16.44 per cent ‘hike’ in pay for Assam govt employees

GUWAHATI, Nov 28: The 7th Assam Pay and Productivity Pay Commission has recommended 16.44 per cent increase in pay to state government employees, with minimum fixed pay at Rs 15,900 and highest at Rs 1,30,000.

This was revealed by state Finance minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma while making public the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, which had submitted its report earlier this month.

Applying the Aykroyd Formula for determining the minimum pay fixed at Rs 15,900, 2.62 times the minimum pay recommended by the Assam Pay Commission 2008. This implies a real increase of 16.44 per cent over the previous minimum pay.

The Commission has recommended a maximum pay of Rs1,30,000 as fixed pay and with this the ratio of the maximum pay to minimum pay has become 8.18 as against 9.08 in case of the earlier Pay Commission.

Rate of increment has been recommended as 3 per cent to be added on 1st July every year and employees completing three months or above in the grade as on July 1, shall be eligible for such increment.

The Commission has recommended a Modified scheme of Assured Career Progression.

Recommendations of APC 2008 regarding creation of Assam Administrative Service have been reiterated and measures have been suggested to make it a better tool for administrative transformation.

The Commission has recommended city compensatory allowance for employees working in Guwahati and special allowance for the Special Branch personnel.

Additional quantum of pension equivalent to 20 per cent of the pension drawn by the pensioners above 80 years of age has been recommended.

Family pension equal to the original pension is recommended till 7 years after the death of the pensioner or till the date the pensioner would have attained the age of 67 years, whichever is earlier.

However, in case of an employee who dies before retirement, the original pension will continue for ten years with a ceiling of 67 years of age.

The Commission has also proposed equalisation of pay for the ministerial staff of district establishments and director level establishments.

A number of issues, raised by different departments have been examined and necessary recommendations have made in respect of these issues.

The matter relating to productivity pay has been closely examined and it has recommended that before introducing any scheme for such pay certain other preliminary actions should be taken.

The financial implication of the recommendations for the year 2017-18 is estimated to be Rs 3,238.28 crore of which Rs 2,942.07 crore are for the revision of salary and pension.

The Commission has taken January 1, 2016 as the date for calculation minimum pay etc. and has recommended April 1, 2017 as the date of effect for these recommendations. All allowances and benefits recommended by the Commission shall have prospective effect.  (UNI)

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