The 7th Pay Commission recommendations have for long now been a subject matter of debate and bone of contention. For the 50 lakh Central Government employees, the wait has been a long one and one must add desperate and frustrating.
The fact that there has been no progress in the matter was also confirmed in the Lok Sabha. The latest on the issue is that a high-level committee being constituted in this regard. However there is no official confirmation on the same
On the floor of the House, the Finance Ministry was asked if there was any proposal to form a pay panel for increasing salaries and allowances of Central Government employees and pensioners in future.
Is there a proposal to adjust the salaries of employees when Dearness Allowance crossed 50 per cent? Is the Department of Expenditure planning to regularly monitor salaries and allowances of CG employees and recommend changes.
The Minister of State for Finance, P Radhakrishnan said that the DoPT had formed the National Anomaly Committee in August. In response to the other three questions, the minister said that no such proposals were under consideration for now.
The National Anomaly Committee was supposed to meet and decide on a variety of issues. However this did not take place. Further it was stated that minimum pay hike and fitment factor was not an anomaly and hence would not come under the purview of the NAC.
If media reports are to be believed, the government is likely to form a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.
Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha is likely to head the panel. The committee will submit its report on the salary hike, beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, in six months since its formation. However, no official statement has been made in this regard.
The high-level committee will have secretaries from ministries of Home Affairs and Defence, department of personnel and training, pension, revenue, expenditure, posts, health, science and technology Chairman of Railway Board and Deputy CAG as its members.
7th Pay Commission, confirmed is the last
The Centre however has made it clear that the 7th Pay Commission is likely to be the last one. The government was also considering adjusting salaries of employees and pensioners when Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 50 percent, instead of forming new pay commission.