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A 40% hike and retire at 62?

The government is considering an increase in the retirement age of government employees to 62 years from 60. The proposal, that would benefit a large number of central and state government employees, is being looked into by the Sixth Pay Commission. Some senior bureaucrats have already given presentations to the commission, explaining how a hike in retirement age would help the government in postponing its pension liabilities by two years. If the proposal goes through, an announcement in this regard can be expected in the Budget, sources said. A number of ministries had written to the department of personnel and training (DoPT) about increasing the retirement age for select categories. DoPT forwarded the proposals to the ministry of finance, which in turn asked the Sixth Pay Commission to look into it. The commission asked top bureaucrats to make presentations. It is understood that some state governments are in support of increase in retirement age. If the Centre decides to go ahe…

CPM starts campaign : Asks Govt. to implement sixth pay commission

The CPM on Tuesday said it was closely watching the performance of the UPA government and will continue to guide the government to pursue policies keeping in mind the interest of common man. The CPM has asked the government to implement sixth pay commission. Speaking at a Jan Vikalp Rally organised by the state unit of CPM here on Tuesday, senior leader Sitaram Yechury said the party was forcing UPA government to adopt polices which are in the interest of the common people. He said the CPM prevailed upon the Union government not to implement policies of retrenchment and privatisation. Yechury claimed that UPA government can not function without the support of Left parties. Criticising the BJP, Yechury described it as a communal party. He said BJP was dividing people on the basis of religion and caste for gaining political power. Speaking on the occasion senior party leader Nilotapal Basu said farmers are facing great hardship because they are not getting remunerative prices of t…

Congress may be forced to announce sops

The Gujarat battle has come to an end with the congress in a pathetic condition. Everybody is looking forward towards the next lok sabha elections. Its quite obvious that the UPA - Left will not make a mistake by calling for an early election. The government is expected to announce more sops to satisfy the masses. And the sixth pay commission report may be one such medium. It can also be noted one of the agenda that the BJP fought on Gujarat is the development issue. If the congress also want to project its development achievements, the results of those has top be passed on to the sections on the society. Logically thinking a beneficial report is expected from panel. There are talks that a pay hike of 40-45% can be expected. Also the government has indicated that it does want to retain efficient employees - of course through better packages. The report is expected to be out by March end.

BMS rally in Delhi for interim relief

More than 5,000, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) workers representing railways, defence, postal, central secretariat, armed forces headquarters, IMD, audit and accounts, currency and coins, etc., under the banner of Government Employees National Federation (GENC) staged massive protest at the Parliament Street in New Delhi on December 11. They were demanding immediate interim relief and publication of the Sixth Pay Commission report with a grant of Rs 10,000 minimum wage per month, scrapping of new pension scheme, stopping of privatisation, lifting ban on recruitment, 100 per cent recruitment on compensate ground to the wards of affected government employees died in service and stopping of outsourcing. They said the recommendations of the Pay Commission should also equally be made applicable to the state government employees and the employees of autonomous bodies. The constitution of a new ministry was also demanded at the central level to look after the functioning and welfare of the e…

Gujarat over and now?

For the political parties, the show on the Gujarat battlefield is over and now it time to capture the hearts of the people before the parliment election which may happen in a short time. One of the main thing that the current government will lookforward is the sixth pay commission report which is going to effect 10 million central and state government employees, besides those in the defence services. And with early trend of the Gujarat going away from the congress, it is expected that the central government will leave no thought in providing better packages to the staff. This has been already told by Union Minister for Urban Development Ajay Maken. He told "The Sixth Pay Commission report will be good for the employees. We do not want efficient employees to leave government services to join the private sector,"

Sixth Pay panel report will be good for employees: Union Minister Maken

The Centre on Sunday promised that the sixth pay commission report would be "good" for the employees as government is keen to provide comprehensive salary packages to attract quality human resource. "The Sixth Pay Commission report will be good for the employees. We do not want efficient employees to leave government services to join the private sector," Union Minister for Urban Development (State) Ajay Maken said. Maken said both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram want to provide "comprehensive and good salary packages" to employees as for good governance efficiency of the employees is paramount. He said the report would be ready by March 31 next year.

Sixth Pay Commission in Gujarat Election campaign

To exploit the dissatisfaction in a section of the government employees against the present administration, the Congress, in another advertisement, “reminded” them about the administration running as a “one-man show, treating the employees as slaves, misusing the government employees for useless programmes and functions for personal publicity, misappropriation of public funds,” and other “misbehaviour” of the Modi administration. It promised “justice” and restoration of their “self-respect” and implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission at the earliest.

Now, working for a PSU means you can tell your boss off

Mumbai: Some days, Ashok Sinha spends up to four hours reviewing what employees think of him. In September, the chairman and managing director of Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) and senior managers took two weekends to review staff performance and decide on rewards and new roles.
Retaining talent: Executives of BPCL at a training session. Oil PSUs are trying to hold back employees with higher pay and promises of overseas travel, more training, growth opportunities and job rotations.
“If I don’t do this, I probably won’t have a team left,” says Sinha.
BPCL, the country’s second largest public sector refinery, has become proactive in applying new personnel management tools to engage employees. The firm is facing one of the highest attrition rates in the Indian oil industry, although officials declined to say how bad it’s gotten. “Let me just say it has doubled over the last two years,” says S.A. Narayanan, human resources director.
With the entire industry troubled by rising attrition r…

The Finance Commission (FC) & the Sixth Pay Commission

Comparing the Finance Commission (FC) with the Pay Commission is a bit like comparing an accountant with a movie star. They’re just not in the same league. The Pay Commission hands out goodies by the bagful to a large and vocal section of the population. The Finance Commission, in contrast, does the more prosaic job of, among other things, picking up the pieces after the Pay Commission has done the damage! Even so, when the appointment of the Thirteenth Finance Commission evokes so little interest, even among financial dailies, it can mean only two things. One, the mandate of the Commission, to determine the sharing of tax revenues between the Centre and the states and between states, is seen as a largely settled issue, now that we’ve had twelve FCs and the broad contours of the sharing process have been laid down. Two, buoyant tax revenues, both at the Centre and the states have taken the edge off what has traditionally been a highly contentious issue. Add to this the preoccupation…

Antony reitrates persuance of better deal for defence personals

"The last Pay Commission has not done justice to the armed forces personnel. We are now trying to get a better deal from the Sixth Pay Commission," defence minister A.K. Antony who is visiting border areas of Sikkim told.

Asked about reports of alleged removal of a Buddha statute in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh, he said though such an incident indeed had taken place, there was no evidence that China had done it.