THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As the 10th Pay revision commission has proposed to effect some administrative reforms, a number of employees have come up with suggestions similar to the reforms in the private sector, much to the discomfiture of employees organisations.
Many employees have proposed to the commission led by Justice C N Ramachandran Nair to rectify the anomalies which ccurred during the previous two pay revisions.
These employees say that employees in some departments had been given undue hike in pay as well as in ranking compared to similar posts in other departments.
The hike in pay-scales of various posts in Police Department and other forces such as Fire and Rescue Services, Forest, Excise etc, and sanctioning of allowances such as risk allowance, uniform allowance at high rates have added to the disparity. Similar is the case of some technical posts in the state. It has been pointed out that disparities are there even in granting promotions.
Speaking to ‘Express’, T Jagadeesh, a Secretariat employee, said that candidates appointed from the same LDC ranklist to Panchayat or Revenue Department would get promoted as UDC within two or three years after the completion of probation whereas employees recruited from the same ranklist would have to wait for for 10 to 14 years.
‘’There has been employee dissatisfaction over the irrational promotion criteria in various departments. We are proposing that the commission explore the scope of preparing a common seniority list for the appointments among various departments. The common seniority of the existing staff may be made on the basis of the date of entry in the present post. For the new entrants the seniority may be made in their seniority in the ranklist,’’ he said.
There is criticism that Career Advancement schemes as implemented now have benefited only those holding some technical posts.
The Technical departments have become obsolete in the prevailing circumstances as outsourcing has become the order of the day.