Thursday, July 15, 2010

Old Increment falls between 1st February to 1st June

DOPT CIRCULAR ON REVISION OF OPTION NOT BENEFICIAL TO ANY EMPLOYEE - NEEDS EARLY MODIFICATIONS.

Recently the Government has issued an OM vide F.No. 7/14/2010-E III (A) dated 05.07.2010 allowing revision of option exercised under rule 6 of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 till 31.12.2010. I wonder whether it is going to be beneficial to employees whose date of increment falls between 1st February 2006 to 1st June 2006. No doubt the officers/staff who had got ACP or PROMOTION during this period might get benefited. But in the larger interest of employees who are at a loss just because their increment date fell between 1st February 2006 to 1st June 2006, the OM needs immediate revision.
Consider the case where employees ‘X’ and ‘Y’ drawing the same pay (pre-revised) and getting their increments on 01-02-2006. If ‘X’ exercises the option to get his salary fixed on his increment date, i.e. 01-02-2006, no doubt he will be placed at a much higher level in the new pay band. But to get the first increment in the revised pay band he has to wait till July 2007. On the other hand, ‘Y’ opts and gets his pay fixed as on 01-01-2006 and gets his first increment in the new pay band on 01.07.2006. Now pay of ‘X’ will fall below that of ‘Y’. This is because the increment in the pre-revised scale is nowhere near the increment of 3% of the total salary in the revised scale. Hence it is not beneficial to ‘X’ and all others getting their pay fixed after drawing increment (pre-revised) in the month of March, April, May and June 2006. Those employees who opt for fixation on a later date than 01-01-2006, will not get their increment on 01-07-2006 since the condition of minimum qualifying service of six months to draw an increment will not satisfied.
The qualifying service is relaxed as per circular No. 16/2/2009-Estt.(Pay I) dated 02.07.2010 in the case of -
(i) EOL granted due to inability of a Government servant to join or rejoin duty on account of civil commotion.
(ii) EOL granted to a Government servant for prosecuting higher technical and scientific studies.
Hence any employee will be at a loss if he opts for fixation on date of his increment in the month of February 2006 to June 2006. Hence the Government should modify the circular as below: 
1. In the case of those whose increment had fallen on the February 2006 to June, 2006 the annual increment be pre-dated to 01.01.2006. This issue has already been discussed in the anomaly committee as per reports. 
2. Fix the pay on the date of increment for February 2006 to June 2006 and also grant first increment in the revised pay band on 01-07-2006 duly waiving the qualifying service condition of six months for drawing increment as a onetime measure to rectify the anomaly. If this is done I hope most of the anomalies that arose from the implementation of 6th Central Pay commission will be set right.

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Siddhartha
DDK KOLKATA 

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