Port Wings News Network:
Officers from different major ports under the banner of Indian Major Ports & Dock Officers Association on 17 September 2019 met the Union Minister of Shipping (I/C) Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi and demanded revision of wages, according to a report in The Times of India.
At present, Class I and II officers receive lesser pay compared to Class III and IV employees. While salaries of the Class III and IV staff were revised in January 2012, those of the officers have remained the same. As a result, basic pay of employees, who are promoted from Class III to II or I, get reduced.
For instance, basic pay of an office superintendent got reduced from Rs 48,000 to Rs 27,000 on promotion as Class II office.
House rent allowance too is cut from Rs 12,000 to Rs 8,000, said R Santhanam, president of Indian Major Ports and Dock Officers’ Association.
Though the promoted officer receives Rs 5,100 as pay protection, it is not included while estimating terminal benefits, he said.
The association approached the Madras high court in connection with this and a single bench directed the shipping ministry to consider pay revision from January 2012 instead of 2017. However, a uniform hike of 17.5% in basic pay alone was implemented.
Now, the ministry has appealed against the single bench order. The division bench ordered the officials to submit pay revision from 2012 to 2016 in a sealed cover and precede pay revision for 2017 by inviting views from the association. But the ministry denied to furnish minutes of the meeting held in July regarding this following which the staff met the minister.