7th Pay Commission decoded: Know all about salary increment; past pay commissions

Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations and it will soon submit its report to Finance Ministry. The recommendations are to be implemented from January 1, 2016.
The Central Government employees must be curious to know what all are in the store for them in the seventh pay commission’s recommendations.
Seventh Pay Commission
  • It was formed by previous UPA Government. The commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur was formed in February 2014.
  • The other members of the commission are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978
  • batch, and Rathin Roy, an economist. Meena Agarwal is Secretary of the Commission.
  • The committee’s recommendations are scheduled to take effect from 1 January, 2016.
  •  The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.
  • Nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners will be befitted by the pay commission.
 Salary Increment:
  •  Reportedly, there could be a substantial increment in the current salary of the employees (around 30-40 per cent).
  • It has been proposed that the salary of the Government employees should be increased every year on July 1.
Major Recommendations
  • According to Dainik Bhaskar exclusive report, IPS, IAS and IRS rank officers’ pay band will be made equal. Currently IPS, IRS officers get less salary than IAS.
  • It has been proposed that existing 32 pay-bands should be decreased to 13.
  • For Pay band-1, the minimum salary will be 21, 200.
  •  The Cabinet secretary will get minimum 2 lakh salary.
  •  There could be an education allowance to employees whose offspring are in the school.
  • In last pay commission (6th), the minimum basic salary was increased to Rs 6660 from Rs 2550.
  •   Experts are having views that employees of lower rank will be benefited the most from the seventh pay commission.
   Financial Burden:
  •  Seventh pay commission will definitely bring a toll on the exchequer.
  • The reason being Government has to manage OROP’s expenditures too.
  •  Experts say that Central government’s salary bill will rise by 9.56% to Rs 1,00,619 crore after Seventh pay commission will come into effect.
  •  According to Mint report, as a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of Union government employees became more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-1-from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore.
   Past pay commissions and the minimum basic salary:
  •  First pay commission came in year 1946 and the basic salary at that time was decided to be of Rs. 35.
  •  Second pay commission came in year 1959 and basic salary was of Rs. 80.
  •  In 1973, third pay commission came into effect which decided the basic salary of Rs. 185.
  •  Fourth pay commission came in year 1986 which recommend basic salary of Rs. 750.
  •  In year 1996, fifth pay commission came, recommending basic salary of Rs. 2550.
  •  Sixth pay commission came into effect in year 2006. UPA Government at that time, fixed minimum basic salary of Rs. 6660.

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