Secretary, National Council (Staff Side) JCM writes to Cabinet Secretary on JCM functioning and compassionate appointments.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
August 12, 2016
The Cabinet Secretary,
Govt. of India and Chairman,
National Council JCM Cabinet Secretariat, Rastrapati Bhawan, New Delhi,
We recall the discussions we had with you on 7°i June 2016e Were inter-alia we brought to your kind notice ever the growing discontent of the employees on the following two issues which were the subject matter of discussions on very many occasions
- JCM functioning – Non convening of meetings at the Departmental levels, consequent non availability of a forum for discussion and negotiations for Unions / Federations
- Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways
The functioning of the JCM especially at the Departmental level was virtually halted, when the Government promulgated a new set of recognition rules in 1993 to cover the non-industrial employee’s i. e. for employees in the Department other than Railways and Defence. It took nearly a decade and half to operationalize the new recognition rules and during the same period the functioning of JCM was virtually stopped at the departmental levels. This’ in-turn resulted in non-discussion and non-settlement of various Departmental specific demands and issues, emanated from the flawed recommendation of 5th and 6th CPC. Now that the 7th CPC recommendations would be taken up for implementation, the need for a forum to discuss these issues, especially Departments specific matters need not be emphasized.
The untenable restriction imposed by the government i. e. 5 percent of the vacancies for Compassionate Appointments in Departments other than Railways has created innumerable difficulties and arbitrary discrimination. The very fact that the said government orders have no sway to half of the civilian employees makes the orders discriminatory and bereft of any merit. The specious plea of the Government that the said orders were issued on account of a directive from the Supreme Court was later found to be fallacious. On various occasions, the Staff Side was assured of a review of the scheme. The scheme requires simplification and has to be made non-discriminatory too.
We want the above two issues to be discussed at your level and reach a settlement. We shall be grateftll if you will afford us an opportunity to have such a discussion on a date convenient to you. We shall also be thankful if you can indicate the date of the meeting atleast 15 days in advance.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra) Secretary