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Promotion hopes for block post public servants

Update : 01 Dec 2015, 07:32 PM

The government is likely to include a process in the upcoming eight pay structure under which employees working in block posts will automatically graduate to the next pay grade.

Public servants who work in block posts are not entitled to promotions. As a result, until now they had to look up to the selection grade and time scale provisions, which have been omitted from the new pay structure.

Examples of block posts include primary school teacher, high school teacher, hospital nurse, pharmacist and radiologist, driver, prison guard, etc.

In the initial proposal for the upcoming new pay scale for public servants, there is a provision for a uniform 5% annual compounding increment for all.

But since these block posts do not allow for promotions, there was no way that those who work in these posts could have got a significant pay hike by going on to the next pay grade.

If the new provision is incorporated in the pay scale, the block post employees will have a way of getting a good hike without getting promotions.

After a second round of review by the finance minister, the official order for the pay scale was sent to the Law Ministry last week.

However, Finance Minister AMA Muhith reportedly raised this matter during the weekly cabinet meeting on Monday.

Sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was chairing the meeting, gave her consent and the finance minister had sent the proposal to the implementation wing of his ministry.

According to sources in the Law Ministry, they are trying to give vetting to the pay structure proposal by tomorrow and issue a gazette notification by next week.

The eighth pay scale for public servants got cabinet consent on September 6. It will be made retrospectively effective from July 1, 2015 for 2.1 million civil servants. 

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