Friday, December 18, 2015, Poush 4, 1422 BS, Rabiul Awal 5, 1437 Hijri

Gazette On New Pay-Scale
Most govt staff frustrated
Staff Correspondent
Published :Friday, 18 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 37

Most of the government employees expressed their dissatisfaction over the new pay-scale that was published on Tuesday after completion of procedure taking a long time.
Terming the pay scale as defective and discriminatory, a section of the employees are planning to protest against the discriminatory decision of the government.
They are also planning to press tougher programme of movement and sue against the defective pay scale. They want to continue protesting and fighting legally against the decision, several leaders of  the government employees organisations told the Daily Observer on Thursday.
The government, on December 15, published the gazette notification of the new pay-structure approved in the Cabinet meeting on September 7 after completion of several procedures.
According to the employees, the new pay-scale provisioned elevation in the upper grades for the employees after successful completion of 10 and 16 years service in the block posts and other posts where scopes are limited for promotion.
Earlier, they had scope to get upper grade after completion of four years successful service. In the new system, they will get the scope of a single elevation after 10 years of service. They will be looser both financially and officially. There will be little difference between the senior and junior officials in the official position, they claimed.
Talking to this correspondent on Thursday, they also claimed that almost 95 per cent of the employees, who are from the other 26 cadres of the government except the admin cadre officials, will be looser with the decision of the government.
With this discrimination, the conflicts between the admin and other cadres of the administration will be intensified.
Considering the situation, the employees' organisations are planning to press tougher programme of movement and take legal steps to eliminate the discriminations.
Spokesperson SM Golam Kibria of Prokrichi-BCS Coordination Committee, an organisation of engineers, agronomists, doctors and 26 other cadres of the government, told the Daily Observer that they have yet to finalise their decision on their next course of actions on the pay-scale issue.
"The employees are not satisfied as their demands were ignored during finalisation of the pay scale. In this situation, the committee will finalise its next programmes against the pay-scale on Friday. It will be announced on Saturday's rally to be held at Engineers Institute (IEB) auditorium," Kibria, also Secretary General of BCS Information Association, added.
Bangladesh Secretariat Officer-Employees United Council President Nizamul Islam Bhuiyan Milon said though the government employees are happy for the issuance of the pay scale gazette, they are also frustrated for the discrimination of the pay scale. It will create conflicts in the administration.
"A section of government officials are trying to cheat the employees regarding time scale and selection grade, despite directives of the Prime Minister. They are trying to protect the interest of a minority group of officers by cheating majority of the employees. They are going to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister on next Sunday," he added.
Secretariat Personal Officers Association Secretary SM Farid Ahmed said that the lower grade employees are not satisfied with the discriminatory pay-scale which was published by misleading the Finance Minister and the government. It will create unrest in the administration.
Secretariat Administrative Officers Association President Redwan Chowdhury demanded review of the pay scale and solve the pay discrimination of the officers and employees in it.

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