PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants on Grades 41 and 42 in the Management and Professional Group of the Sistem Saraan Malaysia (SSM) are eligible for RM300 monthly Fixed Civil Service Allowance in their 10th year of service in those grades, the Public Services Department (PSD) said yesterday.
PSD public relations officer Hasniah Rashid said according to the Service Circular No. 4 2002 on the implementation of the SSM for Federal Government employees, the allowance is paid to those who are in their 10th year and above of service in the stated grades or their equivalent.
The RM300 monthly allowance will be paid automatically to civil servants effective from their first day in the 10th year of service on grades 41 and 42, she said.
According to Appendix C8, Article 3, of the Fixed Civil Service Allowance, the period of service taken into account to be eligible for the allowance does not include the duration of unpaid leave.
The SSM, which came into force on Nov 1, last year, offers better remuneration for almost one million government employees.
It was implemented as an option to Sistem Saraan Baru (SSB), introduced in 1992, to replace the service scheme under the Cabinet Committee Salary Report implemented since 1976.
Civil servants in the Management and Professional Group, whose salaries are RM3,017.73 and below under the previous SSB, received RM170 as Civil Service Allowance while those drawing RM3,017.74 and above received RM300.
Hasniah, however, said the application of the service circular on the implementation of the SSM was subject to Article 76, depending on the acceptance by the relevant authorities, although provisions of the circular covered state civil services, statutory bodies and local authorities.
The issue over the payment of the civil service allowance was raised by Cuepacs president Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam, who is also National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general.
He alleged that several school managements do not pay the RM300 allowance to officers on Grade DG41 who are eligible for it.
He claimed that some state Education Departments refused to pay the allowance because they had not received the instruction from the Education Ministry or PSD. Bernama