7th Pay Commission Latest News: At a time when the wait of the Central Government employees for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations is growing day-by-day, the government is leaving no stone unturned in keeping the employees happy and content. In a latest development, the Centre has given a nod to the recommendations of ‘Kamlesh Chandra Committee on Limited Transfer Facility for all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS)‘. The move will be beneficial for over 2,60,000 Gramin Dak Sevaks across the country.

Here are the guidelines approved to regulate the Limited Transfer facility of Gramin Dak Sevaks:

(i) The maximum number of chances to he provided for male GDSs is one only and two for female GDSs.

(ii) The transfer will be at his/her own request and own cost to a vacant post, at his/her place of choice to his/her/spouse home village or home division or a place recommended for medical treatment.

(iii) A minimum engagement period of three years from the date of regular engagement on GDS Post will be mandatory before transfer request can be entertained. In addition, all verification formalities viz (Caste, Education and Police verification report etc.) should have been completed.

(vi) Transfer request of GDS who are under put off duty or against whom any disciplinary action, Police case or Court case is pending will not be entertained.

(v) Past engagement period will be counted for assessing the eligibility for appearing in the departmental examination as well as for annual increment. GDS will not have any claim to go back to the previous engagement/recruitment Unit/Division in any circumstances.

(vi) When a GDS is transferred at his own request and the transfer is approved by the competent authority. she/he will rank junior in the seniority list of the new unit, to all the GDS of that unit who exist in the seniority list on the date on which the transfer is ordered, except in case of transfer within the same engagement/recruitment Sub Division/Unit) Division.

(viii) The GDS can be transferred on her/his request in the following circumstances:

(a) BPM Level 2 to BPM Level-2 in TRCA slab-3.

(b) BPM Level-1 to BPM. Level-1 in TRCA slab-2.

(c) ABPM/Dak Sevaks Level-2 to ABPM/Dak Sevaks Level-2 in TRCA slab-2

(d) ABPM/Dak Sevaks Level-1 to ABPM/Dak Sevaks Level-1 in TRCA slab-1.

(viii) There will not be any drop in TRCA slab on account of a request transfer and numbers of increments earned by GUS will be retained.

The above mentioned approved guidelines have been reported by GovtTempDiary.

Meanwhile, over 1 crore state and Central Government employees and pensioners are likely to get a salary hike soon. If reports are to be believed, these employees are likely to get a hike of up to 3 per cent dearness allowance (DA) from January 1, 2019.

The Dearness Allowance for the Central Government employees was increased to 9 per cent from 7 per cent in August, 2018. Prior to this, a hike of 2 per cent was also announced in March.

These news come at a time when reports are doing rounds that the 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent number of retirees, who are seeking a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, may not get to hear a good news anytime soon. Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan has reportedly again claimed that the Centre is not mulling over the proposal for an increase of 3.68 times from 2.56 times in fitment factor for the Central Government employees, while quashing their hopes.

He had made similar claim in March 2018 as well when the minister said that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.