Government of Pakistan Finance Division (Regulation Wing) issued the Notification No F.No.1(6)imp/2019-872 on 26th August 2019 about the advance increments on acquiring higher qualification. The details of this notification are as under;
Finance ETC Regarding Advance Increments.
The undersigned is directed to refer to Finance Division’s clarification issued vide O.M No F.1(6)Imp/2000-392, dated 18-06-2011.
- Para-6 (a) (iii) of Finance Division O.M.No.F.1/7/IMP-ll/87 dated 01-07-1987, allows the advance increments to those who acquire/possesses higher qualification than those prescribed for the post. These advance increments were made double w.e.f 01-06-1991. Later on, Finance Division’s O.M.No.F.1(12)-IMP-II/91, dated 29-06-1991. Later on, Finance Division’s O.M. dated 18-06-2011 was issued which clarified that advance increments for acquiring/possessing higher qualification will be admissible to those officials who have been promoted posts on the basis of seniority-cum-fitness but were not allowed advance increments to those who possess the same qualification, prescribed for the said promotional post.
- It has been observed that while implementing this policy certain quarters have not adhered to the guidelines in letter & spirit and granted advance increments where promotion to the higher post was made on the basis of reorganization of a department or on qualifying certain departmental examinations. Finance Division’s O.M. dated 18-06-2011 covers only such cases where the higher scale was granted for promotion on the seniority-cum-fitness basis and not dew to the reorganization of the department or on the passing of a departmental examination.
- FST has recently supported the stance of Finance Division in case of Mr.Muhammad Riaz in Appeal No.226®CS/2014 and Mr Zafar Iqbal and others in Appeals No.318, 336, 714, 715(R)CS/2019 that Finance Division’s O.M. dated 18-06-2011 is applicable only to those civil servants who acquired/possessed higher qualification of the promotional post based on the seniority-cum-fitness, Further, Mr Muhammad Riaz went into appeal in Supreme Court which also upheld the policy of Finance Division vide their judgment dated 17-06-2019.
- It is therefore clarified that Finance Division O.M dated 18-06-2011 is applicable in such cases only where promotion to the higher post was made on the seniority-cum-fitness basis. It does not cover the cases where promotion to higher scales is made on the basis of reorganization of department or passing of a departmental examination. These instructions may be followed in letter & Spirit.
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