Streamlining the implementation of the NPS tor Central Govt Employees – NC JCM Staff Side
Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the NPS tor Central Govt Employees — Reg.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
National council (staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for
Central Government Employees
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No. NC-JCM-2016/ Pension
Dated: January 20, 2017
The Secretary (Pension)
Deptt. Of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Sub:- Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the NPS tor Central Govt Employees — Reg.
Ref : Letter No 57/1/2016-P & PW(B) dated 16th January 2017
Kindly refer to your aforementioned letter, At the outset we request you to kindly favour us with a copy of the Government Notification setting up the Committee to make suggestions 10 streamline the National Pension system For Central Government employees, This is needed for us to understand the scope and ambit of the functioning of the Committee.
The 7th CPC in their report in paras 10.3. 11 to 10.3.25 has enumerated the plethora of complaints received by it over the NPS and finally recommended t0 the Government to set up a Committee t0 look int0 those issues and address. However, we are constrained to believe from the reading of para 3 of the letter cited that the Committee is likely 10 have only a perfunctory consultation with the stakeholders on an important issue like this.
In any case, we give hereunder our views in the matter with the fervent hope that the Committee will consider it within the time constraints.
1.We are of the firm view that the Central Government employees as a whole must be fully excluded from the ambit of the defined contributory pension scheme for Otherwise it would create two classes amongst them, one making subscription; and another making no subscription but receiving a better pension and other retirement benefits.
2.There is no justification for thc Government to deduct pension contribution from the Central Government employees, even as per the recommendation or the 7th CPC they are provided with far lesser Minimum wage that what it should have been as per the norms of Dr. Aykroyd formula, approved by the 15th ILC and subsequent judgement of the Supreme Court.
3.This apart, we were assured by the Government during the Standing Committee meeting discussions held on 14.12.2007 that
“for employees who had entered with effect from . 1.1.2004 are not likely to be worse Off vis a vis the Current pension system in force as the replacement rate would match to the present one. Thus NPS is a win-win situation for employees and the Government”.
Without deviating even an iota from our firm position enumerated in No. I above, the least the Government must do to honour the assurance given earlier is to guarantee that all Central Govt. employees who arc recruited with effect from 1.12004 and have thus become mandatory subscribers to the NPS receive all benefits of pension, family pension and ocher retirement benefits as is provided for under the CCS(Pension) Rules applicable to the Central government employees who ure recruited prior to 1.1.2004.
To illustrate the point that the Central Government employees, who are recruited with effect from 1.1.2004 are provided with a paltry in the form of pension in total disregard to the assurance held out by the Government on 14.12.2007 we enclose herewith the details of pension entitlement computed in the case of a person, who was recruited 1.1.2004 and retired after 12 years of service in one Of the Ordnance factories under the Ministry or Defence. This person is being paid a paltry amount of Rs 960/— p.m. as pension from NPS, whereas after the implementation of the 7 CPC recommendations the minimum pension is Rs 9000/- DA p.m. with effect from 01-01-2016.
In fine, We feel that it would be better if the Committee could convene a meeting as is convenient to all its members so that a full-Fledged discussion could be held on this Vital issue which is of utmost importance to a large segment of employees recruited after 01-01-2004 whose number is increasing day by day.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)