7th CPC Report : Risk and Hardship matrix is recommended for Firefighting Staff
Firefighting Staff : Firefighting staff exist in all Union Territories as well various industrial establishments. Demands have been received from all quarters, mainly with regard to upgrades.
i. The demand of the fire-fighting staff of Administration of Daman and Diu is pay parity with their counterparts in other UTs viz., Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Puducherry and NCT Delhi. They have further demanded that pay structure of the Firefighting Staff of all UTs should be at par with the posts in CAPFs, Delhi Police, IB, CBI and the Police Departments of Union Territories.
ii. The Firefighting Staff of the Ordnance Factories has demanded improvement in the pay structure. They have also stated that while in almost all Defence Establishments, the structure and pay for the Firefighting Staff, as recommended by the VI CPC were implemented, the same was not done in Ordnance Factories.
iii. Firefighting staff in the Railways as well as in Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) have sought enhancement of pay.
Analysis and Recommendations : It is observed that the hierarchical structure of the Firefighting Staff in different organisations varies considerably. The Commission feels that there is a need for a unified and standard hierarchical structure/pattern for the Firefighting Staff considering that there is similarity in their nature of duties irrespective of the organisation. Thus it recommends drafting of Model Recruitment Rules for the Firefighting Staff of all Central Government Departments and UTs with similar designation and pay structure.
Replacement pay levels are recommended till such time that model Recruitment Rules are drafted and finalised. However, taking into account the risk and hardship faced by these employees, an allowance based on cell R2H3 [Level >=9: ₹3,400 pm, Level <=8: ₹2,700 pm] of the Risk and Hardship matrix is recommended for them.