New Delhi: In a move that would benefit a
large number of skilled workers in defence establishments, the
government today raised their Grade Pay by partially amending
Sixth Pay Commission recommendations implemented in 2008 and
restructured the cadre.
The new pay structure in both industrial and non-
industrial trades, usually called defence artisans, would be
implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006,
a Defence Ministry release said here.
Under the new pay scales, Skilled Artisans would be in the
Pay Band-I and their Grade Pay would be Rs 1,900.
Highly Skilled Grade-II Artisans would also be bracketed
under Pay Band-I, but their Grade Pay would stand at Rs 2,400.
Highly Skilled Grade I Artisans, who too would be under
Pay Band-I, would receive a Grade Pay of Rs 2,800.
Master Craftsman under Pay Band-II would be paid a Grade
Pay of Rs 4,200.
Hitherto, the defence establishments only had three
categories of workers -- Skilled, Highly Skilled and Master
Craftsmen. Usually 45 per cent of the trades were Skilled
workers and the rest 55 per cent Highly Skilled. Even among
the Highly Skilled, 25 per cent of the workers were graded as
But now, apart from the 25 per cent Master Craftsmen, the
remaining workers in the Highly Skilled category would be
bifurcated equally to have two separate grades among them --
Highly Skilled Grade-II and Highly Skilled Grade-I.
The Skilled Grade posts would now be granted a Grade Pay
of Rs 1,900 in Pay Band-I. The Master Craftsman among the
Highly Skilled workers would be paid a Grade Pay of Rs 4,200
in Pay Band-II.
The Highly Skilled Grade-II worker would be granted Grade
Pay of Rs 2,400 in Pay Band-I and Highly Skilled Worker
Grade-1 Grade Pay of Rs 2,800 in Pay Band-I.
The creation of the grade of Highly Skilled Worker Grade-I
with higher Grade Pay resulting from the restructuring under
the amended Sixth Pay Commission recommendations would also be
effective from January 1, 2006.
The conditions including the trade test for such a grading
would be relaxed as one-time measure, the release added.
Highly Skilled Grade-I would be senior to Highly Skilled
The post of Master Craftsman would be part of the
hierarchy and the placement of Highly Skilled Grade-I in the
grade of Master Craftsman would be treated as promotion, the
In defence establishments with no category of Skilled
Workers and where all recruitment of Highly Skilled workers is
done directly, the existing posts of Master Craftsman,
implemented on January 1, 2006, would be placed in Pay Band-II
with a Grade Pay of Rs 4,200.
The remaining posts of Highly Skilled Workers would be
equally divided into grades of Highly Skilled Grade-I and
Highly Skilled-II, it added.