagarajan)                                 (T. N. Rahate)                                      (D. Kishan Rao)
General Secretary                               General Secretary                               General Secretary
NU RMS & MMS, Group ‘C’           NUPE, Postmen & Gr’ ‘D’/MTS            NUPE, Group ‘C’

Sunday 23 February 2014

  1. unday 23 February 2014


    Recognised union (Mahadevaiah) accepted the stand of the Government and Postal Board that GDS are NOT Government employees (Civil servants) and hence they cannot be included in the Seventh Pay Commission which is for Government Employees.
    Government and Postal Board cleverly managed Mahadevaiah to sign a written agreement accepting their stand, so that he cannot go back from the agreement again.

    All organizations in the staff side, JCM National Council including Railways, Defence, Confederation, NFPE & FNPO has taken a firm stand that we will not accept separate committee (Whether separate Judge or Bureaucrat) for GDS this time and GDS should be included in Seventh CPC itself. Recognised GDS union leader (Mahadevaiah) became an Agent of the government and signed Agreement accepting the Government’s stand. Mahadevaiah admitted that GDS are not civil servants and hence a separate committee is enough.
    NFPE & FNPO and also the GDS unions of NFPE (AIPEU-GDS-NFPE) & FNPO (NUGDS) strongly condemn and protest against the foul play and treachery of Mahadevaiah and Postal Board.
    Hold Protest Demonstrations in front of all offices on 26.02.2014 demanding cancellation of the agreement and inclusion of GDS in the 7th Pay Commission itself.
    Dear friends and Comrades,

    All of you are aware that all the Unions and Federation of the Staff Side, JCM National Council including Railways, Defence, Confederation, NFPE & FNPO have taken an unanimous stand that Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Department of Posts should be included in the 7th Pay Commission and we will not accept any separate Committee (Whether Judge or Bureaucrat) for GDS. This is the first time the entire JCM (Staff Side) including Railways and Defence is taking such a firm stand. Accordingly JCM (Staff Side) has submitted a letter to the Government (DOP&T) to include GDS in the terms of reference of 7thCPC. The matter is now pending before the Government for a decision. NFPE & FNPO and the GDS unions of NFPE (AIPEU-GDS-NFPE) and FNPO (NUGDS) has conducted two days nationwide strike demanding inclusion of GDS in the terms of reference of 7th CPC. Both NFPE & FNPO has already declared that they will jointly go for an indefinite strike, if the demand for inclusion of GDS under the 7th CPC is not accepted by the Government.

    But to our shock and surprise, the recognised GDS Union leading by Mahadevaiah has signed an agreement with the Postal Board agreeing for the appointment of a separate committee for GDS. No Unions/Federations including Mahadevaiah’s union have demanded a separate committee (either Judge Committee or Bureaucratic Committee) in their charter of demands submitted to the Government and the Department of Posts. The 7th Pay Commission is appointed for Central Government Employees (Civil Servants). Separate Committee (even if it is a separate Judge) means GDS are not civil servants and they are only Extra-Departmental. Why should Mahadevaiah accept such a stand of the Department and Government? Earlier also one separate committee of Retired Judge (Justice Talwar Committee) was appointed for GDS. But even now GDS are Extra-Departmental and not treated as Civil Servants. Inclusion in 7th CPC means Government accepting our demand that GDS are Government employees (Civil Servants) and their service conditions and wage structure will be examined and recommended by 7th CPC alongwith other Central Government Employees. Thus a century long discrimination towards GDS shall come to an end. Even Justice Talwar Committee has recommended that in future, no separate committe (either Judge or Bureaucratic) should be appointed for the GDS and they should be included in Pay Commissions itself. By accepting a separate Committee, Mahadevaiah has spoiled the entire future of GDS.

    By signing an agreement with the Postal Board, the Recognised GDS Union (Mahadevaiah) has signed the Death Warrant of the 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks. He has played a drama with the Postal Board and Government and cheated GDS and defeated the very purpose of the united stand taken by all the JCM Staff side organizations. Postal Board has cleverly managed Mahadevaiah to sign an agreement itself. Normally after discussions with the unions, minutes are signed and copy given to unions. In this case, the Postal Board was very particular to get an agreement signed by the Recognised Union (Mahadevaiah) so that he cannot go back from the agreement in future. Ironically, for all other demands raised by Mahadevaiah in his Charter of Demands only separate minutes is given by the Department. Departmental officers and DOP&T are very inteligent and shrewd and they obtained what they want!!!

    When Recognised union signed an agreement, tomorrow the Government will say to the staff side that as the recognised union has already agreed for a separate committee, we are not including GDS in the 7th CPC. Thus, the Recognised Union of the GDS (Mahadevaiah) has become an agent of the Government. As already stated by us, Postal Board and the Government have succeded in their game of “Divide and Rule”. That is why Mahadevaiah has not joined the joint strike of two days conducted by NFPE, FNPO and the GDS union of NFPE (AIPEU-GDS-NFPE) and FNPO (NUGDS) on 12th & 13th February 2014. In the coming days the hidden agenda behind the separate strike held by Mahadevaiah and the agreement will come out with more clear.

    The Department and the Government always used to told NFPE & FNPO that by appointing a separate committee (either Judge or Bureaucratic) GDs will be much benefited. They have compelled NFPE & FNPO to accept separate Committee. We rejected the offer of the Government & the Department as we are well aware, from our past experience, the danger behind it and also the hidden agenda of the Government & the Department. Finally after the two days strike the Secretary, Department of Posts has given us a letter informing that our demand for inclusion of GDS in Seventh Pay Commission is referred to Government (DOP&T) for a decision. The Government understood that when the entire JCM staff side has taken a firm united stand, it will be very difficult for them to reject our demand. They wanted to pre-empt the united stand of the staff side. That is why the indefinite strike drama was played (eventhough participation was very less) and finally an agreement was signed behind the curtain and declaring that this is a greatest achievement (!) and this is a first step towards the liberation of GDS (!!!), as if there was no separate Judge Committee (Talwar Committee) appointed by Government earlier. It proved beyond doubt that both the Recognised Union (Mahadeviah) and the Government want to keep the GDS always outside the Pay Commission and always as “extra-departmental employees”.

    NFPE and FNPO and the GDS Unions of NFPE (AIPEU-GDS-NFPE) and FNPO (NUGDS) strongly condemn and protest the anti-GDS agreement signed by the Postal Board and the Recognised Union (Mahadevaiah) and we demand the Government to include the GDS in the terms of reference of the 7th CPC itself instead of a separate Committee (Whether Judge or Bureaucrat). We call upon the entire Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks to recognise the danger behind the agreement and expose those who signed the agreement which is nothing but a

    We further call upon the entire employees to conduct protest demonstration all over India on 26.02.2014 in front of all important offices against the stand taken by the Postal Board and demanding to remit the GDS issues the purview of the Seventh Pay Commission.

    Yours sincerely,

    M. Krishnan                                                                                         D. Theagarajan
    Secretary General                                                                               Secretary General
    NFPE                                                                                                    FNPO
    P. Pandurangarao                                                                                P. U. Muraleedharan
    General Secretary                                                                               General Secretary

    AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)                                                                               NUGDS (FNPO)





    Amendment to CCS(Pension) rules,1972


    Confederation circular


    Two days mass Dharna of confederation leaders
    In front of Parliament
    On 24th and 25th February, 2014.

    To protest against the total neglect and negative attitude of Central Government in the Budget towards Central Government employees.

    Dear Comrade,

    The National Secretariat met today.  It reviewed the strike participation on the basis of the reports received from the States and the affiliates.  The meeting noted with appreciation the efforts undertaken by the affiliates and the State leaders in making the stake a grand success.  On the basis of the deliberations, the meeting adopted the enclosed resolution and took the following decisions.

    1. To organise 48 hour Dharna on 24th and 25th Feb. 2014 at Delhi against the  attitude of the finance Minister in not conceding the demand for Interim relief and merger of DA etc. , while presenting the Vote on Account. The National leaders along with the active workers of Delhi will participate in the programme.

    2. To organise a National Convention at Nagpur on 4th April, 2014 from 11 AM to 5 PM to mobilise the    employees for the task for accomplishment detailed in the enclosed resolution, especially in    the coming general election.

    3. The State Committees will organise such conventions in all State Capitals for the same purpose.

    4. Campaign meetings will be organised in front of all Central Government offices, where the District level and State level leaders will detail the decisions taken by the National Secretariat.

    5. The Confederation National Secretariat will meet in May 2014 and decide upon the indefinite strike      action in pursuance of the 15 point charter of demands to be organised in June, 2014.

    6. The Tamilnadu State Committee will be requested to explore the possibilities of organising campaign against Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister in the Constituency from where he would seek election to the Lok Sabha.

    7. The State Committees will make arrangements for translating the resolution in vernacular and circulate amongst the mass of the employees.

                    With greetings,
    Yours fraternally,

    Secretary General.

                The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its appreciation and gratitude over the massive and magnificent participation of the largest number of our members in the 48 hour strike on 12thand 13th Feb. 2014.  It was a great manifestation of the confidence,  the members  had reposed in the organization and their determination to win the demands through struggles.  The reports, the Confederation CHQ received both  from the affiliates and the State Committees indicate the massive participation of the employees in the strike action throughout the county.  In some of the affiliates, the participation had been cent percent.  This must embolden the Confederation to pursue the issue with determination and organize further action programmes to ensure that the demands are got settled.
    The Secretariat has noted that the Government  had pretended to ignore the massive action of the employees.  There had been no response from them so far.  In the wake of the strike action, it announced the composition of the 7th CPC disregarding the united demand raised by the Staff side of the JCM National Council for the inclusion of a labour representative.  The Government also chose not to convene the meeting the staff side to discuss the draft terms of reference submitted,.  It did not make any announcement on the question of merger of DA, Interim Relief, inclusion of GDS within the ambit of the Commission and rejected the demand for making the recommendation of the Commission effective from 1.1.2014. 
    On every issue, which is included in the 15 point Charter of demands, the Govt. continued with its nugatory attitude.  In the last session of the Parliament, they ensured that the PFRDA bill becomes an Act despite the strongest objection and resistance of the employees by eliciting and receiving the support and patronage of the dominant opposition party, the BJP.  Even on comparatively smaller issues like compassionate appointments, no positive response emerged.   The period witnessed increased outsourcing of governmental functions.  Almost a third of the workforce is presently casual and contract workers with abysmally poor wages taking advantage of the acute unemployment situation in the country.  There had been no settlement of any issue raised by the Staff Side in the National Council JCM.  In fact no meeting of the council was convened and no issue discussed or settled during this period.
    The plight of the three lakh Gramin Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department is highly deplorable.  They constitute almost half of the Postal workforce. But for them, the functioning of the Postal system will come to a grinding halt.  Their service conditions are presently worse off than even a causal/daily rated worker. Despite the Supreme Court’s decisions that they are holders of Civil Posts and consequently are entitled to the benefits and privileges of a civil servant, there had been no improvement in their service conditions worth mentioning.  In spite of repeated presentation of their case both inside and outside the Parliament by people from all walks of life irrespective of party affiliation, the Government had been silent to the pleading for bringing them within the ambit of the Pay Commissions.  Confederation is duty bound and determined to change the situation and to bring them within the purview of the 7th CPC.
                During its five year tenure, the UPA II was in power, it intensified the neo-liberal reforms, phased out all welfare measures introduced to benefit the poor by the previous Governments; accentuated the unemployment situation by various job killing devices; divested the PSUs; allowed unbridled entry of Foreign capital to subjugate the Indian people; ruined the indigenous industry, destroyed the livelihood of the farmers and agricultural labourers, allowed the prices of all essential food items to soar, privatised education and health care services, ensured that each of its decision was to favour the rich, granted huge tax concessions to the corporate, indulged in large scale corruption, squandered away the national wealth, siphoned off the poor man’s earning into the hands of a few rich in the country, sided with the entrepreneurs in all labour disputes,  took each and every political decision to sub-serve the interest of the imperialist powers, especially the USA.  The pursuance of the neo liberal policies at the behest of the advanced capitalist countries drove the majority of Indian population to be below the poverty levels. In the comity of nations, our country became the poorest and the last ranking in all fields. Our youth were driven to be beggars at the doors of transnational corporations and developed countries.

                Those who were responsible in driving our country men to unprecedented deprivation has to now seek mandate, for their tenure is to end shortly.  No different is the approach of the major opposition party, BJP.  There is nothing to chose from these two political dispensations.  They were hand in glove together to demolish the sovereignty of the country; pauperisation of the people and supported every legislation to intensify the neo liberal exploitation of the common people.  They supported to the hilt the corporate houses.  But for the support extended by the BJP, the PFRDA would never have been made into a law.  The Act now provides for the extension of the new contributory pension scheme to those who were recruited prior to 1.1.2004 and the existing pensioners.  Despite the refusal of the Government to accept their suggestion to guarantee minimum pension, the BJP unashamedly supported the Bill, for they were the proponents of the neo liberal economic policies.  They supported this Government to increase the FDI and FII in all sectors of economy and announced that they would intensify the reform process if elected to power.  The conglomeration of Corporate in the country has now appointed the leader of that party to be the next CEO to run the country.  They have no use for the discredited UPA howsoever subservient it could be.  They know in a democratic system demagogy can play a vital role.  They are certain that BJP and its allies if elected to power will be much more pliant and compliant.

                It is in this background that the workers must assess the political situation.  In the forthcoming electoral battle, every worker must discharge their salutary responsibility.  Since the present state of affairs is the product of the neo liberal policies and since both the UPA and the NDA are the proponents of those policies, he/she must have clear vision and exercise the franchise effectively to ensure that a pro worker, pro people combination of parties is in governance.  He/she must discharge that responsibility for his/her own sake and for the sake of this great nation. 

                The Secretariat came to the inescapable conclusion that the settlement of the demands in the charter will only be possible through intensification of the struggles.  It recognised the need for larger unity. It will strive for bringing about such a united platform for joint action.  The inevitability of an indefinite strike action has to be emphasised.  The Confederation and its affiliates must prepare its members for such an eventual and unavoidable action, if the proposed 7th CPC is to really revise the wages.  It is needed to ensure the withdrawal of the pernicious contributory pension scheme.  It only will ensure that there are no casual or contract system of employment in Government service.   The Government employees must be bestowed with democratic rights and above all must enjoy the facility for collective bargaining and right to strike.  The Gramin Dak Sewak system is a colonial legacy and no civilised country must endure such brutal exploitation.  All is possible through united and sustained action.  The Confederation has proved beyond any iota of doubt that it has built up an organisation capable of carrying out such an action.  Such action must be planned to take place after the electoral battle is over.  Every active worker of the Confederation must fan out and reach out the rank and file of the workers.  Since the task is stupendous, the endeavour and effort must also be equally persisting.

                The meeting of the National Secretariat of the Confederation has decided to call upon all its affiliates, the State Committees, District Committees and units to work in consonance with the understanding depicted in this resolution; mobilise the rank and file for the eventual indefinite strike action in June, 2014 and strive to bring about a revolutionary change in the governance of our polity.

    Saturday 22 February 2014

    Friday 21 February 2014


    Today Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE held discussion with Secretary, Department of Posts. Com. K. V. Sridharan, Ex-General Secretary, P3 (CHQ) and Com. Balwinder Singh, Financial Secretary, P3 (CHQ) were also present. Mainly two issues were discussed.

    (1)   GDS issues            (2) IT Modernisation Project & Recruitment

    (1)   GDS Issues:
    Regarding GDS issue Secretary, Department of Posts said that as already informed to the Federations, inclusion under the purview of 7th Pay Commission can be considered and decided by Govt. (DOP&T) only. Hence whether GDS shall be included under 7th CPC or separate committee is to be appointed is to be decided by the Government. Secretary, Department of Posts can only refer the matter to Government and cannot take any decision in this matter. We told that accepting any other separate committee (Whether Judicial or Retired officer) will be equal to accepting the argument of the Government and Department that “GDS are not Civil Servants and hence they cannot be included in the 7th Pay Commission”. The JCM Staff side, National Council has already taken a stand that GDS should be included under the purview of 7th Pay Commission itself. Further Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers & NFPE have conducted a two days strike for inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC. FNPO also conducted two days strike on the same demands. No Unions/Federations in the Postal Department or in the National Council JCM has demanded a separate committee for GDS, whether Judicial or Bureaucratic. Accepting any other Committee will be equal to accepting the stand of the Government that GDS are not Civil Servants. When NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) have challenged the stand of the Government that “GDS are not civil servants” in the Hon’ble Supreme Court and when the Delhi High Court has already issued notice to the Department, accepting a separate Committee and thereby accepting the stand of the Government that GDS are not civil servants and hence cannot be included in the 7th CPC will be suicidal at this point of time, as far as GDS are concerned. We made our position very clear. If the UPA Government is not ready to accept our stand, we will place our demand before the next Government and go for indefinite strike. Hence our decision for indefinite strike after election stands.

    (2)   IT Modernisation Project:
    While extending our cooperation for the implementation of the project, we brought the difficulties being faced by the employees due to the hasty implementation of CBS, malfunctioning of some software etc. for immediate redressal. Secretary, Posts, informed that 10200 recruitment in PA cadre is going to take place and assured that the difficulties pointed out by the staff side will be taken care of and addressed.

    (M. Krishnan)
    Secretary General


    Thursday 20 February 2014

    7th CPC Terms of Reference

    It is informed that DOP&T has finalized the terms of reference of Seventh Central Pay Commission and submitted to Cabinet for approval. Details of the terms of reference finalized by DOP&T is not disclosed to the staff side. Details will be known only after the Cabinet meeting which is likely to be held today evening or tomorrow. (Date of Cabinet Meeting not confirmed)

    Wednesday 19 February 2014


    Shri Mahadevaiah is telling lies and exhibiting false figures only to show that entire GDS are with him and there is no body in the AIPEU-GDS (NFPE). NFPE has the responsibility to expose the lies of Shri Mahadevaiah. In Andhra Pradesh Circle where the General Secretary of AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) Com. Panduranga Rao is working only 25% (2nd day figure) are on strike. In the two days strike of NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) 72% GDS participated. In Kerala and West Bengal nobody is participating in Mahadevaiah’s Strike. In Mahadevaiah’s own circle Karnataka only 36% (2nd day it came down) is the strike participation. In the Maharashtra Circle where the All India President of Mahadevaiah is working the strike is only 35% in the second day. North East 2%, Uttarakhand 18%, Madhya Pradesh 30%, Himachal Pradesh 27%, Gujarat 14%, Haryana, Punjab – 20%, Tamilnadu 25%. The figures of other circles are also more or less the same. (will be published later). The overall percentage of the strike is below 25%. More than 75% GDS rejected the leadership and strike call of Mahadevaiah group. That is why he is angry with NFPE and abusing Secretary General, NFPE using vulgar and unparliamentary words. (Read Below also)



    The above are the words of Shri. Mahadevaiah, General Secretary of the so-called recognised (!!) GDS Union exhibited in his website on 18.02.2014. He is calling Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE & Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and General Secretary, AIPEU Group ‘C’ (CHQ) as “BARKING DOG”. Never in the history of Postal Trade Union movement a General Secretary of a union has used such filthy and unparliamentary words against any other leader.

    Why Shri Mahadevaiah has lost his mental balance?

    1.      This Leader thought that he can continue his anti-NFPE propaganda and remain as the leader of three lakhs GDS forever.
    2.      Those who love NFPE tolerated his anti-NFPE propaganda for more than 12 years and in the Amravathi All India Conference of GDS their protest and anger burst out and formed a new union called AIPEU-GDS (NFPE). Corruption was one of the main issue focused by the delegates who formed the new union.
    3.      NFPE gave “Associated membership” to the new GDS Union. The decision was ratified by the Hyderabad Federal Council of NFPE, the highest decision making body of NFPE.
    4.      Within a short span of two years the new GDS union formed Divisional Branches and Circle Branches in 80% of the Circles and Divisions. In many circles including Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal etc. more than 90% to 100% GDS joined the new GDS Union. In other Circles 60 to 80% GDS joined the NFPE GDS Union.
    5.      When the base of the so-called recognised (!!) Union and its leader started eroding very fast, they started malicious propaganda against Secretary General, NFPE. Com. M. Krishnan and then General Secretary of AIPEU Group ‘C’ (CHQ) Com. K. V. Sridharan.
    6.      Till the new GDS Union was formed all the GDS used to follow the directions of Shri Mahadevaiah eventhough they were well aware of the hidden agenda of the leader and his anti-NFPE lobby as they have no alternative at that time.
    7.      The newly formed GDS Union (AIPEU-GDS NFPE) started organizing agitational programmes jointly with NFPE and its affiliated unions. Regular employees and GDS employees again started organizing joint programmes under the banner of NFPE. The new Union organised phased programme of action on 36 points charter of demands including departmentalisation and civil servant status to GDS and decided to organize a massive parliament march exclusively on GDS demands on 11th December 2013. More than 10000 GDS from all Circles participated in the historic parliament march.
    8.      Much worried about the decision of NFPE GDS Union’s Parliament march Shri. Mahadevaiah suddenly announced that he will also conduct Parliament March on 12th December 2013. Actually on 12th December 2013, all the Central Trade Unions together has conducted a massive Parliament march in which about more than three lakhs workers belonging to INTUC, BMS, CITU, AITUC HMS etc participated. NFPE, AIPEU GDS-NFPE & Confederation also participated in the Central Trade Union’s Parliament March. On that day no other Parliament March was possible as the entire streets of Delhi was filled with Central TU workers and that is why NFPE. GDS Union conducted Parliament March on 11th December. Shri. Mahadevaiah’s GDS Union put one big banner at the side of the Central Trade Union Parliament March and look photos and claimed that more than 10000 GDS participated. (!!!) Only 300 GDS participated. But in the photos other workers of Central Trade Unions are shown behind the banner. Eventhough NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) has witnessed the actual number of GDS behind the banner of Shri. Mahadeviah, we have not exposed him at that time. Similarly everybody in Delhi Knows that the Agarwal Dharmshala, Model Town where Shri. Mahadevaiah conducted his National convention on 13.12.2013, has a maximum capacity of 400 only. The hall cannot accommodate more than that. But Shri. Mahadevaiah propagated that more than 10000 GDS participated in the convention. Those who participated know the correct figure which is less than 500.

    Everytime Shri. Mahadevaiah conducted this type of Goebelsian false propaganda and many innocent GDS who are not witnessing these programmes used to believe it.

    9.      Confederation and NFPE decided to conduct one day’s All India strike on 12th December 2012 on 15 point charter of demands in which GDS demands including Bonus-ceiling raising are included as main demands. Shri. Mahadevaiah’s GDS Union has not joined this strike. He has not given strike notice also. Again Confederation and NFPE declared two days strike on 12th & 13th February 2014. Departmentalisation and grant of Civil Servant status, Inclusion of GDS under the terms of reference of 7th Central Pay Commission are the main demands of February 12th & 13th strike. The strike was a marvelous success. More than 80% of the Departmental and GDS employees went on strike on two days. Shri Mahadevaiah has refused to join this two days strike also and has not given any strike notice.

    10.  Thus the “Divide and Rule” policy and hidden agenda of Shri Mahadevaiah was exposed and defeated by the Departmental employees and GDS employees. Even the figures available with the Department proved beyond doubt that in all the 22 circle majority of the GDS participated in the two days strike on 12th & 13thFeb 2014. In some circles the participation of GDS was 100%. Thus the hollowness of the claim of Shri Mahadevaiah that he is the biggest union has been exposed even before the Government and the department.

    11.  As a face-saving exercise Shri Mhadevaiah called for indefinite strike from 18th Feb 2014. Again he want to split the GDS and Regular employees. After the emergence of new GDS Union (AIPE-GDS NFPE), the base of Shri Mahadevaiah has started eroding day-by day and during and after the two days strike of NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) it reached its peak. By that time majority of GDS has already joined AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) and everybody including the Government and Department knew that the so called recognised (?) GDS Union of Shri. Mahadevaiah is a dead horse.

    12.  The first day of Shri Mahadevaiah’s strike on 18.02.2014 proved the above facts beyond and iota of doubt. In majority of circles the strike is below 20% In Kerala and West Bengal there is no strike at all. In Uttar Pradesh the strike percentage is 1%. As we know very well from our past experience narrated above, that if NFPE keep quiet and do not tell the truth to the employees, Shri Mahadevaiah will go on propagating “100% strike 100% strike everywhere” and innocent GDS may believe it. So we decided to put an end to this Goebelsion tactics and placed the strike percentage received from Circles in our website to put the records straight.

    13.  To show how false propaganda is made by Shri Mahadevaiah through his journal we will give one example. (We can give many such examples). In his journal’ Rural Postal Employees” (Feb 2014) Shri Mahadevaiah published an article in Hindi written by his Guru and Mentor Shri Govind Singh Asiwal (G. S. Asiwal). In the article the following lines are written.

    “Recently in West Bengal and Kerala Circle 6 + 5 Thousand GDS has joined Mahadevaiah’s GDS Union.” (translation).”

    Meaning “due to the effort of Shri Mahadevaiah 6000 GDS in West Bengal and 5000 GDS in kerala joined his GDS Union.”

    What is the real fact:

    In Kerala and West Bengal all the GDS were in Mahadevaiah’s GDS Union. After formation of the new AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) union 100% GDS left the Mahadevaiah union and joined NFPE GDS Union.

    Shri Mahadevaiah formed his GDS Union in Kerala with the help of less than 20 GDS who resigned from other GDS Unions due to their internal problems. Not even a single NFPE GDS member has joined Mahadevaiah. Any GDS employee or anybody from Mahadevaiah Union can ask under RTI to Chief PMG Kerala and verify it. We challenge Shri Asiwal and Shri. Mahadevaiah to prove their claim of 5000. Same is the case with West Bengal also. The very fact that no GDs went on strike on 18th Feb or 19th Feb in West Bengal & Kerala itself proves that there is no Mahadevaiah GDS Union in West Bengal and Kerala. This is the model of false propaganda of Shri Mahadevaiah and his group.

    14.  This time NFPE decided to expose their false claim as otherwise innocent GDS will be misguided and we did it. Shri Mahadeviah has never expected this. He thought this time also he can continue his lies and fool the GDS without conducting any serious strike at grass root level. In his own Karnataka circle about 50% GDS rejected his strike call. And in Madhya Pradesh, his Guru’s Circle only less than 20% went on strike. Thus the “paper castles built by lies” started collapsing one by one and it is total panicky in Mahadevaiah’s camp.

    15.  In the coming days Shri Mahadevaiah is going to face his “Waterloo”
    We are confident that in the next membership verification the newly formed GDS Union of NFPE (AIPEU-GDS NFPE) will become the number one union and the Mahadevaiah union is going to face its “Waterloo”. Confederation and NFPE has already declared indefinite strike in the month of June 2014 immediately after the formation of new Government, whichever party’s Government may come to power, demanding settlement of 15 point charter of demands in which GDS Departmentalisation and civil servant status is one of the main demand. NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) have declared the biggest mass protest of 50000 (Fifty thousand) GDS in front of Parliament in the month of September 2014. Before that an All India “GDS liberation March” lead by NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) leaders covering all the 22 circles will be organised.

    16.  We are fighting both legally and organizationally.
    As all of you are aware first time in the history of GDS NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) has filed writ petition in the Hon’ble Supreme Court (Writ Petition No. WP (Civil) No. 1003 of 2013) requesting implementation of the 1977 Supreme Court judgment and grant of Civil Servant status and all other benefits of departmental employees to 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks. The Hon’ble Supreme Court have pleased to direct the Delhi High Court to hear the writ petition and decide the case on behalf of three lakhs GDS. Accordingly the writ petition stands transferred to Delhi High Court and registered under WP (Civil) No. 168 of 2014. The First hearing of the case was held on 13.12.2013 and the Hon’ble High Court directed to issue notice to the Government and Department of Posts. The next hearing of the case is on 07.05.2014. We believe that the judgment in this case will be a turning point in the history of the GDS. Eventhough Shri. Mahadevaiah is the General Secretary of the so called recognised (?) GDS Union from 1999 onwards (15 years) he could not file a writ petition in the Supreme Court requesting implementation of 1977 Judgment. He spent the entire money and period carrying out anti NFPE propaganda. The new GDS Union of NFPE has done it, within two years of its formation eventhough they have no money.

    17.  First time the Government was compelled to include GDS issues in the agenda for discussion of JCM National council.
    Due to the effort made by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) through Com. S. K. Vyas, the legendary leader of Central Government Employees & Advisor Confederation, first time in the history of JCM, the Government (DOP&T) was compelled to admit the GDS items in the agenda of the items to be discussed in the JCM National Council.

    18.  And now, as an impact of the two day’s strike of February 12th & 13th of 80 to 100% employees (both Departmental & GDS) the Postal Board has referred the demand of NFPE & FNPO and the GDS Union of NFPE/FNPO for inclusion of GDS under the terms of reference of 7th CPC, to the Departmental of personnel & Training (DOP&T) for decision. Secretary, Department of Posts has written a letter to Secretary General NFPE & FNPO communicating the above decision.

    19.  AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) obtained stay order from CAT against abolition of posts and Department issued order keeping in abeyance the abolition of more than 5000 Postmen and MTS Posts, which are promotional Posts of GDS.
    As per the orders of the DOP&T Postal Departmental issued orders for abolition of about 5000 Postmen and MTS posts for the period from 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 thus affecting the promotional chances of 5000 GDS. The new GDS Union AIPEU GDS (NFPE) filed a case in the CAT principal Bench Delhi along with the P4 Unions of NFPE and FNPO and got stay orders. The department dragged the implementation of CAT order and AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) filed contempt petition with P4 against the department. Finally Department (Directorate) issued orders not to abolish any Postmen/MTS posts and to keep the abolition order in abeyance. Mahadevaiah GDS Union has not done anything when thousands of posts are abolished from 2001 onwards. Now also they are sleeping and NFPE GDS union which is formed just two years back has done it.

    20.  AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) and NFPE conducted one day strike on 12th December 2012 in which the raising of bonus ceiling of GDS to 3500 was main demand. Secretary General of NFPE & FNPO met the Minister Communications and the Minister assured to recommend the case and sent the file to Finance. Secretary, Department of Posts also took a favourable stand. Knowing very well that the Minister has agreed to recommend the case, due to the effort made by Secretary Generals of NFPE & FNPO, Mahadevaiah GDS Union conducted a fragmented strike and unconditionally withdrawn the strike even without any discussion with Postal Board. Due to the effort and follow up action taken by NFPE & FNPO, the Bonus ceiling was raised. Mahadevaiah group tried their best to claim the credit for it, but majority GDS who understood the truth did not believe it.

    21.  Time and again, history has proved that all those who cheated the NFPE and tried to break the unity of departmental employees and GDS, after getting elevated to the General Secretary posts with the help of NFPE, are thrown to the dustbin of history. Shri Mahadevaiah was made as General Secretary of the GDS Union by Com. Adinarayana and other top leaders of NFPE. After reaching Delhi, he started joining hands with the anti-NFPE lobby and hijacked the GDS Union to anti NFPE camp and made it his “Private Limited company”. But history has its own rule and that is how new GDS Union (AIPEU-GDS NFPE) has emerged upholding the truth and the tradition of our great and glorious organisation NFPE. The days of those “anti-NFPE slogan walas” are counted and the new GDS Union of NFPE shall lead the entire GDS in future. No force on earth can prevent it. And no filthy language or unparliamentary words can deter NFPE and AIPEU-GDs (NFPE) from its onward march for the liberation of 2.76 lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks.

    “Let Empty Vessels Make Much Noise, But NFPE and AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) leadership will not be provoked by such slanderous write ups and we will always keep the decency and decorum which is the hallmark of NFPE leadership right from Com. Tarapada Mukherjee to Com. Dada Ghosh to Com. K. G. Bose to Com. Adinarayana and N. J. Iyer and other leaders who lead the Great Postal Trade Union movement.

    (M. Krishnan)
    Secretary General
    National Federation of Postal Employees
    Mob: 09447068025
    E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

    (Remaining parts will be published later if required)

    Tuesday 18 February 2014

    AndhraPradesh - 20%, Assam - 50%, Bihar - 22%, Chhattisgarh - 50%, Delhi-NIL, Gujarat - 6%,  Haryana  - 2%,  HimachalPradesh  - 3%,  J&K - 2%  Jharkhand -50%, Karnataka - 55%,  Kerala - NIL,  MadhyaPradesh - 13%,  Maharashtra-25%, North East – NIL, Orissa - 10%, Punjab - 22% , Rajasthan - 6%, Tamilnadu -12%, Uttarakhand -15%, UP -1%, West Bengal - NIL.(Percentage is wih reference to the Total number of Gramin Dak Sewaks working in each Circle and NOT total number of employees (If we take total number of employees the percentage will be about 5% only)

    Confederation National Secretariat held on 18th February 2014 at New Delhi decided to go for indefinite strike during the month of June-2014 on 15 Charter of Demands. Departmentalisation and grant of Civil Servant Status to Gramin Dak Sewaks and inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC are major demands of the Strike Charter.

    NFPE Federal Secretariat met on 18.02.2014 endorsed the above decision of the Confederation. Details will follow:
    FLASH               FLASH




    No. 08/01/2014-SR
    Ministry of Communications & IT
    Department of Posts
    (SR Section)

                                                                     Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
                                                      New Delhi, dated 18th February, 2014


     Shri M. Krishnan
     Secretary General
     National Federation of Postal Employees
     Dada Ghosh Bhavan, 215/11
     New Patel Road
     New Delhi – 110 008

    Shri D. Theagarajan
    Secretary General
    Federation of National Postal Organization
    Chambri No. CH 17-1-18
    Atul Grove Road
    New Delhi – 110 001

    Dear Sir,
    Subject:  Charter of Demands – regarding.

            Your demand for inclusion of GDS in the 7th Central Pay Commission has been referred to DoP&T for a decision in the matter.
                                                                                            Yours faithfully,

                                                                                              (Arun Malik)


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    7th Pay Commission News – Details of Earlier Pay Commissions

    Since India’s Independence, seven pay commissions have been set up on a regular basis to review and make recommendations on the work and pay structure of all civil and military divisions of the Government of India.

    First Pay Commission

    The first pay commission was constituted in May 1946, and had submitted its report in a year. and the importance is on the report. chairman was Srinivasa Varadachariar wef The first pay commission was based upon the idea of “living wages” to the employees, this idea was taken from the Islington Commission and the commission observed that “the test formulated by the Islington Commission is only to be liberally interpreted to suit the conditions of the present day and to be qualified by the condition that in no case should be a man’s pay be less than a living wage.” The commission emphasised on the idea of the living wages and stated that the government which is going to introduce the minimum wages legislation for the workers of the private industry should also follow the same principle for its own employees. The commission basically recommended that the lowest rung employee should at least get minimum wages.

    Second Pay Commission

    The second pay commission was set up in August 1957, 10 years after independence and it gave its report after two years. The recommendations of the second pay commission had a financial impact of Rs 396 million. The chairman of the second pay commission was Jaganath Das.The second pay commission reiterated the principle on which the salaries have to be determined. It stated that the pay structure and the working conditions of the government employee should be crafted in a way so as to ensure efficient functioning of the system by recruiting persons with a minimum qualification.

    Third Pay Commission

    The third pay commission set up in April 1970 gave its report in March 1973 i.e. it took almost 3 years to submit the report, and created proposals that cost the government Rs. 1.44 billion. The chairman was Raghubir Dayal. The third pay commission added three very important concepts of inclusiveness, comprehensibility, and adequacy for pay structure to be sound in nature.The third pay commission went beyond the idea of minimum subsistence that was adopted by the first pay commission.the commission report say that the true test which the government should adopt is to know weather the services are attractive and it retains the people it needs and if these persons are satisfied by that they are getting paid.

    Fourth Pay Commission

    Constituted in June 1983, its report was given in three phases within four years and the financial burden to the government was Rs.12.82 billion. This commission has been set up on dated 18.3.1987, Gazette of India (Extra ordinary) Notification No 91 dated 18.3.1987, The chairman of fourth pay commission was P N Singhal.

    Fifth Pay Commission

    The Fifth Pay Commission was set up in 1994 at a cost of Rs. 17,000 crore. The chairman of fifth pay commission was Justice S. Ratnavel Pandian.

    Financial Impact of Fifth pay commission

    With the implementation of the Fifth Pay commission a huge burden was taken up by the central government. It declared hike in salary of about 3.3 million central government employees. Further, it also insisted on pay revision at the state government level. The Fifth pay commission disturbed the financial situation of both the Central and the State Governments and led to a hue and cry after its implementation. The Central government’s wage bill before the implementation of the commission’s recommendations was 218.85 billion in 1996-1997 which also included pension dues and by 1999 it shoot up by about 99% and the burden on the exchequer was about to Rs 435.68 billion in 1999-2000.With regard’s to the state government the bill went up by 74%. The state governments which paid about Rs 515.48 billion in 1997 as salaries, had to pay Rs 898.13 billion in 1999 as salaries. This clearly indicates the burden on the state and the central government. Many economists say that about 90% of the revenue of the state went in as salaries. 13 states of India were not in a position to pay salaries to its employees due to the hike and hence the central government’s help was sought

    Other recommendations of the Fifth pay commission

    One of its recommendations was to slash government work force by about 30%. It also recommended to reduce the number of pay scale from 51 to 34 and to not recruit to about 3,50,000 vacant position in the government. None of these recommendations were implemented.

    Criticisms of World Bank on fifth pay commission

    The World Bank criticized the Fifth Pay commission, stating that the Fifth Pay Commission as the ‘single largest adverse shock’ to the public finance of the nation. It also said that the number of employees of the government was ‘not unduly’ large, but there was a ‘pronounced imbalance’ in the skills. It noted that about 93% of the employees were of 3rd or 4th grade.

    Sixth Pay Commission

    Main article: Sixth Central Pay Commission
    In July 2006, the Cabinet approved setting up of the sixth pay commission. This commission has been set up under Justice B.N.Srikrishna with a timeframe of 18 months. The cost of hikes in salaries is anticipated to be about Rs. 20,000 crore for a total of 5.5 million government employees as per media speculation on the 6th Pay Commission, the report of which is expected to be handed over in late March/early April 2008. The employees had threatened to go on a nationwide strike if the government failed to hike their salaries. Reasons for the demand of hikes include rising inflation and rising pay in the private sector due to the forces of Globalization. The Class 1 officers in India are grossly underpaid with an IAS officer with 25 years of work experience earning just Rs.55,000 as his take home pay. Pay arrears are due from January 2006 till September 2008. Almost all the Government employees received 40% of the pay arrears in 2008 and balance 60% arrears (as promised by Government) has also been credited in Government employees account in 2009. The Sixth Pay Commission mainly focused on removing ambiguity in respect of various pay scales and mainly focused on reducing number of pay scales and bring the idea of pay bands. It recommended for removal of Group-D cadre.

    Seventh Pay Commission[edit]

    The Government of India has initiated the process to constitute the 7th Central Pay Commission along with finalization of its Terms of Reference, the composition and the possible timeframe for submission of its Report.[4] On September 25, 2013 the finance minister P Chidambaram announced that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016. Justice A.K Mathur will be heading the Seventh Pay commission, announcement of which was done on 4th of February 2014. [5]
    Role in Commission
    Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur
    Retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Retired Chairman, Armed Forces Tribunal
    Vivek Rae
    Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas
    Member (Full Time)
    Dr. Rathin Roy
    Director, NIPFP
    Member (Part Time)
    Meena Agarwal
    OSD, Department of Expenditure,Ministry of Finance