Published On: Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission proposes field staff pay parity with secretariat staff

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission on Thursday proposed to restore field staff pay parity with the central secretariat staff for coming under uniform pay package in its 900-page report, which was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by the commission, headed justice A K Mathur.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday receiving the report of Seventh Pay Commission from its Chairman Justice A K Mathur.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday receiving the report of Seventh Pay Commission from its Chairman Justice A K Mathur.

The Pay Commission decided similar ranks and salaries for the field staff and central secretariat staff.

The Assistants and Section Officers get pay grade Rs 4600 and Rs 4800 in central Secretariat service while the Assistants and Section Officers in field offices get pay grade Rs 4200 and Rs 4600 respectively.

The field staff had demanded pay parity earlier before Sixth Pay Commission and that commission accepted it but the government didn’t give its nod about it.

The field staff again put their demand of  pay parity before the new Pay Commission to permanent settle this matter on the following grounds.

The Assistants in central secretariat were recruited through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) till 1986 and field staff through Staff Selection Commission (SSC). So, they are they were allowed to to retain an ‘edge’.

The recruitment of Assistants in central secretariat was also brought under the SSC in 1987 and is now carried out through a common examination called the Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) and an All India Merit List.

It is to note that there is no difference in the nature of functions discharged by both staff in central secretariat and field offices.

The Assistants in central secretariat and Assistants in field offices, the examination process is common although the grade pay for the two sets are different i.e Rs 4,600 and Rs 4,200 respectively.

Every pay commission from Fourth Pay Commission to Sixth Pay Commission had recommended for field staff pay parity with central secretariat staff but the central government had not accepted it. This is elucidated in the table below:

Pay Parity

It may be seen from the above table that the recommendations of successive Pay Commissions with regard to pay of Assistants in central Secretariat, even if initially implemented, the central government has invariably modified at a later point and they have been placed at one higher level. As a corollary to this, the level of Section Officers in central Secretariat also is at one level higher than that of Section Officers in the field.

After considering the above facts, the Seventh Pay Commission strongly recommended that the level of Assistants in central Secretariat be brought at par with Assistants in the field offices who are presently drawing Grade Pay 4200.

So, in the new pay matrix the Assistants of both central Secretariat as well as field offices will come to lie in Level 6 in the pay matrix  and pay fixed accordingly. This level corresponds to pre-revised Grade Pay 4200. The corresponding posts in the Stenographers cadre will also follow similar pay parity between field and central Secretariat staff.

Consequently,  Section Officers of both central Secretariat as well as field offices will come to lie in Level 7 in the pay matrix  and pay fixed accordingly.

However, the pay of those Assistants and Stenographers who have, in the past, been given higher Grade pay would be protected.

The Commission also recommends withdrawal of non-functional selection grade to Grade Pay 4200 in respect of Upper Division Clerks in central Secretariat, which is not exist in field offices in current  scenario.

The Seventh Pay Commission recommended to make field staff pay parity with central secretariat staff but it is the big matter, will the central government accept it without a question?

The government may accept  the pay  in Level 7 in the new pay matrix, corresponds to current Grade Pay 4600 for the Assistants of both central Secretariat as well as field offices  as  the dispute between over pay parity is to be permanent settled. 

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