Pay revision: Rs 1.38 cr released in excess to 38 teachers

A Aalim Ahmad
Srinagar: Incorrect application of pay revision rules has resulted in the payment of a whopping Rs 1.38 crore in favour of 38 schoolteachers in Kargil.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has recommended recovery of the excess money but the education department has not initiated the process of recovery. The amount has been disbursed between January 2006 and December 2014 in the shape of pay and allowances after violating the promotion criteria for the teachers.
The audit check of the Zonal Education Office Kargil carried out in August 2014 showed that 38 undergraduate teachers appointed during April 1992 and October 1993 in the pay scale of Rs 950-1500 were placed in the pay scale of Rs 1200-2040 after completion of eight years of regular service as per the provisions of the Revised Pay Rules 1992.
The audit report pointed out that these teachers were eligible for grant of next higher standard pay scale of Rs 4500-7000 after completion of 18 years of regular service from the date of their initial appointment, as per the provisions of Higher Standard Pay Scale Scheme Rules 1996.
However, in contravention of these rules, the teachers were placed in the next higher pay scale in May 2001 and November 2002 after completion of only nine years of regular service.
“This resulted in inadmissible payment of pay and allowances of Rs 1.33 crore to these ineligible teachers with effect from January 2006 to December 2014,” the CAG report has pointed out.
The report said that the Zonal Education Officer Kargil conceded that excess payment of pay and allowances has been made and promised to “examine the matter and initiate recovery process”.
The CAG has referred the matter to the government in May 2015 but no action has been taken.