Govt of the Punjab Finance Department has issued Notification No. FD.PC.2-2/2012 dated 14th January 2013 regarding admissibility of increments beyond the scope of Pay Scales.
According to Finance Department Punjab Notification No. FD.PC.2-1/2005 dated 16-01-2007 wherein it was, inter alia, clarified that all Govt Servants who have exhausted or may exhaust the relevant existing pay scales would be allowed the benefit of annual increment beyond the existing scope of the pay scales wef 01-12-2005 with no retrospective benefit, subject to the condition that the employee concerned has put in six month’s continuous service. The said benefit was to be treated as personal pay.
Vide Notification No. FD (PC)10-1/78(Pt-ii) dated 15-07-2011 whereby benefit of notional increment in the year of retirement (having at least six months’ service in the year of retirement) was allowed wef 01-06-2011 with no retrospective benefit.
In the light of above notifications, question has arisen as to whether the increments admissible in the following cases can also be allowed beyond the scope of pay scales:
- Premature Increment on promotion from lower post to higher post if the concerned civil servant is at the maximum stage of pay scales of higher post.
- The benefit of annual increment on notional/presumptive basis in the lower pay scale (at the maximum stage) in case of promotion after 1st June and civil servant opts for re-fixation of his pay in terms of Rule-10(3) of Pay Revision Rules 1977.
The matter has been considered in the Finance Department and it has been decided that in the above two cases increments if otherwise due may also be allowed beyond the scoping of pay scales. These increments so allowed shall be treated as personal pay. The amount of the personal pay may be treated as part of the pay scale of the concerned government servant for the purpose of fixation of pay, pension and the recovery of House Rent, etc.
However this concession shall be admissible only to those who shall be promoted on or after 01-01-2013. Any claim pertaining to a period prior to this date shall not be entertained.