CSS assistants are not alone eligible for GP4600 and fixation in 7450-11,500 . If the common categories including field staff are eligible for the same pre-revised scale, the CSS also eligible from 1.1.2006.

I am compelled to quote the relevant paragraphs of CPC report and its approval portion from Gazettee Notification in order to substantiate the demand for parity among field offices and Secretariat.

The grade pay has been computed at the rate of 40% of the maximum of the basic pay in each of the pre-revised pay scale. Where two or more pre-revised pay scales have been merged the maximum of the highest pre-revised pay scale has been taken and 40% thereof is given as grade pay. (Para 2.2.21 (ii)

It is seen from the clarifications and reply given by various Ministries that those who were in the scale of 6500-10,500 as on 1.1.2006 are eligible for GP4600. So all those who were in those three scales (5000, 5500 and 6500) are given the scale 6500-10,500 and hence they were given first GP4200 (is 40% of 10,500). So as per OM dated 13.11.2009, those who were granted 4200 GP are eligible for GP4600 ie , due to upgradation of pay scale to 7450-11,500(40% of 11,500 is 4600)

As per para 2.2.19 Scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10,500 have been merged to bring parity between field offices; the Secretariat; the technical posts’ and the workshop staff. This was necessary to ensure that due importance is given to the levels concerned with actual delivery. Large number of anomalies were created due to the placement of Inspectors/equivalent posts in CBDT/CBEC and Assistants/Personal Assistants of CSS/CSSS in the scale of rs.6500-10,500. The scales of Rs.5500-175-9000 and Rs.6500-200-10,500 in any case, had to be merged to resolve these anomalies.

Para 3.1.3. Higher pay scales in the Secretariat offices may have been justified in the past when formulation of proper policies was of paramount importance. The present position is different. Today, the weakest link in respect of any government policy is at the delivery stage. This phenomenon is not endemic to India. Internationally also, there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the delivery lines and decentralization with greater role being assigned at delivery points which actually determines the benefit that the common citizen is going to derive out of any policy initiative of the government. The field offices are at the cutting edge of administration and may, in most cases, determine whether a particular policy turns out to be a success or a failure in terms of actual parity between similarly placed personnel employed in field offices and in the Secretariat. This parity will need to be absolute till the grade of Assistant.

Para 3.1.14 . In accordance with the principles established in the earlier paragraphs, parity between Field and Secretariat offices is recommended. This will involve merger of few grades. In the Stenographers cadre, the posts of Stenographers grade II and Grade 1 in the existing scales of Rs.4500-7000/Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 will, therefore stand merged and be placed in the higher pay scale of Rs.6500-10,500. In the case of ministerial post in the non-secretariat offices, the posts of Head Clerks, Assisitants, Office Superintendent and Administative Officers grade. III in the respective pay scales of rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10,500 will stand merged.

Para 3.8.1 Common categories of staff are those categories that are engaged in similar functions spread across various Ministries/departments/organizations of the Central Government. These catgegories are not limited to any specific ministry of department and, therefore, any decision taken for them impacts more than one Ministry/department/organization.

Para 3.8.3(g). As a measure of delayering, the Commission has recommended merger of the pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, 5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10,500. In a large number of cases, posts in these pay scales have existed as feeder and promotion post……
In all such cases, the interests of personnel in the erstwhile promotion grade have been protected by ensuring that their seniority as well as higher pay is kept intact in the revised running pay bands being recommended by the Commission.

Though the pay commission suggested merger of these three scales to bring parity, the government not only merged these scales, but also upgraded to 7450-11,500 and thereby they are entitled for Grade pay of 4600/- ie., 40% of 11,500 vide Part B, Section I(ii) of the Gazette Notification. Therefore, the revised pay of these scales will be 7450-11,500 from 1.1.2006 and there fixations are to be done as per Rule 7(1)(A)(ii) . ie., if the minimum of the revised pay band/pay scale is more than the amount arrived by multiplication with 1.86, the pay shall be fixed at the minimum of the revised pay band/pay scale. The revised pay scales for these common categories of Staff (for both Secretariat and field) is reflected Part B of page No.44, which is 7450-11,500 w.e.f. 1.1.2006. For all other posts, the government has separately mentioned under Section II, such as present posts, Revised pay scale, Pay Band, Grade Pay etc wherein the Section Officer/PS have been reflected separately. This is a very relevant document to prove that there is no special scale for CSS assistants alone, but they are entitled for fixation in 7450-11,500 w.e.f. 1.1.2006 along with field office. Further, these eligibility of GP 4600 for field offices in the merged scales have been reiterated by MOF in the RTI replies also.

The government also did not approve any special scale to those Assistants in CSS otherwise it would have been reflected in the Gazetee Notification as was done for the Section Officers in page No.44. (“Section II).