Punjab’s sixth pay panel recommends bonanza for govt employees with effect from 2016 : The Tribune India

Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh, Could 4

In a serious bonanza for presidency staff, the sixth Pay Fee of the Punjab authorities has beneficial an over two-fold improve in salaries of all staff, with improve in minimal pay from Rs 6,950 to Rs 18,000 per thirty days, with retrospective impact from January 1, 2016.

The Fee has advised main hikes in wage and different main advantages, and likewise substantial improve in allowances for presidency staff. The common increment in salaries and pensions of staff is anticipated within the vary of 20%, with salaries in for a 2.59 instances improve over the fifth Pay Fee suggestions.  All main allowances are proposed to be revised upward, translating into 1.5 instances to 2 instances improve, with rationalisation in sure allowances, as per the suggestions of the sixth Pay Fee.

The report, which was submitted to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh not too long ago, has been despatched to the Finance Division for detailed research and instructions for putting it earlier than the Cupboard this month for additional motion. The report, as per authorities’s dedication within the Vidhan Sabha, is to be applied from July 1 this 12 months.

By the way, the report comes at a time when the state’s economic system is already deeply harassed and the monetary scenario is precarious, amid Coivd, with taxes not going up and even GST compensation slated to finish from subsequent 12 months. The Finance Division will look at the varied implications earlier than submitting the report back to the Cupboard for additional motion.

In accordance with a spokesperson of the CM’s workplace, important hike has been proposed within the report in Pensions and DA, whereas Fastened Medical Allowance and Loss of life-cum-Retirement Gratuity are beneficial to be doubled beneath the scheme advised by the sixth Pay Fee. Whereas mounted medical allowance has been beneficial to be doubled to Rs 1,000 per thirty days for workers in addition to pensioners uniformly, the utmost restrict of Loss of life-cum-Retirement Gratuity is proposed to be enhanced from  Rs 10 lakh to  Rs 20 lakh.

Enhancement in ex-gratia grant charges within the case of demise of presidency worker, as additionally in case of demise in harness straight attributable to the obligation carried out, is one other key advice geared toward benefitting authorities staff. That is important in view of the prevailing pandemic disaster, the place numerous authorities staff are working as frontline staff, with a lot of them dropping their lives within the line of obligation.

The Fee has additionally advised doubling of design allowance to engineering employees and Package upkeep allowance to Police personnel, with cellular allowance enhancement various from  Rs 375 to Rs 750.

Whereas implementation of the suggestions regarding pay and pension has been beneficial from January 1, 2016, these regarding allowances are beneficial from the date of notification by the federal government. Suggestions of the Fee would prone to result in an extra expenditure of  Rs 3,500 crore every year w.e.f. January 1, 2016, stated an official spokesperson.

The Fee has additional beneficial that the current system of dearness allowance on Central sample ought to proceed and dearness allowance be transformed into Dearness Pay every time the index will increase by 50%, to be counted for all functions, together with retirement advantages. For Pensions, the revision advised by the Fee is by the applying of a easy issue of two.59. Additional, Pension ought to proceed to be paid on the charge of 50% of the final pay drawn, on completion of 25 years of qualifying service, as per the Fee suggestions.

In addition to recommending a easy, clear and straightforward to implement Pay Matrix for all Punjab authorities staff, the Fee has advised that previous age allowance for pensioners and household pensioners, on the current intervals of 5 years from the age of 65 years onwards, ought to proceed on revised pension. It has additionally beneficial commutation of pension to be restored to 40%.

Although the prevailing classification of the classes of cities for HRA is proposed to be retained, with rationalisation in home lease allowance by an element of 0.eight of the prevailing charges and calculated as a share of fundamental pay, the Fee has beneficial introduction of a number of new allowance classes, together with larger training allowance within the type of lump sum charge for all staff buying larger qualification.

As a part of the rationalisation course of, the Fee has beneficial abolition of all varieties of particular pay and any add-ons within the fundamental pay by any nomenclature. It has additionally rationalised the adjustments made on the suggestions of the Cupboard Sub-committee in 2011.

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