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New nat'l pay scale announced

52pc pay rise, separate scale for judiciary

The government announced a 52 percent increase, on average, in the basic salary of the public servants in the seventh national pay scale and fixed the highest salary at Tk 40,000 and the minimum at Tk 4,100.

After the cabinet approved the new pay scale yesterday Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith announced it in the evening at a crowded press briefing at the Prime Minister's Office.

Separate pay scales for the judicial service has been announced for the first time this year as the judiciary was separated from the executive during the last caretaker government.

Replying to a query he said there would be no negative impact on the kitchen market with the announcement of new pay scale. "I think prices of essentials won't go up as the present market condition is stable."

Muhith said the district judges, the highest post in the judicial service, would get their salaries according to the third grade meaning they will receive Tk 29,000 as their monthly starting salary instead of Tk 16,800 under the previous scale.

Every member of the judicial service will be given special allowance, which is 30 percent of their basic salary. Members of the armed forces would get increased salary and wages according to their pay scale, Muhith said.

As per the new pay scale, benefits of police and other civil forces will be increased by 30 percent, he added.

The finance minister said the government would try its best to publish a gazette notification before the Eid-ul-Azha to be held at the end of this month.

He said the government would announce a separate pay scale for the education sector next time. Under the new scale teachers, both in public and private institutions will enjoy the same pay scale.

Nurses from diploma and degree backgrounds who work under the same scale will now get different scales as per the new pay scale.

Muhith said the medical allowance of the government employees has been increased to Tk 700 from Tk 500. The government will provide education allowance of Tk 200 to Tk 300.

The pension allowance has also been increased by 40 percent. But if the pensioner is 65 years old he will receive 50 percent increase. As per the new pay scale, either of the spouses will be entitled to pension in case one of them dies. At present only the wife gets the pension benefit if the husband dies.

The pay commission recommended Tk 45,000 as the highest salary, which was cut down to Tk 40,000. Tk 4,000 was proposed as the lowest salary, which was later increased to Tk 4,100.

The government will require an additional amount of Tk 6,222 crore a year to implement the new pay scale. Only the basic salary will come into effect from July this year while other allowances from next July.

In the current fiscal year's budget around Tk 3,500 crore was set aside for implementing the new pay scale for about 15 lakh beneficiaries.

Of that 7,61,214 government employees, 3,03,220 staffs of different autonomous institutions and 4,24,285 pensioners will come under the new pay scale.

In September last year the seventh pay commission was formed with former chairman of the Revenue Reform Commission Mustafizur Rahman as its chairman. The commission submitted its report in last April. The government formed a secretary level committee to review the report on which the cabinet took the decision yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

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It is really a shame for us that the officers of admin cadre (dc,uno,ac land) who dont get leave even on holidays dont have extra allowance.

: Masod

The problem is inherent in the scales. The gap between top and the bottom is very apparent. The impact on the market is inevitable because of inflation expected.

The only way the government can mitigate the suffering of the law income groups is to provide the following facilities:

a. Rationing

b. interest free loan for supplementary income opportunities

c. Housing facilities

d. transportation cost support

e. Private sectors commitment to labour laws .

f. Special efforts to support women at work.

We do not expect one time shot; draft the legal frame work for law and implement in phases.

: faqrul

Comments

  • S. Andaleeb, Erie PA
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:04 AM GMT+06:00 (254 weeks ago)

    While the pace of emoluments in the government services continue to esacalate, the poor and marginalized population continue to remain as they are: poor and marginalized! If the substantive upward growth in the salaries show no effect on the earnings of the poor, what good is this measure? Thus, unless the salary levels are tied to hiring and retention policies, that in turn are tied to performance measures, I'm afraid Mr. Muhith's efforts will have produced nothing but more fat cats, more inflation, and more misery for the common people.

  • nasarullah
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:36 AM GMT+06:00 (254 weeks ago)

    The government must make all efforts to control prices increases and curruptions and general masses sufferings . in our country markets ups and down depend on the government staff salary and benifits.

    most well come and good initiative and pleasant salary scales but we need to controll other bad elements. the cost components of price index would go up .

    government should make proper fixation of salaries according to grades and levels .

    congratulations to govt staff

  • Dr Md Abdul Batn
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 09:22 AM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    Casual leave shoul be 25 day s per year.

  • Kazi Abdullah Sharaf Uddin
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 09:24 AM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    What about the employee of private organization?

  • M. A. Faisal Mahmud
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 09:35 AM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    Good move, appreciated ! This should eventually encourage Govt Servants to work more. And obviously, it'll put off corruption to some extent. Increased salary shouldn't mean 'Lavish' rather it should mean 'Stimuli' to take our beloved country ahead.

  • Nasim
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 09:56 AM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    I appreciate the government.It is good for government employ.Really it was very difficult to continue their life. I pray to employees please now be honest ,be sincere.

  • Kamaluddin
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:20 AM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    The top scale increase is 17,000 or 74% besides, the lot of perks which we conveniently forget to mention.

    The bottom scale increase is 1,700, 70%.

    To bridge the widening gap, the fixing, at the least in % should have been the other way around if not more, in favour of the low end employees.


  • Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:21 AM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    good initiatives.

  • DENZIL BAROI
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:46 AM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    This is a great initiative by the government.But the thing is,the higher pay scale in the govt. sector suddenly raise the inflation of the economy.Government should cheek the inflation rate.That will be the bigest challenge for the present government.On the other side government should protect the lowest earner poor people in the country.At last, I'm giving thaks to the government.

  • Pronab
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:04 PM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    Now the retired armed forces personnel are getting ration allowances @ Taka 9.90 per person per day, is it sufficient for a man to servive? What about about increasing the Ration allowances?

  • Md. Delower Hossain
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 05:09 PM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    If price spiral does not follow the pay scale as usually, it is, I think, helpful for the service provider i.e. the state employee to lead their lives comfortably without adopting any illegal means of income in providing service to the people who are financing the pay for state service from the state employee.

  • SMA Basher
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 05:42 PM GMT+06:00 (253 weeks ago)

    Good Governance. Appropriate timing for announcement. Hope, Market will be stable as future as on.


 

 


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