JCM MEMORANDUM PROPOSES MERGER/ UPGRADATION OF GRADE PAY OF LDC/UDC.
The draft of JCM Memorandum to 7th CPC is posted hereunder. Please go through & give any positive suggestion to the JCM through e-mail id firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th of this month. The finalized memorandum will be submitted to the 7th Pay Commission on 30th June.
You are aware that this Association has been continuously pursuing the upgradation of the Grade Pay of LDC & UDC. National JCM has make note of the demand and tried to solve the issue to an extent. The leader National JCM, under whose guidance Memorandum of National JCM has been prepared, had talked me at the preparation stage and asked me to send our views regarding the pay structure of common category especially the LDC, UDC, other Administrative Staff, Stenographers and Hindi Translators. Accordingly we sent some note wherein the upgradation of the Grade pay of LDC & UDC to Rs. 2400 & 4200 respectively has been suggested. But it was told that Rs. 4200 Grade pay to UDC as a common category is not justifiable and Rs. 2400 & 2800 added for these cadres.
However, it was advised to propose Rs. 4200/ to UDCs in the individual memoranda submitted by the Associations on the ground that UDCs are assigned with the duties of Assistants in most of the subordinate offices as the sanctioned posts of Assistants in these offices is far less than the actual requirement. The extracts of the Chapter XII where the cases of common category especially the Administrative Staff are discussed is given below:
All our friends-Administrative Staff, Stenographers, Hindi Translators and all categories belong to common category- are requested to please send suggestions if any to the National JCM by 28th after noon.
Common categories of staff and Common cadres
The 6th CPC has classified the following as common categories.
Account Staff belonging to
un-organised account cadres.
Artists Para Medical staff
Canteen staff Photographers
Care taking staff Police personnel
Drawing Office staff Printing staff
E D P staff Store Keeping staff
Fire Fighting staff Teachers
Library staff Veterinarians
12.2 The personnel belonging to the above mentioned categories are recruited by various departments according to their requirement. Since they are often out of the mainstream of the activates of the concerned department, they cannot be provided with a planned career advancement. This apart, we also notice that the pay scales assigned to them vary from one department to another. The anomaly created is not capable of resolution at the Departmental anomaly committees and often carried forward to the next CPC, where some anomalies are resolved and other remain unresolved. We suggest that these categories of employees must be given common pay scale and made applicable in all Department. They must be assigned pay scales on the basis of the entry level recruitment qualification and the structure promotion specified to be applied uniformly in all departments. All these categories of employees may be granted the pay scales provided for similar personnel in the Central Secretariat. The Associations/Federations of these employees will no doubt submit their memorandum to the 7th CPC indicating the present state of affairs and improvement needed in their pay structure with reasons. The 7th CPC may consider their submissions and make appropriate recommendation to accede to their demands.
12.3 Staff Car Drivers:
In most of the departments of the GoI, the cadre of staff car driver has become a dying cadre, due to the policy of hiring the vehicle along with drivers rather than purchasing cars. However, operational vehicles continue to be owned and operated by the concerned departments. The Associations/Federations in their departments will submit memorandum to suggest the requisite improvements in the service conditions of drivers in operative departments. Incidentally we may mention that the pay scales assigned to this common category wary with what is obtaining in the Supreme Court and Parliament. We request the commission to recommend parity for the sake of equal work-equal pay. In some of the Departments of Government of India, presently the staff car driver are surplus in as much as the staff cars are hired with drivers on contract basis. They sit idle. We request that the commission may recommend to absorb these drivers as a one time measure in any appropriate cadre in the concerned department by amending the recruitment rule of these cadres, where these can be absorbed.
12.4 In administrative offices, generally, the following are the common cadres:
MTS, LDC, UDC, DEOs, Stenographers, Assistants, Senior Assistants, Office Superintendent, Administrative Officers Gr III, II and I, Private Secretaries Senior Private Secretaries, Personal Assistant etc.
12.5 We have suggested MTS the pay scale commencing the minimum wage of Rs. 26000/-. This may be applied in the case of MTS of all Departments.
12.6 On computerization of functions of almost all department of Government of India the duties assigned to LDCs has changed drastically. The routine functions of data entry etc have now been entrusted to data entry operators and the rest is overlapping with functions of UDC. These posts in all Departments are, therefore, to be upgraded as UDCs and whatever pay assigned to UDCs given to them. At the clerical level presently there are two scales with Grade pay 2400 and 2800. This, in our opinion requires to be de-layered and be replaced by one single pay scale. At the level of Assistants, they may be granted the scale of pay assigned to Assistants in the Central Secretariat and the Sr.Assistant/Office Superintendent are to be granted the pay scale of section officer in the Central Secretariat. The Cadre of Administrative Officers is in three Grades. Every department may not have the requirement of all the three grades. Wherever it is found to be necessary to retain the three Grades they may be granted the next three successive pay scales i.e., Gr A entry scale, senior time scale of pay, and the one next above.
12.7 The 6th CPC had recommended merger of stenographer with other ministerial cadres. A few departments have acted upon it, others have left it untouched. The ground reality is that stenographers are presently seldom recruited or is not available for recruitment. The decision to abolish the post of Stenographers and merge them with clerical cadre may bring about difficulty in filling up the posts of Private Secretary and Senior Private Secretary in future. In any case, they are entitled to the same pay scale as is provided to the Stenographers and private secretaries in the Central Secretariat and we suggest that they be brought on par with the similar grades in the Central Secretariat. The Associations/Federations participating in the JCM will submit a detailed memorandum covering these common categories, wherever they exist. We request the 7th CPC to consider and accept the views and suggestions made by them in their memorandum and make appropriate recommendation.