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Saturday, May 10, 2008

News Pay bands and Relative status

The Sixth Pay Commission's controversial recommendations are creating more heartburn now that the fine print has been analysed.

It will bring about a fundamental change in the way status is defined in the bureaucracy. Currently, basic pay is the parameter to define the status of a position.

A higher basic pay means a higher position. If the Srikrishna Commission report is implemented, the grade pay, instead of basic pay, will define the status of a position.

When the grade pay is equivalent, higher total emoluments including all special pays will define a higher status. Significantly, the commission has converted all the eight pay scales applicable to the IAS with a corresponding grade pay.

So, in PB-3 for example, the grade pays of Rs 6,500, 7,500 and 8,300 have been created which are exclusive to the IAS.

Representative associations of other services perceive a pro-IAS bias to reduce the status position of all other all India services by a staggering 40 per cent with only the IAS not only keeping its statuses intact, but doubling it at junior levels.
Source : India Today

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