7th Pay Commission – Not much expected from empowered committee
New Delhi: The Sen Times has learned an average increase of 15 percent pay of central government employees more than Pay commission recommendations, is likely to be suggested by the group of secretaries, who is examining the 7th Pay Commission report.
The 7th Pay Commission’s report was published on November 19.
An estimated 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners across the country receive the pay , which currently stands on Sixth Pay Commission recommendations and it’s unable to neutralise the impact of inflation, which are being faced by the central government employees.
The pay of central government employees has been set at this level since 2006, adopting the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. which is to be change with effect from January 1, 2016, for a period of 10 years.
The group of secretaries is likely to increase the minimum entry level salary of a government employee to the range of Rs 20,000 to 20,500 against Rs 18,000 recommended by the Commission headed by Justice A k Mathur who submitted the report in November this year.
Consequently, it would push up employees’ 15 percent basic pay hike at the all levels beyond the Seventh Pay Commission report.
The group of secretaries received more and more submissions with all employees’ groups strongly opposed low pay hike of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.
The group of secretaries believes a 15 percent hike in the pay beyond the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, is the appropriate for central government employees.
This proposal will now have to be considered by Government after the model code of conduct over, which is currently in place for five states assemblies’ poll.
It is likely changes the pay of central government employees would be announced in June.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had initially appointed an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) i.e. group of secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha for processing the report of the Seventh Pay Commission before cabinet nod, the Seventh Pay Commission recommended for raising minimum pay to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.
The Seventh Pay Commission recommended 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay to central government employees cope with the inflation but it was the lowest increase in 70 years.
While the previous Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.