Reacting to the press statements by government employees and others over the decision of the sate government to implement the new RoP rules with effect from (w.e.f) April 1, 2010, state chief secretary Lathara clarified that government employees do not have any fundamental right to demand periodic revision of pay scales.
In a communiqué received here today, Lalthara said every government servant is appointed on conditions which include specific pay scale for the post and they were at liberty to seek a higher post with a higher pay scale but not as a right to demand revision of pay scales.
He said that pay scales of government employees were periodically revised at an interval of ten years such as the 3rd pay scale implemented by the centre with effect from 1976, 4th pay w.e.f 1986, 5th pay w.e.f 1996, 6th pay w.e.f 2006.
The state government has also been following the ten-year revision pattern but with different timings when it implemented the 3rd pay w.e.f 1990, 4th pay from w.e.f 2000 and now the 5th pay from 2010. Despite shortage of funds and internal resources, he said the state government was willing to consider giving the new central pay scales for its employees even before the expiry of the normal ten-year period, provided the central government provided financial grant.
Lalthara also explained why the state government declined the proposal for Rs.400 crore assistance for implementation of the 6th RoP by the planning commission in consultation with the finance ministry. He said the Rs.400 crore was to be in the form of advance plan assistance, which would be recovered from the normal plan assistance of the state in the subsequent years .
He said the state government took the stand in declining the proposal since it would be ethically wrong to take advance plan to be diverted for non-plan purposes like implementation of 6th RoP. Lalthara said the state felt that 90% of the non-government population of the state should not be deprived of their due share of development fund towards salaries of government servants who were better off than other citizens.
Moreover, he said state employees were compensated for price rise through Dearness Allowance every six months. He also pointed out that the state government had set up its own Pay Commission up to the 3rd pay when the state implemented the 3rd RoP rules1990 on the recommendation of its Pay Commission which was effected from 1990.
Further, he said there was no logic for state employees demanding pay parity with IAS officers as much as it was not logical for IAS officers to demand revision whenever a state government revised the pay of its employees.
He recalled that CANSSEA began agitation for implementation of the 5th RoP right after the Central government announced its 5th pay effective from 1-1-1996 though only six years had passed since the last RoP in 1990. In the face of agitations and strikes by CANSSEA, the then chief secretary A.M. Gokhale pacified the employees with assurance to implement the 5th Pay scales in toto with effect from October 1998.However, Lalthara said, the state government refused as the assurance by the then chief secretary was made without its written consent. However to redeem the pledge of the then chief secretary, the state government gave a notional effect from October 1998 for the purpose of pay fixation benefit in the new pay scales.
He said CANSSEA went to court as no financial benefit was paid to any employees from October 1998 to 1-4-2000. He said the Gauhati High court ruled in favour of the state’s stand of having no funds for implementing the new RoP earlier than 1-4-2000. He asserted that the state government would implement the new RoP with effect from 1-4-2000,keeping in view the gap of ten years between the two pay revisions as notified to be effective from 1-4-2010. Lalthara further urged employees to understand the state’s position and refrain from mounting undue pressure on the government.