Seventh Pay Commission – There will be hike in Salary but the confusion on Retirement age still remains
The Seventh Pay Commission effective from 01st January 2016 will benefit 50 Lakh Central Government Employees and around 30 Lakh Pensioners. The Seventh Pay Commission for the Central Government employees was formed last year in February 2014. Government had given a time period of 15 months for the Pay Commission. Within this period, the Pay commission has completed almost all its activities and reached its final stage. It is very clear from the latest update in the Seventh Pay commission website that now the Pay commission will not meet any Organisation and no time will be given to anyone. The Pay Commission has also clearly stated that the report is being finalised. It is expected that the Pay Commission will submit its report to the Government in the month of August. And the Government within two or three months of studying the report may implement it on 01.01.2016. The government may implement the Pay Commission as early as possible in order to avoid arrears being paid to the Central Government employees. If everything was fine and the issue of ‘One Rank One Pension’ was taken off the scope of the Pay Commission, then the declaration of the Pay Commission on time would just remain a formality and heat up the pockets of the Central Government employees with effect from 01st January 2016.
A lot has been written about from the induction of the Seventh Pay commission till date, this is the first pay commission that is in the process of implementation in the era of Social Media such as Facebook and Whatsapp. It is evident that the wrath of Social Media will definitely have its effects on the Pay commission and in fact the effects are great. Only God knows or the members of the Pay commission know about the contents of the Pay Commission report, but our brothers on Social Media are to be well appreciated, who within one month of induction of the pay commission started spreading the word about the Pay Commission and the chain has still not subsided. But it is apparent that Social media has not allowed the interest of the Central Government employees in the Pay Commission to diminish. This interest continues from the induction of the Pay Commission till date and may remain till the formation of the Eighth Pay Commission.
The Seventh Pay Commission effective from 01st January 2016 will benefit 50 Lakh Central Government Employees and around 30 Lakh Pensioners. It is also heard that the Seventh Pay Commission is going to end the system of Grade Pay and Pay Band. If so, there will be innumerable discrepancies in the Pay Commission and it would be quite interesting to note the way the Pay Commission would have settled down these discrepancies in its report. Because, by removing Grade Pay, the Pay commission will also have to modify the terms of MCP. But the one issue that brings out information leading to anxiety of the Central Government employees is the age of Retirement. It is being heard that the Pay Commission may recommend to the Government that the employees may be retired either at an age of 60 years or after completion of 33 years of service. Now the authenticity of these statements can only be answered by time, but the recommendation of the 5th Pay commission for a retirement age of 60 was accepted by the government. The interesting fact is that at that time it was an NDA Government and now also it is an NDA Government. Now it is to see whether the Pay Commission will recommend on the retirement age or not. What is pleasing is that the wait is not too long, as coming very soon is the Pay Commission report.
(This article is translated from Hindi to English)