The salient features of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations which was apporved by the Union Cabinet on Thursday, Aug 14 are the following:
(1) The Directors General of Police have been put on par with the Chief Secretary.
(2) Though the Pay Commission recommended the lowest basic pay of Rs 6,600, the government had enhanced it to Rs 7,000.
(3) The Armed Forces Personnel below Officers Rank will get a Military Service Pay (MSP) of Rs 2,000 per month, Rs 1,000 more than that recommended by the Commission. The Officers of the Defence Forces would get an MSP Rs 6000 over and above their salary.
(4) The new system of four Pay Bands with 20 Grade Pays recommended by the Commission has been accepted with some minor modifications, Mr Dasmunsi said.
(5) The middle level officers of the Defence Forces, namely Colonels and Brigadiers, have been placed in the highest pay band of PB-4.
(6) Senior Lt Generals overlooked for promotion as Army Commanders due to lack of residual service would now get the grade of Army Command (Secretary's grade). In the case of existing Major Generals/Lt Generals, MSP would be taken into account notionally for fixation of pay on January one, 2006.
(7) As replacement of the pay scale of Rs 24,050-26,000, a separate pay scale has been carved for DGPs/PCCFs/GM (Railways), members of the Boards of Income, Tax, Customs and Central Excise, Postal and Ordnance Factories, among others, who were in this pre-revised scale. This would take them to the level of Rs 80,000 in two years as against three years in the pre-revised scale.
(8) The IPS pay rules and the Indian Forest Service pay rules will be appropriately modified to provide in each state cadre one post of DGP and one post of PCCF at the apex level of Rs 80,000 for heading their respective forces.
(9) Middle level police and civilian officers — DIGs, Conservator of Forests, Scientists E and F, Superintending Engineers, Directors, Additional Commissioners of Income Tax and Central Excise and posts in equivalent grades — have also been placed in the highest pay brand.
(10) The lower limits of Disability Pension for Defence personnel to be doubled from Rs 1550 to Rs 3100. War Disability Pension to be granted at 60 per cent.
(11) The rates of Special Forces Allowance for Army and Air Force to be equated with Navy"s Marine Commando Allowance.
(12) For the officers of Central Para Military Forces, all the posts of Additional DIG upgraded to DIG level by the Pay Commission to continue to be manned by the cadre officers of CPMFs.
(13) For the Railway employees who are in receipt of Running Allowance, this allowance will be taken into account while fixing their pay in revised pay bands.
(14) Government has continued the present position of granting Group A scale to Group B officers after 4 years of service and these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by the Sixth CPC. This would benfefit Group B officers of the Railways, Accounts Services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS&DANIPS.
(15) For Doctors, the Cabinet has approved promitions under the Dynamic ACP Scheme upto Senior Administrative Grade (Joint Secretaryu level) for Doctors with 20 years of service. Counting of Dearness Allowance (DA) on Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) as on 01.01.2006 for fixing their pay in revised pay bands has also been approved.
(16) For the scientists, continuation of the existing system of grant of Special Pay of Rs 2000 p.m. to Scientists G on promotion and doubling of the amount to Rs 4000 p.m. in Departments of Space and Atomic Energy and Defence Research&Development Organisation (DRDO) has been recommended.
(17) Enhancement in the fitment in revised pay bands, which was recommended by the Sixth CPC to be based on multiplication factor of 1.74 to 1.86. This would result in increased emolumnets for Government Employees.
(18) Increase in the rate of annual increment for 2.5% to 3%.
(19) Removal of Campus restriction for grant of Transport Allowance.
(20) Increase in Transport Allowance at the lowest level to Rs 600 (from Rs 400 in A-1/A class cities recommended by the Sixth CPC) and Rs 400 (from Rs 300 in other cities recommended by the sixth CPC).
(21) At least three promotions have been assured for all Defence Forces personnel and civilian employees under the modified Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme. While the civilians would get it after 10, 20 and 30 years of service, the Defence Forces Jawans would get ACP in 8, 16 and 24 years.