Govt. secondment officials will be paid in keeping with the projects’ service rules
Government officials on secondment with the Punatsangchu hydropower projects (PHPA-I&II) will be paid in keeping with the projects’ service rules.
This was decided at the recent PHPA-I management meeting in Thimphu, which adopted project pay scales and allowances for secondment officials, effective from April 2012.
“With workload being same, we wanted to get rid of a significant difference in total earnings between officials directly appointed by the project and those on secondment from government departments,” the managing director of PHPA I&II, RN Khazanchi, said.
“Both Punatsangchhu projects have officials at the level equivalent to both superintending engineer and executive engineer, like senior administration officer, senior labour officer, senior personnel officer, chief administration officer and chief environment officer, drawn from government departments,” Khazanchi said.
The proposal was submitted to the chairman of the authority of the two projects, economic affairs minister, Khandu Wangchuk, mid last year.
According to the Royal Civil Service Commission service rule, officials on secondment, like chief administration officer and chief environment officer, who are equivalent to the level of superintending engineer, are paid in the scale of Nu 25,610-33,260 with a 15 percent allowance, whereas those directly employed get about Nu 29,840-48,465 with 95 percent allowance plus free accommodation.
For the executive engineer level, the scale is Nu 22,620-29,370 with 15 percent allowance, whereas for those directly employed it is Nu 26,350-42,850 with 95 percent allowance plus free accommodation.
In general, the difference in earnings for those in superintending engineer level was about Nu 30,000 and for executive engineer level, about Nu 26,000.
PHPA-I has seven and PHPA-II has three officials on secondment from the civil service. Secondment is allowed initially for three years, with a possible two years extension.
By Passang Norbu