(a) whether Government is aware about the change of grade pay proposed by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) of the Section Officers (SOs) to ` 5400/- along with the change of grade of pay of Assistants to ` 4600/- of Central Secretariat Service;
(b) if so, whether DoPT pursued the matter with Department of Expenditure;
(c) if so, the details thereof; and
(d) if not, the reasons therefor?
(a) to (d): Yes, Sir. Such a proposal was considered by Department of Personnel & Training in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. The Grade Pay of Assistants of the Central Secretariat Service has been upgraded to ` 4600/- in PB-2. However, in the case of Section Officers who are placed in the Grade Pay of ` 4800/- in PB-2 initially and ` 5400/- in PB-3 on completion of 4 years of service, no change in Grade Pay has been made.