Fresh recruits to get 50% of basic pay for 2 yrs

Entitled To HRA, CCA, Annual Increments After Completion Of 5 Years In Service

NEW JOB POLICY BOON OR BANE?

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Oct 20: With the state cabinet approving the modalities for switching-over to “Fixed Salary Mode” of recruitment in Jammu and Kashmir, the government is preparing to roll-out the new stipendiary job policy which puts lid on regular appointment for non-gazetted posts.
Under the new recruitment regime the fresh non-gazetted recruits shall be paid fixed monthly salary equivalent to 50 percent of the basic pay (Pay Band+Grade Pay) for the first 2-years at the minimum of the Pay Band.
For the next 3-years or during the remaining period out of total five years (if the period of probation has been extended) such an employee would be entitled to receive fixed salary of about 75 percent of the basic pay (PB+GP) at minimum of the Pay Band, officials said.
The period during which such employee receives fixed monthly salary, shall count for the purpose of all service benefits including seniority and pension contribution (under the New Pension Scheme).
After completion of 5-years in stipendiary mode, the incumbent shall be entitled to a prescribed pay band and all other allowances as applicable to a government employee subject to “good performance, conduct and the vigilance clearance.”
Officials said if the probation period of an employee is extended in the event of his/her failure to pass the prescribed departmental examination, non-completion of the prescribed training or absence of satisfactory conduct, the probationer shall continue to receive monthly fixed salary to which he/she was entitled during the first two years of engagement.
The state Finance Department had tabled a detailed memorandum on the policy before the cabinet for its approval on Wednesday. Officials said switching over to the “Fixed Salary Mode” would require amending the Jammu and Kashmir Service Rules for which government will either have to bring an Ordinance or table a Bill in the upcoming budget session.
The Finance Department had submitted to the cabinet to add as a proviso below Rule 8 of J&K Civil Services (Revised  Pay) Rules that all employees who are appointed as a result of the advertisements issued after October 1, 2011, by the J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB), Police Recruitment Board (PRB), District/Divisional Level Committees constituted (for appointment to Class IV posts) under various Government orders issued from time to time (any other Board or Committee) shall be governed by the Pay Rules under new scheme.
Provided that for the initial period of five years of service, pay of direct recruits to the services to which these Rules apply, shall be regulated as per the fixed monthly salary defined under the policy.
In the backdrop of growing non-revenue expenditure, the state government had constituted a committee in November 2010 to identify ‘Entry Level Posts’ in different services and cadres which can be filled up through the “Fixed Salary Mode.”
The Committee headed by Finance Secretary had made certain recommendations to the Budget Cabinet on February 24, 2011. In turn the Cabinet vide its decision No 47/05-2011 had decided that the fresh recruitments against Class-III and Class-IV posts shall be made in stipendiary mode.
It had proposed constitution of the Standing Committee headed by Economic Advisor to the Government to work-out modalities for implementing the new job policy.
Other modalities which were approved by the standing committee included that any kind of allowance meant to compensate an employee against expenditure related to performance of duties or arduous nature of duties shall also be admissible in relation to the fixed salary under the new policy. However, HRA, CCA, annual increments shall apply only after completion of five years in service.
In case of recruitment to a new post from another post in which he/she was already serving in regular/temporary/permanent capacity, he/she will be entitled to pay protection under Article 77- D of J&K CSRs.
Officials said in order to roll-out the proposed scheme, the J&K Civil Services Revised Pay Rules, 2009, would have to be modified for regulation of pay as ‘fixed monthly salary’ during first five years of service.
The GAD and Law Department had raised certain queries on the proposal, which officials said were “addressed” before the matter was tabled in the cabinet.
“The Standing Committee revisited the proposal to address all queries raised by the Law Department. The proposed changes will have only prospective effect,” officials said.
The Standing Committee has recommended that recruitment for different posts by SSRB, Police Recruitment Board and by District Recruitment Boards and Departmental Committees (in respect of Class-IV) shall be made in the same manner as is being done presently.
Similarly engagement of other categories of posts under NRHM, MG-NREGA will continue to be governed by the relevant guidelines of the Central and State Government.
Officials said all employees would, “by and large”, enjoy attributes of a regular government employee from the very date of joining their respective posts except that they will draw a ‘fixed salary’ as prescribed and there will be no separate classes of ‘fixed salary’ employees other than those existing in the departmental service rules.
Normal medical attendance rules and rules of leave, probation and disciplinary rules shall also apply to employees under new policy, officials said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:00:00 IST




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