Demand for city classification, wage fixation

Demand for city classification, wage fixation

MANGALORE: The state government, despite repeated assurances including those given by CM, is yet to set up a wage committee for its employees. The committee has to go into issue of wage fixation including parity with and HRA drawn by central government employees based on city classification decided by union government. To draw attention of the government to this demand, the state government employees are holding district level conventions. The convention in DK will be held here on May 29.

Interestingly, Mangalore City Corporation at its monthly meeting on September 30, 2008, had unanimously adopted a resolution urging the state government to change the city’s status from C to B2. Mangalore presently enjoys B2 status on its city compensatory allowance (CCA), and C status on its house rent allowance (HRA) parameters and this was as per the revision carried out based on the results of the earlier census carried out in 2001.

Status of Indian cities comprises of two ranking systems used by the Union government to allocate compensatory allowances to its employees in cities in the country. The list classifies cities based on two parameters CCA, further divided into categories A1, A, B1 and B2, and HRA further divided into A1, A, B1, B-2 and C categories. This classification was initially based on the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission of India (1997).

At present, state government employees working in C category cities get 10% of basic salary as HRA if working in district headquarters and 6% HRA in the taluks. Central government employees in C category city on the other hand get 20% HRA in district HQ and 10% in taluks. The state government has upgraded city classification of Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad from C to B2 and is yet to do so for 14 major towns across Karnataka including Mangalore.

H Sanjeeva, president of DK unit of Karnataka State Government Employees Association told TOI that central government employees in DK and other B2 cities in the state are getting revised HRA (20% and 10%) since 2007. They have received arrears as the revision was made applicable from January 1, 2006. "If the state government ratifies the status of 14 cities including that of Mangalore from C to B2, we too would get 20% as HRA," he noted.

Source: Times of India

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