Stepping up of Pay of Senior Assistants on Promotion

Stepping up of Pay allowed in respect of Senior Assistants promoted as Section Officers has to be reviews in line with DOPT’s earlier instructions

Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions has issued an OM regarding Stepping up of Pay for Senior Assistants who are drawing less pay compared to their Juniors on their promotion to the post of Section Officers of CSS Cadre.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

2nd Floor, A Wing, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, the 31st July, 2015


Subject: Stepping up of pay of senior Assistants of CSS drawing less pay on promotion in the Section Officers’ Grade than their juniors – OM No.18/2/2007-CS-1 dated 20.05.2014 – Follow up action regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OMs No.18/2/2007-CS-I dated 20.05.2014 and 08.07.2014 and subsequent reminder OMs No.18/2/2014-CS-l(S) dated 09.09.2014 and 30.04.2015 on the subject mentioned above. Reference is also invited to the Order of even number dated 13.07.2015 rejecting the appeals submitted by some of the CSS officers in this regard, a copy of which was also endorsed to all Ministries/Departments.

2. The Ministries/Departments were requested vide OM dated 20.05.14 that stepping up of pay already allowed in cases where the individuals are not covered by the OMs dated 13.04.1988, 23. 02.1994 and 08.10.1996 and where conditions laid down in the OM dated 04.11.1993 are also not fulfilled, may be reviewed and pay re-fixed accordingly. They were further requested that the excess payments made to the employees in the cases of wrong stepping up of pay may be recovered in terms of DOP& T’s OM No.18/26/2011-Estt(Pay-l) dated 06.02.2014 and a compliance report in this regard furnished to this Department by 31.08.2014.

4. However, till date information about re-fixation of pay, in respect of cases of stepping up of pay allowed wrongly, has been received from very few Ministries/Departments, like Ministry of Textiles, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitations etc. A copy each of the orders so received in this Department is attached for the convenience of the Ministries/Departments to establish chain and take immediate action for re-fixation/recovery.

5.  However, in the cases reviewed by these Ministries/Departments, many of the officers involved are presently
working outside that Ministry/Department. Therefore, the compliance reports in respect of these officers are to be forwarded by their present Ministry/Department. It is also clarified that it is the responsibility of  the Ministries/Departments to review all cases of stepping up allowed in respect of officers who are presently posted with them, irrespective of whether the stepping up was allowed by them or by the previous Ministries/ Departments of the officer.

6. The Ministries/Departments are, therefore, once again requested to furnish the compliance report in this regard immediately. If no information is to be provided, a ‘Nil’ report may be sent to this Department as a token of confirmation that all cases of stepping up of pay have been reviewed by that Ministry/ Department in terms of this Department’s OM dated 20.05.2014 read with clarifications issued vide OM dated 08.07.2014 and no violations found.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Download Personnel Ministry OM F.No.18/2/2014-CS-l(S) dated 31.07.2015

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