The 6th Pay Commission in its report recommended the four distinct running pay bands with each pay band (PB-1, PB-2, PB-3 & PB-4) carrying different Grade pays. Every post is to be assigned appropriate grade pay and the corresponding pay band.
An employee (new entrant) on appointment to a post will be supposedly placed at the minimum of the pay in the pay band attached to that post and with the corresponding grade pay. On promotion to a post carrying higher grade pay, his pay in the pay band shall be increased by one increment besides granting the higher grade pay. If the grade pay attached to the promotional post happens to correspond with the higher pay band, then the pay on promotion will be raised to the minimum pay in the higher pay band subject to the condition that the pay raised by an increment falls short of the minimum pay in the pay band of promotional post. This original recommendation of the 6th Pay Commission ensured that a new/direct recruit always draws a lower pay than a serving employee in any given post. The resolution adopted by the Government subsequently also mentioned nothing about the concept of ‘entry pay’ to new entrants.
Incorporation of the Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 which introduced the ‘Entry Pay’ in the pay band for direct recruits made all the difference and formed the cause for the anomaly. This anomaly was not a direct result of the recommendation of 6th Pay Commission but due to its faulty implementation by the Implementation Cell of Ministry of Finance.