UNIFORM DATE OF ANNUAL INCREMENTS
Subject: Adverse impact of UNIFORM DATE OF ANNUAL INCREMENTS
Ref: F. No. 1/1/2008-IC, Ministry of Finance, Dept of Expenditure, Dated 13th September, 2008
Due to introduction of uniform date of increment on July 1st, employees whose increments fall between February and June are being deprived of their legitimate increment which get postponed / withheld by up to 5 months on a recurring basis. In case of initial fixation and subsequent increment, the loss for those employees whose increment falls between February and June will be permanent and they will be deprived of the lost money for ever which will not be restored at any time; affecting their entire service life as well as the retirement benefits. In case of fixing the increments on promotion after 1.1.2006, the employees whose promotion falls between February and June will to lose their part of promotional increment up to July of that year (they will be paid the Grade pay attached to the promotional post). From July only they will be paid their 3% promotional increment.
Uniform increment date might have been introduced with the aim of reducing ministerial work. But a large number of the employees will suffer without any purpose or justification which is against the rule of natural justice.
This anomaly has occurred due to the erroneous clause in rule 10 of RS (RP) Rules 2008, which provides that employees who have availed six months or more in their slab of increment in revised scale of pay as on 01.07.2006 will get his first increment on 01.07.06. However, this provision has not been made for those whose increments fall due in the months of February to June. Thus an employee whose date of increment lies on 01.01.06 gets one extra increment on 01.07.06. This is quite discriminatory with those whose increments fall due in the months of February to June every year as their increments will rather get deferred.
A few examples given in enclosed Annexures on loss of Pay and Dearness Allowance due to uniform date of Increment show that an employee will loose between Rs 2000 to 3000 PA or even more on this account, whether he gives Option I (for Revised Pay from 1.1.06) or option II (for Revised Pay from date of next increment). The loss will be even more when other allowances are also taken into account. Similar loss is there in all the Pay Bands.
It is, therefore, requested that the uniform date of increment system should be withdrawn forthwith & existing system be restored.
Encl – 6 Annexure
Copy for information & necessary action to:
1. Member Staff, Railway Board & Member, Anomalies Committee, National Council (JCM), Rail Bhawan, New Delhi
It is surprised to see the changes made in the CCL rules for ladies in the government service. Because of this rule already in most of the government offices ladies are misusing these benefits. For Example if government credit back their utilised EL previously, then again these EL will be utilised by the employees. If the ladies is served ten years of service and utilise these CCL leave for two years it will be utilised within period of 4 to 5 years then what purpose does the government serve in giving these kind of leave and work suffers and salary will be paid fully for these employees.
Hence, as requested by Harchandan Singh, General Secretary, IRTSA, the uniform date of increment system should be withdrawn forthwith & existing system be restored to resolve this anomaly amicably. Or else
If at all the Govt. wants reduce work laod on granting the increment to the employees, there should be atleast two different dates of increment as appeared originally in the Hindi Version of the Pay Comission OM i.e. one on 1st January for the January to June increment category and the other on 1st July for the July to December category so that everybody gets benefited and all the anomaly arised due to uniform date of increment also gets resolved.
Imagine my losses due to the said anomaly:
1. My old month of increment: March.
2. My MACP month also March (But I have to wait till July for the MACP come into effect perpetually I am put into loss of one increment benefit again)
3. My date of retirement is April (losing the benefit of one more increment)
4. My last month emoluments will also be less and also the 10 months average will also be less for calculating the pension and commutation of pension, gratuity, leave salary and other retirement benefits.
4. If I get any promotion in between January to June, again the same situation occurs.
I have still 21 years of service and one can imagine the cumulative loss in salary and pension, gratuity, leave salary and other retirement benefits due to above anomaly. I am suffering from above losses for no fault of mine but due to wrong policy of the Govt.
Completely demotivated due to this grave situation.
The losses of mine are passed to those whose increment/MACP/promotion/retirement are fall between July and December as profits and imagine who is paying for them (taking from me and giving to them).
I wonder why the anomaly committee is sitting on this issue.
Hence, as requested by Harchandan Singh, General Secretary, IRTSA, the uniform date of increment system should be withdrawn forthwith & existing system be restored to resolve this anomaly amicably.
I hope the National Anomaly Committee should get its eyes and ears opened at least by now to settle this issue at the earliest.