New Govt pay scale with nearly 100 percent hike announced

New Govt pay scale with nearly 100 percent hike announced

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The government has gazetted the new pay scale for public servants, dissolving selection grade and timescale.
In September this year, the new pay scale was approved with a highest basic pay of Tk 78,000 and a minimum of Tk 8,250. It allowed an across-the-grade hike ranging from 91 to 101 percent.
The basic pay for officers and other employees and the arrears will have retroactive effect from July 1 this year and the allowances will be paid from July 1, 2016.The Seventh Pay Scale, introduced on July 1, 2009, had awarded a highest basic of Tk 40,000 and a minimum of Tk 4,100.
The new structure has dropped the class categories, selection grade, and time scale. The annual increment will be a percentage of the basic pay.
Government employees will get two festival bonuses as well as 20 percent of the basic as Bangla New Year allowance.
The new pay scale will impose a burden of over Tk 159.04 billion on the government in the current financial year. Next year, it will be more than Tk 238.28 billion.
Mohammad Farasuddin, former governor of Bangladesh Bank, made the recommendations of the 8th Pay Commission on Dec 21 last year.
It had recommended a minimum scale of Tk 8,200 and a highest of Tk 80,000.
A secretaries’ committee reviewed the recommendations and revised the basics to a minimum of Tk 8,250 and a highest of Tk 75,000.
The recommendation of the secretaries was further reviewed by the finance ministry, with the final figures emerging as Tk 8,250 at the bottom and Tk 78,000 at the top.
The Pay Commission had recommended a 16-grade structure, but a 20-grade structure, recommended by the secretaries’ committee, was finally approved by the Cabinet in September this year.

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