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It represents the Industrial, Research & Development and Service organisations under Department of Atomic Energy.

26 Unions and associations of DAE Employees recognised under CCS (RSA) Rule are affiliated with NFAEE

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
Recognised by DAE vide DAE OM No. 8/1/2007 – IR&W/95 dated 13th June 2007
JCM Office, Brindavan, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
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Ref. No: nfaee/sg/14/179                                                                         25.11.2014


The Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Atomic Energy
Anushakthi Bhavan
CSM Marg, Mumbai 400001

Sub:  Request for removal of disparity in Scientific Assistant Cadre


We would like to put forth a few facts for your kind perusal and favorable action to remove the discrepancies and anomalies meted out by the Scientific Assistants.

After the implementation of the recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission, Department has carried out cadre restricting of Scientific Assistants which ended with anomalies.

There were similarities in the Grades, Promotions and Norms etc in both the departments of DAE/ DOS since its inception. But after the implementation of the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission there are differences in the Grades, Pay, Promotion, etc.

Ø  The initial appointment of Scientific Assistant ‘B’/ Technical Assistant ‘B’ in Department Of Space having Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- where as in DAE the Scientific Assistant ‘B’ has been given the grade pay of Rs4200/-. It is pertinent to note here that the SA and TAs in DOS has been appointed afresh where as in DAE they are appointed after one year rigorous training programme.

v  In all Central Government Departments  including DOS/DRDO, the Scientific Assistant Cadre is being recruited based on the Qualification of Diploma in Engineering (3years and above durations)/ B.Sc followed by all India based written test and personnel interview . Subsequently they are appointed as Technical Assistant / Scientific Assistant

Ø  By Considering their rich technical expertise (7 years and above)  they will be declared as Technical Officer/Scientific Officer with Gazetted Status after reaching Grade Pay of Rs.5400/-  But in Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) the facility for track change has been taken away after the cadre restructuring carried out following the implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission.

v  DAE has introduced compulsorily the Additional Qualification of BE/AMIE/MSc for track change. Not only that Departmental Qualifying Examination also been introduced to further curtail the facility of track change.

v  As per the information it is understood that in most of the Central Government Ministries and Departments the Grade Pay 5400 and above has been notified as gazette.  

v  Whereas in Department of Atomic Energy, Scientific Assistants (SA)s holding Grade Pay of Rs.5400/-, Rs.6600/- and Rs.7600/ (Group A  category with PB-3 pay Band) with rich technical experience of 20-35 years are also treated as Non-Gazetted  in contrary to the practice being followed in all Other Central Government Departments including Scientific Establishments such as DOS/DRDO.

v  Extract of DOPT handbook for Personnel Officers Chapter 2.3 clearly states that “Group A posts and Group B non ministerial and executive posts should ordinarily given Gazetted Status. Even in our own DAE Scientific Officer B (SO/B), with Grade Pay Rs.4800/-, Administration Cadre like Assistant Personnel Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer/Assistant Stores Officer having Grade Pay Rs. 4800/- are declared as Group B Gazetted Officer.

v  Ministry of Education and Social Welfare (Department of Technical Education) now ministry of HRD, (Government of India) by its order No. F-18-19/75/T-2 dated  26th May 1977 clearly states that “ the Government of India decided to recognize a Diploma in Engineering in appropriate discipline plus total ten years of technical experience in the appropriate fields is recognized as equivalent to Degree in Engineering. It  is considered valid for the purposes of selection to Gazetted posts and services under the Central Government or State Government.” .

v  Recently based on the above Notification the Hon’ble  Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench, New Delhi  in its judgement pronounced on 26.04.2013 with respected to OA No. 2651/2012  between Shri T. R. Sharma and Others Vs Union of India and  upheld the plea for gazette status.  

v  Where as in our DAE, the diploma in engineering /B.Sc qualified candidates are being recruited after all India written test followed by the interview of excellently performed candidates with sound health. They will be absorbed as per their performance after successful completion of the rigorous On Job Training of One year duration which includes operational, maintenance, analysis and safety aspects required in Highly Hazardous and Toxic areas. Majority of them work in Round the Clock (RTC) Shifts which involves Night shift.    

The following Table shows DOS Promotion/Track Change for Diploma/  BSc holders

Pay Band & Grade Pay
Technical Assistant
/Scientific assistant
9300-34800 + 4600
Sr.Technical Assistant
/Sr.Scientific assistant
9300-34800 + 4600
Technical Officer
/Scientific Officer-C
15600-39100 + 5400
Technical Officer
/Scientific Officer-D
15600-39100 + 6600
Technical Officer
/Scientific Officer-E
15600-39100 + 7600
Technical Officer
/Scientific Officer-F
37400-67000 + 8700
Technical Officer
/Scientific Officer-G
37400-67000 + 8900

The Table below shows the Promotional channel for Diploma/ BSc holders in DAE

Pay Band + Grade Pay Rs.
Educational Qualifications and eligibility Criteria
Cumulative Minimum Service Requirement
( in  years)
Category-1 trainee
On Stipend
Diploma in Engineering (3 years above duration)/B.Sc
New recruitment
One year training programme
Scientific Assistant  B (SA/B)
PB2 (9300-34800) + 4200
Completion of One year category-1 training programme
Scientific Assistant  C (SA/C)
PB2 (9300-34800) + 4600
SA/B + 3 years
Scientific Assistant D
PB2 (9300-34800) + 4800
SA/C+3 years
Scientific Assistant E
PB3 (15600-39100) + 5400
SA/D+ 4 years
Scientific Assistant F
PB3 (15600-39100) + 6600
SA/E+ 5 years
Scientific Assistant G
PB3 (15600-39100) + 7600
SA/F+ 6 years

v  The above table shows that even after attaining grade pay of Rs.7600/- (Group AScientific Assistants are being kept under Non-Gazetted Status until superannuation without considering for Gazetted Status which is supposed to be  given after 10 years of relevant experience.

v  From the history of the pay structure it can be seen that DAE has introduced one new Posts for Scientific Assistants under Non Gazetted status in every Pay Commission since 4th Central Pay Commission. The same can be seen in the below given chart:-

Pay Commission
Designation/Posts introduced for the first time
Grade pay applicable to the post
4th CPC
SA/E (Group A)/Non Gazetted
5th CPC
SA/F (Group A)/Non Gazetted
6th CPC
SA/G (Group A)/Non Gazetted
7th CPC

v  The above table clearly expose that DAE is ignoring the Scientific Assistants continuously and are being deprived of the Grade, Pay Promotion, Status, etc in contrary to all other central government departments.

Ø  Though the Department assured and committed that there will not be any difference in status, pay and allowances among the Scientific Assistants and the Scientific Officers corresponding to those SAs, DAE themselves deviated from their commitment while introducing two increments to SO/D and above, update Allowance to SO/C and above and the introduction of different yard stick for consideration of promotional post, etc

All this discrepancies and anomalies are continuing and thus the Scientific Assistant become the disrupt group of employees in the whole DAE. We would like to bring to your notice that even the DAEs directive itself flouted by the Department and thus denied the justice.

Ø  Please refer DAE OM No. 32/1 (2)/2008-SCS/R-198 dt.12th Sept 2008 issued by the principal secretary DAE while appointing the Committee for the implementation of Part B of the 6th CPC. First Para instructs the committee, not to disturb the vertical and horizontal relativity of any category. Last para, instructs to compare similar Departments like the Department of Space for comparable categories of employees while arriving at its conclusions.

v  The guide lines of Principal Secretary were not taken into account while recommending Part B of 6th CPC with respect to Scientific Assistant cadres even after knowing the latest changes incorporated by DOS.

v  DAE adopted only Non Gazetted grades upto SA/G (the last Grade) with grade pay of Rs.7600/-. This has created many repercussions and ripples among Scientific Assistant category which are yet to be settled. Only in DAE Diploma holders/BSc graduates are joining as Scientific Assistant and superannuating as Scientific Assistant even after putting rich and valuable services for more than 30-35 years.

v  By making additional qualification, Departmental Qualifying exam, etc compulsory for track changing the Department neglected the senior most SAs who have completed their service for 25 or more years and for them no scope for getting additional qualification

v  DAE selected the entry scale of Rs4200/- for SA/B. At a later stage inducted new recruitment policy by adopting two years training programme for Category I trainees and appointed them as SA/C with grade pay of Rs4600/-. By adopting the unethical approach DAE cheated the entire Scientific Assistants working in the Department. Three to five or more year’s seniority and service has been put in waste bin by changing the recruitment from SA/B to SA/C.

Ø  Director BARC has been constituted a committee vide the OM dated 5th October 2012  to reemphasize the need of addressing discrepancies of merit based promotion scheme currently in vogue in DAE and DOS.

v  The said Committee also was not curious to find way to remove the discrepancies and anomalies exists in the pay structures of SAs of DAE and DOS

v  During an informal discussion with Dr. Suri and other members of the Norms committee was tried to explain that the track change linked to additional qualification and DQE for developing competitive mind among the Scientific Assistants only. But the practical difficulties of senior most employees to acquire additional qualification has not considered. If the same was considered prospectively, it can be understand that the employees who joining in the Department well averse with the recruitment/promotion policy.  

Based on the above mentioned explanation and the factual position we request you to initiate action to carry out the following:

Ø  Revise the entry level pay for SA/B with grade pay of Rs4200/- and upgrade other grades.

Ø  Consider the third promotion, ie, SA/D to SA/E into Technical officer based on the Ministry of Education and Social Welfare (Department of Technical Education) order No. F-18-19/75/T-2 dated 26th May 1977 that the Government of India decided to recognize a Diploma in Engineering in appropriate discipline plus total ten years of technical experience in the appropriate fields is recognized as equivalent to Degree in Engineering.

Ø  Consider the minimum eligibility period for promotions of Scientific Assistants for similar grades to be kept in between ‘ITI qualified technicians’ and directly recruited ‘Graduates in Engineering /Technology Scientific Officers’ as they are middle category of employees which is kept now equal with ITI qualified technicians.

Ø  Ensure parity on Allowances, increments and other monitory benefits to SAs and the Scientific/Technical Officers placed in the equal grades.

 It is very much essential to carry out the above mentioned exercise to ensure the removal of discrepancies and anomalies exist after 6 CPC before the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations:

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(Jayaraj KV)
Secretary General
Address for Correspondence: Jayaraj. KV, Secretary General, NFAEE
PESS/UED; BARC, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085
Tel. No: (O): 022 – 25596519; (Res): 022 – 25554179; (Mobile): 9869501189

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