With a justification similar to that for the Language Allowance, Language Award is a one-time award for passing certain language related examinations. The existing rates are as follows:
|For passing Diploma-II Exam with >65% marks||Category of Language||Sponsored Candidate||Non –Sponsored Candidate|
|Category I||Rs. 4500||Rs. 6750|
|Category II||Rs. 3150||Rs. 4500|
|Category III||Rs. 2250||Rs. 3150|
|For passing Interpretership Exam with >70% marks||Category I||Rs. 9000||Rs. 13500|
|Category II||Rs. 6750||Rs. 9000|
|Category III||Rs. 4500||Rs. 6750|
Besides a four-fold increase, the removal of minimum percentage clause has been requested.
Analysis and Recommendations
Since the allowance is already partially indexed to DA, it is recommended to raise it by a factor of 1.5. The amount will further rise by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent. Other demands do not hold merit.