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Good News for Government Employees

In the midst of the economic downturn, salary cuts and redundancies due to the Covid-19 pandemic, here’s good news for some government workers from Modi’s nation. The Indian Department of Personnel & Training under the Indian Ministry of Employment, Public Grievances & Pensions released an OFFICE MEMORANDUM on the subject: “Advance increments given to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on the shorthand qualifying speed test at 100/120 p.m., in the 7th CPC Scenario-reg.” And, the good news is that these Central Government employees have been given a qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 p.m.

According to the MEMORANDUM OFFICE, ‘In compliance with the provisions of OM No. 7(31)E-lll(A)/75 of 04.10.1975 of the Department of Expenditure and OM No. 18/44/88-Estt.(Pay-l) of 14.08.1989 and OM No. 1/9/98-Estt.(Pay-I) of 30.01.2001, Stenographers of Subordinate Offices were given one or two advance increments for the appropriate speed check at 100/120 wpm in the shorthand.

This Department must vide OM No. 18/44/88-Estt.(Pay-l) dated 07.12.2009 provided that for all purposes these advance amounts will be considered as pay. However, following the introduction of the Grade Pay and Pay Band method as a consequence of the adoption of the 2008 CCS (RP) Regulations, this video Department of OM No. 1/1/2010-Estt.(Pay-l) of 06.12.2012 explained how to measure such advance increments.

Moreover, OFFICE MEMORANDUM says, “The Consequent upon the implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016, the system of Pay Band and Grade Pay has been replaced by the Pay Matrix. The manner in which the advance increment(s) are to be computed and the guidelines for granting these advance increments to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m., in the 7th CPC Scenario, have been considered in this Department, in consultation with Department of Expenditure.

Further, the OFFICE MEMORANDUM informs, “The President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders/OMs/instructions/guidelines on the subject of granting the advance increment(s) to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m., w.e.f. 01.01.2016 the advance increments shall be regulated as under:

(i) The stenographer who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 80 w.p.m. may be granted one advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100 w.p.m. and one more advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service. However, if a stenographer who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the short hand at 80 w.p.m. directly qualifies the speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service, he/she may be granted two advance increments.

(ii)  The stenographer, who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 100 w.p.m., may be granted one advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service.

(iii) These speed tests shall be conducted by properly constituted Authorities including Departmental Authorities.

(iv) Such advance amounts shall be given as from the date the check is passed.

(v) Such advance increments shall not be included in subsequent increases, and the date of the next rise shall remain the same after the award of such advance increases. No pay fixing option from the Next Increment Date shall be available / allowed for pay fixing on account of these advance increases.

(vi) In addition to the basic pay, the value of such advance installments must be viewed as a separate item, and it should be counted as pay for all purposes. Therefore, if such advance increments have been taken into account for the purpose of setting pay on promotion or putting them on a higher tier on MACP grant or revision of the Pay Scale or Pay Structure etc., such advance increments will no longer exist as a separate item.

(vii) For stenographers who become eligible for the grant of these advance increments following the introduction of the CCS (RP) Rules 2016, one / two advance increments may be granted (as the case may be) at the vertical level at which the Government Servant is placed on the date of passing the exam, as shown below:

(a) For granting two advance increments:

(b) For granting one advance increment:

(viii) Benefit of these advance increments will not be treated as an anomaly for the purpose of stepping of pay of seniors.

Those orders are given in their application to Indian Audit and Accounts Department employees after consultation with India’s Comptroller & Auditor General, as required by Article 148(5) of the Constitution.

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