New Delhi: Top sources in the Finance Ministry today said the central government is positively mulling the demand of central government employees for hiking the minimum pay, which was recommended very low by the Seventh pay commission.
The government is also considering doubling of existing rates of such allowances and advances, which has been recommended for abolition by the Seventh Pay Commission.
“The Central government is also positively considering for doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances, which has been recommended for abolition by Seventh Pay Commission like risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance,” the sources said.
The Cell is also processing for doubling allowances and advances being enjoyed by various cadres of central government employees, they added.
The Seventh Pay Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014, The Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur submitted its 900-page final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 19, recommending 23.55 per cent hike in salaries and allowances of Central government employees and pensioners.
The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
The Seventh pay commission recommended fixing the highest basic salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000and its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8. The Pay Commission also recommended for abolition of allowances and advances like risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance.
Trade Unions and central government employees at various levels have been complaining of the pay gap and abolition of risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance.
However, the Pay Commission recommended for introduction of a health insurance insurance scheme for staff and pensioners and doubling the gratuity ceiling to Rs 20 lakh.
After receiving the pay Commission report, the Finance Ministry has set up a cell in the Expenditure Department headed by joint secretary R K Chaturvedi to implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.
The cell will give all the inputs to the group of secretaries of revision pay panel report headed by cabinet secretary for examining the report before cabinet nod.
The Centre has expressed confidence that the implementation of the recommendation will not lead to a breach in the fiscal deficit targets.
The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and pensioners, often these are adopted by states after some modifications. However, the Seventh Pay Commission suggested to discontinue the practice of appointing pay commissions in future.
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