12:00 AM, April 22, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 22, 2009

Salary of govt staff likely to double

7th Pay Commission finalises recommendation

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Rejaul Karim Byron

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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