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Pay panel stumbles on typing errors
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab Pay Commission has informed the Election Commission of typographical errors in its report. It is not clear why the Commission felt it necessary to bring typographical mistakes to the notice of the EC. But a perusal of the communication (a copy of which is available with The Tribune) does leave the reader to wonder at the imagination of the typist.

Pay commission member secretary RC Nayyar has forwarded a letter in this regard to the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu informing her office of this development. The letter is dated April 21. The letter states that after submission of the commission’s report, it was observed that some paras have typographical mistakes and that they have been now “corrected”. It says a copy of the error-free report had been forwarded to the office of Punjab Infotech so that appropriate changes could be made in the web site of the commission.

mistakes or second thoughts
Designation Present pay scale Revised pay scale Revised upgraded pay scale
    Pay band Grade pay Pay band Grade pay
JBT, ETT, Head, Teacher 4550-7220 5910
3000 10300
Craft & vernacular teacher 5000-8100
10300 4400

As reported earlier, the Fifth Pay Commission submitted its recommendations to the state government earlier this week and the government has publicly declared its resolve to implement them in full. It remains to be seen, however, if the government goes ahead with the implementation even after the pay commission has corrected the “mistakes”.

The claim of “typographical mistakes” has raised eyebrows in the capital because of the clear anomalies between the original and the corrected pay-scales. While typographical mistakes can occur in one or two places and thus wrongly represent a figure or two, the wholesale “misrepresentation”, as claimed by the commission secretary RC Nayyar, appears unusual, if not unlikely.

But, assuming the state government accepts the corrected report, some sections of employees can look forward to a even greater bonanza than what was promised to them by the report with errors.

According to a study of the revised upgraded pay of nursing staff and teachers as well as the changes made in the dynamic progression scheme of various other categories of employees who are involved in public dealing, there has been an upward revision in their scales. The changes made in the revised pay scales can hardly be called typographical errors.

For instance in the case of teachers the entire pay band and grades have been changed. For example in case of head teachers the earlier pay scale of Rs 5,910-Rs 20,200 has been revised to Rs 10,300-Rs 34,800. Similarly, in the case of nursing staff, the grade pay of a staff nurse has been revised to Rs 4,600 from the earlier Rs 3,200. The grade pay of matrons has been revised from Rs 4,200 to Rs 5,400.

The pay commission has also dramatically revised the revised pay structure under the dynamic career progression scheme. In case of PCS officers the existing scheme of Rs 7,880-Rs 13,500 has been revised to Rs 15,600-Rs 39,100 till fourteen years of service. After 14 years it has been revised to Rs 37,400-Rs 67,000.



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