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Revised scales of pay panel report out
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Oct 30 – The State Government today released the major recommendations of the Assam Pay Commission 2008 made for the revision of pay scales of the government employees. This is expected to bring an end to the speculations on the recommendations of the Pay Commission. The Commission, headed by former bureaucrat Bhaskar Baruah, had submitted its report to the Chief Minister on October 15. The Commission has recommended a distinct grade pay to every post, barring that of the Commissioner and Secretary, and they correspond to those of the Central Government employees. As per the recommendations of the commission, minimum pay of a State Government employee will be Rs 5,860 (Rs 4,560 as pay in the pay band plus Rs 1,300 as grade pay), which is above the norm of the 15th International Labour Conference. The maximum pay at the level of Commissioner and Secretary shall be Rs 55,000, said an official press release here.

Annual increment shall be paid at the rate of 1 per cent of the total of pay in the pay band and the corresponding grade pay. The date of annual increment, in all cases shall be the first of July. Employees completing six months and above in the grade as on July 1 shall be eligible for annual increment.

Besides, the Commission has recommended introduction of a new scheme – increment based on performance (IEOP). In this scheme, annual open assessment of employees shall be done by the Assessing Officer. An employee can earn up to additional 2 per cent increment over and above the normal increment based on his/her performance, said the official press release..

According to the official press release, the Pay Commission has recommended introduction of running pay bands for all posts in the Government below the level of Commissioner and Secretary.

Five distinct running pay bands are recommended — one running band each for all categories of employees in existing Class II, III and IV and two running pay bands for existing Class I posts. The basic pay drawn as on January 1, 2006 on the existing pay scales is multiplied by a factor of 1.86 to derive pay in the running pay band, said the press release.

Grade Pay will determine the status of a post. A senior post is given higher grade pay. The total number of grades is 30, which are spread across five distinct running pay bands.

The pay band (PB) one recommended by the Pay Commission includes three existing scales beginning from Rs 2,450 – Rs 3,670 to Rs 2,530- Rs 4,390. The grade pay suggested for these existing scales are Rs 1,300, Rs 1,400 and Rs 1,600. For this band, the pay scale suggested by the Commission is in the range of Rs 4,560-Rs 15,000.

The PB-II includes the ten existing pay scales starting from Rs 2,610-Rs 4,840 to Rs 3,580- Rs 8, 750 and the grade pay suggested for these pay scales are Rs 1,800, Rs 1,900, Rs 2,000, Rs 2,100, Rs 2,200, Rs 2,300, Rs 2,400, Rs 2,500, Rs 2,600 and Rs 2,800. For this band, the pay scale suggested by the Commission is between Rs 5,200 and Rs 20,200.

The PB III includes seven existing pay scales starting from Rs 4,300 –Rs 9,075 to Rs 4,300- Rs 11,025 and the grade pay suggested for these pay scales are Rs 4,200, Rs 4,300, Rs 4,500, Rs 4,600, Rs 4,700, Rs 4,900, and Rs 5,100. For this band, the pay scale suggested by the Commission is Rs 8,000 to Rs 35,000.

The PB- IV includes nine existing pay scales starting from Rs 4,390- Rs 11, 425 to Rs 10,375 -16,050. The grade pay suggested for these pay scales are Rs 5,400, Rs 5,900, Rs 6100, Rs 6,300, Rs 6400, Rs 6,600, Rs 7,200, Rs 7,400 and Rs 7,600. For this band, the pay scale suggested by the Commission ranges between Rs 12,000 and Rs 40,000.

The PB-V includes the existing pay scale of Rs 11,025 – 17,000 and the grade pay suggested for the scale is Rs 8,700. For this band, the pay scale suggested by the Commission is between Rs 26,000 and Rs 45,000.

The Commission has recommended no change in the existing system of granting Dearness Allowance (DA) at par with that of the Central Government. For the purpose of calculation of DA, pay in pay band plus grade pay will be taken as the base.

In the case of the pensioners of the State Government, the Commission has said that all past pensioners are to be allowed fitment benefit equal to 40 per cent of the basic pension in addition to the dearness relief at the rate of 86 per cent of the basic pension as on January 1, 2006. This is inclusive of the 50 per cent dearness pension.

The Commission has said that the qualifying service to receive full superannuation pension is brought down to 20 years instead of the existing 33 years. The amount of DCRG has also been recommended for suitable enhancement, said the press release.

It needs mention here that the State Government has formed a committee to examine the report of the Pay Commission and concretize the actions points on it. The committee is to submit the action points before the State Government within November 30.