7th Pay Commission award now to get final nod

New Delhi: Salary of central government employees will almost hike 30 percent under the 7th Pay Commission award with employees in the lower rungs getting the highest percentage of raise.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will soon take the proposal to the Union Cabinet for approval
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will soon take the 7th Pay Commission award proposal to the Union Cabinet for approval.

The new pay structure under 7th Pay Commission for central government employees is likely to approve now at any cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Nodi in the chair as the results of elections in five Assemblies have been out and model code of conduct now is not a barrier for announcing 7th Pay Commission, sources of Finance Ministry said on Thursday.

The ‘achche din’ that had eluded it all of last year were back for the ruling party BJP, which celebrated two years in office just three days ago and had last year suffered massive defeat in the Delhi and Bihar assembly polls, there could have been no better second anniversary gift. It had won on its own steam in a northeastern state Assam for the first time, opened its account in Kerala and made some gains in West Bengal, they said.

The BJP led central government is now in a pleasant mood, accordingly it may be announced better pay package of central government employees soon than 7th Pay Commission recommendations, they confirmed.

The 7th Pay 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%.

The government formed a 13 members secretary-level Empowered Committee or Secretaries group, led by cabinet Secretary P K Sinha in January to review the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission before cabinet nod.

The Secretaries group has reached the conclusion to propose 30 percent basic pay raise instead of 14.27 per cen, which was recommended by 7th Pay Commission. They are also mulling for doubling of existing rates of such allowances and advances, which has been recommended for abolition by the 7th Pay Commission, sources said.

“Secretaries group is finalising the the modified proposal of 7th Pay Commission award for central government employees. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will soon take the proposal to the Union Cabinet for approval,” they said.


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