7th Pay Commission not accepted two increment days
There is no explanation about the suggestion given by the NC JCM Staff Side regarding the Increment Days in 7th Central Pay Commission report.
Prior to the 6th Pay Commission, the employees of various departments were given their annual increments on different dates. It was the 6th Pay Commission that announced July 1 as the date of issuing the annual increment. It also prescribed a new guideline – the employee will qualify to receive the increment on July 1 only if he/she has received the previous basic pay for at least six months.
If the employee was appointed in the month of February, he/she will receive an increment only in July of the following year, after 17 months. Similarly, employees who retire in the month of June will not receive the July increment despite having worked for the entire 12 months.
The NC JCM had highlighted such issues in detail to the 7th Pay Commission. It had suggested that increments be given on 1st January and 1st July every year. In case of employees retiring on 31st December and 30th June, they should be given one increment on last day of service, i.e. 31st December and 30th June, and their retirements benefits should be calculated by adding the same. The suggestion would have been a boon to new recruits and those who were retiring. Everybody eagerly hoped that the recommendation will be accepted. But the 7th Pay Commission didn’t accept this suggestion. In fact, it remained silent on this issue. It had only recommended an annual increment of 3 percent. There were no explanations on qualifications to receive this increment.
Let us assume that in the absence of new suggestions, the policies and methods that are currently being followed will continue.
In other words, the method implemented by the 6th Pay Commission, regarding the qualifications of employees to receive the annual increments, is very likely to continue after 01.01.2016.