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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Centre Directs States to Imply Recommendations Coming March

The centre today urged various States to implement the recommendations made by the 7th Pay commission for pay hikes in salaries and pensions coming this March. Although, the Union Cabinet did not much give a merry news earlier at the star of the new year as the revised salaries got delayed. But in a recent notification provided by the Centre, it has been stated that the Finance Ministry wants all the pledged States may imply the recommendation in every plausible way henceforth not affecting any of the autonomous body.

We earlier reported that the autonomous bodies are most likely not to get affected thus urging the organisations to work out with their affairs in such a way that it may not hamper functions and put an extra burden on the central chequer. Also, the administrative ministries concerns will be taken into consideration thus keeping such cases under recommended pay scale as well as being justified on the basis of functional procedures and recruitment qualification.

Till date, most of the States have nodded in favour of implementing 7th pay commission recommendation, but the date has not been finalised yet. So, the urge to close the date in an official manner by the end of March may help lakhs of Central Government employees and pensioners a breath of relief. Jammu & Kashmir being the first in the .list to agree with Honourable PMs effort was followed by Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Goa.

Seeking proper salary for almost 58 lakhs employees, excluding pensioners, the respective recommendation suggests minimal hike of 14.27% in basic salary, however, the lowest in the past 70 years. As the previous government recommended a minimum of 20% hike in basic salary under the 6th pay commission which was favourably doubled up when the present government came to power in 2008.

The central government employees, on the other hand, have announced a day strike on February 15, 2017, with all force to enable the previously promised pay hikes in the basic pay. Though, with demonetisation probe going on across the nation, the Centre may face a good amount of economic cost which ought to be given to each State before implying the recommendations by 7th pay commission.

Meanwhile, States who have not yet agreed on implying recommendations, but still moving ahead with the new norms set by 7th pay panel tend to face strict offences as Punjab University, which going through a financial crisis hiked its fees of few courses by 12% to 13% whereas rest of traditional courses by 5% to 6%. The government issued a notice of bearing at least 30% of the fiscal liability aroused due to pay hike as per the recommendations.
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