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Kannanthanam submits memorandum to Pay Commission

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Commissioner of Land Revenue K.J. Alphons Kannanthanam has submitted a memorandum to the Pay Commission seeking higher pay scales for Revenue officials.

The Commissioner also said that the post of Deputy Tahsildar should be upgraded to a gazetted post.

Mr. Kannanthanam said the pay scale of Village Man of Rs. 2,650-4,150 should be revised to Rs. 2,750-4,625. The scale of pay of Village Officer should be increased to Rs. 5,500-9,075. Mr. Kannanthanam noted that while a Sub-Inspector of Police, who was responsible for only maintenance of law and order, was drawing a scale of 5,500-9,075, the village officer, who was responsible for all aspects of administration in an area, was getting lower pay scale of Rs. 4,000-6,090.

Stressing the need to confer gazetted status on Deputy Tahasildars, the Commissioner said Agricultural Officers, who were only panchayat level officials, had gazetted rank. His scale of pay should be increased to Rs.6,500-10,550 from 5,500-9,075.

He said the responsibility of Tahsildars kept increasing with the enactment of new statutes. The Tahsildar had complete responsibility to ensure implementation of the River Sand Mining Act. Moreover, most-taluk level officers were on a higher grade than the Tahsildar. Therefore, he should be given scale of pay of Rs. 7,800-12,975 against the current scale of 6,500-10,550. Senior superintendents and Sherithadar should also be in the same grade. Tahsildar (Higher Grade) should be in the scale of Rs. 8,250-13,650.

He also urged that the pay scale of Deputy Collector should be increased to Rs.10,000-15,150 and Deputy Collector (Higher Grade) to Rs.12,600-15,600. Currently, their scales of pay were Rs. 7,800-12,975 and Rs.12,600-15,600 respectively.