Stepping up of pay of Senior Assistants of the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) drawing less pay on promotion
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhavan, 2nd Floor, Khan Market,
New Delhi-hO 003, the 20th May2014
Subject: Stepping up of pay of Senior Assistants of the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) drawing less pay on promotion In the Section Officers Grade than their juniors.
The undersigned is directed to say that instructions were issued by this Department for stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion to the Section Officers’ Grade than their juniors vide 0M No. 5/16/80-CS.I dated 13.4.1988. 0M No. 5/21/92-CS.l dated 23.2.1994 and 0M No. 5/1/96-CS.l dated 8.10.1996. Subsequently, on references from certain Ministries/Departments Clarifications in this regard had been issued during 2007-08. These clarifications were withdrawn vide 0M No. 18/212007-CS.l(S) dated 29.5.2009 and the Ministries/Departments were asked vide 0M No. 181212007-CS.I(S) dated 21 May, 2010 to maintain status-quo in the matter till the same is finally settled.
2. The question of stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion to the Section Officers’ Grade than their juniors has been reviewed. For clarity, the circumstances leading to issuance of the instructions are explained below:
0M No. 5116180-CS.l dated 13.4.88:
2.1 Ad-hoc promotions against short-term vacancies in the grade of Section Officer were being made according to the seniority list of the cadre unit concerned whereas regular promotions to the grade were made on a centralized basis by the DOP&T on the basis of Common Seniority List of Assistants. This led to a situation that Assistants lower in rank in the merit list or recruited through a later examination in a particular cadre unit got ad-hoc promotions earlier according to the seniority list of the cadre unit concerned. whereas an Assistant higher in rank in the merit list or recruited from an earlier examination, and therefore senior, did not get such an opportunity to officiate as Section Officer on ad-hoc basis for want of adequate number of short-term vacancies in the Grade of Section Officer in his cadre unit. This resulted in junior Assistants drawing higher emoluments than the seniors in the Section Officer grade. In 1984, the staff side of the Departmental Council of DOP&T (JCM) raised the demand that the pay of Assistants of CSS who were senior by virtue of having been recruited through earlier examinations but were drawing less pay in SO’s grade, on promotion than their juniors recruited through later examinations be raised to same level which their juniors were drawing and the same was referred to the Board of Arbitration. The Board of Arbitration accepted the demand of the staff side to the extent that the pay of an Assistant of the CSS, who is senior by virtue of having been recruited through an earlier examination but is drawing less pay on promotion to the SO’s grade than his junior recruited through a later examination shall not be less than the pay his junior is drawing in the same cadre. The award was considered in this Department in consultation with Deptt. of Expenditure and was accepted in to to and 0M No. 5/16180-CS.l was issued on 13.4.88.
0M No. 5121I92-CS.l dated 23.2.1994:
2.2 The benefit of 0M No. 5116180-CS.l dated 13.04.1988 was restricted to the case of senior Assistants of CSS recruited through earlier Assistants Grade Examination but drawing less pay than their juniors recruited through later Assistants Grade Examination promoted as Section Officer on seniority basis
only and was not allowed to Assistants promoted as Section Officers based on Limited Departmental Competitive Examination.
2.2 Subsequently, on demand of CSS Section Officers’ Association, the benefit of stepping up of pay allowed vide 0M No. 5116/80-CS.l dated 13.04.1988 was granted/extended to senior Assistants of CSS recruited through earlier Assistants Grade Examination but drawing less pay than their juniors recruited through later Assistants Grade Examination at the time of promotion through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination also, subject to fulfillment of the same conditions as prescribed in the 0M No. 5/16I80-CS.l dated 13.04.1988.
0M No. 511196-CS.l dated 08.10.1996
2.3 The 0M dated 13.4.88 came under judicial scrutiny in two cases as explained below:
2.3.1 OA No. 365190 in the case of Shri K.C. Sehgal Vs. UOl & Ors Shri K.C. Sehgal, a promotee Assistant was senior to Smt. Sunita, a direct recruit Assistant in the Department of Steel and was drawing more pay than her both in the grades of Assistant and Section Officer, The Department of Steel stepped up the pay of Smt. Sunita in the Grade of Section Officer in pursuance of 0M dated 13.4.1988 with reference to a junior direct recruit Assistant, who got opportunity to officiate as Section Officer on ad hoc basis in another cadre unit, earlier than Smt. Sunita, . This resulted in Shri. Sehgal, though senior and drawing more pay than Smt.Sunita ¡n the lower and higher grades, drawing less pay than Smt. Sunita. Stepping up of his pay with reference to Smt. Sunita, his junior, was turned down on the ground that he was a promotee Assistant and the Junior was a direct recruit Assistant and 0M dated 13.4.88 allowed benefit only in the cases where both senior and junior are direct recruit Assistants.
Not satisfied with the above decision. Shri. Sehgal filed an OA No. 365/90 in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and the CAT allowed the OA and issued orders in his favour. The SLP filed by the Government against the order of the CAT was dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court
and as a result, the direction of the CAT was implemented.
2.3.2 OA No. 869/91- Shri L.K. Chawla Vs. U0l:
Both Shri. L.K. Chawla (senior) and Shri. Virender Kumar (junior) were direct recruit Assistants of Ministry of Labour, who were recruited through the Assistant Grade Examination, 1972. Shri Chawla (senior) was promoted on ad-hoc basis to the grade of Section Officer on 1.6.79 and Shn Virender Kumar (junior) on 30.6.79. VVhen the regular incumbent joined, Shri Chawla (senior) was reverted while Shri Virender Kumar (junior) was allowed to continue in the Grade of Section Officer by the Ministry of Labour, thereby the junior got continued opportunity to officiate as SO and difference of pay occurred,
Though in January 1980. Shn Chawla was given ad-hoc promotion, the difference of pay was there and as per the general principles, stepping up of pay is not allowed in the cases of ad-hoc promotion. Consequently Shn Chawla (senior) was included in the Section Officer Select List 1983 and his pay was fixed at Rs.880/- with date of increment in the month of November. Shn Virender Kumar (junior) was included in the Section Officer Select List 1984 and got his pay fixed at Rs.8801- with date of increment in the month of August. As Shn Virender Kumar was junior to him in the Assistant Grade and also in the SO Grade, Shn Chawla represented for antedating the date of drawal of annual increment from November to August i.e. at par with his junior Shri Virender Kumar. As they both belonged to the Assistant Grade Examination of the same year, the request of Shn Chawla was not allowed by the Ministry of Labour and as such he filed OA No. 869191 in the CAT and the same was allowed.