Published On: Tue, Feb 23rd, 2016

Review report on Pay Commission recommendations likely by April-end

New Delhi: The Empowered Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha on the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations is expected to submit its review report to the Finance Ministry by April end, official sources said.

Finance Minster Arun Jaitley presents  budget on February 29 and is expected to implement the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission to hike pay for central government employees.

Finance Minster Arun Jaitley presents budget on February 29 and is expected to implement the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission to hike pay for central government employees.

“The reports is still in the process of finalisation by the the Implementation Cell of the Pay Commission, which has been created in the Finance Ministry to work as the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee.

After processing, it is likely to be received in the Empowered Committee of Secretaries by the April,” the official said.

“After submission of the report by the Implementation Cell, the report would be examined by the Empowered Committee for cabinet nod immediately,” he added.

The Empowered Committee will go into the service conditions of central government employees, salaries and allowances and suggest changes as considered necessary on the pay commission recommendation, they confirmed.

Finance Ministries officials told us the salaries of central government employees might see a increase due the Seventh Pay Commission made a width pay gap discrimination between employees and higher officers from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8 and the Implementation Cell is receiving employees’ associations approval to decrease the pat gap.

Seventh Pay Commission has not been properly reviewed the pay gap between minimum and maximum pay, the association pointed. They said in their representation that every pay commission made up pay gap between employees and higher officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12.

They strongly opposed 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, which was recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission. They said sixth pay commission had recommend 20 per cent increase in basic pay, which was better than current pay commission.

The government doubled the sixth pay commission recommendation to increase in basic pay while implementing it in 2008 for boosting central government employees.

Accordingly the associations are pressing hard to double the percentage of pay hikes what the Seventh Pay Commission recommended with examining the all previous pay commissions’ reports.

The government may take positive on above suggestions of associations to improve the financial health of the central government employees. These steps will have to motivate the government employees to better work culture in government offices.

So, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) asked the secretaries Committee to process on this way soon.

A populist budget, ahead of assembly elections in Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, this year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents February 29 and which is expected to implement the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission to raise pay and pension for 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners, which will result in an additional annual burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on exchequer.

TST

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