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Govt cuts back incentives for ISRO scientists just before Chandrayaan launch

Bengaluru | Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO, India’s space agency which will be responsible for the launch of Chandrayaan-II which explores the moon.

However, two days before the estimated day of launch, the government has issued a notice to inform all the ISRO scientists and engineers who benefitted from incentives, that they have been discontinued from now onwards.

In an order issued on June 12, 2019, the Central Government has said that the promotional grant amount is being discontinued.

In 1996, the Government had introduced these incentives in the form of two additional increments to retain and attract scientists and engineers working with the organisation.

The orders stated that the provisions will be stopped from July 1, 2019.

After this order, the scientists of D, E, F and G will not get this stimulus amount anymore.

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.

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

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