7th Pay Commission recommends a GP 2800 for Dental Mechanics and Dental Technicians
Dental Mechanics and Dental Technicians : Placed in the GP 2400, Dental Mechanics and Dental Technicians have demanded a GP 4200 on the grounds of traditional parity with Dental Hygienists.
Dental Mechanics are responsible for dental appliances and dentures including inlays, crown and bridge work. Dental Technicians are responsible for upkeep and sterilization of instruments and for developing dental X-rays. The entry level qualifications for both these posts are Class XII (with Science) + Full time two years’ Diploma.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have commented that the nature of duties and responsibilities of all the three posts, namely, Dental Hygienists, Dental Mechanics and Dental Technicians are more or less same. The Commission also notes that there was parity in the pay scales of Dental Mechanics, Dental Technicians and Dental Hygienists. However, the Commission notes that there has been revision in the entry level qualification for the Dental Hygienists, which stands higher than those of Dental Mechanics/Dental Technicians.
Taking note of these facts, the Commission recommends a GP 2800 for Dental Mechanics and Dental Technicians.