The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the PGIMER to allow non-faculty staff promotion to Group B,C and D on completion of eight years with effect from January 1,1985. In the orders passed on July 10,the PGI has been further ordered to continue the promotion scheme for non-faculty staff as existing for Faculty and Group A non-faculty staff.
The court has further directed to review the cases of medical technologists denied promotion benefit on the basis of un-communicated average annual confidential report (ACR) rating with retrospective effect.
R Arora,a technical assistant at PGI said,My promotion was kept on hold since 1992 on the basis of average rating at the annual confidential report. Ideally,I should have been communicated about my average rating but I was not. When a new director came some years ago I was given assurance but nothing came of it.
The Tribunal has also invalidated the orders of PGI of discontinuing the patient care allowance to senior employees on their promotion after the year 1998. It resulted in the reduction of total emoluments on promotion whereas the employees counterparts in AIIMS and VP Chest Institute,New Delhi continued to get it.
Amar Kabir,a senior technologist at PGI said that the promotion in the same grade did not help him. Rather,he said,it led to salary reduction.
After we are put in a higher grade we are not entitled to Patient Care Allowance. Hence the promotion brought no benefit to us, said Kabir CAT has further ordered the Pay Anomaly Committee constituted in March,2009 to convene and implement its decision within three months. The tribunal has noted that the PGI itself has admitted that there is an anomaly vis a vis nurses and medical technologists.
The nurses with minimum recruitment qualification of Diploma have been allowed a grade pay of Rs 4600 whereas the medical technologists with BSc MT have been allowed grade pay of Rs 4200. It has further accepted the plea of the Medical Technologists Association to grant the revised pay scale to junior technician with effect from January 1996 instead of September 2007.
The order has further directed the PGI to reconsider the issue of working hours by reducing it from 40 hours a week to 37 ½ in view of the six-days-a-week system at PGI because the 40-hours-a-week system is applicable wherever the five-days-a-week system is followed.
The PGI has been asked to pass reasonable orders by taking into consideration the grievances. However,the demand of pay for strike period and grant of permanent lien have not been accepted by the CAT Bench.