New Delhi, Jan 15: The government employees of Jammu and Kashmir state will receive benefits under the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC from April 1, announced the state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Friday. The 7th Pay Commission recommendations will also be implemented retrospectively from January 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, Finance Ministry has reportedly ruled out the possibility of a hike in minimum pay for the top and middle-level employees of central government beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation.
“I am committed to implementing 7th Pay Commission recommendations from April 1, 2018,” Haseeb Drabu told the Assembly while presenting his fourth budget. He also announced the release of 1 per cent Dearness Allowance for government employees retrospectively from July 1 last year. The state government employees termed the announcement over the implementation of 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations as ‘a victory without war’.
“In general, it is the employee-friendly budget and we are thankful to the government for announcing the 7th Pay Commission. For us, it is a victory without war,” Abdul Qayoom Wani, president of the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), told a Kashmir-based newspaper. Wani added that the employees were readying themselves to hit the streets if the government wouldn’t have announced the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission.
As far as a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for the central government employees is concerned, there is no clarity. There would be no hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission for the top and middle-level employees of the central government, a Sen Times report said quoting a top Finance Ministry official.
“They will never be given hike in pay matrix above the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation because they do not need it,” the official said. “The government have already reviewed the salaries and perks of the central government above the pay matrix level 5 and decided they do not need higher pay matrix levels,” he added. The central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.
The government had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on a hike in salary of central government employees in June 2016. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month. Under the 7th Pay Commission, the basic salary of the lowest rank employee will be around Rs 18,000 and pay for the highest office of Chief second will be around Rs 2.25 lakh.