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Monday, November 23, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission Recommendations Allowance related to Working on Holidays

Seventh Pay Commission Recommendations Allowance related to Working on Holidays

1. Holiday Compensatory Allowance
2. Holiday Monetary Compensation
3. National Holiday Allowance

8.6.2 Employees, who are regularly required to work on holidays, are compensated in a variety of ways. Some, like the employees of Delhi Police and the CISF, are granted an extra month’s pay per year. Employees of other CAPFs are granted extra thirty days’ leave. Some other categories of staff are paid allowances, which are dealt with in this section. There are 3 such allowances.

Holiday Compensatory Allowance

8.6.3 It is a compensation for non-gazetted staff of IB who are required to perform duties on holidays and weekends; granted at the rate of one day’s (Basic Pay + DA) for up to thirty days in a financial year. No demands have been received regarding this allowance.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.6.4 The Commission notes that employees in almost all ministries/departments are, sometimes, required to work on weekends. They are usually compensated by providing a “compensatory off.” Thus, grant of an allowance for weekend working is not justified.

8.6.5 At the same time, the sensitive, and time bound nature of work done by IB should also be kept in mind. Therefore, it is recommended that the non-gazetted staff of IB, presently covered under Holiday Compensatory Allowance, should, henceforth, be covered by National Holiday Allowance. They will be granted this allowance for up to twelve holidays in a year (including the three National Holidays) at the rates prescribed. Accordingly, Holiday Compensatory Allowance, as a separate allowance, should be abolished.

Holiday Monetary Compensation

8.6.6 This allowance is granted in Department of Posts and is payable to postmen and other departmental staff who are required to perform duty on second holiday if three consecutive holidays occur. The existing rates are:

Rate of Remuneration
₹85 Per Holiday for 4 Hours
Postal Assistant
₹85 Per Holiday for 4 Hours
Postmen/sorting Postmen
₹ 85 Per Holiday
Multi – tasking Staff
₹ 60 Per Holiday for 4 Hours

8.6.7 Demands have been received to increase the rate of this allowance to ₹600 per holiday.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.6.8 Since the allowance is not DA indexed, it is proposed to raise the amount to ₹200 per holiday for Supervisors, Postal Assistants and Postmen/Sorting Postmen; and ₹150 per holiday for Multi-tasking Staff. The rate of allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent.

National Holiday Allowance

8.6.9 This allowance is paid to non-gazetted Railway employees who are rostered to work on a “National Holiday.” The existing rates are:

Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay
Up to ₹ 7260
₹ 256 per day
₹ 7261 - ₹ 9700
₹ 318 Per day
₹ 9701 and above (Limited to non-Gazetted Staff)
₹ 420 Per day

8.6.10 There are demands to increase the amount of this allowance to 1.5 x (one day’s Basic Pay + DA)

Analysis and Recommendations

8.6.11 The Commission notes that although there are only three National Holidays, this allowance is granted for twelve days in a year due to operational constraints. Also, the allowance is already partially indexed to the DA. Hence, it is recommended that the amount should be increased by 50 percent to the following:

Rate of Allowance (Per day)
1 and 2
₹ 384
3 to 5
₹ 477
6 to 8 (Limited to non-gazetted Staff)
₹ 630

8.6.12 The rate of allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

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