Published On: Thu, Dec 17th, 2015

Finmin appoints Chaturvedi in Pay Commission implementation cell

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry Wednesday appointed Senior IAS officer R K Chaturvedi as Joint Secretary in seventh Central Pay Commission’s implementation cell.

“We are confident that we will be able to stick to fiscal consolidation roadmap even with what the Pay Commission recommended,” said Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha.

“We are confident that we will be able to stick to fiscal consolidation roadmap even with what the Pay Commission recommended,” said Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha.

Chaturvedi, a 1987 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been appointed to the post under Department of Expenditure in the Finance Ministry.

He is presently working as Resident Commissioner in Madhya Pradesh Bhawan, New Delhi.

Chaturvedi will hold the charge for five years as Joint Secretary in Finance Ministry but one year in Seventh Pay Commission implementation cell, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

The Cell is processing to implement the “accepted recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission”,

Besides Joint Secretary, the Cell have nine officials and staff, including a Director level officer and two under-secretary level officers.

The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission that will benefit 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners, which will impact the Central Budget by Rs 73,650 crore and the Railway Budget by Rs 28,450 crore.

The 900-page report of the Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 19 with a recommendation that the new scales be implemented from January 1 next year.

The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

The 23.55 per cent increase includes hike in allowances.

The minimum pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000. For the Secretaries it has been fixed at Rs 2.25 lakh as against Rs 80,000 currently.

In a significant recommendation, the report favoured introduction of a health insurance insurance scheme for staff and pensioners and doubling the gratuity ceiling to Rs 20 lakh.

The Centre has expressed confidence that the implementation of the recommendation will not lead to a breach in the fiscal deficit targets.

Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha had said: “We are confident that we will be able to stick to fiscal consolidation roadmap even with what the Pay Commission recommended. The roadmap that we have put together is taking into account what the impact of the Pay Commission would be”.

TST

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