Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sixth Pay Commission Report Highlights | 6th Pay Commission Highlights

6th Pay Commission has been finally approved by the cabinet on 14th of August 2008 and the Prime Minister Mr.Manmohan Singh would give a briefing about the report at the Independence Day Speech on 15th August 2008.

Sixth Pay Commission Report which was presented 3 months back by the Pay Commission has generated lot of questions and interest among the Goverment Employees. Lot of Central Government Employees waiting for the Good news have got it from the Government approving the 6th Pay Commission.

Highlights of Sixth Pay Commission Report 2008

Basic Salary Revised to minimum of Rs 7000.
Maximum Basic Salary is Rs. 90000 which is to the Cabinet Secretary.
National Holidays in a Year - 3 (Gazette Holidays in India to be cancelled).
Maternity Leave increased to 6 Months.
Pay hike to the employees will be given from January 01, 2006 to all the employees including pensioneers.
Education Allowances for employees who have upto two children increased to Rs. 1,000 per month (Earlier, it was Rs. 100).
HRA in A-1 Cities is unchanged and is currenlty 30% .
HRA in A, B, B-1 Cities is now 20%.
Increase in Transport Allowance at the lowest level to Rs.600 (from Rs.400 in A-1/A class cities recommended by the Sixth CPC) and Rs.400 (from Rs.300 in other cities recommended by the Sixth CPC).

New Incentive Schemes to be announced
New Medical Insurance for government employees to be launched soon.
Total number of salary grades to be reduced from 35 to 20.

Scientists and Other Professionals that require high skill sets will be paid on Market-driven approach.

Government has continued the present position of granting Group A scale to Group B officers after 4 years of service and these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by the Sixth CPC. This would benefit Group B officers of the Railways, Accounts Services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS & DANIPS.

The government increased the minimum entry level salary of a government employee to Rs 7,000 against Rs 6,660 recommended by the Commission headed by Justice B N Srikrishna who submitted the report in March this year.

Consequently, it would push up the total emoluments of an employee at the lowest level beyond Rs 10,000 per month including allowances.

It also increased the rate of annual increment from 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent.

While civilians would get this after 10, 20 and 30 years of service, defence forces jawans would be promoted under ACP after 8, 16 and 24 years.

Group D personnel to stay (peons in ministries and porters in Railways).

For the Railway employees who are in receipt of Running Allowance, this allowance will be taken into account while fixing their pay in revised pay bands;

For Doctors, the Cabinet has approved promotions under the Dynamic ACP Scheme upto Senior Administrative Grade (Joint Secretary level) for Doctors with 20 years of service. Counting of Dearness Allowance (DA) on Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) as on 01.01.2006 for fixing their pay in revised pay bands has also been approved;

For the scientists, continuation of the existing system of grant of Special Pay of Rs.2000 p.m. to Scientists G on promotion and doubling of the amount to Rs.4000 p.m. in Departments of Space and Atomic Energy and Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has been recommended.

Further, the IPS Pay Rules and the Indian Forest Service Pay Rules will be appropriately modified to provide in each State cadre one post of DGP and one post of PCCF at the apex level of Rs.80000 for heading their respective Forces.

For the officers of Central Para Military Forces, all the posts of Additional DIG upgraded to DIG level by the Pay Commission to continue to be manned by the cadre officers of CPMFs;

As replacement of the pay scale of Rs.24050-26000, a separate pay scale has been carved for DGPs, PCCFs, GM (Railways), members of the Boards of Income Tax, Customs & Central Excise, Postal and Ordnance Factories, among others, who were in this pre-revised scale. This would take them to the level of Rs.80000 in two years as against three years in the pre-revised scale.

Middle level Police and Civilian officers i.e. DIGs, Conservator of Forests, Scientists E & F, Superintending Engineers, Directors, Additional Commissioners of Income Tax and Central Excise and posts in equivalent grades have also been placed in PB-4.

No Cabinet Secretary rank for Intelligence Bureau chief, the three Service chiefs or the Chairman, Railway Board.

Sixth Pay Commission Report for Military, Armed , Air and Naval Forces
The rates of Special Forces Allowance for Army and Air Force to be equated with navy’s Marine Commando Allowance;

Promotions to all defece forces is approved at least three promotions personnel and civilian employees under the modified Assured Career Progression scheme.

Military service pay for persons below the officer rank (POBR) would be Rs 2,000 per month.
Significant hike in salaries of Brigadiers: they move to Pay Band 4 (Rs 39,200-67,000) from the suggested Pay Band 3 (Rs 15,600-39,100).

The government for the first time approved Military Service Pay for armed forces personnel, under which officers would get Rs 6,000 over and above their pay per month.

DIG-scale abolished in IPS and Indian Forest Service.

The salaries of Brigadiers will be in Pay Band 4 (Rs 39,200-67,000) as against the suggested pay band 3 (Rs 15,600 - 39,100) previously.

The lowest limit of disability pension for defence personnel would be doubled to Rs 3100 a month.

Sixth Pay Commission Approval by the Government has brought joy to many employees in the Central Government. Currently State Government employees would be waiting for their Governments to approve and implement the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission Report.