Punjab’s sixth pay panel recommends bonanza for govt employees with effect from 2016

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Punjab’s sixth pay panel recommends bonanza for govt employees with effect from 2016

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4

In a serious bonanza for authorities employees, the sixth Pay Commission of the Punjab authorities has beneficial an over two-fold improve in salaries of all employees, with improve in minimal pay from Rs 6,950 to Rs 18,000 monthly, with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

The Commission has advised main hikes in wage and different main advantages, and likewise substantial improve in allowances for authorities employees. The common increment in salaries and pensions of employees is anticipated within the vary of 20%, with salaries in for a 2.59 instances improve over the fifth Pay Commission 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 Commission.

The report, which was submitted to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh just lately, has been despatched to the Finance Department for detailed research and instructions for putting it earlier than the Cabinet this month for additional motion. The report, as per authorities’s dedication within the Vidhan Sabha, is to be carried out from July 1 this 12 months.

Incidentally, the report comes at a time when the state’s financial 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 Department will look at the varied implications earlier than submitting the report back to the Cabinet for additional motion.

According to a spokesperson of the CM’s workplace, important hike has been proposed within the report in Pensions and DA, whereas Fixed Medical Allowance and Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity are beneficial to be doubled underneath the scheme advised by the sixth Pay Commission. While fastened medical allowance has been beneficial to be doubled to Rs 1,000 monthly for employees in addition to pensioners uniformly, the utmost restrict of Death-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 instantly attributable to the obligation carried out, is one other key suggestion geared toward benefitting authorities employees. This is important in view of the prevailing pandemic disaster, the place numerous authorities employees are working as frontline staff, with lots of them dropping their lives within the line of obligation.

The Commission has additionally advised doubling of design allowance to engineering workers and Kit upkeep allowance to Police personnel, with cell allowance enhancement various from  Rs 375 to Rs 750.

While implementation of the suggestions referring to pay and pension has been beneficial from January 1, 2016, these referring to allowances are beneficial from the date of notification by the federal government. Recommendations of the Commission would prone to result in an extra expenditure of  Rs 3,500 crore each year w.e.f. January 1, 2016, mentioned an official spokesperson.

The Commission 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 Commission is by the appliance of a easy issue of two.59. Further, Pension ought to proceed to be paid on the fee of fifty% of the final pay drawn, on completion of 25 years of qualifying service, as per the Commission suggestions.

Besides recommending a easy, clear and simple to implement Pay Matrix for all Punjab authorities employees, the Commission has advised that outdated age allowance for pensioners and household pensioners, on the present 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%.

Though the present classification of the classes of cities for HRA is proposed to be retained, with rationalisation in home hire allowance by an element of 0.8 of the present charges and calculated as a share of primary pay, the Commission has beneficial introduction of a number of new allowance classes, together with greater training allowance within the type of lump sum fee for all employees buying greater qualification.

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

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