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Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019

Govt jobs to take hit as attrition rates go up

Attrition rates in government jobs are set to go further up if disparity within the services is not reduced. The IPS and Army have already put forth their reservations, reports Rishabh Rath.See graphic

india Updated: Apr 11, 2008 01:09 IST
Rishabh Rath
Rishabh Rath
Hindustan Times

Attrition rates in government jobs are set to go further up if disparity within the services is not reduced. The IPS and Army have already put forth their reservations. There is also clear inequality between the IAS and Group A Services in the Sixth Pay Commission report.

“Out of every 1,000 employees, almost 10 leave every month from different government departments,” said a senior Group A officer.

The joint forum of Central Service Officers has said they have been given a short shrift in the Sixth Pay Commission and more such resolutions are likely to follow. The Central Water and Power Engineering Services Association believes the report is completely biased towards the IAS and does not give any incentives to Group A services.

“At least 52 officers (out of about 1,200 sanctioned posts) who have submitted their resignation have been denied by the ministry stating ‘administrative reasons’. There are already more than 35 per cent vacancies at every level in Group A services,” say members of the Association.

Sectors like telecom, power, real

estate and finance are amongst the most sought after by private companies like Reliance, Airtel, DLF and many others. With the private sector luring government officials the revised pay structure may just force a large number of middle level officers to resign and join the private sector. It is the functional heads under the Group A category that are feeling the pinch the most.

Group A officers reach the level

of Joint Secretary after putting in at least 28-30 years of service, while

the same grade for IAS officers

require only 14-15 years. While earlier increments were given at the rate

of 3.5 percent of the basic pay, the

increment rates are now reduced to

2.5 percent.

“Directors are set to gain only around Rs 4,000 or about 12-13

percent from this new commission,” says a director in one of the Central ministries.

Many senior Group A officers are also upset because they are placed in the same pay band as entry level officers. And while the new basic pay for Directors is 1.74 times the old basic pay, it is much higher at 2.34 times for Joint Secretaries.

Healthcare facilities for retired

officers has been redesigned, abolishing the coverage under Central

Government Health Scheme replacing it with an insurance scheme

that would have a limiting effect on

retirees. Even though the report is considered to be a long awaited

overhaul of the government pay structure it has left many sections dissatisfied, Group A services being at the forefront.