Kerala constitutes 11th pay commission, revised pay scale to be effective from July 1 this year


Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala cabinet has decided to appoint former secretary of the Union Shipping Ministry, K Mohandas, as the chairman of the 11th pay commission that would submit the recommendations for the revision of the pay scale of state government employees and teachers.

The other members of the commission are professor M K Sukumaran Nair, director of the centre for budget studies at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), and High Court advocate Ashok Mammen Cherian. The panel has to submit the report within six months.

As the time period of the 10th pay commission ended on June 30 this year, the pay scale would be revised with effect from July 1. The new commission was appointed in line with the policy to revise pay scale every five years.

The cabinet has also approved the 10 subjects for the commission to consider.

Though the commission has been appointed for only six months, it would take more than a year to complete the proceedings.

For this, the time period would have to be extended. The aim is to implement the recommendations before the tenure of the government ends

Solution for the problems faced by women staff

The 11th pay revision commission has been issued special instructions to study and resolve the issues faced by women employees.

The United Democratic Front (UDF) had in 2013 specifically put forth for the last commission's consideration a special health project for the staff and the pensioners. Though the current government decided to implement this, the tender had to be cancelled in the last minute. The government had shelled Rs 2.80 crore for the functioning of the last commission.

These have to be revised:

• The salary and allowances of all government staff, including part-time contingent staff and causal sweepers

• Perks of service pensioners

• Salary and other perks of staff, including teachers, and casual sweeper posts at the government, aided schools and colleges

• Salary and perks to posts at local administrative bodies and universities

• Salary break-up, service rules and criteria for promotion in government service

• Can those who have been at the entry cadre of gazetted and non- gazetted posts for long be given non-cadre promotion?

• Is it possible to implement the perks given to the central government employees to the state government employees?

• Solutions for the drawbacks in the last pay commission's recommendations

• What are the methods to make Civil service more people-friendly?

• Solution for the problems faced by the women employees

• How to speed up the implementation of the pay commission’s recommendations at a minimal cost?

• How much would be the additional burden on the government due to the pay revision?

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