Will the 7th Pay Commission accept NC JCM’s Demand of Rs.26,000 as the Minimum Wage?
“The National Council JCM, which represents over 40 lakh Central Government employees all over India, has demanded that the minimum wages be raised to Rs.26,000 per month.”
With each passing day, new doubts and expectations keep growing in the minds of the Central Government employees, which is clearly reflected in the kind of questions that we have been receiving lately.
Members of the 7th Central Pay Commission have been touring the country for more than 10 months now.
The readers want to know when they would return to office and start drafting their report.
Will the Commission submit its report before the end of the year?
And, most importantly, will the Commission accept the NC JCM’s demand of fixing Rs.26,000 as the minimum wage?
Will 7th CPC accept NC JCM’s Demand of Rs.26,000 as the Minimum Wage?
The situation is reminiscent of a similar scene in 2006 when the NC JCM insisted the 6th Central Pay Commission that the minimum wages be raised to Rs.10,000. As per the 5th Central Pay Commission, the minimum wage at that time was Rs.2550.
At that time, many felt that the NC JCM’s request will not be granted. They said that Rs.6000 itself was an excessive amount. But the 6th Central Pay Commission fixed the amount at Rs.7000.
Now, once again similar voices of disbelief are in the air. They claim that the number is not likely to exceed Rs.16,000 this time.
The 6th Central Pay Commission did not use the methods that were used by the 5th to decide the minimum wages. It had its own process. Similarly, one cannot be sure that the 7th Central Pay Commission will follow the 6th Central Pay Commission’s method. But, it looks as if the Grade Pay Structure introduced by the 6th Pay Commission will be removed this time.
If the 7th Pay Commission chooses to implement a new pay scale formula instead of the Grade Pay Structure, then, all our “Expected Pay Structure” based forecasts will go wrong.