Increase in the minimum entry level salary of a government employee to Rs 7,000 against Rs 6,660 recommended by the Commission headed by Justice B N Srikrishna who submitted the report in March this year.
The total emoluments of an employee at the lowest level up to Rs 10,000 per month including allowances.
Increase in the rate of annual increment from 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent and for achievers in PB-3 to 4 per cent.
Three assured promotions, after 10, 20 and 30 years of service, for all employees under the modified Assured Career Progression (ACP) scheme.
The hiked salary will be paid to the employees beginning September this year and the arrears in cash in two installments – 40 per cent this fiscal and 60 per cent in 2009-10.
The Multiplication factor for fitment in the revised Pay Scale was 1.74 as recommended by the Commission, Government has increased it to 1.86.
One DGP with Pay of Rs.80,000/- for each State. Other DGPs and members of CBEC, CBDT will reach the Rs.80,000/- Scale in two years.
Jump for Additional Commissioners in Customs and Central Excise and Income Tax. They will be placed in the Pay Band 4 which is 37,400 – 67,000 with increased Grade Pay.
Governemnt modifies Pay Band 1, 2 and 4. One new scale HAG+ Rs 75500-80000 carved out of PB-4. Grade Pay at many stages in PB-3 and PB-4 modified.
The New Scales and DA will be effective from 01.01.2006 and other allowances from 01.09.2008.
The AICPI (IW) will continue to be the index used for calculating DA for Government employees.
No merger of dearness allowance with basic pay at any time in future.
DA will continue to be sanctioned twice a year as on 1st January and 1st July payable with the salary of March and September, respectively.
City Compensatory Allowance (CCA):
City Compensatory Allowance abolished.
Other Compensatory allowances:
Rates of Special Compensatory (Hill Area/Remote Locality), Tribal Area Allowance, Project Allowance and
Bad Climate Allowance revisied as follows:
Project Allowance: Rs.1,500 p.m. for posts in the grade pay of Rs.5,400 and above; Rs.1,000 p.m. for posts in the grade pay of less than Rs.5,400.
The rates of all the above allowances shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
Abolition of Special Compensatory Allowance for Gandhinagar and Special Compensatory (Border Area) Allowance.
As regards Special (Duty) Allowance for postings to North East Regions, the allowance at the existing rates should be paid to all Central Government employees on their posting on transfer to any North East Region irrespective of whether the transfer is from outside the North East Region or from another area of that region.
The condition that the employees have all India transfer liability should also be dispensed with. This will ensure that all employees, irrespective of their group, get the benefit of this allowance on their posting to a new city in North East on transfer.
The Special (Duty) Allowance as well as other concessions allowed to the Government employees in North East region to be extended to the Government employees posted in Ladakh. Island Special (Duty) allowance: No change is recommended in respect of this allowance. However, this allowance should, henceforth, also be paid to all Central Government employees on their posting on transfer to any place in these Islands without insisting on an all India transfer liability.
Hard Area Allowance to the employees posted in the Nicobar group of Islands to be paid separately along with Island Special (Duty) Allowance. Further, this allowance should also be extended to the Lakshadweep group of islands.
No change in the travel entitlement for travel outside India.
In case of road travel between places connected by rail, travel by any means of public transport be allowed provided the total fare does not exceed the train fare by the entitled class.
In case of places not connected by train, travel by AC bus for all those entitled to travel by AC II Tier and above in train and by Deluxe/Ordinary bus for those who are entitled to travel by First Class/AC III Tier/AC Chair Car/Sleeper Class in train.
All mileage points earned by Government employees on tickets purchased for official travel should be utilized by the concerned department for other official travel by their respective officers.
The travel entitlements while on tour and transfer to be revised.
The rates of all the components of Daily Allowance shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
In case of stay or journey on Government ships, boats etc.or journey to remote places on foot/mules etc. for scientific/data collection purposes in organisations like FSI, Survey of India, GSI etc., daily allowance will be paid at rate equivalent to that provided for reimbursement of food bill. However, in this case the amount will be sanctioned irrespective of the actual expenditure incurred on this account with the approval of the Head of Department/Controlling Officer. For journey on foot, an allowance of Rs.5 per kilometer traveled on foot shall be payable additionally. This rate will also be increased by 25% whenever DA payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.
LTC & Other Benefits:
3 home town travel and on anywhere in India travel in a block of 4 years. Travel entitlements under LTC same as those on official tour and transfer except no daily allowance be payable for travel on LTC.
The facility shall be admissible only in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.
Encashment of Earned Leave upto 10 days along with LTC to the extent of total of 60 days be continued.
The leave encashed at the time of availing LTC not to be deducted from the maximum amount of Earned Leave encashable at the time of retirement.
Consequently, the employees would be eligible to encash 300 days of Earned Leave at the time of their retirement, even though they may have encashed Earned Leave of upto 60 days during their career while availing LTC, whether to their home town or to any place in India.
The Railways employees be allowed to avail of this encashment at the time of availing of passes for a maximum of 60 days in the entire career subject to the condition that successive encashment cannot be made before a minimum period of two years has elapsed.
All the allowances and facilities to be governed by Grade Pay.
The existing condition which prohibits grant of Transport Allowance to the employees who have been provided with official accommodation within one Kilometer of the office is removed.
Other conditions regulating the grant of this allowance remain unchanged.
Physically disabled employees shall continue to draw this allowance at double the normal rates.
This will be further subject to the condition that Transport Allowance in the case of physically disabled employees shall, in no case, be less than Rs.1,000 per month plus the applicable rate of dearness allowance.
Employees in pay band PB-4 who are entitled to the use of official car for travel between residence and office may be given the option to draw transport allowance at a higher rate of Rs.7,000 p.m. plus dearness allowance provided they give up the use of official car for travel between residence and office.
House Rent Allowance:
Merger of C Class Cities (having population of 50,000 to 5 lakh) with `Unclassified Towns’ (having population of less than 50,000).
The existing population criterion for classifying towns and cities for purposes of HRA is being retained but population in the urban agglomeration should be taken into account for classifying a city for purposes of HRA.
HRA in A-1 cities be paid at the rate of 30% of the total of revised pay in the running pay band and grade pay thereon.
Erstwhile A, B-1 and B-2 categories are to be merged.
Merger of Children Education Allowance and Reimbursement of Tuition Fee which will henceforth be reimbursement upto the maximum of Rs.1,000 per child per month subject to a maximum of 2 children.
Hostel subsidy may be reimbursed upto the maximum limit of Rs.3,000 per month per child. The limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
Commissions recommendations not accepted.
The rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance and Central (Deputation on Tenure) Allowance may continue to be paid at the rate of 5%, 10% and 15% of the aggregate of pay in the pay band and grade pay without any pecuniary limit. This will, however, be subject to the limit that the aggregate of pay in the pay band and Deputation (Duty) Allowance/Central (Deputation on Tenure) Allowance does not exceed Rs.39,200 being the minimum pay in the pay band PB-4.
Doubling of the rates of Cycle Allowance, Washing Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Special Allowance, Night Duty Allowance and Split Duty Allowance.
The rates of these allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.
Machine Allowance withdrawn.
To be decided later.
Interest Free Advances
The existing amount of following interest free advances to be doubled:
Advance in the event of natural calamity like flood, drought, cyclone, etc.
Advance for training in Hindi through Correspondence Course.
The rates of these allowances shall be increased by 25% every time dearness allowance on revised pay bands increases by 50%. All other existing conditions in respect of various interest free advances shall be maintained without any change.
Interest Bearing Advances
No interest should be charged on advances for purchase of warm clothing and bicycle. Like in the case of other interest free advances, the existing rates of advances for purchase of warm clothing and bicycle be doubled.
To provide for interest subsidy and to make available various interest bearing advances to Government employees through arrangements with public sector banks.
The Government will give an interest subsidy equal to 2 percentage points in rate of interest being charged by the bank to the employee.
The interest subsidy for employees with disabilities will be equal to four percentage points in the rate of interest being charged by the bank.
Simultaneously, the existing limit of various interest bearing advances be doubled for the purpose of getting the subsidy. This limit should automatically be increased by 25% every time the dearness allowance payable on revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
The eligibility for taking the advances should also be removed because the repaying capacity would, in any case, be considered by the concerned bank at the time of processing the loan application.
Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA)
The Doctors to be paid NPA at the existing rate of 25% of the aggregate of the band pay and grade pay subject to the condition that the Basic Pay + NPA does not exceed Rs.85,000.
Risk Allowance to continue till 31-03-2009.
Uniform related Allowances:
Rates of Uniform Allowance for different categories of personnel:
CPMFs/CPOs/RPF/IPS: Initial grant Rs.14,000; Renewal grant Rs.3,000; payable after every three years.
Uniform allowance for Coast Guard officers: Initial grant Rs.16,000; Renewal grant Rs.5,000; payable after every three years.
Existing rates of Kit Maintenance Allowance be doubled for all categories of employees presently in receipt of this allowance. Uniform Allowance for nurses should also be increased to Rs.500 per month.
Allowance for all the above categories shall be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
T.A. on Transfer:
Transportation of personal effects by road at the rates prescribed for `other places’ should be allowed in respect of places connected by train as well without subjecting it to the extant restriction that these can not exceed 1.25 times of the eligible train fare.