KERALA STATE ELECTRICITY BOARD
Industrial Dispute between the Board and the KSE Board Employees Union – Arbitration Award of Sri G. Kumara Pillai, Retired High Court Judge – Implementation – Orders passed -
1. B.O.No.A.I-6178/65dated 24/12/1966.
2. Govt. Notification No.14930/H2/67/HLD dated 28/03/1967.
3. B.O.No.A.I-6261/67 dated 12/05/1967.
O R D E R
On the dispute between the Board and the KSE Board Employees Union representing workmen in the clerical and other allied and miscellaneous sections of the Board, over the charter of demands dated 07/12/1964 presented by the Union to the Board, Government of Kerala have by their notification No.46808/H2/HLD dated 29/07/1965 referred the matter for the arbitration of Sri G. Kumara Pillai, Retired High Court Judge. Sri G. Kumara Pillai has submitted his award on 14/03/1967 to the Government of Kerala, which was published by the Government in their notification referred to above.
The Board after considering all the aspects is pleased to implement the award extending the benefits accruing thereof to those categories of non-executive employees under the Board.
1) PAY REVISION; The pay scale of the following categories of non-executive employees, who are workmen as defined in the I.D. Act, 1947, will be revised as under with effect from 01/07/1964.
- Sweeper Rs.70-2-100
- Scavangers Rs.70-2-100
- Gardeners Rs.70-2-100
- Peon Rs.70-2-100
- Duffadars Rs.75-2-105
- Watchmen Rs.75-2-105
- Attenders Rs.90-5-140
- Duplicator Operators Rs.90-5-140
- Binders Rs.90-5-140
- L.D. Clerks Rs.110-6-128-7-184-8-200
- Cashiers Rs.110-6-128-7-184-8-200
- Accountants of Land Acquisition Branch Rs.110-6-128-7-184-8-200
- L.D. Typists Rs.110-6-128-7-184-8-200
- Compounders Rs.110-6-128-7-184-8-200
- Sergeant Rs.110-6-128-7-184-8-200
- Asst. Storekeepers Rs.120-7-148-8-180-9-225
- Nurses Rs.120-7-148-8-180-9-225
- Midwife Rs.120-7-148-8-180-9-225
- Typewriter Mechanic Rs.120-7-148-8-180-9-225
- Stenographers Grade II Rs.120-7-148-8-180-9-225-10-245-11-300
21. U. D. Clerks Rs.150-10-180-12-300
- U.D. Typists Rs.150-10-180-12-300
- Junior Superintendents Rs.225-15-375
- Fair Copy Superintendents Rs.225-15-375
- Stenographers Grade I Rs.180-10-280-15-400
26. Store Keepers Rs.180-10-280-15-400
- Senior Superintendents Rs.250-25-500
- Divisional Accountants Rs.250-25-500
- Confidential Assistant Rs.250-25-500
2) DEARNESS ALLOWANCE: The Dearness Allowance will be paid to all non-executive employees with effect from 01/07/1964 at the rates the Central Government is paying Dearness Allowance from time to time to its employees. The rates of Dearness Allowance from 01/07/1964 is given in Annexure.
Note: If in the case of Executive Employees Dearness Allowance is increased to rates higher than
the Central Government rates or it is linked to cost of living index, then it will be so increased or
so linked, as the case may be, in the case of Non-Executive Employees also.
3) FIXATION OF PAY: - The pay in the revised scale will be fixed as prescribed by the Board in rules 2(a),(b),(c) in Annexure to the pay revision order No.A.IV-8788/66 dated 20/07/1966 as extracted below:-
“2(a) The pay of an employee in the revised scale of pay will be fixed at the stage in the revised scale of pay next above his “present emoluments” whether they represent a stage in the revised scale or not.
Note: The term “present emoluments” includes ‘pay’ in the existing scale of pay and ‘dearness pay’ that the employee draws on the date on which the revision of pay is given effect to.
(b) If the “present emoluments” are lower than the minimum of the revised scale, the pay of the employee will be fixed at the minimum.
(c) If the “present emoluments” are higher than the maximum of the revised scale, the pay in the revised scale will be fixed at the maximum and the difference allowed to the employees as personal pay”.
After calculating the pay of an employee as per the above rules in the scale (i.e. fixing the pay at the stage in the revised scale next above the total of pay and dearness pay he was entitled to before coming over to the revised scale), any increment or increments to which he is entitled by virtue of his service under the Board after 31/03/1957 and before 01/07/1964 (as per paragraph 4 below) should be added to the pay so calculated, and the aggregate amount so arrived at should be taken as his pay on 01/07/1964 in the revised scale. If such aggregate amount exceeds the maximum of the revised scale for his post, the excess will be treated as his personal pay. ‘
4. WEIGHTAGE: In fixing the pay of employees in their respective revised pay scales the following weightage will be given:-
I. Four increments to employees who joined the Board’s service on or before 31/12/1957.
II. Three increments to employees who joined the Board’s service after 31/12/1957 but before 31/12/1959 or on that date.
III. Two increments to employees who joined the Board’s service after 31/12/1959, but before 31/12/1961 or on that date.
IV. One increment to employees who joined the Board’s service after 31/12/1961 but before 31/12/1963 or on that date.
Individual salaries will be fitted into the new pay scales and fixation of pay will be made in accordance with the direction in para 3 above.
5. HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE: - House rent allowance at the rate of Rs.10/- per month will be paid to all non-executive employees from 15/12/1966 i.e. the date of interim award.
6. Advance increments to degree holding clerks: The two advance increments for University degree holders which were discontinued with effect from 01/01/1966 as per Board’s Order dated 20/07/1966 will be restored and such advance increments will be given to L.D. Clerks and Cashiers recruited to the Board’s service after 01/01/1966 also, if they were or are degree holders at the time of their first recruitment to the Board’s service or become degree holders thereafter. These increments will be given with effect from the date of joining the Board’s service in the case of persons who were or are degree holders at the time of their first appointment, or with effect from the date they inform the Board that they have passed the degree examination in the case of persons who became or become degree holders after joining the Board’s service.
Note: - The minimum of the revised pay scale of a graduate L.D. Clerk/Cashiers in service as on
30/06/1964 should be taken as Rs.122/- on 01/07/1964 for purpose of fixation of pay in the
7. SPECIAL PAY: -
(a) Special Pay for Account Test (Higher)
Detailed orders on this will be issued separately.
(b) Typists, Typewriter Mechanic and Stenographers with Higher Typewriting Qualification will be
given a special pay of Rs.12/- per mensem.
(c) Stenographers with both Typewriting and Shorthand higher qualifications will be paid special
pay of Rs.20/- per mensem.
8. SECURITY ALLOWANCE: - Cashiers, Assistant Store-keepers and Storekeepers who have furnished security will be given security allowance at the following rates: -
a) Rs.15/- per mensem to employees who have furnished security of Rs.500/- to Rs.999/-
b) Rs.20/- per mensem to employees who have furnished security of Rs.1000/- to Rs.1499/-
c) Rs.25/- per mensem to employees who have furnished security of Rs.1500/- to Rs.1999/-
d) Rs.30/- per mensem to employees who have furnished security of Rs.2000/- and over.
9. SEALING ALLOWANCE: - An allowance of Rs.8/- each per month will be paid to two peons in each billing unit for attending to sealing work also.
10. LOCAL DELIVERY ALLOWANCE: - Local Delivery Allowance to peons will be paid at Rs.8/- per month.
11. WASHING ALLOWANCE: - Washing Allowance at Rs.3/- per month will be paid to every employee who is supplied with uniforms by the Board.
Note: - 1. The Special pay and allowances mentioned in paras 7 to 11 above will be paid with effect . from 14/03/1967.
2. If any increase in house rent allowance or the existing rates of project allowance, operation
allowance, local allowance, special project allowance and extra operation allowance are allowed in the case of Executive Employees, similar increases will be given to Non-Executive Employees also. If Executive Employees are given City allowance such allowance will be given to Non-Executive Employees too.
12. SERVICE RULES: -
(a) Joining time with Pay and Travelling Allowance: -
Employees who are transferred at request will be eligible for joining time with pay and Traveling allowance.
(b) Full pay for earned leave: - Employees will be paid full pay for earned leave.
(c) Cashing of Earned Leave: - Board’s employee will be allowed to surrender one half of the Earned leave at their credit, and to receive a proportionate amount of the leave allowance provided that the leave surrendered at any one time is not less than thirty days.
Note: - The leave surrendered should be deducted in the leave account and the fact of surrender and
and receipt of leave salary in lieu of, recorded in the Service Book.
(d) Special Casual Leave: Last Graduate Servants will be eligible for Special Casual Leave for
duty they attend to during Christmas, Easter and Onam Holidays.
(e) Confirmation of Personnel: All posts that are in existence for one year and are likely
to continue will be made permanent and all permanent posts will be filled up before the 31st August 1967. Where there is delay in Public Service Commission’s Advice, the appointment will be made provisional according to Public Service Recruitment Rules.
(f) Publication of gradation lists: - The gradation lists of the non-executive employees as
on 1/04/1964 should be published by the Chief Engineer (Electricity) before 01/08/1967. The gradation list of personnel should be published for every year from 1966.
(g) Divisional Accountant’s Examination - eligibility for appearance: - At present the rules for
admission of candidates for Divisional Accountant’s examination conducted by the Public Service Commission inter alia insist that personnel who are not below the rank of U.D. Clerk with a total service of 5 years in the Board and at least one year as U.D. Clerk as on the last day fixed for receipt of application will be allowed to sit for the preliminary examination. In the award, the arbitrator has directed that the demand of the union that all ministerial employees of the Board not below the rank of L. D. Clerks shall be eligible to appear for the Divisional Accountant’s Test Examination for the selection of Divisional Accountants, should be conceded subject to Board’s right to prescribe certain rules in the matter. Orders in this behalf will be issued separately.
13) RE-ORGANISATION OF BOARD’S OFFICES; - The justifiability of the formation of
the separate wings under the Board was also an issue before the Arbitrator. In view of his
categorical assertion that there is no irregularity involved, the orders forming separate wings will
14) Criteria for determination of Higher Posts and prospects of promotion:
a) All Last Grade Servants and Watchmen and others of similar category who have secured minimum qualifications (SSLC or its equivalent, Typewriting, Shorthand etc.) will be promoted to the categories they are eligible according to the Public Service Recruitment Rules. As the recruitments to the Board are now made by the Public Service Commission such cases will be recommended to the Public Service Commission for selection for appointment, provided their character etc. are satisfactory.
b) L.D. Typists & L.D. Clerks who have the prescribed qualification will be entitled for interchangeability subject to condition that when the change of cadre is effected, the new entrant to a
cadre cannot be allowed to have seniority over the employees already in that cadre. As regards the
demand of the Union for posting of L.D. Clerks/L.D. Typists as Assistant Store-keepers, since the
Assistant Store-keepers have a higher pay scale than L.D. Clerks and L.D. Typists, the change of
cadre will be in the nature of a promotion and cannot be effected on request from a Clerk or
Typist. The posting as Assistant Store-keepers must be in accordance with the rules for promotion.
c) While ordering posting of peons possessing license for driving as Drivers, preference will be given to those peons who have the required qualifications for driving the particular kind of vehicles and who
are fit to hold such appointments. Orders as to how such preference has to be given will be issued shortly.
d) One L.D. Clerk will be provided in the Billing Units for every 600 consumers. The Chief Engineer (Electricity) will forward necessary proposals immediately for providing the additional hands in the billing units.
15) AMENITIES AND CONCESSIONS TO THE MEMBERS: -
a) Woolen clothing will be given from 1967 to all employees who get a pay of Rs.140/- or below in the High Ranges.
b) Three sets of uniforms will be given annually to peons and watchmen from 1967 onwards. The rate of stitching charges allowed to them will be raised by 50% of the existing rate from 1967.
c) Washing Allowance will be paid to Watchmen who are given uniforms by the Board.
d) Appointment of contingent watchmen will be regularized and they will be absorbed in the regular establishment according to the availability of permanent vacancies. Detailed order in this respect will be issued shortly.
e) Certificates issued by a person qualified to be appointed as an Assistant Surgeon will be accepted for the purpose of reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by the non-executive employees.
f) The Union will be given a rent-free room at Ernakulam. A common hall will be made available at Trivandrum, Kozhikode and Pallom for holding meetings, with the prior permission in writing of the local officer in charge.
g) Under the existing rules, seven days special leave is admissible to members attending Executive Committee meetings. This period is extended by 3 days more to the members of Executive Committee of the Union subject to other usual conditions in the matter.
16) In the matter of granting Travelling Allowance for retiring personnel, family
Travelling allowance for personnel working in distant places from home and educational allowance,
the concessions which might be given, or the rules might to be made applicable hereafter to the executive employees will be made applicable to non-executive employees also.
17) The interim relief already claimed from 15/12/1966 and disbursed in accordance
with B.O. read as 1st paper will be adjusted against the benefits accruing as a result of this Board
18) OPTION: -
i) One month’s time is allowed from the date of this order for exercising option. If no option is
received within this time it will be presumed that the individual has opted to come to over to the new scale of pay from 01/07/1964 and his pay will be fixed accordingly. A specimen of option is appended.
ii) The fixation of pay will be done and option will be accepted by the Head of Office not below the rank of an Executive Engineer. A proforma of the fixation statement is appended.
iii) The arrears on account of the fixation will be paid without pre-audit in relaxation of Article 63
of Kerala Financial Code Volume I. The arrears will be disbursed before approval of fixation by
Chief Accounts Officer after obtaining a declaration from the incumbents to the effect that the excess
drawn on account of wrong fixation, if any, found later, will be refunded. The fixation statement with
the Service Book should be forwarded to the Chief Accounts Officer for approval. In respect of
Gazetted Officers the arrears accrued to them during their non-gazetted period should be preferred in
separate salary bills supported by arrear statements and pay fixation statement sent to the Chief
Accounts Officer for special audit.
19) Matters mentioned in the Award, not forming part of the Award and left for consideration
by the Board, will be issued in due course.
(By Order of the Board)
Assistant Secretary in-charge.
The Chief Engineer (Electricity).
Endt. on EB7/40221/66-67 dated 22/05/1967.
Copy to All Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers (Electrical and Civil)
For Chief Engineer (Electricity)
Kerala State Electricity Board
The rates of DA admissible to Central Government Employees from 01/07/1964 onwards are shown below:
Period from 01/07/1964 to 30/09/1964
Below Rs.100/- 20.50
Rs.110/- and above but below Rs.150/- 25.50
Rs.150/- and above but below Rs.210/- 42.00
Rs.210/- and above but below Rs.300/- 50/-
Rs.300/- and up to Rs.315/- Amount by which pay falls short of Rs.350/-
Rs.316/- and up to Rs.384/- 35
Rs.385/- and upto Rs.400/- Amount by which pay falls short of Rs.420/-
Rs.401/- and upto Rs.580/- 20
Rs.581/- and above Amount by which pay falls short of Rs.600/-
From 01/10/1964 to 28/02/1965
Below Rs.110/- 28
Rs.110/- and above but below Rs.150/- 42
Rs.150/- and above but below Rs.210/- 54
Rs.210/- and above but below Rs.400/- 66
Rs.400/- and above but below Rs.600/- 70
Rs.600/- and above Amount by which pay falls short of Rs.669/-
From 01/03/1965 to 30/11/1965
Below Rs.110/- 33
Rs.110/- and above but below Rs.150/- 50
Rs.150/- and above but below Rs.210/- 65
Rs.210/- and above but below Rs.400/- 81
Rs.400/- and above but below Rs.1000/- 90
Rs.1000/- and above Amount by which pay falls short of Rs.1090/-
From 01/12/1965 to 28/02/1966
Below Rs.110/- 41
Rs.110/- and above but below Rs.150/- 61
Rs.150/- and above but below Rs210/- 78
Rs.210/- and above but below Rs.400/- 96
Rs.400/- and above but below Rs1000/- 105/-
From 01/03/1966 to 31/07/1966
Below Rs.110/- 41
Rs.110/- and above but below Rs.150/- 61
Rs.150/- and above but below Rs.210/- 78
Rs.210/- and above but below Rs.400/- 96
Rs.400/- and above but below Rs.1000/- 105
Rs.1000/- and above but below Rs.2150/- 100
Rs.2250/- and above Amount by which pay and D.A.falls short of
From 01/18/1966 onwards
Below Rs.110/- 47
Rs.110/- and above but below Rs.150/- 70
Rs.150/- and above but below Rs.210/- 90
Rs.210/- and above but below Rs.400/- 110
Rs.400/- and above but below Rs.1000/- 120
Rs.1000/- and above but below Rs.2250/- 100
Rs.2250/- and above Amount by which pay and D.A.falls short of
O P T I O N
In pursuance of Board Order No……………………………………………………………………..
……………………………………………..elect to remain in the pre-revision scale
………………………till. …………………( till date of accrual of incremental stage)and prefer to come
over to revised scale of ………………………….with effect from ……………/elect to come to new scale