New Delhi: The central government on Monday approved a five-fold increase in one-time incentive given to its employees who acquire higher degrees like Ph.D while serving in their departments. As per the officials, the amount of incentive will be increased from a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000. “The government employees acquiring fresh higher qualifications after coming into service were granted incentive in the form of one-time lump-sum amount ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000. Now, it has been decided to increase the amount to a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000″, an order recently issued by the Personnel Ministry stated.

Notably, the Personnel Ministry has amended a 20-year-old norm in this regard to increase the amount of incentives provided to the employees. It informed,”While Rs 10,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma of duration of three years or less, Rs 15,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma having duration of more than three years. A sum of Rs 20,000 will be given for earning post graduate degree/diploma with one year or less. Such qualification having duration of more than one year will get Rs 25,000 to the employees.”

Furthermore, it added,”A highest incentive of Rs 30,000 will be given to those getting Ph.D or equivalent.” It also clarified,”No incentive shall be allowed for acquiring higher qualification purely on academic or literary subjects. The acquisition of the qualification should be directly related to the functions of the post held by him/her, or to the functions to be performed in the next higher post.”

“There should be direct nexus between the functions of the post and the qualification acquired and that it should contribute to the efficiency of the government servant. The incentive, however, shall not be admissible where the employee is sponsored by the government or he/she avails study leave for acquiring the qualification”, the order stated, adding,”The incentive would be given only for higher qualification acquired after induction into service. The incentive shall be limited to maximum two times in an employee’s career, with a minimum gap of two years between successive grants.”

(With inputs from agencies)