The government will issue the Seventh Pay Commission award notification soon to facilitate central government employees salaries with regard to inflation, the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) official said on Monday.
“But in case it’s not issued this month, it will be issued after budget. Usually it takes around two or more month to issue a notification,” he added.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) asked the Empowered Committee of Secretaries to process the review of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations as soon as possible for taking cabinet nod, the PMO officials also said.
The committee directed to address the genuine concerns raised by stakeholders and accommodate their demands as much as possible.
The first meeting of Nodal officers of different ministries was held on February 2 in the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee for discussing the relevant issues in connection with the processing of the recommendations of Pay Commission.
According to the minutes of the of first meeting, the employees’ associations through ministries can raise afresh the demand for pay hike which were rejected by the Seventh Pay Commission but it will be done in short time as the government intend to implement pay commission award soon.
Although, there is indication that the Empowered Committee is also positively mulling the demand of central government employees for hiking the minimum pay, which was recommended very low by the Seventh pay commission.
The notification of One Rank One Pension (OROP) for ex-servicemen has been issued on February 3.
“One Rank One Pension (OROP) is now going to be implemented after notification. Hence government will issue the notification of ‘Pay Commission award’ soon,” the PMO official told our reporters.
The Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur recommended the minimum basic pay of central government employees is Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum is Rs 2.25 lakh per month, its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.
“All pay commissions made up pay gap between employees and higher officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12, except it,” said sources.
Sources also said the cell wants to make up pay gap between employees and higher officers and to recommend to hike Basic salary at least Rs 20,000 from Rs 18,000 recommended by the Seventh pay commission.