BEFI'S (DRAFT) CHARTER OF DEMAND
Draft Charter of Demands for 10th Bipartite Settlement
Scales of Pay
Basic Pay Scales should be restructured at the average price index for the quarter July-September 2012 (1960 = 100) with 30% increase for the first stage in case of clerical staff and there after gradually increasing this to 35%, maintaining the 1st to 20th stage increase at about 1:2.8 times(approx.). In respect of the subordinate staff, loading of 35% at the first stage and then gradually and uniformly increasing to 40% at the last stage to maintain the ratio of 1:2 or more.
Fitment: Stage to stage basis.
At a frequency of 2 years on reaching the maximum of the scale of pay at the rate of the last increment in the respective scale till superannuation or promotion.
Increase to the extent that will reflect the improvement on the basic pay structure. Special Pay should be restructured at the average price index for the quarter July-September 2012 (1960 = 100) with same loading as in case of Basic Pay structure.
Special allowance of the Head Cashier and Special Assistant to be increased adequately with additional loading after restructuring as above.
Qualification Pay/Professional Qualification Pay
Graduation/Professional Qualification pay in case of non-subordinate employees should be increased in the same manner as in the case of Special Pay.
Subordinate employees should be paid qualification pay for matriculation or any other higher qualification acquired while in service - rates to be discussed.
For Subordinate Staff
Subordinate staff working in cash department should notationaly be treated having paid Special Pay of Rs.240 and then that is to be revised as per other special pay. The Bill Collector post in the present scenario has become redundant and this post may be rationalized with protection for the existing incumbents if there be any.
When a clerk officiates as an officer or a subordinate staff officiates as a clerk even for a single day he/she should be paid officiating pay at the rates laid down in 1st B.P. Settlement.
Fixed Personal Pay
The rates and the incremental component should be revised on the basis of revised scales of Pay, DA and HRA.
The D.A. rate should be fixed at a percentage of the Basic Pay, Special Pay, Graduation Pay, Professional Qualification Pay and Officiating Pay that will reflect 100% neutralization of the monthly change for every point of rise or fall in the All India Working Class Consumer Price Index (General) (Base 2001=100).
House Rent Allowance
At the rate of 15% of BP at all centres without ceiling
On capital cost/rent receipt basis HRA should be paid at 150% of normal entitlement.
In cases where quarter or leased accommodation is provided no recovery of rent should be made beside non-payment of HRA. Acceptance of offer of quarter/leased accommodation by an employee should be optional.
Payment of HRA in branches in SEZ and similar such areas to be made at par with project area.
Project Area Compensatory Allowance
New project areas are to be included for the purpose of payment of Project Area Allowance.
The amounts of the allowance should be revised adequately.
Paradip Port Town Allowance
PPT allowance should be adequately revised.
To be increased to Rs.800/- per month.
Hill and Fuel Allowance
At the existing rates - no maximum / no minimum.
Special Area Allowance
The rates should be increased adequately.
Special attention should be given to entire Simla, Lahul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh where the amount of the allowance was actually reduced in the 8th B.P. Settlement.
Similar attention should be given to increase the allowance in case of Assam and Meghalaya in line with employees in Central Govt./RBI.
Water Scarcity Allowance
Water Scarcity Allowance should be paid at centres where paid by Central/State Governments and at rates at which it is paid by them.
Island Allowance / Tribal Area Allowance
These allowances should be introduced at places where paid by Central Government and should be paid at rates at which the Government pays.
NER Hardship Compensatory Allowance
Incentive now being paid to certain categories of employees should be extended to all categories of employees working in N.E. Region.
Rural Area Hardship Allowance
Rural Area Hardship Allowance should be introduced - rates to be discussed.
Disturbed Area Allowance
This allowance is to be introduced for the employees working in the areas declared politically disturbed by the Central/State Governments.
Halting Allowance should be revised adequately and should be paid in addition to reimbursement of actual hotel bills.
Closing Allowance should be paid to all employees for Quarterly, Half-Yearly and Yearly Closing of Accounts in addition to overtime wages.
The allowance should be increased from Rs.100/- to Rs.250/- per month.
Bonus to be paid to all without any income ceiling.
Superannuation and Medical Benefit
All the Superannuation and Medical benefit costs to be kept outside the purview of the total wage cost.
Provident Fund Contribution
PF contribution in case of those who have not opted for Pension should be 12% of the pay and the interest thereon should be 12%.
Gratuity at one month’s pay for each completed year of service without any ceiling. For calculation of Service gratuity Dearness Allowance should be taken into consideration.
All the employees recruited on or after 1st April ,2010 should be brought under the purview of Pension Regulation 1995.
Employees on consolidated wages prior to 01.05.2010 and converted to 1/3rd scale wages with effect from 01.05.2010 to be covered under Pension regulation 1995.
Resigned/CRS employees are to be allowed for opting for pension.
Pension to be updated automatically along with Bi-partite settlements.
Uniform DA for all pensioners.
Full pension on completion of 20 years of qualifying service.
Fixation of Basic Pension should be on 10 month’s average pay or last pay drawn whichever is higher.
Additional pension should be given after completion of 80 years of age.
Family pension should be calculated at uniform rate of 30% of last Basic Pay in all cases subject to minimum of Rs 4,500/-
Pension regulation 1995 clause 39(3)(a)(1) to be amended as follows:
Twice the ordinary rate of family pension or 50% of the last pay drawn whichever is less, from the date of death of an employee who died in harness for a period of 10 years.
In case of death of a pensioner twice the ordinary rate of Family pension or at the rate of 50% of the pay last drawn whichever is less to be continued till the pensioner would have attained the age of 67 years.
Family pension to be paid to the unmarried /widowed /divorced daughter up to the date of her marriage/remarriage or till the date she gets employment whichever is earlier.
Should be increased from Rs.2000/- to Rs.5000/- p.a. Cost of equipment/artificial limbs for the physically challenged employees to be reimbursed.
Improvement in Hospitalization/Domiciliary Treatment Scheme
100% reimbursement of the cost of diagnostic tests (whether as per systems already existing or developed in future) as advised by doctors, both in case of the employee or the family members.
The existing limits for reimbursement of hospitalization expenses including package treatment should be adequately revised.
100% reimbursement of the cost of medicines prescribed both in case of the employee and the family members.
Expenses incurred in connection with maternity, whether for normal delivery or for operative interference, should be reimbursed to the extent of 100%.
Cost of Day Care treatment where surgery done without admission as inpatient be reimbursed.
Alternative medicine streams to be covered.
List of treatments be enlarged for coverage under domiciliary treatment.
Family definition to be enlarged. Increase in income limit to determine dependency to
Rs.10, 000/- per month from present limit of Rs.3500/-.
"AIDS" should be added to the list of diseases covered under the provision relating to domiciliary treatment.
Leave Fare Concession
Maximum permissible distances in case of 4 years bloc should be from place of work to any place in the country and in case of 2 years block to be revised adequately.
In case of subordinate staff, actual fare for journey in any train by any class up to AC 2 Tier and in case of clerical employees, in any train by any class up to AC 1st class should be reimbursed.
Airfare should be reimbursed to the employees working in Tripura up to Kolkata/Guwahati, in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh up to Guwahati, in Andaman & Nicober Islands up to Kolkata/Chennai and in Lakshadeep up to Cochin in addition to the train fare from those mainland points.
In case of encashment, 100% of the fare for the permissible distance and class of journey should be paid - condition of minimum 1 days' leave of absence should be removed.
Definition of Family for Medical Facility and LFC
Spouse, wholly dependent children (including step-children and legally adopted children) and wholly dependent brothers & sisters and parents having income of less than Rs.10, 000/- p.m.
Reimbursement of Expenses on Road Travel
Expenses incurred for road travel on duty / LFC between two places not connected or partially connected by rail should be reimbursed at actual road mileage cost or at Rs.10/- per k.m., whichever is less.
Improvement in Leave Rules
Causal leave should be increased to 15 days like other industries and Central Govt. employees.
Total period of absence including prefix and suffix should have no restriction in case of casual leave.
Accumulation and encashment of privilege leave on retirement up to 300 days should be allowed.
Sick leave should be accumulated at the rate of 30 days per completed year of service without any ceiling and should be allowed to encash the unutilized portion at the time or retirement.
Paternity leave facility should be introduced. Maternity leave should be increased to 24 months from the existing limit of 12 months. Gynecological ailments should be covered under maternity leave.
Child Care Leave for women employees for 2 years in service period to be introduced.
Special Leave for Hysterectomy operation to be provided in addition to Maternity Leave.
Study Leave facility should be introduced.
Restriction of availment of PL for 3 times a year should be abolished.
Duty Leave should be granted for attending conciliatory proceedings/Labour Courts/Tribunals.
Special Leave should be sanctioned for absence due to natural calamities and abnormal situations like those created as a result of terrorist activities.
Extra-ordinary Leave should be increased to 24 months.
Sweepers should be employed on full-time basis only. Existing Part-time Sweepers should be converted to full time sweepers.
Drivers driving Bank's car provided to Executives
These drivers should be treated as regular employees of the bank instead of personal drivers.
Compensation for losses due to breakage or damage to goods on Transfer
The presently stipulated maximum amounts should be adequately increased.
Deployment of Staff
Deployment in North Eastern Region and Hill areas should be restricted to 25 k.m. journey by road or 50 k.m. journey by train, whether within or outside the district.
Special Leave facility should be made available to all Unions/Associations uniformly.
Demand Relating to Regional Rural Bank Employees
Retirement benefit including pension to be introduced in the RRBs uniformly as per settlements in the banking industry.
Sponsor Banks to be advised to implement in the RRBs all the provisions of 9th Bipartite Settlement for full time and the part time employees without withdrawing/changing the better provisions, if any, now existing in these Banks.
Uniform welfare scheme to be introduced in all banks.
A lump sum amount of Rs.5000/- per year be paid to all the retirees as Medical Aid
The scheme of reimbursement of hospitalization expenses should be extended to all the retired employees of the Bank.
Travelling expenses incurred by the retired employees for themselves and their spouses should be reimbursed in line with the scheme of Leave Fare Concession available to existing employees.
Exgratia amount for Pre 1986 living retirees to be enhanced to Rs.5000/- per month and for the spouse to Rs.4000/- per month
Date of Effect and Operation
5 years from 1st November 2012.
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