Upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC & UDC in the Administrative Branch of GoI

Upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC & UDC in the Administrative Branch of GoI: Ministerial Staff Association writes to PM



30 May 2015

Shri Narender Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
South Block, New Delhi


Respected Sir,

1. The All India MES Admin Cadre & Ministerial Staff Association avails this opportunity to convey your honour its best complements and warmest regards while putting the following anomalies in pay of LDCs and UDCs in VI Pay Commission for your favourable consideration please.-
(a) Sixth Pay Commission has denied and appropriate pay structure not provided to the LDCs & UDCs serving in offices of Govt of India in the light of raised academic and technical qualification & responsibilities assigned to them. Clerks are responsible for smooth functioning of offices but they are given simple replacement GPs in VI pay commission. In fact the GP granted to the post of LDC is Rs.1900, which is just Rs. 100 More than MTS staff, i.e Rs. 1800/- The pay commission has recommended the merger of various GP ‘D’ posts & upgraded their GPs from Rs. 1400/- to Rs. 1800/-
& also given them additional benefit of 3 MACPs to the merged posts. On the other hand LDC under MACP would get Rs.2000/- Rs.2400/-, & Rs.2800/-
(b) Over the years, the scales of pay of various posts below the ministerial post at the lowest rank (Viz. LDC) as well as posts at higher levels have been upgraded from time to time. However, the scale of pay of the post of LDC has not been revised since 01.07.1959 while minimum educational qualification for the post of LDCs has been increased to 10+2 from Matriculation. The job profile of LDCs has undergone significant changes after introduction of Information Technologies and modernization in Govt Offices. In the wake of Govt’s plan of office automation, e-tendering, e-procurement and e-governance. the workload & strain on LDC has already grown up but inspital of above the Grade Pay of LDCs is only Rs.100/- more than, that of MTS Staff.

(c) Duties assigned to the LDCs are as follows:-

(i) Carry out routine office work e.g receipt and dispatch of incoming and outgoing correspondence. Filing in cases, linking of references, writing simple routing notes and drafts, maintain library and registers, carry out amendments to regulations and orders, maintain constrution accounts. Type neatly and accurately at 35 words per minutes.

(i) Pay, Income Tax, Budget, NPS, MIS, Monthly Expenditure Statements, Reconciliation etc.
(ii) Various Bills, RTI Court Cases, Audit Paras, Stores Purchase
(iii) Establishment section: Service Record,leave, Promotion/Posting etc.
(iv) In addition to discharge of above duties LDCs are also engaged in disbursement of Cash & Maintenance of related registers, Cheque books, postage stamps, dispatch & diary, loans & advances, typing & maintenance of library, indexing of records & files.
(d) The pay scales of other categories which were equal to the pay of LDC during 3rd, 4th and 5th CPC had been revised and they have been placed at GP higher than of LDCs. Pay scales of some categories which had same grade pay in Vth Pay Commission and whose Grade Pay have been increased in VI Pay Commission are given below for your perusal:-

Slr No. Post Pay Scale in V CPC Revised
Pay Scale in VI CPC
Pay Band & Grade Pay
No. of the
1 Assistant Class-II in Calcutta  Mint  3050-4590 4500-7000 PB-l 2800 7.15.9
2. Constable in CPMFs 3050-4590 3200-4900 PB-l 2000 7.19.35
3. Constable in CBI 3050-4590 3200-4900 PB-l 2000 7.32.18
4. Postman in Dept of Post 3050-4590 3200-4900 PB-l 2000 7.6.17
5. Mail Guard in Railway 3050-4590 3200-4900 PB-l 2000 7.6.17
6. Naik 3050-4590 3200-4900 PB-l 2000 7.10.26

(i) Postal Assistant in Deptt of Posts have same minimum qualification and typing speed requirement i.e. 10+2 and 35 wpm but have Grade Pay of Rs. 2400/- 
(ii) SSC conducts Combined 10+2 Level Examination and places LDCs and Data Entry Operators in various Ministries and Deptts on the basis of their Merit list. Where Data Entry Operators are given Grade Pay Rs. 2400/-, the LDCs are given Rs. 1900/- only. Such difference in Grade Pay is unjustified as the minimum qualification for both the above two posts is the same i.e 10+2. It is pertinent to mention here that LDC has more work to do by linking and correlating the case with various policies where Data Entry Operators have just to type the data.

(e) Civilians in Defence Establishments work with their counterparts of Armed Forces and are working shoulder to shoulder in piece, field areas and high altitudes areas including Car nicobar and Leh etc. Hence, the equal rank/status personnel should be provided equal pay scales and grade pay. The details of difference in pay scales and grade pay of equal rank/status personnel of Civilian and Army Clerks are mentioned below:-

Slr No. Rank Revised Pay
Grade Pay
1 LDC (Civ) 5200-20200 1900
2. Eqv Naik (Army) 5200-20200 2400
3. Havildar (Army) 5200-20200 2800

Considering this issue of financial injustice to LDCs, various State Govts/UT Govts have already revised and hiked the pay of LDCs and UDCs in their states. Copies of following notifications for up-

gradation of pay scales are enclosed for your consideration please:-

(i) Notification for Revision of Pay by Punjab Administration.
(ii) Notification for Revision of Pay by Kerala Govt.
(iii) Notification for Revision of Pay by Rajasthan Govt.
(iv) Notification of HP Govt for revision of pay of Clerks.

(g) This is for your information that this issue of Up-gradation of Pay of LDCs and UDCs has been identified as an anomaly by DoP&T and under consideration in National Anomaly Committee and the issue has been ignored by successive pay commissions which is against the natural justice of equal pay for equal work.
(h) With the current level of inflation it is becoming very difficult for LDCs to sustain a dignified life in such a low salary which is against the Right to live granted to every citizen by the constitution of India.
2. In view of the above I request your honour to please take up this case with appropriate authorities to bring justice to the deprived low paid but highly responsible employees of Govt of India by increasing the Grade Pay of LDCs from Rs. 1900 to Rs. 2400 and that of UDCs from Rs. 2400 to Rs. 4200.

Thanking you,

Your’s faithfully,
(Braj Kishore)
General Secretary

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