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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Changes in seventh pay commission recommendations likely

New Delhi: The central government may bring changes in the pay package proposed by Justice A K Mathur-led the Seventh Pay Commission which recommended a 23.55% hike in the pay and allowances of central government employees.

The pay is likely to increase 16%, allowances 63% and pensions about 24%. This is less than the overall hike of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.

The Implementation cell of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations in Finance Ministry, headed by Joint Secretary R K Chaturvedi, is likely to retain such allowances and advances, which has been recommended for abolition by the Seventh Pay Commission.

The Mathur commission recommended for abolition allowances and advances like risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance.

However, central government employees raised objection to recommendation for abolition of such type allowances and advances and demanded to retain its.

If retained such allowances and advances in the new pay scale to be effective from next January, the employees of lower grades may be more benefitted.

Sources in the Implementation cell said, the cell is also positively mulling the demand of central government employees for hiking the minimum pay, which was recommended very low by the Seventh pay commission.

The Mathur commission recommended the minimum basic pay of central government employees is Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum is Rs 2.25 lakh per month, its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.

“All pay commissions made up pay gap between employees and higher officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12, except it,” said sources.

Sources also said the cell wants to make up pay gap between employees and higher officers and to recommend to hike Basic salary at least Rs 20,000 from Rs 18,000 recommended by the Seventh pay commission.

The central government employees’ associations termed the Seventh Pay Commission report as a width pay gap discrimination between employees and higher officers because in its report, the Pay Commission has recommended to increase the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8

“We hope the Implementation cell’s new pay scale, which will be effective from January, will do justice to all,” sources confirmed.

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