The 55 lakh Central government employees will now be able to choose a new date to draw their new pay scale under the Sixth Pay Commission award.
According to an office-memorandum, the Centre on Monday allowed its employees time till December to fix the base date for taking the new pay scale, from a date that is more beneficial to them. Earlier, they did not have this option as the government had fixed January 1, 2006 as the cut-off date for implementing the new pay award.
The government, according to an office-memorandum, tweaked the norms in view of the representations received from employees.
Earlier, the government, while implementing the Pay Commission award in 2008, had given employees three months to choose the switch-over date if it was later than January 1, 2006. The option, however, was to be binding.
The Sixth Pay Commission had recommended 40 per cent hike for adjustment in the pre-revised basic pay, different pay bands and grade pay benefiting about 55 lakh government employees.
Source: Economic Times