Seventh Pay Commission: Central govt employees deserve pay raise
New Delhi: A central minister thinks most central government employees are good workers – and they deserve a pay raise and advocated to implement Seventh pay commission for them from next budget.
The minister wouldn’t say whether he agrees with the central government proposal not to merge 50 percent dearness allowance (DA) after its hiked to 100 percent, but he did say central government employees should not lose ground as inflation erodes their salaries.
“We realised that government employees are upset as it is becoming difficult for them to manage their household expenses with the high inflation rate. They protested against us not to merge 50 percent dearness allowance with basic pay before implementation of Seventh Pay Commission,” the central minister told us, requesting anonymity.
“People that work in the central government, I find they’re hard working, they care about their country, they are patriotic, they do a good job” the minister said.
It is also time to stop demonizing central government employees and to encourage them, he said, the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees will be implemented in the next financial year.
The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, was appointed by the previous UPA government in February 2014 for 18 months. Its terms was extended in August 2015 by four months till December 31, 2015. The recommendations of the commission would be implemented from January 1, 2016.
The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.
Besides pay hikes, the Pay Commissions recommend to hike medical benefits, House rent allowance, transport allowance and other allowances for central government employees.
As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services.
Pay Commission was ready to submit its report by the end of September but government gave nod to submit its report till December 31.
According to the Minister, the reports of Seventh Central Pay Commission may be implicated from April next year and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will get the pay panel reports shortly.
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