11th Pay Commission (Revision) for Kerala Government Employees
Rules of Fixation:
In the previous pay revisions, revision of pay from pre-revised scales to revised scales was a laborious exercise involving detailed calculations, and so a considerable amount of precious time was lost in fixing the pay of an employee in the revised scale. In the case of offices where hundreds of employees are working, many months will be taken to complete the fixation exercise.
Errors committed by pay fixation authorities were galore leading to overpayment and financial loss to the exchequer. Efforts for recovery of overpayments open floodgates of court litigations after every pay revision. Usually, a specific formula which contains several components like Basic Pay, other kinds of pay, DA, Fitment Benefit, Service Weightage, etc. are to be added to work out an amount of pay for revision and the total amount so arrived at had to be fixed in a stage in the revised scale of pay.
In such cases, each employee benefitted differently. By the advantage of a single rupee, the pay could be raised by an increment up to ₹ 2400, while in certain other cases, a deficit by one rupee causes fixation at a lower stage in the revised scale. The Commission feels that such vagaries should be eliminated or at least reduced and that all the employees will have to be benefitted from the pay revision more or less uniformly.
Further, complexities in the pay fixations, the concomitant junior-senior anomalies, and resultant court cases have to be avoided. With a view to achieving these objectives, the Commission has taken a novel approach for the movement of pay from pre-revised to revised scales.
As far as the current revision is concerned, as stated earlier, the revision of pay involves the merger of 28% DA and an additional 10% of Basic Pay as Fitment Benefit.
Hence generally, revised pay will be 1.38 multiple of the pre-revised pay. Revised Master scale is derived by applying this formula. The number of pay stages in the new Master Scale is exactly the same as that in the existing.
Master Scale so that the total 83 stages in the existing Master Scale could be converted to an equal number of pay stages. Hence, elaborate fixation exercise, as was done in previous pay revisions, would not have to be repeated for the switch over from pre-revised to revised scales. The pre-revised pay needs just to be replaced by the revised pay in the schedule (Annexure-6(2)) provided for the stage to stage revision.
This would reduce administrative exercise to a large extent, and with the help of SPARK, the existing pay of all employees can be replaced with the revised pay in the Annexure-6(2) on a particular date. While switch over to a new system like this, the possible impediment will be cases where various kinds of pay other than basic pay co-exist with the pre-revised basic pay.
Appropriate remedies have been provided for addressing such cases to protect employees against any monetary loss. Taking all these into consideration, the Commission has framed rules for fixation of pay as below.