Bangladesh government has approved the 8th National pay scale gazette for its civil servants or employees. 8th Pay Scale 2015 Bangladesh, the new pay scale for its employees with a highest basic salary of Taka 78,000 and the lowest salary of Taka 8,250, basic salary across the grade (Total Twenty Grade) hike ranging from 95% to 101%. The government employees will be given two festival bonuses as well as 20% percent of the basic as Bangla New Year allowance.
Finance Minister of Bangladesh AMA Muhith confirmed the 8th Pay Scale 2015 Bangladesh issue to the media through his ministry on Tuesday 22 December 2015. Mohammad Ali, an additional secretary of the implementation division of the Finance Ministry handed over the gazette order to the finance minister at his office. All the arrears will be provided to the government service holders in two phases, Muhith told the media. On 06 September 2015, the eighth pay scale for public servants got cabinet consent. The new pay scale for 2.1 million civil servants will be effective from 01 July 2015. There is no timescale and selection grade in the new pay scale. Nevertheless, the pay scale has the provision of yearly increments.
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The government has approved the new 8th National pay scale gazette for its civil servants or employees. The new pay scale for its employees with the highest basic salary of Taka 78,000 and the lowest salary of Taka 8,250, basic salary across the grade (Total Twenty Grade) hike ranging from 95% to 101%.
An officer who joins a government job by clearing the BCS examinations will now get a basic pay of Taka 22,000, to which will be added house rent in accordance with the area of residence and medical reimbursements.
The earlier basic was Taka 11,000.
The basic pay for officers and other employees will take retrospective effect from July 1 this year, while the allowances will be paid from July 1, 2016.
A Cabinet meeting, presided by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, endorsed the eighth national pay scale. Cabinet Secretary Md Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said new pay scales had been recommended for the armed forces also.
He said the new structure had released the class categories, selection grade, and timescale. The annual increment will be a percentage of the basic salary.
The government employees will be given two festival bonuses as well as 20 percent of the basic as Bangla New Year allowance.
Although the recommended highest basic pay is Taka 78,000, the cabinet secretary and the principal secretary to the prime minister will get a basic of Taka 86,000 while senior secretaries will be entitled to Taka 82,000.
Their earlier pay was Taka 45,000 and Taka 42,000 respectively.
Officers of these grades have fixed salaries, which means they are not entitled to any annual increments.
The new pay scale will impose a burden of over Taka 159.04 billion on the government in the current financial year. Next year, it will be more than Taka 238.28 billion.
“Revenue inflow has raised compared with what it was last year. It is expected to increase further next year. So, it will not be difficult for the government to shoulder this additional burden,” said Bhuiyan.
The current pension rate, which is 80% percent of the basic, has been increased to 90% percent.
The Seventh PayScale introduced on July 1, 2009, had awarded the highest basic of Taka 40,000 and a minimum of Taka 4,100.
In addition, government employees posted in cities have been getting 20% percent of their basic salary as dearness allowance. This sum will be withdrawn once the new scale comes into effect.
Mohammad Farasuddin, former governor of Bangladesh Bank, made the recommendations of the Eighth Pay Commission on Dec 21.
It had recommended a minimum scale of Taka 8,200 and a highest of Taka 80,000.
A secretaries’ committee reviewed the recommendations and revised the basics to a minimum of Taka 8,250 and a highest of Taka 75,000.
The recommendation of the secretaries was further reviewed by the finance ministry, with the final figures emerging as Taka 8,250 at the bottom and Taka 78,000 at the top.
The Pay Commission had recommended a 16-grade structure, but a 20-grade structure, recommended by the secretaries’ committee, was finally approved on Monday.
Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the Cabinet also approved unlimited financial help for scientific research that promised to break new grounds.
The Cabinet has ruled out suggestions for a permanent pay commission but a final decision is yet to be taken
Time Scale-Selection Grade abolished
The government has decided to do away with the present Selection Grade and Time Scale for government employees. Henceforth, increments will be announced on July 1 every year, the Cabinet secretary said.
“Earlier, increments used to be in money terms; now it will be a percentage of the basic pay,” he said.
The annual increment rate would vary, he said, giving a bigger hike to those at the lower grades.
Those in Grades 20 to 6 will get increment at the rate of 5 percent. For Grade 5, the rate will be 4.5 percent while for Grades 3 and 4 it will be 4 percent, and for Grade 2 it will be 3.75 percent of the basic.
The Cabinet secretary said this system would yield greater hikes than the present time scale.
He said the Cabinet was happy with the scrapping of time-scale and selection-grade because of the anomalies they created.
Bhuiyan said the Finance Division would issue a notice regarding the new pay structure. Until then, those on time scale and selection grade would remain there.
The class categories for government employees have also been abolished.
“There will be no more classes. The Grade will be an employee’s identity, not class. People used to feel uncomfortable to say they were Class-III or Class-IV staff,” Bhuiyan said.
The regulations regarding officers and ordinary employees based on class categories would be revised.
“The various allowances have been clearly split out in the new pay scale. Some might get more and some fewer allowances than before,” the cabinet secretary said.
The housing allowance would be determined according to the place of residence as before.
In the Seventh PayScale, government employees used to get Taka 700 as medical allowance every month.
They used to get a host of other extras such as a festival, Tiffin, laundry, travel, domestic, and hill allowances among others.
Same pay for chiefs of three services
The Cabinet secretary said the government approved a uniform pay scale for the chiefs of the three services and introduced a new pay scale for the armed forces.
The army chief’s pay has been defined all along but the air force and navy chief used to get the scale of a Lieutenant General.
The prime minister had said the ranks of the air and the naval chief would be upgraded, said Bhuiyan. They will now get a basic salary of Taka 86,000.
In other words, their salary will match that of the Cabinet secretary and the prime minister’s principal secretary.
The basic pay of those of the rank of Lieutenant General would be Taka 82,000, which is the same as that of senior secretaries.
Those of the rank of Major Generals will have a basic of Taka 78,000, hiked from the current Taka 40,000.
Bhuiyan said the revision had been made to bring about parity between the salaries of civilian and defense staff.
The defense employees, too, had been getting a minimum basic of Taka 4,100 and a maximum of Taka 40,000 but they had the bigger basket of allowances.
Defense employees who are not combatants will have a minimum basic of Taka 8,250, and combatants Taka 8,500.
A Second Lieutenant’s basic pay will now be Taka 22,000, up from Taka 11,000.
The other aspects of defense pay scales had been finalized by the defense ministry.
University teachers’ pay
The Cabinet discussed the university teachers’ demands ‘with much importance’, said Bhuiyan.
“The government is fully aware of their responsibilities, and their role and position in society.”
In the 7th Pay Scale, secretaries among the civil servants, Major Generals among the military officers, and selection-grade professors of public universities were in the highest grade, Grade 1.
Senior professors were in Grade 2 and professors in Grade 3.
The new pay scale retained the grades of professors and senior professors but did not separately mention the selection-grade professors, which is one of the issues the teachers have been pressing the government for.
The university teachers have been abstaining from work and holding demonstrations, alleging their status was downgraded in the recommended pay scale.
They have also demanded a separate pay scale for university teachers and review of the new pay scale.
The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Associations (FBUTA) has also announced to work abstention on Tuesday to press for their four-point charter of demands.
The Cabinet secretary on Monday said, “Several demands of the university teachers were presented at the meeting. The Cabinet cannot immediately take a final decision on this.”
“That’s why the committee on resolving the salary discriminations has been tasked to review their demands and make recommendations.”
Bhuiyan said the teachers would get their salaries according to the new pay scale. “They will get paid as per the new scale of the grades they are currently on. Their current facilities won’t be downgraded. University teachers will not be afflicted in any way.”
He said the teachers’ demands were the important and basic issue
MPO teachers are also entitled to get 8th Pay Scale 2015 Bangladesh
The non-government Monthly Pay Order (MPO) listed teachers in the country will be able to entitled salaries and get other benefits in line with the lately passed Eighth National Pay Scale, according to a gazette notification by the Ministry of Education.
MPO (Monthly Payment Order)-listed teachers will get salaries and other facilities from the effective date of the Eighth National PayScale, which is on 01 July 2015, said the gazette notification.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid also made the announcement at a press briefing at his office
“Salaries of MPO-listed teachers were not mentioned in the 8th pay scale order. But the process to be followed for implementing the revised pay that had not yet been finalized, he said. The Finance Division is working on the details. He said Cabinet’s authorization would not be needed to revise the pay structure of MPO teachers. The Finance Division proposal will contain everything. I spoke with the prime minister about the inclusion of the teachers and she gave her consent. They will get all facilities as per the Eighth National Pay Scale, he said.
However, the honorable minister did not identify when the teachers are going to get their arrears as per the new pay scale.
In this regard, you may visit the Ministry of Finance Bangladesh Website www.mof.gov.bd for more detailed information regarding the 8th National Pay Scale 2015 Bangladesh.