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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM (IST)SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION SCALES FOR LAW OFFICERS

Finance Dept nod awaited

Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20

Nearly six months after it unsuccessfully opposed regular pay scales for law officers in the Advocate-General (AG) office due to their jobs being contractual in nature, the Haryana Finance Department now has to take a call on another proposal to implement the seventh pay panel report for these posts.

The Haryana Government’s notification dated October 28, 2016, specifically mentions that this would not apply to persons not in whole-time employment.

However, the AG office has moved a proposal to the government which is under consideration of the Finance Department, said sources.

Presently, a Senior DAG gets the pay scale of Rs 37,400-67,000 plus Rs 10,000 grade pay with a non-practising allowance of Rs 3000, the DAG gets the same scale with NPA of Rs 2,500 while the AAG is entitled to the scale of Rs 15,600–39,000 plus grade pay of Rs 8,000 and NPA of Rs 2,000.

On the other hand, the AG, Sr Additional AG and Additional AG get fixed monthly emoluments of Rs 2.5 lakh, Rs 1.45 lakh and Rs 1.40 lakh, respectively.

Sources said that the Finance Department had raised several points in October, 2016, when the rules were being framed by the Administration of Justice Department.

“Persons engaged on a contract basis cannot be given regular pay scales. As law officers like Sr DAG, DAG and AAG will be engaged on a contract basis for a specified period, no regular pay scales

can be given to them,” the Finance Department had observed. However, the Finance Department’s observations were overruled and the law officers were given regular pay scales.

Advocate-General Baldev Raj Mahajan today justified seventh pay panel scales for Sr DAG, DAG and AAG, saying that unlike their senior Additional AG and Additional AG counterparts, they were not allowed private practice. Moreover, they were already being paid regular scales. “Even the sixth pay panel recommendations were implemented in the case of Deputy Assistant AGs,” Mahajan reasoned.


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