Published On: Fri, May 27th, 2016

7th Pay Commission award to go to Cabinet next month

New Delhi: Finance Ministry plans to put up the 7th Pay Commission award for cabinet approval by fourth week of June.

Empowered Committee of Secretaries has been formed in consultation with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to process the pay panel’s recommendations.

Empowered Committee of Secretaries has been formed in consultation with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to process the pay panel’s recommendations.

7th Pay Commission award is likely to be sent to the Union Cabinet for approval next month, a top Finance Ministry official said on Thursday asked not to be named because he was not authorized to release the information.

“Implementation cell of the 7th Pay Commission met all stakeholders and took their inputs. The Empowered Committee or Secretaries group will be holding discussions internally on the inputs of 7th pay commission recommendations on June 11 and hope to put up the 7th Pay Commission award before cabinet by fourth week of June,” the official said.

The Finance Ministry received huge comments from various stakeholders on 7th pay commission recommendations.

The official also said 7th Pay Commission award for central government employees and pensioners will be implemented within July.

“The Secretaries group now is reviewing the Implementation cell’s observation and the process of 7th Pay Commission award is in the last stage,” he added.

He said Implementation cell in Finance Ministry has already sent its observation on 7th pay commission recommendations after vetting to the Secretaries group.

The 7th pay commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to revise remuneration of about 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur proposed the highest salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000. The commission also recommended 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, 23.55% overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions. The increase in allowances was recommended 63% while pension was proposed to rise 24%.

Apart from this, the Commission also recommended for abolition of some allowances and advances.

After receiving the 7th pay commission recommendations on November 19, government set up a 13 members secretary-level Empowered Committee or Secretaries group, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, in consultation with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to process the pay panel’s recommendations that would put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer.

An Implementation Cell has been created in the Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Secretaries group.

The Secretaries group is likely to purpose 30 percent basic pay hike of central government employees and it’s also recommending for doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances.

TST

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