Drawing attention to Nagaland Senior Government Employees’ Welfare Association’s (NSGEWA) criticism pertaining to announcement of 6th revision of pay (ROP) implementation, the state government today clarified that Pay Fitment Committee’s recommendations were in line with 6th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations as adopted by central government without any change in almost all cases except in some Pay Bands.
The NSGEWA had alleged that 6th revision of pay (ROP) perpetrated “injustice and discrimination” amongst various categories of government employees.
According to an official statement issued by addl. chief secretary and finance commissioner Toshi Aier, change in some Pay Bands included S-1, S-2 and S-18.
Existing Scale Pay Band as per central govt. Pay Band reco. by FC
(Grade Pay) Grade Pay
i) S-1 2550-3200 - 1S 4440-7440 (1300) 4400-17200 (1300)
ii) S-2 2610-3540 - 1S 4440-7440 (1400) 4400-17200 (1400)
iii) S-18 14300 - 18300 PB-3 37400-67000 (8700) 15600 - 39100 (8700)
Explaining about the changes in Group-D Scales (S -1 and S - 2), the finance commissioner said in view of difficulties in accepting the recommendations of 6th Pay Commission to upgrade all Group -D employees to Group - C and also in view of the fact that Group - D post cannot be abolished as contemplated by central govt., the committee recommended a separate pay band for these categories of employees.
On Group-A Scales (S -18), Aier said in govt. of India there were two pre-revised scale in this scale with minimum of 14300, but one was with higher maximum. Both these scales have been brought under same pay band by the Centre. However, since the pre-revised scale under this grade as was available in the State was the lower one and the level of Officers holding this scale also are lower in status as compared to the Centre, it was felt appropriate to recommend the lower Pay Band for this scale keeping the Grade Pay unchanged, finance commissioner explained.
He further stated that percentage of benefits as alleged by NSGEWA were incorrect.
The benefits inclusive of HRA and medical allowance taking the initial stage of the existing pay scale for fixation purpose works out as follows:
(i) S-19 : 45% and not 120% as alleged.
(ii) S-9 : 34% and not 15% as alleged.
(iii) S-18 : 27% and not 20% as alleged
(iv) S-1 : 26% and not nominal increment only as alleged.
Aier remarked that the stated facts could be seen that benefits accruing under Nagaland Services (ROP) Rules, 2010 were quite substantial in respect of all categories of posts under the state government.