March 24, 2008
The following are the highlights of the 6th Pay Commission Panel report that was submitted to the government on Monday: The 18-month tenure of the Commission was till April 4, 2008.
1. Implementation of the revised pay scales from January 1, 2006. Recommendations relating to allowances to be implemented prospectively.
2. To remove stagnation, introduction of running pay bands for all posts in the Government presently existing in scales below that of Rs 26,000 (fixed).
3. Four distinct running pay bands being recommended � one running band each for all categories of employees in groups 'B' and 'C' with 2 running pay bands for Group A posts.
4. The posts of Secretary to Government of India/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent to be kept in distinct pay scales.
5. A separate running pay band, designated as -1S scale, is not to be counted for any purpose as no future recruitment is to be made in this grade and all the present Group D employees not possessing the prescribed qualifications are to be upgraded and placed in the Group 'C' running pay band PB-1 after they are suitably retrained. Group D employees possessing the minimum prescribed qualifications to be placed in PB-1 pay band straightaway.
6. Minimum salary at the entry level of PB-1 pay band to be Rs 6660 (Rs 4860 as pay in the pay band plus Rs 1800 as grade pay). Maximum salary at the level of Secretary/equivalent to be Rs 80000. The minimum: maximum ratio 1:12.
7. Every post, barring that of Secretary/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent to have a distinct grade pay attached to it. Grade pay (being a fixed amount attached to each post in the hierarchy) to determine the status of a post with a senior post being given higher grade pay.
8. The total number of grades reduced to 20 spread across four distinct running pay bands; one Apex Scale and another grade for the post of Cabinet Secretary/equivalent as against 35 standard pay scales existing earlier.
9. At the time of promotion from one post to another, the grade pay attached to posts in different levels within the same running pay band to change. Additionally, increase in form of one increment to be given at the time of promotion. A person stagnating at the maximum of any pay band for more than one year continuously to be placed in the immediate next higher pay band without any change in the grade pay.
10. Annual increments to be paid in form of two and half percent of the total of pay in the Pay Band and the corresponding grade pay. The date of annual increments, in all cases, to be first of July. Employees completing six months and above in the scale as on July 1 to be eligible.