Pending the Centre’s ratification of the revised pay scales, new Recruitment Rules would be framed by incorporating the normal replacement pay band, based on the Vth Central Pay Commission recommendation before the upgradation, Chief Secretary M Sathivathy said in an order.
In case the upgradations are ratified by the Government of India, the same will be incorporated through appropriate amendments. She has directed the Secretariat department and heads of departments to process proposals to amend the RRs accordingly and submit them to the Department of Personal and Administrative Reforms for scrutiny and clearance.
However, it is understood that the government is doing this to mitigate a fiscal crisis by saving around `100 crores annually, through this measure.
The Central government has not compelled the territorial administration to withdraw the upgradation, but the government took a cabinet decision and went ahead, says P Lakshmanasamy, General Secretary of Puducherry State government Employees Central Federation.
“Many employees were enjoying the benefits of upgradation and government should ensure that such situations do not happen in future. The government should go by the Government of India rules, stating that when there was an erroneous fixation for a continuously long period, it should not be withdrawn,” he added.