Published On: Wed, Dec 6th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Govt to form High Level Committee to upgrade pay

New Delhi: The government is likely to constitute High Level Committee to formulate a new pay structure beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations for central government employees, a move many observers believe may influence the upcoming general elections 2019.

Government is bounded by FM Arun Jaitley’s promise and threats of unions indefinite strike to form the High Level Committee to upgrade pay.

Government is bounded by FM Arun Jaitley’s promise and threats of unions indefinite strike to form the High Level Committee to upgrade pay.

Pradeep Kumar Sinha, Cabinet Secretary, will head the High Level Committee. The others in the committee are secretaries from ministries of Home Affairs and Defence, secretaries from department of personnel and training, pension, revenue, expenditure, posts, health, science and technology Chairman of Railway Board, Deputy CAG and Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat are also on the committee, a top Finance Ministry sources said.

“The finance ministry will issue an order in this regard. The order will come into effect from January 2018.

The High Level Committee is to submit a report on the salary hike of more than 1 crore Central government employees and pensioners in six months. However, the time limit can be extended if necessary,” the sources added.

A day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, three senior Cabinet Ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised with central government employees unions on June 30, 2016 for hiking Pay and fitment formula through the appoint of a High Level Committee in Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house, when the unions had threatened to carry out an indefinite strike on July 11, 2016.

The High Level Committee has not yet been constituted but National Anomaly Committee (NAC) has been formed in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and the government had said the NAC would discuss any pay hike agenda.

In the mean time, a letter of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) dated October 30, states that the hike in minimum Pay and fitment formula do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.

So, the central government employees unions warned government, “If Finance Minister Arun Jaitley continues to betray us about the promise over pay hike, which he made, we will have no choice but to proceed on an indefinite strike.”

Hence, government is bounded by Jaitley’s promise and threats of unions indefinite strike to form the High Level Committee to upgrade pay, the sources confirmed.

Earlier, the government gave nod the 7th Pay Commission proposal of minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th pay commission.

However, the Unions have been demanding minimum pay Rs 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 with 3.68 fitment factor.

“Central government is considering increasing the minimum basic pay for us from the existing Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 per month and fitment factor to 3.00 times from existing 2.57 times,” said media reports, which were mainly published by online publications.

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