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Sindh govt. revises rules for re-employment of retired officers

Revised Standard Terms and Conditions relate to reappointment of retired civil servants, retired officers of armed forces and retired judges of superior courts.

Revised Terms and Conditions include grant of allowances during re-employment/contractual appointment.

Karachi

The Government of Sindh has revised Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract appointments regarding re-employment of retired civil servants, retired officers, armed forces and the retired Judges of superior courts, says an official handout released on Wednesday.

The Revised Standard Terms and Conditions are as under:

Re-Employment on a civil post relating to the affairs of Province

a) A retired Civil Servant and a retired officer of the Armed Forces, re-employed on a civil post equivalent to the post from which he retired, may be allowed the par, allowances and perquisites sanctioned for the post. His pay may be fixed at that stage of the time scale of the post at which he was drawing his pay before retirement.

b) A retired Judge of the superior courts may be allowed pay, allowances and perquisites sanctioned for the post and his pay may be fixed at the maximum of the pay scale of the post.

c) Retired Civil Servants or retied officers of the Armed Forces, re-employed against a higher post, may be allowed the last pay drawn plus allowances and perquisites sanctioned for the post.

Re-employment in Autonomous Bodies

a) A retired civil servant and a retired officer of the Armed Forces and a retired Judge of the Superior Courts, on r-employment in an autonomous body administered of controlled by the Provincial Government may be allowed pay as determined at (a), (b) and (c) above plus the allowances and perquisites sanctioned for the post.

b) Where the terms and conditions of a post are prescribed in a statute or a statutory notification, the provisions of the statute or the statutory notification as the case may be should prevail.

Existing Pensioner Benefits to continue

a) The terms and conditions proposed above should have no bearing on the pension to which a retired civil servant or a retired officer of the Armed Forces or a retired Judge of the superior court may be entitled I accordance with the applicable law and the rules.

b) Orderly Allowance, Senior Post Allowance & Qualification Allowance (Where admissible).

The queries have been received from different quarters about the payment of Orderly Allowance, Senior Post Allowance and Qualification Allowance (Where admissible) during re-employment / contractual appointment. It is clarified that these allowances are not admissible during re-employment / contractual appointment because:

(1)   100% Orderly allowance is already included in pension, as Special Additional Pension.

(2)   Similarly, Senior Post Allowance also forms part of pension. Moreover, this allowance is admissible to Civil Servants: whereas a contractual appointee is not a civil servant.

(3)   Qualification Allowance also forms part of pension. This has been examined many times in the past. The view has been:

“Qualification Pay (QP) is not admissible because, the philosophy at the time of its introduction was to encourage government officers in service to do the higher courses and was made a condition for future promotion. It was meant as an incentive for government’s regular, permanent officers who are in service. Moreover, the Qualification pay is counted towards pension. As such, there cannot be two benefits at the same time, as the officer as already drawing.”

If these allowance are again granted on re-employment it will amount to duplication. This policy may be kept in mind while vetting the terms and conditions for contractual appointment and the payment of the above allowances may be not allowed to retired government servants.

In cases where above allowances have been granted during re-employment / contractual appointments, recoveries should be made from the officers/ officials concerned in the light of the above clarifications. (PR)

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