Fifth Pay Commission submits final report to HDK

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Bangalore, May 22: The Fifth Pay Commission, headed by former Additional Chief Secretary M B Prakash, today submitted its final report to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

Mr Kumaraswamy, in his brief address, said the Government would go through the report in detail and explore the possibilities to implement the recommendations made by the Commission.

Later briefing newspersons here, Mr Prakash said it was desirable to review the administrative system also whenever the Government chose to revise the pay scales of its employees. The Commission expressed dissatisfaction over the present transfer policy and suggested formulation of a legislation to prescribe the minimum period of tenure at a place, transferring authority and penalty for those who violated it and those who approved such violations.

He said that to contain corruption, simplification of administrative procedures, transparency in administration and punishing the guilty immediately were necessary.During the last one decade, only 105 officials have been punished under the Prevention of Corruption Act as against 1,547 cases registered. The Lok Ayukta should be given adequate powers and a special court should be up for speedy disposal of such cases. People would come forward to file complaints against corruption only if they were confident that the Government was fighting the menace, he said, adding that the Government should also establish a Vigilance Commission.

Mr Prakash said meritorious and efficient employees should be given prominence during promotion especially. In higher categories of posts. At least 25 per cent of the promotional posts at the entry level of a few cadres of category B and C should be filled by competitive exam. He stressed the need to formulate a training policy and make it mandatory as it was an important input to improve technical and administrative knowledge of employees.

The Commission, among others, suggested departmentwise cadre/posts for higher pay scale, revision of travelling allowance, conveyance allowance, uniform allowance, house building advance and increase in entry level pay scales of primary school teachers, veterinary doctors, Ayush doctors and Assistant Public Prosecutors.


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