Seventh Pay Commission: Non-secretariat staff upset over pay disparity with secretariat staff
New Delhi: As the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to submit its report on raising the salaries and allowances for central government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley within December, non-central secretariat staff across the country are a seething lot.
In fact, the Assistants and Section Officers get pay grade Rs 4600 and Rs 4800 in central Secretariat service while the Assistants and Section Officers of non-central secretariat service get pay grade Rs 4200 and Rs 4600 respectively. Not only this but also the non-functional pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 (PB-3)+Rs 5400 (Grade Pay) is admissible to the Section Officers of the central Secretariat service on completion of 4 years service in that grade but no such system for the Section Officers of non-central secretariat service and this has led to much heartburn of non-central secretariat staff.
Non-central secretariat staff reiterated their demand to ensure parity with the central Secretariat staff, they seemed unsure about whether or not the Seventh Pay Commission would accept their pay anomalies which, they added, they had demanded such type of pay parity before Sixth Pay Commission also and the commission accepted it but the government didn’t give its nod about it.
Before Sixth Pay Commission implementation, the respective pay scales of Rs 6500-10500 and 5000-8000 existed for Assistants in central Secretariat and non central Secretariat and pay scales 7500-12000 and Rs 6500-10500 existed for Section Officers in central Secretariat and non central Secretariat. The Section Officers in central Secretariat also got the pay scale of Rs.8000-13500 on completion of four years service in the lower scale of 7500-12000 while pay scale of Section Officers of non-central secretariat service was never upgraded in the same post.
A newly recruited Group A officer begins with the pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 (PB-3)+Rs 5400 (Grade Pay) but central Secretariat service staff begin their group A service on the promotion of Under Secretary with the pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 (PB-3)+Rs 6600 (Grade Pay).
Complaints have been raised against the above the anomalies in the Seventh Pay Commission.
Alleging that the central government has taken a number of steps time to time to give higher pay to the central Secretariat service staff at the cost of non-central secretariat service staff.
The non-central secretariat service staff raised their voice to get paid equally as their counterparts central Secretariat staff before Seventh Pay Commission. The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to advice to make a equal in pay disparity with central secretariat staff but it is the big matter, will the government accept it without a question?