Published On: Mon, Dec 7th, 2015

Govt calls meeting of central secretariat staff today to resolve issues pay commission report

New Delhi: The government has called a meeting with the all representatives of central secretariat staff today to resolve the protest of staff against the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.

DoPT  Joint Secretary Archana Varma

The meeting will be chaired by DoPT Joint Secretary Archana Varma.

The Seventh Pay Commission proposed to restore field staff pay parity with the central secretariat staff for coming under uniform pay package in its 900-page report, the central secretariat staff now get higher pay than field staff.

Unhappy with the recommendations, the representatives of central secretariat staff will meet with senior central government official in North Block on Monday to identify the issue of immediate concern that the Central secretariat brass will take up with the government.

The meeting scheduled to be chaired by Archana Varma, Joint secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) would be attended by the representatives of the Associations of Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) and Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) as well as Central secretariat Multi Tasking Staff Association representatives.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued above meeting notice on Friday.

The central secretariat staff feel the Seventh Pay Commission has lowered their status compared with the field staff in terms of basic pay.

A CCS official said the Seventh Pay Commission proposal deprived the staff of central secretariat and the Assistants of the secretariat will get same pay, equivalent to Assistants of field offices.

The Assistants of central Secretariat service now enjoy grade pay Rs 4600 while the Assistants in field offices get pay grade Rs 4200.

The Seventh Pay Commission decided similar ranks and salaries for the field staff and central secretariat staff. Hence the commission downgraded grade pay of the Assistants of central Secretariat service from Rs 4600 to Rs 4200.

The recruitment of Assistants in central secretariat and field offices is carried out through a common examination called the Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) on the basis of All India Merit List and there is no difference in the nature of functions discharged by both staff in central secretariat and field offices.

Every pay commission from Fourth Pay Commission to Sixth Pay Commission had recommended for pay parity of Assistants in field offices with Assistants of central secretariat service 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 of central secretariat service, even if initially implemented, the central government has invariably modified at a later point and they have been placed at one higher level. 

Accordingly, 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.

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, which has become a bone of contention between both them.

The staff of central secretariat want to enjoy higher salaries and benefits in future like the existing pay structure. Although their salaries and benefits discreased in the proposed structure, the allocation was downgraded one level.

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. 

TST

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