Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Goa : Panel recommends Sixth Pay scales for PSU employees

A committee constituted by the State government to examine the implementation of Sixth Pay Commission pay package to the employees of public sector undertakings, has recommended implementation of the same pay scales to the non-commercial and commercial profit making institutions while leaving the decision of the implementation to the managements of the commercial loss making corporations.
The committee, which has submitted its report to the government, has divided the PSUs into three categories non-commercial (educational, social, cultural, forest and agriculture related grant-in-aid agencies, institutions, corporations who have to entirely depend on the government for its funding and conduct of several of its activities); commercial profit making (corporations, institutions who have performed consistently well and have generated sufficient corpus to carry on with its activities and manage the affairs without relying on government grants) and commercial loss making (institutions capable for generating its own revenues but making losses and rely on the government grants or share capital for its day to day activities).
The non-commercial institutions are Kala Academy, Goa Education Development Corporation, Goa Konkani Academy, Goa State Horticulture, Goa State Forest Development Corporation, Goa SC & OBC Finance and Development Corporation, Goa ST Finance and Development Corporation, Sports Authority of Goa, District Rural Development Agencies (North and South) and other grant-in-aid institutions. These are not expected to earn profit and they follow government pay structure. The committee has recommended that Sixth Pay scales be given to these institutions.
The committee, while recommending the implementation of Sixth pay scales, has noted that these agencies/institutions should follow all government guidelines and rules and regulations while recruiting staff for their day-to-day activities.
Commercial profit making PSUs include Goa IDC, EDC Ltd, Info-tech Corporation of Goa Ltd and GHRSSIDC.
“These Corporations may consider implementation of Sixth Pay Commission scales to their staff and employees on the same lines as applicable to government employees,” the committee says in its report.
While recommending the implementation of Sixth Pay scales to these corporations, the committee has noted that there should be uniformity of pay scales as applicable to and equivalent in government employees.
“Arbitrarily higher pay structures cannot be allowed to PSU’s. It is therefore recommended that pay structures for various
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positions are rationalized while implementing the Sixth Pay Commission guidelines and should not be a mere replacement of existing Fifth Pay scales with the corresponding Sixth Pay scales,” the committee has noted.
For the commercial loss making corporations, the committee has recommended that the management of the corporation may take a conscious decision of granting Sixth Pay scales and make them effective on any such day after January 1, 2006 as the corporation may think fit.
The report says that the management should analyse their own fiscal position like their operating profit, expenditure being incurred, proposed revenue generation and the debts which have accrued over a period of time.
These organisations include Kadamba Transport Corporation, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Goa Meat Complex and others which are facing negative growth and operational losses.
The committee further recommends freezes no recruitments. “Proper down sizing of the institutions needs to be carried out. The PSUs are advised that their assets should be properly managed and they should not resort to sale of their prime assets as a measure to generate revenue, but institutionalize service as a major objective in increasing their efficiency. Wasteful expenditure on events and multiplicity of activities should be thoroughly avoided and done away with,” the report says adding “implementation of the pay scales should be done without resorting to additional borrowings or additional grant-in-aid from the government.”
The committee is comprised of Joint Director of Accounts P S Gude, Joint Secretary (Finance) Michael M D’Souza, Joint Secretary (Health) Dattaram G Sardessai, Director (Art & Culture) Prasad Lolayekar, Joint Secretary (Personnel) Y M Maralkar, Joint Secretary (Budget) Anand Sherkhane, Joint Secretary (DMU) Anupam Kishore, Consultant (Law Department) P V Kadnekar and Commissioner & Secretary to CM/WR Raajiv Yadhuvansi.

Source : "Oheraldo"[Largest Circulated English Daily of Goa]

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