Modi government cuts increments for senior ISRO staff

A senior scientist told Express that by virtue of the memorandum the employees have suffered a pay cut of Rs 10,000 per month on an average.

Published: 09th September 2019 07:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th September 2019 07:36 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with ISRO scientists at the organsiastion’s headquarters in Bengaluru, on Saturday | pti

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Even as Chandrayaan-2 mission scientists are racing against time to re-establish  the communication link with Vikram lander that crashed on lunar surface, thousands of senior staff members, including scientists and engineers, at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have suffered pay cuts with the Central government deciding to discontinue 'additional' increments. This reportedly is causing discontent across the ranks of the country's space research organisation.

As per an Office Memorandum (OM) dated June 12, undersigned by Deputy Secretary to Department of Space M Ramadas, the two additional increments given to scientists/engineers of grade SD, SE, SF and SG are discontinued with effect from July 1, 2019.

The memorandum, a copy of which is available with Express, says, "consequent to implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission recommendation and introduction of Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) up to 40 per cent of basic pay for scientific and technical personnel in Department of Space (DoS), Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has advised DoS to discontinue the incentive granted in the form of two additional increments to scientists/engineers - SD, SE, SF and SG grade personnel."

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In 1996, Centre has approved grant of two additional increments for SD to SG grade personnel in Department of Space in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs 10,000-15,200, Rs 12,000-16,500, Rs 14,300 18,300 and Rs 16,400-20,000. "However, in the light of the advice of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, it has been decided to discontinue the payment of incentive granted with effect from July 1, 2019," the memorandum reads.

When contacted, K Santhosh Kumar, general secretary of Space Engineers Association (SEA) refused to comment and said "it was an internal matter." However, the SEA has submitted a representation to ISRO Chairman K Sivan seeking his intervention to persuade Central government to roll back the decision. "The PRIS offered to the engineers and the additional increments are entirely different. One is an incentive and other is pay and hence they can not supplement each other," the association president A Manimaran said in the letter.

A senior scientist told Express that by virtue of the memorandum the employees have suffered a pay cut of Rs 10,000 per month on an average.

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  • Paran

    Despite knowing the launch date July 22
    10 days ago reply
  • sathish b

    he is a play boy
    11 days ago reply
  • badri narayanan poondi

    Do the scientists and engineers lose the blanket incentive increment in lieu of "introduction of Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) up to 40 per cent of basic pay for scientific and technical personnel in Department of Space.." which is more rational than a blanket increase? If incentive is given without regard to performance in critical sector that involves high stake performance
    11 days ago reply
  • m g swaminathan

    The Central Government seem to consider that with pay improvements effected through the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission
    12 days ago reply
  • Mukund

    There is no reason why people should link the cut in increment to Chandrayan II as the decision is taken much early before landing of Chandrayan II. Earlier most of the people used to get incentive by default which Government has changed to performance based. This is normal in all private companies as well as most of the organizations in the world. Any reward or incentive should be only performance based. Hence there should not be any hard feelings. This post should have appeared in the month of June and not now as it may just instigate staff and common man as if Government is doing injustice.
    12 days ago reply
  • SK Mandal

    The circular cutting additional increment dates back prior to Chandrayan-2 launching date; hence need not be connected to the recent performnaces of the ISRO scientits. Moreover
    12 days ago reply
  • Yash Garg

    To the author of this article: Get a life dickhead
    12 days ago reply
  • Shahzor

    This article is written in poor taste
    12 days ago reply
  • Vyasamoorthy

    Why is Indian Express bringing up an issue that was effective three months ago?
    12 days ago reply
    • SUKUMAR

      That is the gutter level of press now a days to create a unpleasant situation.
      10 days ago reply
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