Friday, 7 March 2014
Lets March towards Merger of Junior and Senior Translators.
Dear Friends, 7th pay commission has already been constituted. Soon they will start inviting representations from different stakeholders. But the big question here is, Are we ready for representing our demands ? Do we really know what and how we have to represent? If our representatives are interested in taking translator's views into account ? Among many issues, one pertains to the merger of Junior and Sr. Translators, which is just an absurdity for many of us. We are also aware of some so called logics for this differentiation, which lack any sound reason. This issue has been in the air for years but never chased seriously. Once again we are on the door-step of a new pay-commission. Mr. Deepak Dagar, Jr. Translator, Ministry of Economic Affairs is throwing some light on this issue. Lets us all think, discuss and decide how to proceed further on this issue.
MERGER OF SENIOR & JUNIOR TRANSLATOR
Demand regarding the merger of aforesaid posts was raised at various times. As per the averments of the pervious association, a couple of years back, a proposal was made to the Cadre Reviewing Committee that these posts should be merged and designated as Translation Officer. This proposal was considered by the Department of Official Language and the Department of Expenditure during the process of Cadre Review, but the same was rejected by the Dept. of Expenditure and reasons for the rejection are still not known to the public in general except that the proposal became a victim of whims and fancies of few of our own seniors. Rumors and stories are galore in this regard. Thereafter, no one endeavored for review on that proposal. At present, nothing is being done by current association in this aspect.
Now the time has awarded us another opportunity for this merger and definitely we should utilize it by representing this proposal to the 7th Pay Commission.
In case, the merger is accepted by the Pay Commission, pay and all other disparities between senior and junior translator will come to an end and in pursuant to the judgement of the Hon'ble Apex Court next MACP will be equivalent to Grade Pay of Assistant Director. Consequently, it will be highly beneficial for Junior Translators in pecuniary nature.
It is pertinent to mention here that this process will not affect any seniority; the seniority of all translators will remain same whatever is right now.
IF MERGER IS NOT FEASIBLE
If aforesaid merger could not be feasible due to any technical obstacle, in this case the post of Senior Translator may be designated as Translator Officer and it should be upgraded as Group – B (Gazetted) post in equivalent of the post of Section Officer (With 4800 GP). Since, in past, senior translator was enjoying the pay scale of Section Officer. This disparity was raised only after 2006.
In this second scenario Junior Translator will be equivalent of Assistant (CSS) and Senior Translator will be equivalent of Section Officer (CSS).
To take a decision in aforesaid both situations is not beyond the jurisdiction of 7th Pay Commission. But, unfortunately, present stakeholders of any association are not doing and also not trying to do anything in this aspect while the matter is already in their knowledge. It’s the call of time that we should come together and must do all possible efforts in this aspect and all responsible and relevant persons must furnish their strategy in this regard. Now we are on doorstep where we have to decide whether we would like to keep ourselves tight-lipped or demand for that which is just, fair and reasonable. The associations must also disclose their strategy, if any.
Lets' come together and raise the voice.