**Bunching benefit in Pay fixation is recommended by 7th pay commission in some situation**

7th Pay commission in its report stated at page 79 entitled Entry Pay, that,” Although the rationalization has been done with utmost care to ensure minimum bunching at most levels, however if situation does arise whenever more than two stages are bunched together, one additional increment equal to 3 percent may be given for every two stages bunched, and pay fixed in the subsequent cell in the pay matrix.

For instance, if two persons drawing pay of ₹53,000 and ₹54,590 in the GP 10000 are to be fitted in the new pay matrix…

1. The pay fixation for the person (A) drawing pay of Rs.53000 (PB + GP)

Rs. 53000 x 2.57 | Rs. 1,36,210 |

In 7^{th} CPC Pay Matrix his pay will be fixed at first cell of Pay Matrix Level 15 |
Rs. 1,44,200 |

2. The pay fixation for the person (B) drawing pay of Rs.54590 (PB + GP)

( He has earned one increment more than ‘A’ )

Rs. 54590 x 2.57 | Rs. 1,40,296 |

In 7^{th} CPC Pay Matrix his pay ideally will be fixed at first cell of Pay Matrix Level 15 |
Rs. 1,44,200 |

But to avoid bunching 7^{th} CPC recommends he should get fixed in second cell of Pay Matrix Level 15 |
Rs. 1,48,500 |

Because the corresponding Level for Grade Pay Rs.10000 is Level 14.

But in the 7th CPC Report, Level 15 is mentioned instead of Level 14, hope it might be a typographical error. Readers are requested to Read it as Level 14 against Level 15 mentioned in the above illustration as follows…

*5.1.37 For instance, if two persons drawing pay of Rs.53,000 and Rs.54,590 in the GP 10000 are to be fitted in the new pay matrix, the person drawing pay of Rs.53000 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding to Rs.1.36,210 and the person drawing pay of Rs. 54,590 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding Rs.1,40,296. Revised pay of both should ideally be fitted in the first cell of level 15 in the pay of Rs.1,44,200 but to avoid bunching the person drawing of Rs.54,590 will get fixed in second cell of level 15 in the pay of Rs.1,48,500.*

Lets now be clear about the above example..

The Person who has earned one increment more than his junior, will get fixed one cell forward if they both happened to be fixed in the first cell of the particular Level

1.Where does the situation especially arise …?

These situations will arise in the cases of ..

a) Wherever Upgradation of Grades are recommended, there the Pay fixations for some persons in the Lower grade, irrespective of number of increments earned, as shown above, the Pay will have to be fixed at the first cell of Particular Upgraded Level.

In that Case the govt servants who have earned more number increments than his counterpart will be aggrieved by this method of Pay fixation

b) When the pay arrived by using uniform multiplication factor 2.57 is lesser than the minimum pay corresponding to the level prescribed for that Grade, where some cases, irrespective number of increments earned, has to be fixed at the first cell of that Particular Level.

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