Friday, November 18, 2016

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission
 (Click the link below to view order)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7th CPC recommendation. Pay determination in the case of Pre-2016 pensioners. Option No. I. Examination of feasibility

 7th CPC recommendation. Pay determination in the case of Pre-2016 pensioners. Option No. I. Examination of feasibility

Letter from Secretary JCM Staff Side regarding Option for Parity in Pension 

Saturday, August 13, 2016


CGPA/KL/GL/2016    dated     01-08-2016

Shri. Arun Jaitely
Hon’ble Minister of Finance, North Block, New Delhi

Respected Sir,

          The purport and intent of this letter is to invite your kind attention to a perennial injustice being meted out to the employees and pensioners in computing DA / DR by ignoring the fraction element in 12 monthly average of cost of Index. A cursory look at this practice will convince you that employees and pensioners are denied a legitimate claim by way of neutralization of cost of living index fully. Considerable pecuniary loss is being sustained by them by following an irrational practice of computation of DA / DR ignoring the fraction element. This loss is significantly compounded whenever base year for calculation of DA / DR is changed consequent on revision of pay by merging DA with pay. This patent injustice is evidenced in the illustration given below:
Consumer Price Index
Base Year 2001=100
12 monthly average
Increase over 115.76
(Old DA)
Increase over 261.42 (New DA)
June 2016

DA/DR Calculation with effect from 01-07-2016

OLD (Rs.)
NEW (Rs.)
DA Computed without
ignoring fraction
Loss in DA


    A well laid principle of preventing erosion of real wages on account of rise in cost of living index is mutilated by pursuing the extant practice. It is respectfully submitted that in the computation of I.D.A., which is quarterly, the fraction element of average index is taken into account which may be adopted in C.D.A. case also. How this irrationality of ignoring the fraction element of average index has crept in the determination of C.D.A. is not easily understandable. Any way it can be affirmed without fear of contradiction that this extant practice deserves to be done away with. This Association earnestly requests you to kindly issue necessary orders putting an end to the unjust practice which cause loss in real wages / pension. Appealing for your benign indulgence in this matter.

Thanking you,                                                                                                         yours faithfully

                                                                                                     T.I. Sudhakaran, General Secretary

Copy to: 1. Shri. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side, JCM, New Delhi
               2. Shri. K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, NCCPA, New Delhi

Thursday, July 28, 2016


        The 7th CPC submitted its report in November 2015.The Empowered Committee of Secretaries blocked it for 7 long months. Finally the cabinet approved the report without any modification, The Gazette Notification on the pay and allowances of employees was issued on 25-07-2016. The same minimum pay of Rs.18000/- The same multiplication factor of 2.57. Absolutely no change.
        Let us now analyse what would have been the case, had 50% of Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief been merged with pay / pension with effect from 01-11-2011. DA merger had taken place before implementation of 5th and 6th CPC Recommendations. Though we had demanded it this time also, it was not agreed to. Whether enough organizational pressure was there to get the demand accepted is now an academic issue for discussion only. The DA / DR was 51% in January 2011. The percentage rates of DA/DR were 58, 65, 72, 80, 90, 100 107, 113, 119 and 125 during subsequent six monthly periods up to January 2016. Now we shall workout the financial implication of the 50% DA/DR merger notionally.  A person with a basic pay / pension of Rs. 10,000/- would have got Rs. 1,06,500/- as difference in DA/DR for the period 01-01-2011 to 31-12-2015. That is the notional loss. It is easy to workout. For every 1,000 rupee as pay / pension, the benefit would have been Rs. 10650/- We cannot even dream of such an amount as pay revision “bonanza”. The pay + DA of the lowest paid employee who was drawing Rs. 7,000/- (5,200 +1,800). On 01-01-2016 would have been Rs. 1,8375/- In that case, no Pay  Commission would have dared to recommend Rs. 18000/- as minimum pay as it would have been less than the actual pay + DA drawn by the employee. Even if we accept the 14.29% increase recommended by the 7th CPC, the minimum pay would have been Rs. 21,000/- and so the multiplication factor would have increased to 3 instead of 2.57. Employees and pensioners would have been benefitted significantly.
           We were after the euphoria of a Pay Commission. We thought the CPC and the Government will deliver us good. It was a folly on our part in not clinching the demand of merger of 50% DA with effect from 01-01-2011. We shall blame ourselves for that. This is a lesson for us to be cautious in future.  



Thursday, July 7, 2016


After the meeting with the Home Minister today by the NJCA and further developments
leading to issue of a Press Release by the Government of India assuring consideration
of the issues raised by the Staff Side relating to the pay scales and other 
recommendations of the Pay Commission by a High Level Committee, the NJCA has
decided to defer the Indefinite Strike in the background of meetings with the
Ministers and the assurance by the Government of India.

The Press Release by the Government today is reproduced below: 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India

Ministry of Finance

06-July-2016 20:50 IST

Government assures Representatives of Unions representing employees of the Central
Government that the issues raised by them relating to the pay scales and other recommendations
of the 7th Pay Commission would be considered by a High Level Committee.

Representatives of Unions representing employees of the Central Government had
met the Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley
and the Minister for Railways Sh. Suresh Prabhu in the evening of 30th June, 2016. 

They had requested that certain issues raised by them in relation to the pay scales
and other recommendations of the Pay Commission be allowed to be raised before
a Committee of Secretaries looking into different aspects of grievances of 
employees in relation to the Pay Commission recommendations. 


Finally, the united struggle of 33 lakhs Central Government Employees under the banner of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) comprising Railways, Defence and Confederation has compelled the totally negative and unwilling NDA Government to negotiate with the staff side leaders. Hon’ble Prime Minister has intervened and directed three Cabinet Minsters viz. Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitly and Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu to hold discussion with the NJCA Leaders on 30th June 2016. After discussing the demands raised in the Charter of demands, the Ministers assured that a high level committee will be constituted to consider the demands raised by NJCA especially the demand for improving the minimum wage and fitment formula.

As no written communication or minutes regarding the assurances given by Group of Ministers is forthcoming, the NJCA met again and 6th July and decided to go ahead with the strike decision. Again Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh called the NJCA leaders for discussion on 6thJuly and reiterated the assurances already given on 30th June and stated that the Finance Minister will issue a press statement on 6th July itself confirming the assurances given by the Group of Ministers. It was further assured by the Minister that the proposed High level committee will submit its recommendations to Government within a time frame.

Accordingly, the Government issued the press statement and after detailed deliberations the NJCA unanimously decided to defer the indefinite strike till the committee finalizes its report. The press statement of the NJCA and the Government are attached.

Revision of Pension of BSNL Pensioners Removing Anomalies Cabinet Approves

Revision of Pension of BSNL Pensioners Removing Anomalies Cabinet Approves

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India

05-July-2016 17:20 IST

Cabinet approves Revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners Removing Anomalies 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners and family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment, and (ii) Modifying the liability of BSNL towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retired employees. 

The pension of BSNL pensioners/family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 has been revised w.e.f. 01.01.2007 notionally with actual benefit w.e.f. 10.06.2013, by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment at par with the serving employees of BSNL. However, increase in the amount of DCRG, leave encashment and commutation of pension in respect of these pensioners shall not be increased on this account. 

The pension liability in respect of employees of Department of Telecommunications (DOT) / Department of Telecom Services (DTS) / Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) who retired prior to 01.10.2000 is solely borne by Government of India and the BSNL will have no liability in respect of these employees. In respect of employees who are absorbed in BSNL, the liability on account of pensionary benefits shall be fully borne by Government while BSNL will continue to discharge pension liability by way of pension contribution in accordance with FR-116 for the period they so work/worked. 

The revision entails an estimated recurring annual expenditure of approximately Rs 129.63 crore for pensioners and Rs 24.93 crore for family pensioners and arrears from 2013-14 would be Rs 239.92 crore approximately for pensioners and Rs 44.62 Crore approximately for family pensioners. Approximately118500 pensioners all over India will be benefitted by this revision. 

This revision will fulfill the long pending demand of revision of pension of BSNL absorbed employees who retired prior to 10.06.2013 and will bring the pensioners at par with the serving employees of BSNL by removing the anomalies. It will help in reducing the financial burden of BSNL and removing prospects of industrial unrest in BSNL while fulfilling the commitment of Government. 


The decision of the Cabinet has come in the wake of an anomalous situation created in the difference of pension formula among the BSNL retirees who retired before and after 10.06.2013. Further, the decision regarding pensionary liability is on persistent demand from various quarters and a series of deliberations at different levels to fulfill the assurance given by the Government before corporatization i.e. before formation of BSNL. 


Thursday, June 30, 2016






The CHQ of NCCPA calls upon all Affiliates and Units of NCCPA to organise immediate protest demonstrations condemning the decisions of Cabinet to reject basic modifications sought in 7th CPC report by CG Employees & Pensioners. Even Option Number 1 of Pension refixation recommended by CPC is not accepted but referred to Committee. Therefore our Affiliates and Units are called upon to stage protest demonstrations all over india and adopt the following resolution in the protest meetings and send the same to the Prime Minister of India, New Delhi 110001.

KKN Kutty
Secretary General NCCPA


This protest meeting of ________________________ affilitated to National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association  held on _________2016 is extremely distressed over the most condemnable decision of the Government of India in referring the 7th CPC recommendation concerning option 1 which grants a small relief to the Pensioners to the committee headed by the Secretary Pension, who had suggested to government for its rejection ab initio. By rejecting that recommendation, the Government has proved beyond doubt that it is led by the obnoxious advice tendered by a self serving bureaucracy who are basically anti-poor and anti-worker. The Government must rescind this anti-pensioner decision and ask the Pension Department to allow Option Number 1 to all Pensioners as an alternate fitment formula.


President of the Meeting

Thursday, April 21, 2016

BCPC MEETING 16-04-2016

Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years

CGPA/KL/GL/2016                                                                                                                20-04-2016

The Secretary,
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi -110 003

Sub:  Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years
Ref: 1.  Your Department OM. No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 06-04-2016
        2.  CPAO, Ministry of Finance OM No. CPAO/IT & Tech/Revision (Pre-2006) 2016-17/4       dated 12-04-2016
        3.   PCDA/Allahabad Circular No. C-149 dated 08-04-2016


            The revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners based on OM first cited has to be initiated by the concerned PAO’s. In the reference second cited, the CPAO has directed to process the relevant cases and send to the CPAO for issuance of formal authorization to the concerned Pension Disbursing Authorities. But it is strange that PCDA/Allahabad in the reference 3rd cited has instructed the PDAs including Banks to revise the pension and to make the payments. This instruction of the PCDA is in contravention with the orders of your Department as well as the Circular of CPAO dated 12-04-2016. Naturally these mutually conflicting orders / circulars will cause confusion as to who is to process the pension in accordance with the OM first cited.    So, we request you to kindly evolve a uniform procedure for the revision of pension of the concerned pensioners, so that the pensioners are not put to unnecessary hardship and difficulties to get revised pension. 

Thanking you,                                                                                                                        yours faithfully
                                                                                                T.I. Sudhakaran, General Secretary
Copy to:
1.      The Central Pension Accounting Officer, Central Pension Accounting Office, Trikot II complex, Bikaji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110 066
2.      Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211 014

PCDA/Allahabad Circular No. C-149 dated 08-04-2016 ( Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners – reg)
Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years.
CPAO, Ministry of Finance OM No. CPAO/IT&Tech/Revision (Pre-2006) 2016-17/4 Dt 12-04-2016
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2016. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years.

CLICK HERE FOR ORDERRevision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years.

Monday, April 4, 2016

 CGPA/KL/GL/2016                                                                                                              02-04-2016


        It is hereby notified that a meeting of the Extended State Committee of C.G.P.A., Kerala will be held on THURSDAY the 26th MAY 2016 at 10.30 A.M. at the P&T CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY HALL, BEHIND MATHRUBHUMI OFFICE, CHETTIYANGADY, THRISSUR.  The following will be the Agenda:

1.         Condolence Resolution
2.         Welcome
3.         Presidential address
4.         Reporting on organizational matters – General Secretary
5.         VII CPC Report and further developments
6.         Adoption of Annual accounts for the year 2015-16
7.         Grant of Affiliation to Ex-GREF Personnel & Families Welfare Association, Pathanamthitta and Ordnance Factories and Allied Estt. Pensioners’ Association, Kannur
8.         Any other matter of importance with the permission of the Chair
9.         Vote of thanks.

     All the office bearers of the C.G.P.A., Kerala, District Secretaries, Branch Secretaries and Chief Executives of the Affiliates are requested to be present at the meeting without fail.

General Secretary

All members of the State Committee, Branch Secretaries & the Secretaries of Affiliates of CGPA, Kerala

NB:  P&T Society Hall is behind Mathrubhumi Office, Chettiyangady which is about 250 metres from KSRTC Bus Station and 400 metres from Thrissur Railway Station.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Copy of NCCPA/s letter to the Joint Secretary, Implementation Celll. New Delhi.

Copy of NCCPA/s letter to the Joint Secretary, Implementation Celll. New Delhi.


13.c Feroze Shah Road,m
 New Delhi. 110 001
20th  Feb. 2016.

President:                   Com. Shiv Gopal Misra..97176 47594
Secretary General:     Com. K.KN. Kutty. . 98110 48303

Shri R.K. Chathurvedi,
Joint Secretary,
Implementation Cell,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block
New Delhi. 110 001.

Dear Sir,

                                    Sub: 7thCPC recommendations on retirement benefits- Reg.

            The National Co-ordinating Committee of Pensioners Association is the apex organisation of Associations/Federations of Central Government Pensioners.  We had submitted a detailed memorandum to the 7th CPC on various demands, problems and grievances of the Central Government Pensioners.  However, it must be sadly admitted that most of the issues, which we had projected before the Commission did not have a proper consideration, may be perhaps, due to the Commission’s perceived anxiety over the financial constrains of the Government of India.  We have every reason to believe that their anxiety was not well placed, for the Government’s finances are far better presently than what it was two decades back.  The memorandum submitted by the Staff Side JCM National Council had elaborately dealt with the issue concerning the relative capacity of the Government to pay its employees and pensioners in the background of accelerated  growth of the economy, reduced tax burden on both business houses and the common people the reduced  percentage of expenditure on wages, salary and pension with reference to the Government’s revenue resources, revenue expenditure and the GDP itself.  The denial of the need based minimum wage,(in accordance wit Dy. Aykhroyd formula) in other words, the bare existence wage in the circumstance by the 7th CPC is incomprehensible.  We are pointing out this aspect of the recommendations,  for the successive earlier Commissions had denied the need based minimum wage on the specious plea of the inability of the Government to pay.   We hope you will appreciate that the present pensioners, who were in active service in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, did suffer immensely as they were denied even the bare existence wages.  They suffered on many counts, as they could not provide a decent standard of living to their families, could not construct a residential dwelling, could not educate their children properly for sheer want of requisite finances, so on and so forth.  The Pensioners’ community is presently concerned again with the minimum wage as the re-fixation of  pension on account of the wage revision effected by the 7th CPC is linked to the minimum wage.  We, therefore, appeal that the grievances presented by the Staff Side, National Council JCM on the determination of the quantum of minimum wage by the 7thCPC must be considered seriously and necessary corrections made. 

            Another important issue we would like to present before you,  concerns the New Pension Scheme introduced by the Government of India, with effect from. 1.1.2014.  Both the Serving employees and Pensioners organisations placed before the Commission, rather passionately, to consider their submissions made for the replacement of the newly introduced defined contributory system of pension for those who entered the Government of India Service from.1.1.2014 with the time tested defined benefit scheme of pension.  As of date the Government employees,  by virtue of the new contributory pension scheme are divided into two classes viz.  a good number of them receive emoluments after deduction of 10% towards pension contribution  whereas the other for the same job is provided with a higher rate of emoluments.  It is nothing but a blatant denial of equal pay for equal work.  We had pointed out to the Commission in no uncertain terms that the new scheme was conceived as an idea to allow the flow of the hard earned income of the employees to the Stock market and  permit the access of those funds for the corporate houses with no guaranteed return to the contributor.  We had pleaded before the Commission to recommend for the exclusion of the Government employees from the purview of the NPS, if the scrapping of the scheme  is infeasible in the light of the enactment of PFRDA.  The Commission, as you could see from the report, has enumerated innumerable flaws, defects, deficiencies and what not in the administrative apparatus of the NPS, which has now  amassed huge funds and its coffers are swelling enormously day by day.  They have still not evolved a mechanism to monitor the remittances by the concerned employers. The Commission has suggested in the light of their findings, cosmetic remedial measures which in all fairness one should admit,  will not address the issue.  In short, the Commission has not been  emboldened  to make a positive recommendation for the exclusion of the Central Government employees from its ambit, even though they have been convinced of the force of our submissions and arguments.  We may also state that the Commission which was anxious of the increased  financial outflow on account of the revision of wages and pension did not, rather failed to recognise the enormous outflow of tax payers money to the pension fund in the form of Governmental Contributions. Without stating the various other demerits of the New Contributory Pension Scheme, as it has been oft-repeated, we plead that the Government employees be excluded from the Contributory Pension scheme and all of them irrespective of their date of recruitment be brought within the purview of the time tested defined benefit pension system.

            Besides the submissions made in the preceding paragraphs, we enumerate hereunder some specific issues concerning pensioners and request the Implementation Committee to consider the same and place it before the empowering committee for  acceptance. 

1.      Parity between the past and present pensioners be brought about on the basis of the 7th CPC recommendations with the modification that the basis of computation be the pay level of the post/grade/scale of pay from which the employee retired, whichever is beneficial to him.

The 7th CPC has recommended the modus operandi for bringing about parity between the past and present pensioners.  While issuing orders in acceptance of this recommendation, we urge upon that care may be taken to provide the benefit to the pensioners as envisaged by the Commission in its letter and spirit.  Often we find when the orders are issued, the same is interpreted by the pension disbursing authority in such a manner that the envisaged benefit is denied to the deserving personnel on flimsy technical grounds.  We want you to appreciate that it is not a perceived grievance but a real and genuine one.  To cite a recent example:, When the orders on the question of modified parity was issued after the 6th CPOC recommendation, the  benefit was denied to a large number of pensioners by such an interpretation made by the Offices of the Controller General of Accounts.  The issue had to be agitated in the Central Administrative Tribunal, where the CGA’s interpretation was set aside.  The Government dragged the poor pensioners upto the highest court of justice in the country, the Supreme Court, before the concerned order was amended.  Even in the amended order, care was not taken to convey the benefit to certain pensioners fully on the specious plea that the words employed in the original orders speaks only of the scale of pay and not of the revised scale of pay.  It is highly unethical to drag the pensioners to the Courts. They are compelled to bear the huge expenditure involved in the litigation at the level of the Supreme Court . To avoid the recurrence of such a scenario, we plead that the orders must specify in unambiguous terms, that the parity must be with reference to the level of pay of an individual employee of the post/grade/scale of pay from which he/she retired, whichever is beneficial to that individual.   This is to take care of the situation where the concerned Government servant had been  granted MACP, or the pay scale/pay band/grade pay/ had been revised by the  Government either suo motu or on the basis of the recommendation of the Pay Commission.

2.      Pension to be 60% of the last pay drawn  and family pension to be 50% of the last pay drawn.   Minimum pension to be 60% of the minimum wage and minimum family pension to be 50% of the Minimum wage.

In our memorandum, we had demanded that pension to be 66.6% of the last pay drawn and the minimum pension to be 66.66% of the minimum wage. The CPC has not conceded this demand. Our present request in the matter is that the pension must be fixed at 60% of the last pay drawn and the minimum pension at the rate of 60% of the minimum wage.  This is on the ground that minimum wage is computed taking into account the family consisting of three units of two adults and two children ( i.e. 1+0.8+0.6+0.6=3) Since the requirement of the children can be excluded in the case of pensioners,  the rational approach will be to provide 60% of the minimum wage as the minimum pension  Both the pension and the minimum pension has to be at the rate of 60% of the last pay drawn (or average emoluments) and the minimum wage respectively.  The present stipulation of computing the pension at the rate of 50% and the minimum pension at 50% of the minimum wage has no basis at all. Family pension is granted mostly in the case of the surviving spouse or unmarried or widowed daughter.  To reduce the pension beyond 10% is to heap misery and agony on the survivors.  Our suggestion in the matter is that the surviving member of the family be provided with at least   50% of the pension.

3.      Enhance the pension and family pension on the basis of the increased age of the pensioner. Grant 5% rise in pension for every addition of 5 years of age, 10% after attaining the age of 80 and 20% for those beyond 90. 

The decaying process of physique gets accelerated normally after 60 years of age.  To keep one fit, after the age of 60, increased expenses on various counts are needed.  It was in recognition of this fact that the earlier Pay Commission suggested to calibrate the pension entitlement linking to the age of the pensioner.  The demand was formulated to rein in a logical methodology for such increases.  Our specific suggestion is to raise the quantum by5% (i.e. 65% at the age of 65) and by 5% for every five year increase in the age of pensioner.  However, the increase will have to be 10% at the age of 85 and 20% at the age of 90.

4.      Restoration of Commuted value after 10 years and gratuity as per the provisions of the Gratuity Act.      

It is now an admitted fact that the Government recovers the full value of the commuted portion of the pension in 10 years including the interest. However, it has refused to accede to the demand for a revision of the period of restoration when it was taken up in the National Council.    There had been no reason adduced as to why this demand cannot be accepted, when the issue was subjected to discussions before the 7th CPC.  Fifteen years is too long a period and the last five years in which the pensioner is denied the full pension is without justification. We request you to kindly place this fact before the Empowering Committee for a favourable decision. In the matter of gratuity our  demand is that the Government must adhere to the provisions of the Gratuity Act and no distinction between the Government employees and the workers in the Public or private enterprises be made in the matter.

5.      Fixed Medical Allowance.

In the case of pensioners who resides at locations not covered by the CGHS scheme has no health care benefit at all.  The serving employees are entitled for CGHS benefit  if they stay in any of the 26 cities where the CGHS facilities are available, and they enjoy the benefit of CVCS(MA) Rules  in other places. The Pensioners staying outside the CGHS areas  are to bear the health care expenses from the3oir meagre pension amount.   It is in consideration of this fact, a fixed medical allowance was introduced.  However, the quantum of such allowance is a paltry sum of  Rs. 500 p.m.  In the neo-liberalised economic system, the administered price mechanism barring in the case of a few medicines, has been dispensed with,  consequent upon which is the exorbitant prices of medicines in the market.      The pensioner is not able to afford the prices of medicines.  Either the  Government must come forward to bring in the application of CCS(MA) rules to the pensioners who are not within the ambit of CGHS or the FMA will have to be increased.  We request that the FMA may atleast be raised to Rs. 2000 per month.

6.      Grant of HRA for pensioners.
Gone are the days when the pensioner can expect to be looked after by their children.  In most of the cases, they are unable to live with their children even if the children are willing to accommodate them.  This is because of the frequent transfer of workplace and many other relevant factors.  As has been pointed out elsewhere in this letter, the pensioners of date were the serving employees of 1970s,80s and 90s.  They did not have a decent wage structure nor could they  obtain  loan facility from the banks on nominal interest (which the people of the present contemporary society enjoys), with the result they could not venture to own a house for occupation atleast after retirement.  Throughout their service career they had been in the occupation of the Government accommodation, which they had to vacate after retirement.  The real estate business in the country witnessed a boom in 1990s and 2000s, .  The pensioners cannot compete in the real estate market either with the consumers like serving employees or business people. All these factors put together makes the pensioners to shell out a major portion of his pension income only for hiring a dwelling place.  We, therefore, request  the Committee may consider the demand for HRA  from a humanitarian point of view.         

7.      Grant of an increment prior to the date of retirement.

Grant of one increment in the case of those pensioners who retired on completion of one year in service as on the date of superannuation had been the demand the staff side placed before the Government for their consideration in the National Council.  The demand was rejected on the technical ground that even though they had worked for a full year the grant of increment would be possible only if they are in service on the day when it become due.  The 6th CPC while recommending uniform date of increment for all Government Servants, also suggested that in the case of all employees who had completed more than six months, increment might be granted.  The issue was taken up before the 7th CPC too through our memorandum. The Commission also did not recommend the acceptance of our demand.  We therefore, appeal once again to the Government that this simple issue may be settled as it has very little coverage and the consequent financial implication is very meagre. 
            These are some of the issues, which various pensioners organisations have brought before us  to take it up with you.  We therefore, once again request you to kindly consider these issues in the light of the justification we have appended under each of them and recommend to the Government for a positive consideration thereof.

            Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.