7th Pay Commission: Panel accepts to remove pay anomaly

New Delhi: Central government employees have some reasons to cheer as the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) has accepted to remove pay anomaly and to hike their pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

It’s a big good news for central government employees, the NAC has finally decided to address the anomaly of pay matrix.

The Official Side of the NAC agreed to address the anomaly of pay matrix, Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery of Central Government Employees, said in his letter to all members of National Council (Staff Side), JCM dated July 17, 2018.

The government formed NAC in September, 2016 to resolve pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations after the central government employees unions decided to call off their indefinite strike in July following the pay hike promise of Union Finance Minister.

The 22-member panel is headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and it has members from both the official and staff side.

From the government side, it has Member (Staff) Railway Board, secretaries of Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts, as its members.

Besides them, Financial Adviser, Defence Ministry, two joint secretaries from DoPT and another Joint Secretary (Personnel) in Finance Ministry is also part of the panel. A Deputy Secretary of the DoPT is Member-Secretary of the panel.

The panel has 13 people from the staff side.

The cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations for central government employees on July 29, which impacted 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended raise of the basic pay to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000 month, while the maximum basic pay to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 80,000 and fitment factor of 2.57. The central government employees, however, have sought a raise in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

If the the anomaly of pay matrix is addressed properly, the salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.