7th Pay Commission | Hydrographic Survey Allowance | Report of Committee
Existing Provisions: This allowance is paid to Naval Officers for tougher working conditions, as under
Rates per month in ₹
|Non-Surveyor Officers on ships||
|Surveyor Recorder- II||
|Surveyor Recorder–I (PO and Below)||
|Surveyor Recorder–I (CPO and above)||
|Non-Surveyor Sailors serving on ships||
Recommendations of 7th CPC: The 7th CPC has recommended that this allowance be paid as per Cell R3H3 of the newly proposed Risk and Hardship Matrix @ ₹1200 pm for level 9 and above and ₹1000/- pm for level upto 8 (For non – surveyors).
Ministry of Defence: This allowance may be paid to Surveyors as per Cell R3H1 and for Non – Surveyors, it may be paid as per cell R3H2 of the Risk & Hardship Matrix.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee:
The Committee notes that the rates of Hydrographic Survey Allowance for Surveyors (Class I – IV) being paid currently range from ₹1200 pm to ₹2100 pm. Thus, the recommended rates are not commensurate with the existing provisions and tougher working conditions.
Moreover, the jobs done by the Surveyors are commercially viable and they generate revenue for the Government.
It is, therefore, recommended that Hydrographic Survey Allowance be paid as per R3H2 (₹ 3400 pm for Level 9 & above and ₹ 2700 for level 8 & below) for Surveyors (Class I – IV) and rates as recommended by 7th CPC for other categories (presently being paid this allowance in the range of ₹ 150- ₹ 600 pm) may continue to be as per R3H3 of R&H Matrix.
The additional financial implications on account of the changes proposed by the Committee is estimated to be ₹ 1.52 crore per annum and will benefit approximately 658 personnel.