Increment Issue Retiring on 30th Jun and 31st December – NFIR
Grant of increment on notional basis on 1st January & 1st of July to those employees retiring on 30th June/31st of December – Apex Court order
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 055
The Secretary (Pers),
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Sub: Grant of increment on notional basis on 1st January & 1st of July to those employees retiring on 30th June/31st of December – Apex Court order-reg.
Pursuant to the implementation of the recommendations of 6th CPC, the Staff Side of National Council (JCM) had raised the demand, urging that the Central Government Employees including Railway employees who complete one year service as on 30th June and 31st December every year should be granted one increment notionally on 1st January or 1st July for calculating settlement benefit of those employees who retire on 30th, June or 31st December each year.
The Government however did not agree to the demand on the plea that allowing increment is not covered under the rules.
In the above context, NFIR desires to bring to the notice of MoF that the High Court at Madras was approached by some employees through Writ Petition No. 15732/2017 praying relief in the matter.
On 15/09/2017, the High Court at Madras decided on the Writ Petition and passed order as follows:‑
“Para-7 The Petitioner herein had completed one full year service as on 30/06/2013, but the increment fell due on 01/07/2013, on which date he was not in service.
In view of the above Judgment of this Court, naturally he has to be treated as having completed one full year of service, though the date of increment falls on the next day of his retirement.
Applying the said one notional increment for the period from 01/07/2012 to 30/06/2013, as he has completed one full year of service, though his increment fell on 01/07/2013, for the purpose of pensionary benefits and not for any other purpose”.
Against the above order of the High Court an SLP was filed by the Government of India before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, which was however dismissed by the Apex Court.
The legal position as established above clearly indicates that the employee who has completed one full year service as on 30th June or 31st December, as the case may be, should be granted one notional increment despite the fact that the increment falls on 1st July or 1st January of the year.
The Federation cites following illustration to prove our contention:-
“An employee who has completed one full year of service as on 30th June (date of birth being 30th June or 1st July) and 31st of December (date of birth being 31st December or 1st January) is eligible to get one notional increment for the period from 01/07/2018.
Similarly an employee is eligible to get one notional increment for the period from 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018 even though the increment falls on 01/01/2019 whose date of retirement is 31/12/2018″.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Secretary, MoF to kindly consider the above points and see that instructions are issued to all Ministries/Departments to grant increment on notional basis to the staff in the situations mentioned above to calculate the terminal/retirement benefits and also revise these benefits in favour of those who have already retired. A copy of instructions issued may kindly be endorsed to the Federation.
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S JAGANNATHAN says
I have retired on superannuation on 30thJune 2012. Am I eligible for one notional increment on 1st July 2012?
Not yet any order so far.
Ganesh Dutt Khulbe says
I am retired from Central Govt. Deptt. on 30.06.2018. please advice whether I am entitled for one extra increment for pensionery benefits. Also please intimate whether above matter is under process for all similarly retired Govt. Servants?
I am going to retire in the month of June of this year whether I am entitled increment of July, if yes under what provisions of Maharashtra Civil Services (Pay) Rule or otherwise any Government Resolution in this respect
As the judgment is in personam, and not in rem, please seek legal advice
Shri Nath Yadav Retired Asstt.Administrator USOF,Deptt.of Telecoms Sanchar Bhawan New Delhi. says
Those completing six month or more period of duty/service on a given stage under 6thCPC before 30th june are also eligible for increment on 1st July.Under6CPC employees retired on 30th June may fall into two categories-those who got their last increments exactly one year back but retired on 30th June. Second category include those retirees who got promotion to higher post between 2nd July and 31st December and have thus completed 6 or more months making them eligible for next increment on 1st July immediately following the date of their retirement on 30June,the preceding day. Further it added that under FR26(a) all duty on time scale counts for increment in that time scale. Since Fundamental Rules are framed under article 309 of the Indian Constitution, no authority in administration can deny the benefit of his/her duty as government whether it is given to employees on actual basis or to retirees of 30th June on notional basis. This is the position of FR26 since 1967.Unfortunately under government the date of increments remained changing in the past The peculiar case came only when under 6thCPC a uniform date of increments is fixed as July 1st.The position of qualifying Duty/service under FR 26 for increment rendered by retirees of 30thJune deserves favourable clarification for grant of increment on July 1st. Government must come forward with speaking decision as to how it intends to give the reward of services rendered to government. It is done for the employees who are continuing in service but how can a government forfeit the benefit of FR26 framed under article 309 of the Indian constitution the retirees of June30th.