7th Pay Commission Fixed Monetary Compensation
Analysis and Recommendations of Allowances Committee
Fixed Monetary Compensation
Existing Provisions: It is granted to Postmen for performing the duties of an absentee postman. The present rates are Rs. 24 (when two postmen perform duty of an absentee postman) and Rs. 50 (when one postman performs duty of an absentee postman) per day.
Recommendations of 7th CPC: This allowance should be covered under the newly proposed “Additional Post Allowance”. Specific clause to govern the provisions under Additional Post Allowance has been proposed for postmen. While one postman performing the duties of an absentee postman shall be paid 10% of his Basic Pay per month, two postmen sharing beats to perform duties of an absentee Postman shall both be paid 5% of Basic Pay per month as Additional Post Allowance.
D/o Posts: The allowance may be granted separately @ Rs. 300 per day for additional full beat and @ Rs. 150 per day for sharing of beat. It was also requested by the D/o Posts that this allowance be linked to DA.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee
Postmen are required to handle time bound duties. Department of Posts has made a strong plea that the Allowance is structured in a way that best suits the functional requirements of the Department. Alternative arrangements are made if period of absence of postmen is more than 15 days. In view of the specific requirements of D/o Posts, the Committee recommends that Fixed Monetary Compensation may be retained as a separate Allowance and not be subsumed in Extra Work Allowance. The existing rate may be increased by a factor of
The revised rates, thus, shall be Rs. 54 per day for sharing of beat and Rs. 115 for full beat. This will benefit approximately 15098 employees. The additional financial implication is estimated to be Rs. 2 crore per annum.
7th Pay Commission Recommendations on Fixed Monetary Compensation (FMC)
Fixed Monetary Compensation is granted in Department of Posts to Postmen for performing the duties of an absentee postman. The present rates are as follows:
- When One Postman performs duty of an absentee Postman by combination of duties – Rs. 50 per day
- When two Postmen perform duty of an absentee Postman by sharing the beat – Rs. 24 per day
The Commission has received representations regarding increase of rates and parity in the payment of these allowances.
Analysis and Recommendations
In general, Central Government employees are governed by FR-49 for regulations concerning combination of appointments. If formally appointed to hold dual charge of a higher post, they are entitled to the pay admissible in the higher post. However, no additional remuneration is admissible if the employee is appointed to hold dual charge of a post carrying a scale of pay identical to his own.
Railway servants are governed by Paras 645-649 of Indian Railway Establishment Manual (Vol.I). For holding formal charge of a higher post, they are also entitled to draw the pay admissible in the higher post. In addition, they are eligible to draw a Dual Charge Allowance at the rate of 10 percent of their Basic Pay for holding formal charge of an identical level post, which is not permissible to employees governed by FR-49.