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Doctors feel cheated with 7th Pay Commission

Doctors feel cheated with 7th Pay Commission

With the implementation of the 7th pay commission round the corner, doctors across government hospitals have raised objections as their demands have been unmet.Rather than expecting an increase in salaries, doctors are now fearing a fall in comparative salaries in the face of rising prices in the country.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications. Nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners will be impacted by this pay commission. Apart from IAS, IRS, IPS, these also include teachers, doctors and other professionals employed with the central government.

The issue raised by the doctors is as follows:-

Non- Practising Allowance or NPA 

The 6th Pay Commission put NPA for doctors as part of basic salary and it was 25% of basic salary. With the 7th pay commission the percentage has been reduced to 20% of basic salary. Further with this commission’s recommendation NPA shall not treated as part of basic pay, but as a separate allowance. This makes the HRA and therefore the final salary of the doctors lower than expected.

This decision has not gone well with the doctors who had actually demanded that NPA should be raised to 40%. Not only has this demand been ignored, the NPA has been reduced, apart from being removed from the calculations of basic pay for the purpose of HRA. In terms of calculations, NPA is added to basic to pay for the calculation of various allowances such as HRA. Thus removal would imply a lower final salary than expected.

This comes coupled with the fact that the government, the 7th Central Pay Commission has been recommended to reduce the percentage of House Rent Allowance for all categories of Central Government employees rationalized to 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

What is Non-Practising Allowance?

Simply put, Non Practising allowance is given to doctors in states, where private practice along with government service is not allowed. Thus, in places where private practice is allowed, doctors substantiate their income with private practice and earn more. It has been a long standing demand of the medical profession to increase the non-practising allowance, so that all doctors in places where private practice is not allowed, earn at par to those who do private practise.

Speaking to Medical Dialogues, Dr Pankaj Solanki, President FORDA said.” This is clearly against the interest of the medical profession. Medical Profession has been particularly discriminated in this pay commission.We request the Union Government of India to consider increasing the NPA and adding NPA to the basic salary while calculating various allowances like HRA, etc.”

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  1. Please provide Npa to all government Doctors what we demand irrespective of the state

  2. If IPS officers\’ allowances have increased by 200 % (means doubled) then why the NPA of CG doctors is reduced. What is the basis of justification to reduce it. Can any one explain ?

  3. It must review, for better services,

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    dr vishal girishkumar shah October 12, 2016, 6:33 pm

    I want to know wheather 125%da on preexisting nppa is to be added in basic pay or not while pay fixation of Dr who joined the job after 1st January 2016? This is because if it is not to be added , basic pay of Dr will be fixed at 56100 only, while for Dr who joined the job just before 1st January 2016 ,will get basic pay 61300 due to addition of 125 % da on preexisting nppa in basic pay . This can create a big inequality among drs. I personally suffer from this issue. I m serving in Smc Surat as junior medical officer nd my basic pay is fixed only at 56100 because I have joined the job after 1st Jan 2016…..nd so Smc Surat has not added 125%da on preexisting nppa in my basic pay wlile payfixation. Please make some notification for drs like us ,so that our basic pay can be fixed at 61300.

  5. In states where there is practice is not allowed for doctorsNPA should be increased as the cost of living has gone up Reducing it is rather a backward step There will be no doctors to man the govt hospitals

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