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The Central Board of Direct Taxes(Income Tax Department) has considered the representations from Departmental promotee Officers for fixation of pay equivalent to minimum entry pay prescribed for Direct Recruit employees (appointed on or after 1.1.2006). Also, stepping up of pay of senior promotee Officers with reference to direct recruit juniors recruited on or after 1.1.2006 and whose basic pay was more than that of their seniors, was considered.
Now, the CBDT has issued orders to the effect that the stepping up of basic pay of seniors is allowed. It has been laid down that such stepping up can be claimed only in the case of those cadres which have an element of direct recruitment and where a directly recruited junior is actually drawing more basic pay than the seniors. In such cases, the basic pay of seniors will be stepped up w.r.to the basic pay of junior.
Stepping up will be applicable from the date junior direct recruit actually draws higher basic pay than his senior.
This stepping up is not applicable in cases where junior direct recruit was fixed at higher stage on account of advance increment etc. at the time of recruitment.
For further details, download CBDT (HRD) Letter F. No. HRD/CM/175/4/2010-11/858 dated 02.11.2010.