The Central government employees are expected to get revised allowances as per the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission from October, according to Finance Ministry sources.
The Central government employees are expected to get revised allowances as per the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission from October, according to Finance Ministry sources. The Finance Ministry sources also made this clear that there will no change now in minimum pay Rs 18,000, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the cabinet. Finance Secretary committee is expected to submit its report by September end and from October government employees will get the revised allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.
“Definitely, the new allowances on recommendations of 7th Pay Commission will be made effective soon. However, if its implementation is delayed it will be given effect from October 1,” a Finance Ministry official was quoted as saying by the Sen Times. The Union Cabinet had approved the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission regarding hike in basic pay and pension, but referred the suggestions about allowances to a Committee headed by Finance Secretary.
The government formed a committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare among others as its members on July 22 for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances. The 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances. The committee is likely to submit its report by September and from October government employees are likely to get their revised allowances.
On demand of the increasing the basic pay from Rs 18000, the Finance Ministry sources reiterated that there is no scope in to change in minimum pay Rs 18,000, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. “The demand of central government employees through National Joint Council of Action (NJAC) for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 may be considered by the National Anomaly Committee but they can do nothing,” sources said.
The government in July issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The 7th Pay Commission notification confirmed that central government employees 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The Cabinet also approved the increase in minimum pay Rs 18,000 from existing Rs 7,000. Many government employees are unhappy as the requested minimum wage was increased to Rs 18,000 and the demand was made of Rs 26,000. More than 47 lakh Central Government employees and 53 lakh pensioners have been eagerly waiting for implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
The government reiterated that it is “not appropriate” to compare the increase in minimum pay suggested by the 7th Central Pay Commission with that of the previous commissions. According to the 7th Pay Commission, the real increase given in 1996 and 2006 in minimum pay was 31 per cent and 51 per cent. As compared to that, the commission recommended an increase of 14.29 per cent.