Over 50 lakh government employees, including the armed forces personnel, will be receiving an enhanced pay packet beginning 1st September, with the govt on Friday notifying the revised recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC).
The much-awaited CPC proposals rpt proposals had received a seal of approval from the union cabinet a fortnight ago after it amended certain recommendations of the Justice Sri Krishna-led Pay Commission that submitted its report to the government on 24th March 24 this year.
The CPC recommendations and the subsequent government decision with regard to revised scales of pay and dearness allowance for civilian employees of the central government would be made retrospectively effective from 1st January 2006, the notification said.
However, the revised allowances, other than dearness allowance, would be effective only from 1st September this year.
On payment of arrears, the government has modified to the extent that the arrears would be paid in cash in two instalments – first instalment of 40 percent this financial year (2008-09) and the remaining 60 percent in the next financial year (2009-10).
The government has approved the setting up of a committee to examine individual, post-specific and cadre-specific anomalies. The committee should try to complete the work in one year, the notification said.
Providing for post-notification changes in the CPC report, the government said “the department specific recommendations” will be processed by concerned departments and ministries and approval of the government obtained in consultations with the Finance Ministry or Department of Personnel and Training.
The Pay Commission recommendations regarding higher pay packages of Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh per month (without house and car) for chairpersons and full-time members of five regulatory bodies — TRAI, IRDA, CERC, SEBI, and CCI — has been accepted by the government, the notification said.
However, the existing incumbents in the regulatory bodies would be offered an option to retain their present pay and allowances together with car and house or to choose the higher pay packages.
The government has granted “in principle” approval to the scheme of allowances for central para military forces of the rank of Commandant and below and other ranks in the battalions deployed in difficult areas and counter-insurgency and high altitude areas.
This decision, the notification said, was taken keeping in view the allowances granted to defence forces personnel in such or similar areas and other allowances granted to central paramilitary forces.
However, the government did away with the provision of Suraksha Sahayaks to central paramilitary forces officers with effect from a date to be fixed later.
“Meanwhile, absolutely necessary posts may be created on the basis of functional justification. The decision will also apply to similarly placed categories in other departments,” the notification said.
The government has improved Pay Bands 1, 2 and 4, as recommended by the CPC, and modified it.
While Pay Band-1 of Rs 4,800-20,200 has been modified to Rs 5,200-20,200 and Pay Band-2 from Rs 8,700-34,800 to Rs 9,300-34,800, the government improved Pay Band-4 from Rs 39,200-67,000 to Rs 37,400-67,000.
A new pay scale of Rs 75,500 (annual increment of 3 percent)-80,000 designated as ‘HAG+’ will be carved out of Pay Band-4.
With regard to fixation of pay in revised pay bands, the basic pay drawn as on 1st January 2006 on the existing 5th CPC, pay scale will be multiplied by a factor of 1.86 and then rounded off to next multiple of 10.
“This will be the pay in the revised pay band. Grade Pay, as approved by the government corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale will be then added to the Pay in the revised Pay Band. The total of pay in the pay band and grade pay will be the revised pay as on January 1, 2006,” the notification said.
“Campus” restriction for grant of transport allowance will be removed. Consequently, employees living in campuses will also be eligible for transport allowance.
Further, transport allowance for the employees at the lowest levels will be increased to Rs 600 (from Rs 400) in A-1/A class cities and Rs 400 (from Rs 300) in other towns.
LTC HAS BEEN ALLOWED WITH FAMILY TO HOME TOWN EVERY YEAR I.E 3 HOME TOWN AND ONE ALL INDIA IN EACH LTC BLOCK
CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE AND TUITION FEE REIMBURSEMENT MERGED AND Rs 1000 PER CHILD HAS BEEN ACCEPTED, HOSYEL SUBSIDY HAS BEEN RAISED TO Rs3000