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Why Modi Government cuts Increments for senior ISRO staffs

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Chandrayaan-2 mission scientists are racing against time to re-establish  the communication link with Vikram lander that crashed on lunar surface, thousands of senior staff members, including scientists and engineers, at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have suffered pay cuts with the Central government deciding to discontinue 'additional' increments. This reportedly is causing discontent across the ranks of the country's space research organisation.

As per an Office Memorandum (OM) dated June 12, undersigned by Deputy Secretary to Department of Space M Ramadas, the two additional increments given to scientists/engineers of grade SD, SE, SF and SG are discontinued with effect from July 1, 2019.


Recruitment of any scientist in ISRO starts from C class. After this, they are promoted in D, E, F, G and further categories.

The memorandum, a copy of which is available with Express, says, "consequent to implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission recommendation and introduction of Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) up to 40 per cent of basic pay for scientific and technical personnel in Department of Space (DoS), Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has advised DoS to discontinue the incentive granted in the form of two additional increments to scientists/engineers - SD, SE, SF and SG grade personnel."

According to reports, about 80 to 90% of the employees will face a shortage of about Rs 8-10,000 in the salaries.

The order issued by the Central Government is on the basis of recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, the Ministry of Finance and Department of Expenditure. They have advised the Department of Space to discontinue this amount.

Only the Performance Relative Incentive Scheme (PRIS) has been will still be implemented.


In 1996,Centre has approved grant of two additional increments for SD to SG grade personnel in Department of Space in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs 10,000-15,200, Rs 12,000-16,500, Rs 14,300 18,300 and Rs 16,400-20,000. "However, in the light of the advice of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, it has been decided to discontinue the payment of incentive granted with effect from July 1, 2019," the memorandum reads.

The Government had introduced these incentives in the form of two additional increments to retain and attract scientists and engineers working with the organisation.

Why Modi government cuts increments for senior ISRO staff


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