7th Pay Commission recommendations for Dietitians
Dietitians in Central Government Services : Dieticians have demanded a GP 5400 (PB-3) from their existing GP 4600. The entry level qualification for Dietician is Master’s degree in Home Science/Home Economics with specialisation in Food and Nutrition or BSc (Home Science/Home Economics) with nutrition as a special subject with PG Diploma in Dietetics and one year’s practical experience in Dietetics.
The Commission feels that sufficient justification does not exist to upgrade the pay levels of Dieticians, and recommends only replacement pay levels.
Dietitians in Railways : Dieticians in Railways have demanded an upgrade to GP 5400 (PB-3) from the existing GP 4200. The Dieticians in Central Government are placed in GP 4600. The entry level qualification for Dieticians in Railways is B.Sc. with Chemistry/Home Science and PG Diploma in Dietetics with three months’ internship OR M.Sc. (Home Science) with Food and Nutrition.
The entry level qualification for Dieticians in Central Government is Master’s Degree in Home Science/Home Economics with specialisation in Food and Nutrition or B.Sc. (Home Science/Home Economics) with Nutrition as a special subject and PG Diploma in Dietetics and one year’s experience. Thus, the entry level qualification of Dieticians in Railways and Central Government is similar except that in the Railways, three months’ internship has been prescribed as against one year’s experience prescribed in the Central Government.
The Commission observes that this is a fit case for harmonisation and recommends GP 4600 for Dieticians in Railway. The promotional posts of Senior Dietician (present GP 4600) and Assistant Dietetic Officer (present GP 4800) will also be upgraded to GP 4800 and GP 5400 (PB-2) respectively.