Friday, February 26, 2010

Upgraded Grade Pay for the post of Lower Grade Clerks/Higher Grade Clerks

3-9/CC/2010 11.02.2010


The Secretary to the Govt. of India,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block,
New Delhi – 110 001.

Sub: Upgraded Grade Pay for the post of Lower Grade
Clerks/Higher Grade Clerks - regarding.

This Association has been representing to the Govt. of India and the A & N Administration for the last several years to enhance the scales of pay of Lower Grade Clerks and Higher Grade Clerks working under the Andaman and Nicobar Administration. The educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Lower Grade Clerk was raised to Class XII with computer education and typewriting essential, through an amendment in the Recruitment Rules during the year 1994. In the Central Secretariat and subordinate offices and also in the States and other UTs, the entry level qualification for the post of LGC still remains to be Class X.

Similarly, the duties and responsibilities of the Lower Grade Clerks and Higher Grade Clerks are higher than those of their counterparts in the Central Secretariat Services of the Govt. of India and subordinate offices. Manual of Office Procedure of the central government and that of the A & N Administration clearly reveal that HGCs and LGCs working under the A & N Administration are performing higher nature of duties. Being Dealing Assistants, LGCs and HGCs in the Andaman and Nicobar Administration are required to deal with complicated cases of various kinds and, thus, shoulder responsible work.

Even though the matter was placed before the successive Central Pay Commissions and central government in the past, the scales of pay of LGCs and HGCs were not enhanced. The Sixth Central Pay Commission during its visit to these islands had assured this Association to consider the above demand favourably but nothing positive was recommended despite such an assurance.

To add insult to injury, on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the Group D staffs have been brought at par with the Lower Grade Clerks. When the Group D staff have been brought to Group C category, the existing employees in the lowest category of Group C should have been upgraded atleast to the next scale of pay/Grade Pay in order to remove the heart-burning among the latter.

Under the circumstances, this Association would request you kindly to examine this matter objectively and issue necessary orders upgrading the scales of pay/Grade Pay of Lower Grade Clerks and Higher Grade Clerks working under the Andaman and Nicobar Administration, treating it as a special case.

Yours faithfully,

(D. Ayyappan)
General Secretary
Cell: 9434260430

Copy to:
1. The Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi – 110 001, for kind information and favourable action.
2. The Joint Secretary(UT), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, North Block, New Delhi – 110 001, for information and necessary action please.
3. Comrade KKN Kutty, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, A/2, 95, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi – 110 027 for necessary action.
4. The Chief Secretary, A & N Administration with the request to take up the matter with Govt. of India.

General Secretary


  1. The earlier educational qualification of LDC was 10th Pass and scale of pay of Rs.5200-20200 Grade Pay of Rs.1900/-. Now, the educational qualification of LDCs has upgraded to 12th class pass or equivalent qualification from a recognized Board or University vide Notification of MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS, (Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi dated the 4th August, 2010.

    Therefore, is the Govt. now considering to revise the scale of pay and Grade Pay of the Lower Division Clerks. Kindly intimate the same please.

  2. Not only higher nature of work, but higher entry qualification (12th Pass) with typing is something which makes the case of upgradation of pay scales for LGC's more strong.
    The matter needs to be pursued vigorously.