The 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by the Union Cabinet recently. However lakhs of central government employees had complained that the minimum basic pay was not good enough.
The government which has been going over the issue had clarified that the basic minimum pay of Rs 18,000 is not fixed and is variable. Now sources indicate that a hike in the minimum pay is going to be hiked and an announcement is round the corner.
Announcement on minimum pay hike soon
Officials say that the issue is being considered. We are going over this issue and an announcement to this effect would be made soon. There are still some formalities that remain and once these are completed, the announcement will be made. It will not take too long, officials also said.
National Anomaly Committee
The National Anomaly Committee was formed in September 2016. The entire issue of the rise in the minimum pay is before the committee. The committee is looking into the pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the pay panel's recommendations. The committee is set to meet soon and following a majority vote, the basic minimum pay would be hiked.
Monthly sumptuary allowance to be abolished
However there is some bad news for the judges of the High Courts and Supreme Court. The government has decided to abolish the monthly sumptuary allowance of the judges. This proposal is part of the draft cabinet note that the Union Cabinet is set to approve. Sumptuary allowance is out of the purview of income tax and is granted to judges in addition to their salary. It is given for the expenditure incurred on entertaining visitors. The existing allowance for the Chief Justice of India is Rs 20,000, for chief justices of the 24 High Courts and judges of the SC, it is Rs15,000, and the amount is Rs12,000 for judges of the High Courts.
After 7th Pay Commission, what can CG employees expect soon
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended the minimum from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay has been hiked from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh per month and Rs 2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretary-the senior-most civil servant and a fitment factor of 2.57 has been proposed to apply uniformly for all employees. The central government employees unions are demanding for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and the and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times The National Anomaly Committee is likely to give its nod to minimum pay Rs 21,000 with raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times.