Friday, July 9, 2010

PSU staff may get 10% extra for rural posting

Officials of state-owned companies could get a special allowance if they agree to serve in far-flung areas, helping companies expand operations and banks to reach their services to under-banked areas.
The special allowance will amount to 10% of the basic pay, according to a proposal worked out by the department of public enterprises, or DPE. The incentive scheme has been proposed after some ministries had written to the DPE, the nodal agency for public sector companies, pointing out that employees don’t feel incentivised when they are sent on deputation to distant areas.
The state-owned companies had complained that such posting had also led to attrition in the workforce. “As a state-owned company, our task is to locate resources and set up plants and offices in the region to tap that wealth. However, there is not much employee participation as the incentives are poor,” said a senior official with Bharat Heavy Electricals.
Under the new guidelines issued by DPE, a government employee will be eligible to get a maximum of 10% of the basic pay as special allowance depending on the location.
“The amount is calculated on the basis of the remoteness of the area and the least that an employee can get is 4% of the basic pay,” said a DPE official. Companies will have to finance the special allowance from their own resources and no budgetary support will be provided.
The incentive scheme will allow the government to also push through a mandatory stint for new employees in rural areas. “If the new workforce has a rural stint in the initial years, they would be better equipped in their future roles,” the official said.
In order to provide more autonomy, the government has also given the freedom to the state-owned companies to include any area, which as per their company policy is equivalent to a rural or far-flung posting.
“Companies were earlier bound by a list compiled by us, but with their expanding operations it was prudent to let them decide on their own,” the DPE official said. PSUs, however, will have to take this decision in consultation with their administrative ministry and financial advisors on their board.
As of now, there are 265 central public sector enterprises, with a workforce over 15 lakh employees.

7 comments :

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PAUL OF GERMANI& also SINGAPORE PARROT Mr.MANI TO KNOW WHEN WE WILL
GET P E N S I O N ????????????????
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Vasu said...

The anguish of MrRaamraam is understandable.Around 50000 retired persons who were hoping to get pension also feel similarly. I am afraid even Octopus would not succeed in predicting when pension would be made available to the above retired persons, many of whom might be in their evenings of lives.I wonder why the option could not be extended to retired persons immediately without waiting for the outcome of the writ petition. If a group of persons could successfully block the entire process ( merit or demerit of their submissions would have to be decided upon the courts finally notwithstanding the temporary stay granted)nothing would prevent another group of persons to obtain stay on some other provisions .... If legally possible,unions should persuade IBA to issue offer letters to retired persons immediately ( who are to refund 156% of PF ) and who are not party to the writ. This would effectively address the concern of Mr.Raamraam and persons similarly placed. Vasudevan

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