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Sunday, June 10, 2012

ITEM NO.49 ANOMALIES IN THE MATTER OF PAY SCALES OF STENOGRAPHERS Demand for revision of the pay scale of Stenographer from Rs.4000 – 6000 to Rs.4500 – 7000 was raised before the National Anomaly Committee under the V CPC. But the anomaly was not resolved. It was assured that all the unresolved anomalies of the V CPC would be referred to the 6th CPC. But the Staff Side National Council (JCM) was never intimated that it had been referred to the 6th Pay Commission, and as such the Staff Side National Council could not get any scope to represent it before the 6th CPC. It has come to the notice of the Staff Side that the minimum scale of Stenographer was already fixed in scale Rs.4500-7000 in other departments while in the Railways, the minimum Scale of Stenographer continued as Rs.4000-6000. The Pay Commission, in its report, vide para 3.1.14 have recommended that there should be parity in the matter of pay scale between the field and the Secretariat offices. The Pay Commission has also recommended as follows vide the same para 3.1.14. “ In the Stenographers cadre the posts of Stenographers Gr. II & I in the existing scale of Rs.4500-7000 Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500 – 9000 will therefore, stand merged and placed in the higher scale of Rs.6500-10500” As such stenographers in the pay scales of Rs.4000-6000 Rs.5000 – 8000 and Rs.5500 – 9000 should be treated as merged and be placed in scale Rs.6500 – 10500 with Grade pay of Rs.4200. In the Accounts Department, the SO in scale Rs.6500-10500 has been allotted the Grade Pay of Rs.4800. To maintain horizontal and vertical relativity amongst different categories of employees, the stenographers in scale Rs.6500-10500 should be upgraded to Rs.7450-11500 with grade Pay of Rs.4800. Further the non functional Grade Pay of Rs.5400 as has been granted to the PSs vide Railway Board‟s letter No.PC-VI/2008/1/5/4 dated 20.11.2008 may also be extended to the Private Secretary, Gr. I scale Rs.7500 – 12000 to remove the anomaly. ITEM NO. 51 ASSIGNING HIGHER GRADE PAY OF RS.4600/- TO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER GR.III PRIVATE SECRETARY IN SUBORDINATE OFFICERS Administrative Officers Gr. III are the first Supervisory level in Group B (Gazetted) in subordinate Offices. Similarly Private Secretaries are the first level in the stenographic cadres above the three tier Stenographer Grades (Gr.III, II, and I). The 6th CPC has recommended for the removal of disparity in the matter of Pay Scales of Officials secretariat the first level supervisory officers in Group B. i.e. Section officers and the Private Secretaries are assigned the PB2 with Grade Pay of Rs.4800/= i.e. equivalent to the erstwhile scale of Pay of 7500-1200 To ensure that the recommendations of the 6th CPC of removing the disparity are properly acted upon, these cadres i.e. AO Gr.III and PS in subordinate Offices are to be assigned the Grade Pay of Rs.4800/= in PB.2 In this connection, we also invite the attention of the official side to the following stipulation in the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008. in part „B‟ – Section – I – para (ii), under the head Revised pay scales of certain common categories of staff at page no. 44 and in part „C‟ – Section – para (ii) under Revised pay Structure for certain posts in Ministries, Departments and Union Territories at page no. 49.: “On account of merger of pre-revised pay scales of Rs. 5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500, some posts which presently constitute feeder and promotion grades will come to lie in an identical grade. The specific recommendations about some categories of these posts made by the Pay Commission are included Section II of Part B. As regards other posts, the posts in these three scales should be merged. In case it is not feasible to merge the posts in these pay scales on functional considerations, the posts in the scale of Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 should be merged, with the posts in the scale of Rs.6500-10500 being upgraded to the next higher grade in pay band PB-2 i.e. to the grade pay of Rs.4600 corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450-11500. In case a post already exists in the scale of Rs.7450-11500, the post being upgraded from the scale of Rs.6500-10500 should be merged with the post in the scale of Rs.7450-11500”. 36 This stipulation has also not been implemented in most of the subordinate offices. The AOs and Private Secretaries in subordinate offices were in the Pay scale of 6500-10500 prior to the revision of pay scales by the 6th CPC. Their duties and responsibilities are distinct and higher than what is assigned to the Grades with the Pay Scale of Rs.5000-8000 and 5500-9000. The Aos are Supervisory Officers to those who were in the feeder Grades of 5000-8000 and 5500-9000. They cannot be amalgamated and made into a single Category. The stipulation in the notification of the Dept. of Expenditure, which is in acceptance of the 6th CPC recommendation itself in this regard ought to have been implemented with effect from 1.1.2006. We request that the orders may be issued in this regard assigning higher grade pay of Rs.4600/- to the Administrative Officers, Gr.III and Private Secretaries in the subordinate offices.

2 comments:

Sowri Rajan said...

The simple fact is that as per VI CPC there is no difference of pay amongst the Stenographers of Central Secretariat and the field staff. Whatever, the DOP&T fixed for its stenographers will automatically extended to filed staff also. As such discrimination in the pay scales of Stenographers in Central Secretariat and Filed Staff itself is against the principle of equality as intended by the VI CPC. The DOP&T bend upon not extended the benefit is to be opposed tooth and nail. DOP&T should be condemned of such attitude. To counter this the DOP&T with ulterior motive initiated separate recruitment rules is nothing but an attrocity and highhandedness which is nothing but suppressing the intent of VICPC. When CSSS demanded 4500 basic pay for Stenographers, which was allowed by Supreme Court also but the same was got defeated by a few sitting MPs on the last day of Parlaiment sometimes in 1997. After that DOP&T itself raised the Grade pay of its stenographers and the cadre was reviewed thrice in a decade. We should get the support of CSSS. Secondly, the filed level Stenographer Association has not been given any representation in Anamoly Committee. We have been continously neglected by DOP&T, which is nothing but arrogant and showing stepmotherly attitude towards the files staff Stenographers.

A.R. Srinivasa Rao said...

Assigning different recruitment rules for Secretariat and Non Secretariat Organizations is not correct. Both the stenographers of Sectt and Non Sectt organisations are recruited through one agency i.e. Staff Selection Commission. The intention of DoPT in assigning different recruitment rules is to put the Stenographers or Non Sectt Organisations into loss. The delegates attending the Anomaly Committee must be explained in detailed and impressed upon to present our arguement. The Secretaries of AIPSA and Secretary of Stenographers Confederation should meet the NAC Members before the NAC Meeting scheduled to be held on 17.7.2012.