NEW DELHI, May 7: A delegation of Labour Union leaders representing Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) led by Pawan Kumar today held a meeting with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and sought his intervention for redressal of their issues, mainly pertaining to grant of one-time relaxation from ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in Ministry of Defence and the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). They also thanked the Government for having brought in a legislation in response to their demand for fixing the minimum wage for Government employees.
The BMS leaders pointed out to the ceiling of 5% on compassionate ground vacancies imposed over Central Government employees and requested that this be removed in order to make it possible to accommodate more candidates. They submitted that Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) is the competent authority to grant relaxation of the ceiling over vacancies falling under direct recruitment quota in Group-C posts and requested the Minister to kindly take a sympathetic view.
The demand to rationalize the pay structure through 7th Central Pay Commission was also taken up by the BMS representatives. They stated that the allowances were allowed by department as per their operational and administrative needs, but alleged that the 7th CPC on its own initiative had declared them as “outlived their utility” and recommended for their discontinuance. They also complained that the concept of grade pay and pay band has been done away, which should be reconsidered.
Among the other points raised by the BMS delegation were modification of the minimum pay and cognizance of “Senior Citizen and Parents Maintenance Act”, which provides liability of mother and father who are employed sons / daughters.
On behalf of the Government Employees National Federation, an affiliate of BMS, the delegation also sought attention to the fact that the employees are getting only 3% incremental benefit which, they demanded, to be increased to 5%.
Dr Jitendra Singh gave the delegation a patient hearing and said their observations and inputs will be put up at the appropriate level.
Among other members present in the meeting were Sadhu Singh, Shivkant Mishra, P.C. Sharma, Virender Kumar, Yogender Rai, Rajnish Kumar, Nirmal Jain, A.K. Dhankar, D.K. Sharma, Sunil Gupta and Manoj Kumar Singh.