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Pay boost for Tocklai staff

Jorhat, March 8: The industrial tribunal in Dibrugarh has accepted three demands of the employees’ union of the Tocklai Experimental Station with regard to provident fund deduction, allowance and pension.

The office of the assistant labour commissioner here has sent the order to the Tocklai authorities for implementation.

S.P. Baruah, former president of the union, said they were happy with the ruling.

On the union’s demand to end the alleged discrimination in provident fund deductions, the tribunal has directed equal deductions for all. “In Tocklai, the PF deduction for lower grade employees was done according to the Employees Provident Fund Act, with the ceiling fixed at Rs 780. However, for others, the deduction was 12 per cent of the basic pay. Hence, for some the deductions came to Rs 780 or less and for others it was Rs 5,000 or more,” Baruah said.

Secondly, a 12.5 per cent amount of basic pay should be paid as allowance to central employees serving in the Northeast, according to the Sixth Pay Commission.

“The union had sought implementation of the order. While those from outside the region were given this allowance, it was not given to those from the region. The union wanted it implemented for all and the ruling was in our favour,” he said.

The tribunal has also ordered payment of pension to all employees. “On January 30, 1997, the union and the Tocklai management had signed an agreement to bring all employees under the Central Civil Service Rules. The tribunal has the pension provision should be incorporated according to the pact,” he said.

The fourth demand was regarding a pay scale rule dating back to 1981. As the rule was deemed outdated, the tribunal ruled against it. “The other demands of the charter were settled amicably with the management earlier,” he said.


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