No recovery from IT Inspectors, PSs and AOs fixed with minimum pay of Rs.13860
On accont of merger of pre-revised pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500 some posts which presently constitute feeder and promotion grades will come lie in an identical grade. The specific recommendations about some categories of these posts made by pay commission are included in Section II of Part B. As regards other posts, the posts in thewe three scales should be merged. In case it is not feasible to merge the posts in these pay scales on functional considerations, the posts in the scale of Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 should be merged, the post in the scale of Rs.6500-10500 being upgraded to the next higher grade pay in pay band PB-2 ie to the grade pay of Rs.4600 corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450-11500. In case a post already exists in the scale of Rs.7450-11500, the post being upgraded from the scale of Rs.6500-10500 should be merged with the post in the scale of Rs.7450-11500.
Based on the above decision, it was represented to the Government by the employees especially Income tax Inspectors, PSs and AOs in Income Tax Department and Central Excise and Customs Inspectors, who were in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 prior to implementation of Sixth Pay Commission, for giving 6CPC pay equivalent to pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450/-.
Government considered the representation rather partially in favour of these employees in this case as only their grade pay was raised from Rs.4200 to Rs.4600 which the GP equivalent to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450-11500. However, the fixation of their minimum pay at Rs.13,860 (1.86 times of Rs.7450) was not done since, the Office Memorandum No: 1/1/2008-IC dated 13.11.2009 which granted the enhanced grade pay in this issue was silent about the fixation of minimum pay at Rs.13,860 in this case.
Now, income tax department has come up with an instruction to its accounts officers in this regard. It is specifically instructed to all accounts officers not to recover the amount from the emplyees who were fixed and paid with the minimum pay of Rs.13,860 on the premise that revised minimum pay equivalent to pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450-11500 should given once the grade pay of these employees were ordered to enhanced from Rs.4200 to Rs.4600 (which is the grade pay equivalent to pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450-11500).
It is categorically stated in the Letter F.No:HRD/CM/175/2010-11/3093 dated 28.12.2011, that since there is a more than fair chance that fixation will be done respect to the minimum of Rs.13,860 in this case making recoveries on this account will be unjustified.
This order will be much beneficial to the Income tax, Central Excise and Customs Inspectors, PSs and AOs who have joined in service just prior to 6CPC implementation (say in the year 2004, 2005 etc) since they are likely to get the minimum pay of Rs.13,860/- relevant to the grade pay of Rs.4600.
The Letter F.No:HRD/CM/175/2010-11/3093 dated 28.12.2011 issued by Human Resource Department of Income Tax can be downloaded using the link below.