Letter to Secretary, HTE Regarding PhD Incentives
Higher & Technical Education Department
Subject: Forwarding of representation submitted to President, MCTA.
I am forwarding the representation submitted to the President of MCTA, by teachers who acquired Ph.D degree after the implementation of UGC Regulations 2010 and who are eligible to receive Ph.D incentive, for your kind consideration and necessary action.
I beg to state that the said notification issued vide No.G.15012/1/2011-HTE/195 dt. 1st August 2012 came with a rider that the amount of 3 non-compounded increments shall not have effect in other allowances and shall remain same during entire service. This rider appears to be inappropriate, confusing, and untenable. For this reason, the Department of Accounts and Treasuries finds incongruity over the Notification and immediate action on the regulation of pay for the beneficiaries could not be taken because of this.
Sir, in support of the representation received, I may state that after the implementation of 6th Pay Revision, all increments to Basic Pay are awarded in percentage, (3% per annum to be exact) as against successive addition of constant amount of money in the 5th Pay and before. Hence, multiple increments like the Ph.D incentive, if compounded with Basic Pay over one another for three times will amount to higher amount being awarded. Instead, for awarding the multiple increments, a non-compounding method should obviously be followed. Obviously, 9% increase in Basic Pay shall therefore be directly awarded to the teacher in one go as an incentive for Ph.D. Compounding those three increments at the time of awarding the incentive will result in a significant difference as compared to not compounding them. The basic pay becomes evidently lower when increments are non-compounded, than if compounded.
Please allow me to plead further that, after the 3 non-compounded increments have been awarded to the eligible teacher, it should invariably form an integral part of his/her Basic Pay upon which future annual increments should be based; as all other increments will do.
Therefore, these 3 non-compounded increments may not be counted at par with Special Pay or Personal Pay, since any increment by its very nature is an integral part of Basic Pay. The question of such increment remaining the same during entire service does not arise and may be ruled out.