Shimla, January 21
The office-bearers of employees of government departments, public undertakings and autonomous bodies, under the banner of the Himachal Pradesh Joint Employees Federation, today submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanding rectification of anomalies in the implementation of the Sixth Punjab Pay Commission scales.
The memorandum highlighted eight demands that cropped up due to deviation from Punjab scales and pointed out that while implementing the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations, the enhanced pay grade was given with effect from October 1, 2012 instead of December 1, 2011 and benefits of time scale were curtailed. As a result, the Himachal employees are getting less pay and allowances compared to their Punjab counterpart, said president of the federation Virender Chauhan.
The federation submitted a 15-day notice to the government to accept the demands and remove anomalies and discrepancies caused due to deviation from Punjab scales. The demands include implementation of enhanced pay grade from December 1, 2011 on Punjab pattern, restoration of benefits under Assured Career Promotion (ACP) scheme, scrapping of condition of two years for implementation of higher pay grade retrospectively from the date of notification and notional benefit to employees while implementing the revised scales from January 1, 2016.
The newly constituted Joint Employees Federation also demanded that instead of minimum pay band, the employees be given “initial pay plus grade pay” from 2009 onwards and minimum 15 per cent hike in pay be ensured.