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Salary of govt staff likely to double

7th Pay Commission finalises recommendation

The Seventh Pay Commission is going to submit its report with recommendations for increasing salaries of the government staffs by up to 95 percent and allowances for their children's education.

The Pay Commission has already finalised its report and will submit it to the finance minister in a couple of days, sources say.

The commission would recommend raising maximum salary to Tk 45,000 from existing Tk 23,000 and the lowest basic to Tk 4,300 from existing Tk 2,300, insiders say.

Like the existing one, there will be as many as 20 scales in the new pay scale.

The Pay Commission would recommend that the government give education allowances for maximum two children. If any government employee has more than two children they would get allowance for none.

The commission would also recommend not giving leave preparatory to retirement (LPR) to the government staffs and counting the time in service.

Currently, the government staffs spend the last one year of their service in LPR. The commission feels that it is not proper to keep an experienced officer without work for one year.

The commission would also recommend increasing the retirement age of the government staffs as the average age has gone up in the country. At present the retirement age for the government staffs is 57 years.

The commission would also recommend formation of a service commission to remove anomalies in different cadre services and scales.

The immediate past caretaker government formed the Pay Commission in September last year.

Finance ministry sources say the Pay Commission recommendations would be implemented in the upcoming fiscal year but it will be executed in phases.

The finance ministry will form another committee to find ways to implement the Pay Commission recommendations.

The fallout of the world economic recession might be stronger next fiscal year. Against that backdrop, the finance ministry will make a final decision as to how much the salaries might be raised in line with the recommendations.

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This is a good initiative by the government. At the same time, I urge the government employees not to take bribes from the citizen.

: Malay Mridha

1.increasing of retirement age would not do any good for govt.most of the aged employees are not in touch of ICT.how does it possible to make a digital Bangladesh.

2.encashment of leave should be incorporated in compensation policy.

3.discrimination between cadre and non-cadre pay structure should be eliminated. cadre officers get higher scale after completion of 10 years service,but non-cadre officers are ignored.

4.its a serious discrimination to increase 30% extra for deputation.it must be canceled.

5.employees can be promoted to a higher post instead of time scale.as no cost involvement is there.

pay commissions report should be realistic rather than bureaucratic complexity.

: Neyamat

Comments

  • M Bhuiyan
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 06:38 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    The 7th Pay Commission should fix the lowest pay scale at Tk. 6000/- minimum, because the lower level staff members are facing serious trouble to maintain a 4-member family expenses with the meager income. The current Pay Commission should look into it. The highest salary holders will have no problem if their salary fixed one or two thousand less than Tk.45000, but the lowest salary holders will have strenuous pressure to cope with current market price to main family life.

  • Mohammad Saful Hoque
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 08:12 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Proposal to increase salary is relevant. But increase in service age in some level should be restricted because new employment generation and promotion may stagnant.

    Thanks & regards

    Saiful

    Executive, Banker

  • Alauddin Zaber
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 08:15 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    It is indeed a good decision but it will again increase the price of essential commodities. Only increasing salary of Govt Officers can not solve the corruption. As there are huge unemployment, it would not wise to increase the retirement age.

  • Md. Ashraf Hossain
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 09:08 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    We experienced that when salary was increased early as recommended by pay commissions, price of every thing went high and reduced the benefit of pay increase. In this scenario pay increase should be done step by step with passage of time. The middle class people accepted family planning influenced by government propaganda. Early marriage has gone and late marriage is common amongst them. Session jam is also caused late marriage. It is common that service holders when retire at age 57, their son or daughter are at finishing stage of education and they do not earn money for living. So retirement age should be fixed at 60.

  • Mohammed Uddin
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 09:22 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Most importantly the govt. staff should not be exempted from paying income tax. If necessary the govt. may further increase their salary to enable them paying taxes.

  • Md. Mahmudul Hasan
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:21 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Due to the fact that, increased average age and late marriage practice in our civil society, Extending retirement age has become a must.

  • Ripon
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:22 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Good recommendations, but ultimate result is zero, if the recruitment of government staffs are not fair enough.

  • Md. Saiful Islam
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 07:06 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    This is a good idea by the government for govt staff. But extended of service age is not relevant for our society. That will be complicate the society in our country where unemployment is increased.

  • Nasarullah
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:59 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Thanks to the Pay commission for prospective and pragmatic recommendations if it is true. The Government officers and employees must have a decent salary to maintain their life style and family.

    However, minimum scale can be made Tk 5000 plus other applicable allowances.

    Better salary would ensure commitment, dedication and would allure better qualified people to join that will help to create better working environment, understanding, atmosphere with clarity and honesty.

    Many national and international and multinational organizations are giving more salary and competitive benefit package and government official, though they have more basic benefits and authority but moderate salary will give them confidence and enhance work quality efficiency, motivation and to some extent the corruption would comedown as honesty would prevail.

    But the salary increase may also create negative impact on the local market prices and the prices may go up, hence Government should make all efforts to control the market prices within the reach of common people other wise increasing salaries would turn into a futile attempt if the cost of living goes high and that would jeopardize good intention of the government

  • Muhammad Shahid
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 06:17 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Thousands of youth are now unemployed. So it will be a suicidal decision of the government to increase retirement age. Rather, government should give more incentive to the retired people and to encourage other by paying extra benefits. LPR system is quite effective and should be pursued. Because the retired persons need to take preparation for a long leave.

  • APPLE MAHMUD KHAN
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:25 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    This is a good initiative by the goverment. At the same time, gov. should control the market price.

  • khurram
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:29 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Well, think about non-govt employees, unemployed, etc. When salary is increased price of essentials will shot-up for everybody, not only for govt employees. Don't increase retirement age, this will complicate the society in a country where unenployment is sky-high.

  • Sakawatullah Bakht
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 08:31 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    I personally appreciate Pay Commission's report at the present time of rising cost of living. My views are: 1. to curb corruption employees should get such salary as to lead a moderate life and give proper education to their children, 2) leave preparatory to retirement should be stopped so that experience and expertise of govt. employees can be utilized fully and not to give them govt. benefits without any work, and 3) considering average higher life expectancy than the past and continuation and completion of education of their children retirement age of govt. employees should go up. Retirement age in our neighbouring countries, like India, Pakistan & Srilanka is 60 and above. Similarly, maximum age limit for entry into govt. jobs should also go high giving job-seekers more time for govt. job.

  • Qamruddin Chowdhury
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:50 AM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    All these govt staff can pay back 100 times, if not 1000 times, more than what salaries they receive from the graft they earn. Paying them a meager salary doesn't really mean anything. I wonder how PSC spent last six decades and never came up with a livable salary scale so that BD govt staff (and consequently, the private sector) could live on a livable salary, NOT on graft, commissions and corruption.

    What does a tk.4,300 do to the minimum paid man; or what does tk.45,000 mean at all to the top most man in BD? Actually, these very men earn millions and billions US Dollars equivalents per year through cheating the govt. Examples are in Customs, income tax/NBR offices, R&H, PWD, DESA/WASA, WAPDA, Passport offices, LGRD, RAJUK, TITAS, (to name a few!), wherever you look, you find from peon to the Chief Engineer/Chairman/M.D./MP/Minister(s) are all earning illegal income in millions of US Dollars!

    Current pay out of govt exchequer on govt salaries is approx. USD3 billions. I propose that BD set a new National Pay Scale starting with a MINIMUM salary of USD 300-500, and maximum of USD 5,000-10,000, which according to an analysis would cost the govt USD 5 billions, but which would make the nation graft/commission/kick-back/corruption free. BD can save multi-billions from graft alone and channel it for development activities. People with an income commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience will experience new found devotion to duty, sincerity for developing the nation (as opposed to cheating the nation & total indifference), and such income would allow all to spend on education, health services, normal consumption and also savings; thus energizing the whole economy. BD could immediately become an upper Middle Income Nation with the implementation of above proposed National Pay Scale and abolition of grant and corruption from society.

    I hope and pray that this will find a sympathetic audience instead of a barrage of negativities which we heard last six decades for whch BD is also the poorest and most corrupt country in the world.

  • S. M. Rashid
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 01:23 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    I personally welcome the recommendation. It should be done long time back.

    However, Long term planning can cause bad impact if it is not reviewed time to time. Present scenario is one of them. Because the salary what govt. employees receive is very low in present situation. Certainly it pushes the corruption among few employees as it is the question of survival though all are not corrupted. Since they hold many important departments they should be kept in a situation where nothing can affect their work. It must be always in the light of current market situation. We should bear in mind not to avoid the lowest salary holder as well. They are also contributing in our economy. Motivational factors can lead a person to the right path except few. Usually people unwillingly involve in corruption. We want to see the implementation of this proposal.

  • Morshed Alom
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 01:59 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    1. Grade to grade difference in the pay scale (in the upper echelons at least) should be minimal.

    2. The current officer-staff ratio (1:7) should be reduced. This will enhance efficiency in the civil service.

    3. Retirement age should not be increased right now.

    4. 30% extra benefits to the deputed officials should be revoked immediately. This demoralize the non-deputed staff. We should learn from the BDR incident.

    5. The government should implement the PARC's recommendations as well to bring efficiency in the civil service.

  • Fayej Ahmed Prodhania
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 02:09 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    I appreciate this step which remove the hesitation of government employees. It will inspire talented jobseekers to public services. Being a low pay scale, nowadays most of the dynamic job seekers move to Multinational companies those are not more bonafide to our country.

  • M. Saiful Islam, Deptt of Geology, DU
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 04:13 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    The wide gap between the lowest salary and the highest one ought to be balanced justifiably.

  • Md. Rashidul Huque
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 05:30 PM GMT+06:00 (282 weeks ago)

    Before every pay commission we experienced tremendous price hike even before implementation of new pay scale due to excessive media coverage. Virtually govt. staff did not get any benefit from new pay scale ever. Rather their purchasing capacity reduced leading a more difficult situation for them. Because, every time recommendations of pay commissions were partially implemented in the past. As such, I urge print and electronic media not to talk much about pay commission before its implementation as it censuses harm for them.

  • Dr. Younus
    Sunday, May 24, 2009 03:00 PM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    The proposed report should be materialised in one go, and it is possible just by curbing corruption and stopping mismanagement in the transport, procurement, communication and other govt sectors. The proposed pay structure is much less compare to Pakistan and Indian govt employees.

  • wahid
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:12 AM GMT+06:00 (281 weeks ago)

    It is very positive attitude but others facility specially education allowance for children will not acceptable those who have more than 2 children is really unrealistic and should not implement because those who have more than 2 children are in trouble and their expenditure is more than that of others. So, in favor country to increase the education rate it should effective only for 2 children not more than that and its reality. For example the employee of arm force they get different allowance like education, ration etc. Only for 3 children nor more than that. So government should think iv very seriously.


 

 


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