7th CPC recommended replacement pay levels for Laboratory Staff
Laboratory Staff : Laboratory Assistants have demanded raise at various levels. They have also represented for treating them as scientific staff as their duties are of scientific nature. Further, they have also demanded time bound promotions to overcome the acute stagnation in their cadre.
Analysis and Recommendations : The existing structure of Laboratory Assistants is as follows:The entry level qualification for Laboratory Assistants varies from Class X + Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) to Class XII + DMLT.
The Commission feels that Laboratory Assistants perform a very important function. The medical diagnosis and treatment to a very large extent depends on proper examination and findings by the laboratory staff.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have intimated that the cadre review of laboratory staff, which was underway, has since been finalised with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance. The restructured/revised entry level qualification, grade pays and nomenclatures of different posts are reflected in the table below:The Commission notes that with this cadre review, most of their demands stand addressed. The Commission, therefore, recommends replacement pay levels for these employees.
The approach of this Commission is to bring about uniformity in the entry level qualifications, nomenclatures and pay scales while dealing with cadres with similar job content and responsibility across organisations. The cadre of Laboratory Staff presents a fit case for such harmonization. Accordingly, the Commission recommends that administrative ministries take appropriate steps for aligning the laboratory staff under their respective jurisdictions on the lines reflected in the above table.