Pay Parity in Services

Pay Parity in Services 

Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission and several improvements made thereon by the Government have been largely well received by the armed forces personnel. Some issues regarding service conditions, pay and allowances have subsequently been received. These issues are examined by the Government on case to case basis. 

In the matter relating to retirement benefits, an Anomaly Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Defence/Finance). This Committee identified some anomalies which have since been addressed to by the Government. Improvement of service conditions, pay, allowances and retirement benefits of armed forces personnel is a continuous process. 

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri A K Antony in a written reply to Dr. P. Venugopalin Lok Sabha today. 

Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

Review and amendments of various labour laws is an ongoing process. The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 was amended in 2008 by which for section 8, the following section was substituted: 

“8(1) Every woman entitled to maternity benefit under this Act shall also be entitled to receive from her employer a medical bonus of one thousand rupees, if no pre-natal confinement and post-natal care is provided for by the employer free of charge. 

(2) The Central Government may before every three years by notification in the Official Gazette increase the amount of medical bonus subject to the maximum of twenty thousand rupees”. 

The Central Government vide notification No. S.O. 2016(E) dated 11th August, 2008 increased the amount of medical bonus from Rs. 1000/- to Rs. 2500/-. Further, vide notification No. S.O. 2016(E) dated 19th December, 2011, the amount of medical bonus has been increased from Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 3500/-.

This information was given by the Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Fee Structure in Sainik Schools

Fee Structure in Sainik Schools 

The government has received representations from the parents of the Sainik School students about the huge fee structure. Sainik Schools are primarily self-sustaining institutions. The State Governments are responsible for the creation/maintenance of physical infrastructure and meeting a portion of the recurring expenditure. A major portion of the recurring expenditure is met by the fees payable by the parents. The amount of the fee varies from school to school and depends also on contributions from the State Government. 

The State Governments award scholarships on merit-cum-means basis to the boys of their respective States. Parents are reimbursed to the extent of the amount of that scholarship. Where the scholarship provided by the State Government is more, the parents stand to gain more. 

Keeping in view the cost of living in general and the representations received from the parents, Government has recently taken the following steps to lessen the burden of fee on parents:- 

i. The rate of Defence Scholarship has been increased from Rs.10,500/- to 32,000- per annum per cadet. 

ii. The Central Government Subsidy has been increased from Rs.10,000/- to Rs.16,000/- (approx) per annum per cadet. 

iii. The Ministry of Defence provides 100% additionality of pay & allowances of the employees of Sainik Schools arising out of the implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission 

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri A K Antony in a written reply to Shri S. Pakkirappain Lok Sabha today.

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