As of today the 7th pay commission has been given a lot of hype. Some believe it might revolutionize the country’s economy and provide the much needed income hike for the government employees. But not neglecting the fact that it also comes with the lowest hike ever when compared to all the pay commissions. While there is still a lot of struggling controversies like whether this pay commission will be fruitful or not the government has already taken steps for its early implementation.
This seventh commission first was crafted by the last UPA government. Justice A. K. Mathur was made the in-charge of this commission on February 2014. The members who worked under him were Vivek Rae, Rathin Roy and Meena Agarwal. All have been high post government employees, brought together to help understand the parameters of increments.
The date of implementation of this pay commission was set 1st January, 2016. The pay commission is revised every ten years to consider the demands of its government employees with the passage of time. The revised pay scales are adopted by different state assemblies once the pay commission comes in effect.
It is estimated that 55 lakh pensioners and 48 lakh central government employees will reap the effects of this implementation.
Increment in salary
This commission suggests a hike of 23.55% in both pay and allowances of a government employee.
- the pension is set to rise with 24%,
- pay will rise by 16% and
- an allowance increase of 63%.
The recommendation of minimum basic pay of a government employee is set at ₹ 18,000 which was less than half of this amount before. Also the maximum pay is recommended ₹ 2,25,000 which was around 90,000 before. This pay commission also recommends 3% annual hike in salaries. Even after this around 33 lakh employees are threatening the government to go on strike from 11 july due to meagre minimum salary rise. This means that a workmen who was getting ₹ 6,000 in a government organisation before expects a salary above ₹ 22,000 now for the same job added with all the perks of being a government employee, naaah doesn’t seems like a genuine demand.
So now when the employees go all with the expensive goodies, what about the paychecker ? From where is the government going to satisfy its recommendations ? Yupp this commission brings a toll on the government’s already heavy list of expenditure. A total of ₹ 1,02,000 crores will be spent to formulate this implementation by the government, including 28,000 crore for Railway Budget.
With approximately 14.27% of hike in salaries, this pay commission has been eagerly waited for by all the government employees and pensioners.
So the state governments are not behind in taking up the credits of this implementation. Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has set a team which will assess the recommendations and move ahead to implement them as soon as possible, to voo more than 21 lakh voters in the state. Also most of the states which are going in elections in the coming year, like Gujarat are keeping no stone unturned in implementing this 7CPC.
While the party politics might be due to the selfish needs, this pay commission could be a remedy for a normal government employee’s problems. It could increase the living standards of huge number of households. But does the central and state governments have enough strength to deliver what they promise and will this commission negatively affect the government’s treasure ? Well let’s wait and be a witness of these answers.