Other Allowances & Benefits : – Charter of Demands 11th Bipartite
INCENTIVES FOR WORKING IN RURAL CENTERS AND OTHER SENSITIVE AREAS:
It is necessary to provide incentives to all those officers who are posted to serve in the rural areas/most sensitive and difficult areas/ areas with security problems/ areas of weather aberrations in different parts of the country. It is vital to increase the rural branches and opening of Ultra Small branches to succeed in financial inclusion, arresting skewed growth and migration in urban centers and for moving towards a less cash economy.
We propose that the following incentive may be provided to the officer concerned;
An additional allowance to the extent of 20% of the Basic Pay drawn by him;
Weightage for the purpose of Promotion
Choice place of posting on completion of the assignment
An additional LTC to enable him to meet the family etc; (As provided for those serving in North East for the Public Sector Employees)
All officers irrespective of the office of posting/ i.e. branch/administrative office etc., should be paid the closing allowance equal to 15 days of their salary once in 3 months.
HALTING AND TRAVELING ALLOWANCES
a. Review and rationalization of Halting/Boarding/Traveling expenses.
b. The Boarding expenses should be linked to lodging expenses.
c. The existing system of allowing banks to fix the rates of reimbursement periodically should continue with a provision to review them annually.
d. All officers should be eligible for travel by Air, irrespective of distance with Executive Class entitlement for Senior Management.
e. For places not connected by Air, Officers should be permitted to travel by st AC-I Class by rail.
f. Option to be granted for travel by road in any other mode also including own vehicle. Seeking permission of the competent authority to be done away with in case of exigency and emergent circumstances
g. Lodging & Boarding expenses and diem allowance for 15 days proposed.
DATE OF SANCTION OF ANNUAL INCREMENTS:
Increments falling due between 1 January to 30 June should be sanctioned on 1st January of the year itself. Increments falling due between 1 July to 31st December should be sanctioned on 1 July of the year itself. (In tune with 7 Pay Commission)
As promotion depends on vacancy done, everyone eligible do not get promotion. Hence there should be a running scale without stagnation.
PERQUISITES, OTHER ALLOWANCES AND WELFARE FACILITIES:
The perquisites and other allowances as well as welfare facilities provided by the banks and settled at the industry level should not be reckoned for the purpose of arriving at the cost of wage revision. It is an essential area of functional expenditure, as in the case of business promotion in other sectors of the economy. We should strive for parity in allowances, welfare facilities and perquisites. We therefore propose that the Bank should bear the tax on perquisites.
Post allowance should be reintroduced in order to provide incentive for officers for working in the most competitive sector, to compensate him for taking additional load on account of diversification, technology initiative etc.,
i. 25% of the Basic Pay should be paid as post allowance to all designated officers viz., Branch Managers, Divisional Managers, etc.,
ii. 20% of the basic to other officers.
RISK ALLOWANCE :
Risk Allowance should be introduced to provide cover to all lending risks to all sanctioning authorities at all grades as present dynamics of banking involves various types of risks beyond the normal prudence of banking.
A special care and allowance should be paid to the differently abled in terms of the Govt of India guidelines
Disturbed Area Allowance :
Disturbance Area Allowance of 20% of Basic Pay should be paid to officers working in the branches which comes under disturbed area and Terrorist prone areas called as The Red Corridor.
We have to switch over to the earlier scheme with improvement. Family also should be provided 100% reimbursement. Medical reimbursement should be exempted from tax, as it is not an income. Taxing medical reimbursement is a huge burden to the convalescing officer. IBA should take necessary steps to
Medical Check Up
Considering the stress and strain as well as the increasing health hazards, we need Master Health Check-up for the officer and his / her spouse once in two years if the officer’s age is less than 50 and every year if the officer crosses 50 years of age. This will actually keep them fit and reduce the expenditure for the Bank.
LEAVE FARE CONCESSION:
We need to review the existing scheme in a comprehensive manner.
The entitled mode of travel should be made as air travel to all officers For Senior Management Cadre it should be executive class.
The encashment of leave fare concession should be the actual expenditure he / she would have incurred had the officer traveled actually by entitled class.
RBI and NABARD provide Rs107000 per head to officers upto E grade and for F grade and above Rs 160000. The same can be extended to our officers.( Separate note annexed)
Foreign Travel to be allowed within the entitlement upto the maximum distance permissible in India.
The IBA should take up with the Government and seek exemption from payment of income tax whenever the amount is drawn on the basis of reimbursement.
The existing special allowances paid to different places should be revisited and revised in a comprehensive manner for example in places like J &K, Sikkim, North Eastern States, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands,
Lakshadweep, the red corridor and other similar centers. The hardship allowance should be redefined and new areas should be added on the basis of the norms already available. It should also be revised wherever it is already being
paid.All the officers serving in those places including those who belong to the same area should also get these allowances in order to meet the higher cost of living etc., and wherever it is paid, it should be suitably reviewed.
HILL AND FUEL ALLOWANCE & SPECIAL AREA ALLOWANCE:
Since the Bank officers are paid either of the Hill & Fuel allowance or Special Area Allowance and both are not paid in case of payment of Adhoc Temporary Incentive for officers posted in North East ( popularly known as North East Allowance). In Central Government Special Compensatory/Remote Locality allowance (Special Area Allowance in our case) is paid in addition to special duty allowance (Adhoc Temporary Incentive for officers posted in North East in our case). The North East Allowance as being paid @ 20 % of Basic pay the rate of both the allowances should be suitably revised as prevailing in Central Government. The rates of this allowance shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay structure goes up by 50%
There is no uniformity in payment of deputation allowance paid to bank officers. The allowance should be suitably revised and made uniform in the industry.
The concept of minimum exgratia should be reintroduced in a rational manner. Exgratia is now available to all the Employees in Private Sector Banks, Foreign Banks etc., which has created a serious differential in the emoluments between the workforce in the Public Sector and other sectors. It is also prevalent in Govt. Sector such as Railways/ Postal and in Public Sector Undertakings and paid during festivals. Hence, an amount equivalent to not less than one month’s gross salary should be paid as exgratia to all.
COMMERCIAL BANKING ALLOWANCE:
In view of the onerous responsibilities of conducting commercial banking operations involving risk, officers should be paid Commercial Banking Allowance as prevailing in the Reserve Bank of India. (Central Banking Allowance).