State Govt accepts 5th Pay Commission's recommendations

GANGTOK, 02 Jun:

The state government has, in principle, accepted the recommendations of the 5th Pay Commission headed by former Chief Secretary, Rinchen Ongmu. The government has accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Pay Matrix, Index Rationalisation, Fitman Factor, and general recommendations of the Commission without any changes.

In the resolutions adopted by the Government on 01 June, last Friday, the resolutions said that the pay shall be revised notionally from 01 January, 2016 and effectively from 01 January 2017 adding that arrears thereof shall be paid in three equal installments in the subsequent financial years.

It is said that the pay matrix, which replaces the pay bands and grade pays, is in force immediately prior to the notification of the resolution adopted by the Government. The fixation of pay of the employees in the new pay matrix shall be done by multiplying the existing pay bands and grade pay in the pre-revised structure of 01 January 2016 by a factor of 2.57, the resolution reads.

As per the new recommendations, the government employees are entitled to get annual increments of three percent in two dates i.e. 01 January and 01 July instead of one depending on their date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial up-gradation.

The recommendation on allowances of the employees except Dearness Allowance shall be effective from the date of notification on Allowances. Till such time, all the allowances will continue to be paid at existing rate in existing pay in existing structure as if the pay has not been revised with effect from 01 January 2016, it is said.

The pension is notionally revised from the due date of 01 January 2016 with application of fitment factor of 2.57 and incase it is found feasible to revise the pension by applying the formula under the first option as recommended by the Committee, pension shall be revised and difference shall be paid subsequently. The government has also decided to pay arrears from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 in three installments in next financial year.

As per the new recommendation of the pay commission, the employees are entitled to get house rent @ 12 % of revised pay scale within the State, Siliguri and Darjeeling and @ of 16 % to those who are posted in New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. The government has accepted the recommendation of Difficult Area Allowance @ of Rs. 2000 for level 15 and above level 14 @ of Rs. 1600 subject to the review and revision of existing list of Difficult Area as notified by the Home Department. However, the Government has accepted the High Altitude Allowance of Rs. 2400 for Lachen and Lachung and Rs.3000 for above 8000 ft to 12000 ft altitude.

The government has also accepted the recommendations for upgradation of certain posts as specified and modified in the carrier progression schemes for certain category of the posts.