The Narendra Modi government has issued new rules for the regulation of advance increment to a section of Central government employees. Stenographers of Subordinate Offices can now get increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m.
An Office Memorandum (OM) of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said that the new norms of increment will be applicable with effect from June 1, 2016.
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The stenographer who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 80 w.p.m. may be granted one advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100 w.p.m. and one more advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service.
However, if a stenographer, who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 80 w.p.m. directly qualifies the speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service, he/she may be granted two advance increments.
The stenographer, who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 100 w.p.m., may be granted one advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service.
These speed tests shall be conducted by properly constituted Authorities including Departmental Authorities. These advance increments shall be granted from the date of passing the test, the OM read.
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These advance increments shall not be absorbed in future increments and the date of next increment after the grant of these advance increments shall remain the same. No option for fixation of pay from the Date of Next Increment shall be available/ allowed for fixation of pay on account of these advance increments.
The amount of these advance increments shall be treated as a separate element in addition to the basic pay and it should be counted as pay for all purposes. Further, once these advance increments are taken into account for the purpose of fixation of pay on promotion or being placed in a higher scale on the grant of MACP or due to revision of Pay Scale or Pay Structure etc., these advance increments no longer continue as a separate element, the OM added.
Meanwhile, the DoPT informed that the benefit of these advance increments will not be treated as an anomaly for the purpose of stepping of the pay of seniors.
On the other hand, reports are there that the Central government employees may get Dearness Allowance in the next couple of months on the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.