April 22, 2009 11:56:02 pm
The Sixth Pay Commissions circular announcing the extension of benefits to the non-government grant-in-aid schools comes within 15 days as compared to a five to six months wait earlier.
This will be for the first time that the revised salaries will reach within two months of the recommendations of the Pay Commission being accepted.
The move will benefit one lakh teaching and non-teaching staff including teachers,peons,librarians,clerks,craft and sports teachers of Secondary and Higher Secondary grant-in aid schools.
The circular was sent to schools on April 16 following a decision by the education department. Mahendra Patel,the president of the Secondary and Higher Secondary School Administrative Staff Federation said: This is not the first time that the benefit is being expected to the non-government schools,but this is the first time that the process has been wrapped up so fast. This was due to the intervention of the education minister.
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The basic salary revision as on January 1,2006 will now be extended to all the employees of non-government aided schools,appointed under the Gujarat Secondary Education Act,1972.
The difference of the revised salary (arrears) plus dearness allowance for the period January 1,2006 to March 31,2009 will,however,be paid in five instalments (20 per cent each) and will be deposited in their Provident Fund (PF) accounts.
The lock-in period will be five years,after which the employees can encash the sum.
The Dearness,House Rent and City Cash Allowance have not been altered.
Incidentally,even as the Sixth Pay Commission report was passed,the decision on the salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff members of the registered non-government aided Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools was kept on hold. The revised salary will now be fixed within a month.
Ahmedabad City District Education (DEO) officer P B Gadhvi confirmed that the salary fixation work is expected to complete within a month and the revised pay will be given from next month onwards.
The employees salaries have been divided into six grades and a corresponding slab (for peons,clerks,senior clerks,art and sports teachers,higher secondary teachers and principals) has been decided in the range of Rs 1,300 to Rs 5,200.
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