7th Pay Commission: Where do government employees stand

While autonomous organisations are still waiting for implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations, other Central government employees are waiting for clarity on their allowances.

While autonomous organisations are still waiting for implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations, other Central government employees are waiting for clarity on their allowances.

The Narendra Modi government had approved the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in June last year. More than six months later, the Central government is working on the modalities to extend all the benefits to its employees.

Here are the developments:

The Seventh Pay Commission submitted its report in November 2015 and the government approved it in June 2016. Several protests have since taken place demanding implementation of the revised pay structure.

The Seventh Pay Commission recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay. It proposed a 138.71 per cent hike in housing allowance (HRA) and 49.79 per cent for other allowances.

The Pay Commission also recommended doing away with 53 of the 196 allowances the government employees get besides moderation in several others. Still, the overall hike in allowances is expected to add a burden of Rs 29,300 crore (Rs 17,200 crore under HRA and Rs 12,100 crore under other allowances) in the current fiscal, estimated the Pay Commission.

The recommendations will benefit 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, which includes 14 lakh serving employees and 18 lakh pensioners in defence forces.

To rub salt to the wounds of Central government employees, several states have decided to implement or have already started implementing the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The governments in Haryana and poll-bound Uttarakhand announced that the recommendations will be effective from the new year--January 1.

In states like Jammu and Kashmir, where the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations will be implemented next year, employees have been assured that they will get the benefits with retrospective effect from January 2016.

Source:- India Today

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