GRATUITY CEILING RS.20 LAKH W.E.F 29/03/2018 - DEMAND FOR EFFECTIVE DATE 01/01/2016
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A fervant appeal is made to Prime Minister of India, Finance Minister and Minister of Labour and Employment.
ALL ARE EQUAL BEFORE LAW. It is a Constitutional Right. All Labours/Employees are EQUAL.
The cause of this petition has arisen due to enhancement of Gratuity Ceiling from Rs.10 lacs to Rs.20 Lacs vide two Notifications of Central Government under Ministry of Labour and Employment dated 29/03/2018 which read inter alia:
S.O. 1420 (E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 4 of the Payment of Gratuity
Act, 1972 (39 of 1972), the Central Government hereby specifies that the amount of gratuity payable to an employee under the said Act shall not exceed twenty lakh rupees.
S.O. 1419(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Payment of Gratuity
(Amendment) Act, 2018 (12 of 2018), the Central Government hereby appoints the 29th day of March, 2018 as the date on which the said Act shall come into force.
We are all aware that Central Government Employees were awarded enhancement of Gratuity Limis from Rs.10 Lacs to Rs.20 Lacs with effect from 01/01/2016 under 7th Pay Recommendations as one of the Employees Welfare Measures to compensate raising inflation over the period. Based on the implementations of this welfare measures, the Employees from other industries Public Sector Banks, Insurance, Public Sector Undertakings, represented by serval unions/organizations made an appeal to the government to extend the same welfare measures to all with effect from 01/01/2016 by necessary amendment to Gratuity Act. Finally the Government introduced the Gratuity Amendment Bill in Dec.2017 in Lok Sabha and after passage by LS the same was forwarded to Rajya Sabha in March.2018. After passage in Rajya Sabha and an Amendment was made to empower the Governement to announce Change in quantum of Gratuity Limit and effective date.
But to the disappointment of many Employees, the Government came out with a notification to enahance Gratuity Limit to Rs.20 Lacs as above effective from Appointed Date 29/03/2018 as against the demand from 01/01/2016 depriving the employees in other sectors in distress and frustrations.
This is really a step motherly treatment of the government towards other sectors like Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Undertakings, Public Sector Insurance, Private Sectors etc. The main purpose of Gratuity is the Social Security Welfare Measure towards Employees in all sectors. Every Employee has a right to claim their bonafide Rights equally with others in the same group.
We the working Class, as the Dutiful Citizens of India, contribute to the Government Coffins all the time by ways of paying Income Tax promptly (100%) whereas the contribution from the several others who are in Business/Trades/ Profession is in very negligible percentage in our Country, the fact is well known by the Government, and this is the reason that we the Working Class is entitled to get suitable compensation/incentive from the Government. But it should be implemented uniformly to all working class.
The Government, if it is really interested in the welfare of the employees in the other sectors like Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Undertakings, Public Sector Insurance, other Private Sectors etc. should come forward with a favourabale decision of changing the effective date from 01/01/2016. It may also be noted that recently the Government of Tamil Nadu which implemented 7th Commission Pay Scale to its employees have extended this facility w.e.f. 01/01/2016.
I am a retired Public Sector Bank Employee and has served the institution for more than 3 decades tirelessly in the services of the general public and in implementation of the various government schmes through PSBs. The hard work rendered by us in the public service definitely need recognitions and support from the Government in extending the liberal benefits on par with other employees of the government. Our demand is genuine and the number of beneficiaries may not be very high and is government is bound to HONOUR ITS WORK FORCE EQUALLY IN ALL SECTORS.
The appeal is made with a hope that the government hears voices of its citizens and responds positively to every genuine demands.
I also appeal to all Trade Unions to represent the work force on this count and help them to benefit and get justice for this GENUINE DEMAND
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