Grant of advance increments to Stenographers in Subordinate Offices

No. 18/44/88-Estt.(Pay) I Departpent of Personnel & Training Estt. (Pay I) SectionNew Delhi. the7th Dec.. 2009. OFFICE MEMORANDUM SUBJECT: Grant of advance increments to Stenographers in Subordinate Offices for acquiring higher speed in short-hand - Acceptance of Award of BOA -regarding. In accordance with the provisions contained in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M.No.7(31)E-Ill(A)/75, dated 4.10.1975 and this Department's 0.M of even number dated 148.1969, Stenographers (OrdinaryGrade) in Subordinate Offices in the pay scale of Rs.1200-2040 (pre-revised) were granted one or two advance increments respectively on qualifying shorthand speed test at 100 or 120 wpm, both at recruitment stage and while in sewice. It was clarified vide OM dated 14.8.1989 that these advance increments will not count as pay for allowances and as emoluments for pension/gratuity. 2. A demand was raised by the Staff Side in the National Council (JCM) that the OM dated 14.8.1989 may be withdrawn and the advance increments granted to Stenographers (Ordinary Grade) in Subordinate Offices be treated as pay for all purposes. The demand of the Staff Side was referred to the Board of Arbitration in CA Ref. No.5 of 2004 which gave the following Award on 16,9.2005: 'The advance increment sanctioned to the Stenographers in the Subordinate Offices as an incentive for passing the speed test of 100 w.p.m and 120 w.p.m. should be treated as pay for all purposes." 3. The question of implementation of the above Award has been considered in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and the President is pleased to accept the Award in CA Reference No.5 of 2004. Accordingly, it has been decided that the advance increments granted to the Stenographers (Ordinary Grade) in Subordinate Offices in terms of the provisions contained in Ministry of Finance's OM dated 4.10.1975 shall be treated as pay for all purposes. Past cases decided otherwise may be regulated accord~nglyT. his Department's OM dated 14.8.1989 and 30.1.2001 shall be treated as amended to thls extent. 4. In so far as the persons sewing in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. 5. Ministry of Finance etc, are advised to bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned under them for their proper actionlguidance. (B.K. MUKHOPADHYAY) DIRECTOR (PAY)

AI proposes cut in expat pilots' wages

Under pressure from its pilot unions, Air India is understood to have proposed a 10 per cent cut in the salaries of about 150 expat pilots currently on its rolls. "The managment has proposed a 10 per cent reduction in the salaries of the expat pilots," sources familiar with the development said, weeks after the pilots unions demanded compatibility between their pay package and that of foreign pilots. In addition, the managment is also considering slashing the bonuses of foreign pilots by 50 per cent and stopping the reimbursement of their travelling allowances, they said.Currently, there are around 810 expat pilots employed by five airlines--Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, IndiGo and SpiceJet.Air India alone has around 153 pilots, besides 1,253 Indian pilots and about 200 trainees. source:PTI

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