Government issues orders on employees' pay revision

Special Correspondent

Revised scale of pay will be granted in the salary from March 2006

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government has issued orders revising the pay scale of Government employees as recommended by the Pay Revision Commission.

The revised scale of pay and allowances will be granted in cash in the salary from March 2006 onwards, as promised by the Government.

The existing scales of pay will be revised with effect from July 1, 2004, but arrears up to March 31, 2005 will be notional. The arrears from April 1, 2005 to February 28, 2006 will be impounded and credited to the Provident Fund Account of the employee. These will not be withdrawn till March 31, 2010, except in the case of those retiring before that date. No time limit is prescribed for crediting the arrears to the PF account.

The date of effect of revised time bound higher-grade scheme, various allowances and other benefits will be from March 1, 2006. Date of effect of improved ratio or percentage based higher grades will be from March 17, 2006.

Interim relief will not be payable from the date from which the employees opt for the revised scale. Interim relief already drawn by the employees till such date of option will be adjusted from their entitlements on account of pay revision.

Separate detailed orders will be issued regarding the revised scales of pay of various posts in various departments and local bodies, rules for fixation of pay, the emoluments payable to the part time contingent employees, promotional prospects, time bound higher grades, revision of allowances, surrender of earned leave, training allowance and the like.

The revised scales of pay and other benefits sanctioned will be applicable to all State Government employees, including staff of aided schools, colleges, polytechnics, full time employees borne on the contingent and work-charged establishments, employees of local bodies and personal staff of Chief Minister, other Ministers, Leader of the Opposition, Government Chief Whip and MLAs.