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Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Kartik 19, 1422 BS, Muharram 20, 1437 Hijri

Proposed Pay Scale
PM asks Muhith to solve discrimination soon
Staff Correspondent
Published :Tuesday, 3 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 29

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Law Minister Anisul Huq to solve the discrimination in the proposed eighth national pay scale approved by the Cabinet on last September 7 before issuance of the gazette notification.
She also ordered the Cabinet Secretary and high officials concerned to resolve the crisis created after issuance of an Cabinet Division circular assigning the Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs) to sign the salary bills for officers of 17 government offices put under every upazila parishad. Sheikh Hasina has given the instruction during an informal discussion after Monday's regular Cabinet meeting held at Secretariat with the PM in the chair.
After the meeting, a senior Minister attended Monday's meeting told the Daily Observer that the Prime Minister asked them to solve the crisis immediately to avert any untoward situation in the civil bureaucracy.
The Cabinet Division issued the directive in this connection on October 14 last after a decision taken in a Cabinet meeting about putting the 17 offices under the upazila parishads to empower the Upazila Chairmen across the country.
The directive says, "The accounts on salaries and allowances of the officers and employees put under the upazila parishads and the accounts on development programme implementation will be run with the signatures of Upazila Chairmen and UNOs."
All of the officers of those 17 government offices that were handed over to the upazila parishad are self-drawing officers. Of them, a major section of the officers are senior than the UNOs. The decision of the government has given rise to fresh grievance among the officers working at the field level government administration. Most of the civil servants have been protesting against the decision and demanding its withdrawal.
Meanwhile, almost all of the government employees and university teachers are angry with the decision of the government that removes time scale and selection grades of the employees in the eighth national pay scale.
They urged the government to withdraw the decision and restore the benefits immediately in the pay scale.
Considering the protest and demand of the government employees and teachers of universities and other educational institutes, the government formed a Cabinet Committee on Pay Discrimination Elimination led by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
The Committee on Sunday met in its first meeting. The meeting discussed about the disputes and suggestions that were given from various section of employees and teachers.
The Minister said preferring anonymity that the Prime Minister expressed her dissatisfaction over criticisms of the employees and the teachers even after increasing their salaries double.
She asked the Finance Minister to solve the problem consulting with senior Ministers and officials. Law Minister Anisul Huq was asked to assist the Finance Minister to resolve the crisis. The meeting also discussed about recent intellectuals and foreigners killing incidents and the incident of a Joint Secretary's assault by Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy.

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