The Centre has issued new rules for the regulation of advance increment(s) to stenographers of subordinate offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m.

As per media reports, the new rules will be applicable with effect from June 1, 2016.

According to the new rules, the stenographer recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 80 w.p.m. will be granted one advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100 w.p.m.

The stenographer will be provided one more advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service.

The new rules say that if a stenographer, who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 80 w.p.m., will directly qualify for the speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service and he/she may be granted two advance increments.

Besides, the stenographer, who is recruited on the basis of speed test in the shorthand at 100 w.p.m., may be granted one advance increment on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 120 w.p.m. while in service.

An office memorandum of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on “Advance increments granted to Stenographers of Subordinate Offices on qualifying speed test in shorthand at 100/120 w.p.m., in the 7th CPC Scenario-reg.” was issued on July 24, 2020.

The office memorandum said the speed tests will be conducted by properly constituted authorities including departmental authorities.

The advance increments will be granted from the date of passing the test.

The speed test-based advance increments will not be absorbed in future increments. Also, the date of next increment after the grant of these advance increments will remain the same, the office memorandum said.

The DoPT said the advance increment amount will be treated as a separate element in addition to the basic pay and it would be counted as pay for all purposes.

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