7th Pay Commission Report on Allowances for working on holidays – Holiday Monetary Compensation more than doubled – National Holiday allowance increased by 1.5 times
Employees, who are regularly required to work on holidays, like the employees of Delhi Police and the CISF, are granted an extra month’s pay per year. Employees of other CAPFs are granted extra thirty days’ leave. Some other categories of staff are paid allowances.
1. Holiday Compensatory Allowance
2. Holiday Monetary Compensation
3. National Holiday Allowance
Holiday Compensatory Allowance
It is a compensation for non-gazetted staff of IB who are required to perform duties on holidays and weekends; granted at the rate of one day’s (Basic Pay + DA) for up to thirty days in a financial year. No demands have been received regarding this allowance.
Analysis and Recommendations
The Commission notes that employees in almost all Ministries/Departments are, sometimes, required to work on weekends. They are usually compensated by providing a “compensatory off.” Thus, grant of an allowance for weekend working is not justified.
At the same time, the sensitive, and time bound nature of work done by IB should also be kept in mind. Therefore, it is recommended that the non-gazetted staff of IB, presently covered under Holiday Compensatory Allowance, should, henceforth, be covered by National Holiday Allowance. They will be granted this allowance for up to twelve holidays in a year (including the three National Holidays) at the rates prescribed. Accordingly, Holiday Compensatory Allowance, as a separate allowance, should be abolished.
Holiday Monetary Compensation
This allowance is granted in Department of Posts and is payable to postmen and other departmental staff who are required to perform duty on second holiday if three consecutive holidays occur. The existing rates are:
|Category||Rate of Remuneration|
|Supervisor||Rs.85 per holiday for 4 hours|
|Postal Assistant||Rs.85 per holiday for 4 hours|
|Postmen/Sorting Postmen||Rs.85 per holiday|
|Multi-tasking staff||Rs.60 per holiday for 4 hours|
Demands have been received to increase the rate of this allowance to Rs.600 per holiday.
Analysis and Recommendations
Since the allowance is not DA indexed, it is proposed to raise the amount to Rs.200 per holiday for Supervisors, Postal Assistants and Postmen/Sorting Postmen; and Rs.150 per holiday for Multi-tasking Staff. The rate of allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent.
National Holiday Allowance
This allowance is paid to non-gazetted Railway employees who are rostered to work on a “National Holiday.” The existing rates are:
|Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay||Rate|
|up to Rs.7260||Rs.256 per day|
|Rs.7261-Rs.9700||Rs.318 per day|
|Rs.9701 and above (limited to non-gazetted staff)||Rs.420 per day|
There are demands to increase the amount of this allowance to 1.5 x (one day’s Basic Pay + DA)
Analysis and Recommendations
The Commission notes that although there are only three National Holidays, this allowance is granted for twelve days in a year due to operational constraints. Also, the allowance is already partially indexed to the DA. Hence, it is recommended that the amount should be increased by 50 percent to the following:
|Level||Rate of Allowance (per day)|
|1 and 2||Rs.384|
|3 to 5||Rs.477|
|6 to 8 (limited to non-gazetted staff)||Rs.630|
The rate of allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.
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