Gangtok, 17 Aug:

The CMO has directed the Department of Personnel to issue necessary orders 'urgently' to increase the salaries of ad-hoc employees and has detailed the revised salaries to be notified, as per a communiqué from the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister to the Commissioner cum Secretary, DoP on Wednesday.

Henceforth, the salary of Medical Officers [Doctor] & Dentists are to be made uniform at Rs 30,000 per month with Lecturers’ and Post Graduate Teachers’ salary being increased to Rs 25,000 and Rs 20,000 per month, respectively.

Likewise, the salary of Inspectors, Junior Engineers, Retainers and Graduate Teachers has been raised to Rs 15,000 per month. Primary Teachers, Lower Division Clerks and Peons will be now getting Rs 12,000, Rs 10,000 & Rs 8,000 per month, respectively.

The Department of Personnel has also been directed to issue instructions that an official after posting now has to serve a mandatory minimum period of two years at the place of posting.

Another circular received from the Department of Finance, Revenue & Expenditure today informs that the Governor has enhanced the rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government employees and Dearness Relief to the State Government Pensioners from the existing rate of 132% to 136% with effect from 01 Jan 2017.

The DA at 136% will also be admissible to the employees appointed on contract basis and work-charged establishment drawing revised pay in the regular scales of pay of the State Government. Accordingly, the rate of DA admissible to the All India Service Officers who continue to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay band/grade pay as per the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendation will also be enhanced from 132% to 136% w.e.f. 01 Jan 2017.

However, the circular mentions that the DA of All India Service Officers drawing pay in the revised basic pay as per recommendation of the 7th CPC will be enhanced from existing 2% to 4% from 01 Jan 2017.

The payment on account of DA/DR involving fraction of 50 paisa and above will be rounded off to the next higher rupee and fraction of less than 50 paisa will be ignored, the circular adds.

It may be mentioned here, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling had listed out a series of across-the-board increments in various social sector grants and payments made out by the State Government. These announcements make part of his Independence Day message. These “key announcements,” the CM details, are being “undertaken for accelerated development and progress of the State”.