Friday, 21 November 2014

Highlights of Memorandum to Seventh Central Pay Commission



DEAR MEMBERS,

            NDGBGOA OFFICE BEARERS  ARE CONTINUOUSLY PRESENTING THE REAL POSITION OF GROUP B GAZETTED CADRES OF ORDNANCE FACTORIES IN FRONT OF 7TH CPC .

ON 18 TH JULY GENERAL SECRETARY AND ORGANISING SECRETARY SUBMITTED COPY OF OUR MEMORANDUM AND  EXPLAINED THE POSITION OF OUR CADRE AND REQUESTED FOR JUSTIFIED GRADE PAY AND CONSIDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL ALLOWANCE AT 7TH CPC OFFICE, NEW DELHI .

ON 08 TH NOVEMBER, GENERAL SECRETARY,JOINT SECRETARY AND ORGANISING SECRETARY MET THE COMMISSION AT NAVAL DOCKYARD,MUMBAI  AND REQUESTED  TO CONSIDER GROUP B GAZETTED OFFICERS(JWM AND PS) IN THEGRADE PAY OF 5400 IN PB-III AND EMPHASIZED ON INDUSTRIAL ALLOWANCE TO GROUP B GAZETTED CADRE.

 
 ON 19/11/2014, PRESIDENT,JOINT SECRETARY AND OFPM BRANCH CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY MET THE COMISSION AT HYDERABAD AND EXPLAINED ABOUT THE JWM AND PS CADRE OF ORDNANCE FACTORIES AND REQUESTED TO CONSIDER JWM GRADE PAY IN 5400 IN PB-III ,INDUSTRIAL ALLOWANCE,PLB AND RISK ALLOWANCE.

           NDGBGOA OFFICE BEARERS ARE KEEPING THEIR DEMANDS IN FRONT OF 7TH CPC AT ALL THE PLACES.NDGBGOA COULD MET 7TH CPC THREE TIME WITHIN SHORT SPAN OF TIME. ALL THE OFFICE BEARERS ARE REQUESTED TO MEET 7TH CPC IF THEY ARE VISITING NEAR BY CITIES. THE MEMORANDUM WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO YOUR MAIL MAY KINDLY BE SUBMITTED DURING THEIR VISIT. NDGBGOA  SUBMITTED  MEMORANDUM AND HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR MEMORANDUM(ENCLOSED) TO 7TH CPC.

            WE HOPES, GROUP B GAZETTED CADRE OF ORDNANCE FACTORIES WILL BE PLACED IN A BETTER POSITION   IN THE 7TH CPC.

GENERAL SECRETARY
       NDGBGOA

PLEASE REFER LINK :HIGHLIGHTS OF MEMORANDUM TO 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

NDGBGOA OFFICE BEARERS WITH SECRETARY 7TH CPC AT HYDERABAD





NDGBGOA MEETING WITH 7TH CPC AT HYDERABAD ON 19/11/2014

To
All Office bearers and members,

The NDGBGO Association meeting with 7th CPC held on 19th Nov'2014 during the visit to Hyderabad.

The 7th CPC team headed by Honorable Chairman, Secretary and members visited Hyderabad from 18th to 20th Novembe’2014.

The NDGBGOA had taken a prior appointment with the 7th Central Pay Commission and the Office bearers of CE/NDGBGOA and OFPM BRANCH met personally with the 7th CPC on 19.11.2014 and the following Office bearers were present in the meeting.

·         S.Chandrakanth Rao                     President/CE
·         N.C.Ramakrishna                          Jt. Secretary/CE
·         Jawahar Babu                                Chairman/OFPM 
·         Shantha Murthy                             Secretary/OFPM 
·         Ambadass                                       Vice chairman/OFPM  

The committee headed by the Chairman honorable Justice A.K. Mathur, Smt Meena Agarwal/Secretary and other members were present from 7th CPC. Before starting of the meeting NDGBGOA introduced the Office bearers to the committee and conveyed their whole hearted thanks for making convenient to visit to Hyderabad and allotting the time to our Association. NDGBGOA clearly explained about the role of Group-B (G/NG) cadre for achieving the production in the Organization and meeting the targets of Arms & Ammunition required for the Armed forces within the stipulated time frame and taking the responsibilities in the shop floor and Administration etc. on their shoulder. After submission of memorandum and highlights of the memorandum to the committee, the Association had personally requested the honourable Secretary Smt. Meena Agarwal to give more time for discussions. On our request she has given her consent and the meeting held in the conference hall with the delegates of the NDGBGOA.

During the discussions, the Secretary had positively responded to our genuine demands and stated that the Commission understood the genuine demands of the Group “B” cadre of O. F’s and in the 7th CPC the same will be taken in to consideration.
The following main points are submitted to the 7th CPC are furnished below.
1.   JUSTIFIED PAY SCALES FOR JWM's: The NDGBGO Association had clearly explained to the Pay Commission about the injustice done to Group 'B' Gazetted cadre in the previous CPCs. The Association had briefly summarized the condensation of the posts in the 5th and 6th CPC. The JWM (erstwhile FM) drawing more pay (FM is in the pay scale of RS 2375 and AWM pay scale was RS 2200) than AWM before implementation of 5th CPC had also explained to the commission. In the 6th CPC middle management cadre was further victimized by keeping only two posts of CM (GP of RS 4200) and (JWM GP of RS 4600) only. Where as in the Group 'A' and Industrial cadre the promotion prospects were not disturbed in the 6th CPC. While explaining the duties of JWM’s, it is appraised that the JWM’s are taking total shop floor responsibility and they are the front line Managers attending all the problems raised in the production shops. The Association compared with 6th CPC posts/GP’s and stated that if CM II is placed in RS 4200, CM I in RS 4600, AF RS 5400 and JWM are supposed to get the GP of RS 6600. While comparing with Matron and Sr. Nurse, the posts are holding the pay scales of Rs 6500 in 6th CPC were placed in the GP of RS 5400 and whereas the JWM holding the pay scale of RS 7450 in the 6th CPC were given the GP of RS 4600. The JWM’s are performing the duties of HOS in all the sections. The Association requested to the CPC that in the forth coming 7th CPC recommendations, the pay scales of  JWM’s should be placed above the GP of RS 5400 in PB3 from the initial stage to correct the anomalies/injustice done to the cadre in the past 4th and  5th CPC’s. The PS & Sr. PS Cadre of Ordnance Factories Grade pay must be given equal to OFB and Ministry and the anomalies are to be corrected in the 7th CPC.
2.   INDUSTRIAL ALLOWANCE: NDGBGOA explained to the pay commission about the difference of working hours and duties and responsibilities between other Central Govt. departments and in the Ordnance Factories. It is mentioned that the Central Govt. Offices are working 5 days per week and whereas Ordnance Factories are working 6 days per week. The industrial cadre is getting OT and piece work. Hence NDGBGOA suggested that the Industrial Allowance or incentive should be paid to all the Group ‘B’ Gazetted Officers at the rate of 20% of their pay (pay in PB +GP).
3.   Grant of PLB: It is submitted to the pay commission that being a industry the Productivity linked Bonus to be given to all the cadres and there is no differentiation between the working hours of industrial and non-industrial employees and other groups like Group ‘A’ and Group ’B’ in the Ordnance Factories and all are working 6 days per week. Hence all the employees working in the industry the PLB should be given without any disparity.
4.    Risk allowance for JWM Cadre: The Risk Allowance is paying to the industrial employees who are working in the Hazardous places. The same benefit to be extended to JWM Cadre who were working in the same places.
5.    MACP SCHEME IN PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY: While explaining the MACP scheme, NDGBGOA stated that any career progression is supposed to be in the promotional hierarchy of the Grade Pay. Due to the wrong implementation of the MACP scheme in 6th CPC in the Grade Pay hierarchy, several juniors are got higher Grade Pay then their seniors. Hence the same should be rectified in the 7th CPC and MACP or any such other scheme is supposed to be given in the promotional hierarchy only.

Other points like International LTC, Educational allowance up to post graduation level, remote location allowance, hard station working allowance, hill compensatory allowance and grievances redressal mechanism for Group ‘B’ and scrapping of new pension Scheme are discussed in the meeting.

The honorable Secretary Smt. Meena Agrawal while discussions with the NDGBGOA delegates assured that our representation submitted/discussed will be definitely taken in to consideration.  She had personally noted down all the submissions made by our Association representatives and assured that 7th Central Pay Commission will take cognizance of all the genuine demands submitted/discussed by the NDGBGO Association while finalising the pay commission report.

The meeting ended with vote of thanks.  
                                                                     

                                                           (S.Chandrakanth Rao)
                                                                        President(CE)      

Sunday, 9 November 2014

NDGBGOA MEETING WITH 7TH CPC AT MUMBAI

Dear members,
7th CPC Team headed by its Chairman and Secretary visited Mumbai from 6th to 8th Nov.NDGBGOA could got a time for presenting its demand in front of Chairman 7th CPC on 8th Nov. On behalf of NDGBGOA followings demands were kept in front of 7th CPC.
1. PAY SCALE OF JWM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED  IN PB-III  WITH GP 5400.
In this regard, JWMs responsibilities was explained. It was clarified that one section in Ordnance factories is  equivalent to a private industry where minimum 300 employees works. As a Head of Section, one JWM shoulder the whole responsibilities of Safety,Quality, Productivity,Maintenance and Adminstration of the section.
2. INDUSTRIAL ALLOWANCE FOR GROUP B GAZETTED OFFICERS OF ORDNANCE FACTORIES.
In this regard it was presented that Ordnance Factories are industrial organization which produces large number of products for Army,Navy,Air force and paramilitary forces. All the  factories runs 24X 7 hrs. The working pattern is 6 days a week . As a section Head, the Group B Gazetted Officer takes responsibility of the section and attend the problem when ever required. Therefore industrial ALLOWANCE or incentive should be granted to all the Group B Gazetted Officer  at 20% of their pay ( pay in PB +GP ).
3. PAIRITY IN PAY SCALE IN PS CADRE.
In this regard it was stated that 6th CPC has recommended for a pairity in pay SCALE to PS CADRE of  Secretariat and HQ with factories which is not yet shorted out by the department. It should be shorted out by 7th CPC.
4. RISK ALLOWANCE FOR GAZETTED OFFICERS.
In this regard it was stated that Risk allowance should be granted to all the employees those were involved in production and maintenance of Hazardous process irrespective of Gazetted or non Gazetted.
Other common points like International LTC, Educational allowance up to post graduation level, case less treatment, Remote location Allowance, Scrappiing of New pension Scheme, Increase in HBA up to 30 lakhs,were taken up in the meeting.

General Secretary
NDGBGOA

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

7th CPC CALLED NDGBGOA FOR MEETING AT MUMBAI ON 08/11/2014

DEAR FRIENDS, 

                            DURING ESTEEMED VISIT OF 7TH CPC AT MUMBAI BETWEEN 06TH  TO 08TH OF NOV. NDGBGOA HAS GOT THE TIME SLOT TO REPRESENT OUR CADRE BEFORE 7TH CPC ON 8TH NOV. THE DETAILS OF MEETING WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON AFTER THE MEETING.

                                                                     GS/NDGBGOA

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

MEMORANDUM ON CADRE REVIEW CASE SUBMITTED TO DGOF ON 17/10/2014

No.41/NDGBGOA/OA-871                                                        Dt.17/10/2014
                                                               
To
            The DGOF & CHAIRMAN
            Ordnance Factory Board
            10-A, S.K.Bose Road
            Kolkatt700 001
           
Respected Sir,
Sub:Submission of Memorandum/statement to the Hon’ble DGOF & CHAIRMAN on Cadre Review of JWM  cadre by the “applicant” K.K.Velayudhan  during the  “hearing” on 17.10.2014 held at O.F.Board.   

Ref:1) Contempt Application No.310/00083 of 2014 filed by NDGBGOA, OFT Branch Before Hon’ble Madras Bench CAT arising out of OA No. 871 of 2013.

 2) Detailed Memorandum submitted to DGOF& CHAIRMAN, O.F.Board from all units On 20.12.2013 regarding the deprived position of JWM cadre with proposal fo Cadre Review.
       
 3) OFB I.D.  No.  NGO/CADRE REVIEW/A/NG dated 24-12-2013
           
 While acknowledging the receipt of  OFB Fax intimating about the hearing, I extend my sincere thanks to the DGOF & CHAIRMAN, as  Secretary of NDGBGOA OFT Branch and also as the applicant for allowing me the “hearing”, towards smooth settlement of Cadre Review of Group B Gazetted Officers in Ordnance Factories.

   Sir,  I wish to submit that as an applicant, I feel  it is my foremost and bound duty to explain the facts and background that lead to the extreme situation of approaching the Hon’ble Court which otherwise would have avoided and hence  is brought below for your kind perusal please.

The  Government Instruction to conduct the Cadre Review was issued in the year 2011 (to mitigate the problem of stagnation, particularly in the posts which were “merged” as perthe recommendation of 6th CPC) vide Letter No. 35034/9/2010-Estt.(D) dt.10th Feb.2011 to all departments.  In response to the above instruction almost all other departments have completed the Cadre Review.
 The cadre review was completed in respect of Industrial Employees even in our organisation which was implemented in the year 2012 with retrospective effect from 01/01/2006.       
OFB has constituted a Cadre Review Committee under the chairmanship of    Shri Ralegankar  (Present General Manger, OF Korwah),and the committee also submitted  its report on 07/09/2012, it is regretted to submit that neither any  reference to the report and its recommendations nor the proposal suggested by the affected cadre associations has been taken into consideration in the Cdre Review proposal submitted by OFB to MOD.  The Raleganker committee, has made alarming observations regarding stagnation of JWM cadre that goes adversely towards the effectiveness of the organization and also the carrier prospects of the JWM cadre as well. The report also emphasize the need to follow DOPT norms to be followed to avoid litigations. In para 7.2 of its report, It says:7.2
  IOFS CADRE REVIEW SHALL BE BASED ON JWM STRENGTH JWMs strength shall be taken into account in assessing and increasing the number of JTS/STS and so on. This will improve the prospects of JWMs/IOFS and also effectiveness of shop floor administration at critical level of Head of Section in OFs.

The above is required as per GOI/DOPT instructions. JTS is the promotional grade just above JWM. Threshold analysis is required in an organization between any two levels and there after structural ratio between the promotional higher grade and the feeder grade is to be determined. Threshold analysis brings out time span of 10-15 years/15-20 years in the existing profile/pyramid. The existing ratio between JWMs and AWM promotional quota is 7000:185 (38:1),this is phenomenally abnormal. The steepness causes frustration and adversely affects the effectiveness of organisation at a critical level. Legally it is violation of Art 14 and Art 16 as (adequate) promotional opportunities do not exist. Managerially the pyramid is ineffective. Viewed from any angle, the ratio between JWM and AWM (promotes) is required to be changed . As per DOPT norms it is 3-5 times of higher grade in case of selection method of promotion. By that norm even if JWM strength is reduced to 3000,AWM strength shall increased to 600 for PR quota thus total posts becoming 1200 (600+600 DR + Promotion)

  In spite of the above alarming position still allowed to continue  as a violation of DOPT norms, OFB has not shown any sign of attempt to increase the AWM posts, through Cadre Review of JWM/IOFS till date.                                                                                                                    
 It is imperative to mention here that the discussion along with the cadre Associations were conducted but the minutes of the discussions were not recorded for reason whatsoever.       Even the instruction given by JS/MOD in a similar discussion (conducted on 12.03.2014 at Cossipore IB)  to increase the number of posts in PB-3(5400 GP) from 1000 posts to 1300 posts, as an amendment to the present proposal, was agreed by OFB officials who were present in the meeting but the same has not been done till date, which can be seen as an advantage of not recording the minutes of the meeting/discussions conducted with service associations.  As per the DOPT norms  it is necessary to consult the service associations and to reach a consensus before finalising the cadre review for submission to competent authority.   
 The present deprived position of JWM Cadre has occurred purely due to erroneous status maintained in the SRO as “Ministerial” by which the 5th & 6th CPC awarded inferior pay and status to the JWM Cadre. While the direct recruitment to this cadre is through UPSC with an essential qualification as Degree/Technical Degree in Engineering, it can not be termed to “ministerial” which means purely of clerical duties.
 In the Memorandum/report submitted by OFB to 7th CPC vide No.02/7th CPC/Q/PCC Dated 27 Aug 2014 , through para 5.15.2, it is  mentioned that “ the post of JWM was wrongly treated as one of the supervisory levels. But the fact is that JWMs do perform the managerial role in the shop floor and offices in OFs.”
 Because of the above misguided position, the 6th CPC  also recommended merging of this managerial gazette cadre with supervisory cadre of Asst. Foreman (Non-Gazetted).  Due to this wrong doing JWMs are losing their due financial benefit in proper payband and Grade pay with effect from 01.01.2006 which is warranting the necessity to implement the cadre review w.e.f. 01.01.2006 as the cadre review done for industrial cadre in the OFs.
The erstwhile Foreman(existed till 4th CPC) was an NGO Post bestowed with all allowances including Overtime  and was drawing the pay almost equal to the pay of General Mangers. Further the pay scale of Foreman was also above the pay scale of Group A entrants i.e AWM(OP).
  Being the case in the name of up gradation from Non-Gazetted to Gazetted,  all allowances were withdrawn and also the pay scale was brought down below the pay scale of Group A entrants i.e. AWM(OP). This has also resulted the hitherto followed practice of providing training to Group A entrants AWM(OP) by the most experienced and technocrats in the shop floors i.e. Foreman is now made to report to the newly recruited AWM(OP) who does not have practical exposure to the industrial/administrative atmosphere  and  it is from this very point onwards the hierarchy was disturbed and the Organisation become ineffective. The purpose of upgrading of Foreman in the year 1994 from NGO to GO is to be seen as a reason only to disallow allowances such as OT,Bonus etc.to the cadre.
                       It is high time that OFB should realize that such tactics of making profit by demoralising their own subordinates will only lead to organizational ineffectiveness. While neglecting the richness of skill and experience we are in the process of neglecting our own existence in the present competitive world.                                                                                                                         
  Today our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji, regularly emphasizes the importance of preserving skill to make India to meet global challenges in the manufacturing sector which is to be viewed as a relevant factor to our organization also, particularly as we have to cater the defence preparedness of our country with world class weapons and equipments in a strategic time of disturbing line of borders. IOFS cadre are the leaders of our organization, mending the executives (IOFS new entrants) with practical exposure in the state of the art technology already in place with our infrastructure, is a very much warranted one and by the most experienced FM/JWM, as a practice followed till 4th CPC, we can achieve the target as envisioned by our hon’ble Prime Minister. OFB at least at this stage should realize these facts and endeavour to reinstate the JWM cadre appropriately to bring the erstwhile system back towards achieving the goal.
       The present Cadre Review Proposal submitted by OFB, if implemented, will adverse the present scope of benefit attained through ACP/MACP scheme, and hence it is necessary to take the 3 financial up gradations in thirty years of existing ACP/MACP scheme of Govt. (introduced  as a temporary measure to alleviate the stagnation/promotions not taking place in time) is to considered as a minimum benchmark for the present cadre review.
                           In view of the above the following are to be implemented through cadre review for effective functioning of the Organisation and better prospective for middle management cadre.

1  The promotional post of the JTS is to be increased as per the recommendation of        Shri. Ralegaonkar Committee Report in proportion to JWM strength and also as per       the DOPT norms which is 3 to 5 times of the promotional post.
2.    The erstwhile status of Foreman is to be restored to meet the international challenges and to improve the organization for the present scenario.
3.    Time bound promotion to JWM Cadre and Non Functional up gradation at par with Gr.A cadre.
4.    Pay scale of JWM should be made analytical with previous CPCs, which is on an average, is  more than that of the present Matron, and Hindi Officers who were drawing lesser pay than JWM in previous CPS’s, but now awarded higher Grade Pay i.e. Rs 5400/- in PB-III.
5.    The cadre review should be done taking ACP/MACP as a minimum bench mark.
6.    The cadre review should be done with effect from 01/01/2006 since OFB itself has come out with an opinion that merging of JWM with AF was wrongly done as mentioned in the report submitted to 7th CPC by OFB vide para 5.1.2. and also the cadre review of Industrial Employees have already been implemented with effected 01/01/2006.
7.    Cadre Review should be implemented without any further delay and all out efforts had to be taken on a war footing to complete the same as JWMs are put to severe financial loss from 01.01.2006 onwards and are the most affected/deprived cadre.
Thanking you,

Yours faithfully.

        -SD-
(K.K. Velayudhan)       
Secretary/NDGBGOA/OFT Branch