The Empowered Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha on the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations is expected to submit its report by June, official sources said.
The Seventh Pay Commission took 21 months to finalize the report and now the secretaries committee will take the next four to five months to review it.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries, who will screening the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations to send their review to increase in basic pay for all government employees in the region of 18-20% instead of 16%, which was recommended by the Pay Commission.
Finance Ministry officials said the lower grade salaries might see a slight increase due to the commission’s recommendations in this segment is the lowest in 70 years.
“If the increase was high, it would cast a huge impact on the budget outlay. So, the increase should be little,” said an official.
There is no change will be made in highest salary while the lowest salary will be Rs 20,000 instead of the proposed Rs 18,000, said an official.
The Pay Commission also recommended for abolition of allowances and advances like risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance.
The advantages and disadvantages of the matter will also be discussed in the review meeting.
The first meeting of Empowered Committee of Secretaries to review the commission’s report is scheduled tomorrow.
“After the first meeting, the Empowered Committee will seek suggestions from all the stakeholders for drafting of their report on the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations to address the concerns of central government employees in an effective manner,” the official said.
Accordingly, there is a high possibility that a number of points made in the report may be amended or struck off by the empowered committee for convincing every section of central government employees.
So, the Empowered Committee will need more time to convince every stakeholder before its final nod.