7th Pay Commission Report on Storekeeping Staff working in all Ministries and Departments
Storekeeping Staff : Storekeeping functions are carried out in almost all ministries and departments, though the scope of these functions vary. Some departments handle highly sophisticated stores such as scientific equipment, spares for plant and machinery, fissionable materials, medicines and medical equipment, hazardous chemicals, etc. The duties and responsibilities of storekeeping staff primarily extend to receipt, proper storage, distribution, safe custody and accounting of stores. In certain large organizations, however, these include procurement functions as well.
Ministry of Defence has large workforce of Storekeepers and it is contended that they have been given lower pay scales vis-à-vis their counterparts in ministries of Railways. They have accordingly sought parity.
Analysis and Recommendations : The Cadre structure of Storekeepers along with their pay and entry level qualifications at various levels in different organisations is given in the table below:
The Commission is of the view that considering the job profiles and requirements of educational qualifications, the different posts appear to be appropriately placed in the hierarchical structure. Upgrade is not justified.