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6th Pay Panel
New Year gift for Haryana staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
With an eye on the forthcoming election season, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, benefitting 3.5 lakh employees to the tune of 20 to 25 per cent each.

The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, cleared the recommendations made by the Pay Revision Committee (PRC) constituted under the chief secretary.

To be made effective from January 1, 2006, this move will give maximum benefit to teachers and nurses. While the employees would be given revised pay from January 2009, 40 per cent of the arrears of pay will be paid in cash in 2008-09. However, the revision in allowances will be effective from January 2009.

Addressing a press conference, the Chief Minister said Haryana was the first state in the country to have implemented the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission from January 1, 2006, and to have paid arrears in cash to its employees. With the revision, net additional burden in the year 2008-09 and 2009-10 would be Rs 6,431.26 crore.

The Cabinet accepted the committee’s proposal not to follow the Government of India’s decision with regard to discontinuing recruitment of Class IV employees as also not to follow the CPC recommendation to merge several pay scales.

He said on the pattern of the Government of India, the Cabinet also accepted the PRC recommendations to upgrade the pre-revised pay scales of certain cadres. Prominent among these were the posts of JBT teachers, masters, school lecturers, headmasters, police constables, ASI and inspectors and the nursing cadre and Radiographers in the Health Department.

He said it had also been decided to upgrade the pre-revised pay scales of posts carrying essential qualification of degree in law, engineering or MBBS from Rs 6,500-9,900 and Rs 6,500-10,500 to Rs 7,450-11,500. Prominent posts upgraded in this manner were posts of ADA in the Prosecution Department and the posts of project officer in the Renewable Energy Department.

The Chief Minister said it had also been decided to upgrade the pre-revised pay scales of a number of posts. The CM explained that the Cabinet approved the introduction of cadre specific ACP schemes for various departments and the general ACP scheme to cover all Group A and B employees who are not otherwise covered under any cadre specific ACP scheme. The general ACP scheme had also been expanded to provide financial upgradation after 10, 20 and 30 years of regularly satisfactory service, if an employee faced stagnation in service.

The rates of various allowances had also been increased substantially. The Cabinet approved ad valorem rates of non-practicing allowance. While the doctors of the PGIMS, Rohtak, would get NPA at 25 per cent of the basic pay, the HCMS doctors would get NPA at 20 per cent of the basic pay. The dentists, Ayush doctors and veterinary doctors would get NPA at 15 per cent of the basic pay.

He said the HRA for government employees and allowances to employees of the police department had also been doubled. On LTC, he said after every four years, one month pay of the employee would be paid to him as payment of LTC and he would not have to submit any bill for the payment of LTC.



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