Published On: Fri, May 6th, 2016

7th pay commission’s review committee aims to clear up better pay

New Delhi: The review committee of 7th pay commission launched in January in the hope that it will give central government employees better pay and more solid base for fighting inflation.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received the 7th Pay Commission’s report from its head Justice A K Mathur in November.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received the 7th Pay Commission’s report from its head Justice A K Mathur in November.

The review committee is likely to purpose the better pay package of central government employees employees than 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the employees can expect a higher package from July.

The review committee aims to sweep away complexities in the existing sixth pay commission award and give central government employees a clearer idea of how much salary income they are likely to get.

The current salary system is made up of two parts of basic pay: the pay band as well as the additional pay i.e. grade pay which is extra money on top.

But the new salary will be at a single-tier rate to get rid of the employees from the complexities, Finance Ministry sources said.

It is part of efforts as central government employees are getting car advance and computer advance etc on the basis of pay band only, so they are not getting enough cash for purchase of the above items, the sources added.

7th pay commission recommended that Central government employees should not be allowed to earn annual increments if they fail to meet performance criterion, Commission also recommended even as it sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level.

The pay commission also proposed introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees.

The review committee believes that increments as well as upward movement in the hierarchy happen as a matter of course. The review committee is therefore likely to propose not withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion, sources said.

The review committee is also considering doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances including the those were recommended for abolition by the Seventh Pay Commission, sources confirmed.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received the 7th Pay Commission’s report from its head Justice A K Mathur in November, who recommended 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions 23.55 per cent. They proposed to increase in allowances by 63 per cent while pensions will rise 24 percent.

A 13 member a secretary-level Empowered Committee or review committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was formed in January to review Pay Commission’s report before cabinet nod.

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