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Monday, February 26, 2018

7th Pay Commission: New Salary Without Arrears From April

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7th Pay Commission: New Salary Without Arrears From April

New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar: The end of the 2017-18 financial year is likely to bring in good news for the lakhs of government employees as reports are there that the Narendra Modi-led Central government is mulling to take a final call on the further hike in basic pay demand of the employees.
It is believed that the Central government employees most of the problems, especially
financial , will be solved if government accepts their demand to increase the minimum payMeanwhile, the bone of contention is whether Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will consider raising the salary of the employees as per their demand- the employees have been demanding Rs 26,000 as the minimum pay against the present Rs 18,000.
The government is reportedly mulling to increase the pay by Rs 3000 (to Rs 21,000).But the employees are of the view that the minimal increase in the pay will have no positive impact on their financial position. Besides, the government is in no mood to give arrears to the employees as per the further hike; which means the government employees will get further hike but without arrears.
If we go by the news reports, Financial year 2018-19 (FY19) is likely to bring good news for the central government employees.
Union Finance Ministry has reportedly set a panel that will take a final call on the demands of these employees by April this year.
Promises made by FM Arun Jaitley on fitment factor and payscale to lower-level employees might also become a reality. Earlier reports stated that the Gazette will have thses information in the next financial year and it might be implemented from April 2018.
If reports are to be believed then central government employees will soon see a Rs 3000 rise in thier minimum payscale, increasing the minimum basic pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000.
Seventeen months after the 7th pay commission recommendations were announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament, the Modi government is now working to transform minimum wage hike into a reality. Once the minimum wage hike is in place, it would touch the lives of 48 lakh government employees. According to reports, the minimum wage hike would be helpful for lower-level employees across grade 1 to 5.

7th Pay Commission: New Salary Without Arrears From April
Minimum pay scale of Rs 21,000 has been predicted for quite some time now, although the employees believe this hike will bring no positive impact on their financial position.
When the 7th Pay Commission was approved by the Union Cabinet last year, the minimum basic pay was increased from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 whereas the maximum pay increased to Rs 2.5 lakhs with a fitment factor of 2.57 times.
However, the employees were demanding that the minimum basic pay be increased to Rs 26,000 with a fitment factor of 3.68 times.
A government employee in an OdishaTv.in report said, "If the government increases the fitment factor 3 times, the problems will continue to hunt us; 3.68 times fitment factor hike from the existing 2.57 times can only work for us."
“We don’t have any faith on this government. You would have noticed, all the policies introduced by the Modi government are anti-employees. The government has failed us. But hopes are still there,” said another employee in the report.

According to reports, an official in the FM office said that the government is committed to increasing the minimum wage of central government employees. Furthermore, reports say that the government is trying to hike the minimum wage in pay with fitment formula 3.00 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission. The new scales would increase the entry-level basic pay to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000. For Class 1 officials, the starting salary would be Rs 56,000. For the highest level, which is Secretary, it would go up to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 90,000. However, government employees have been urging for a hike in minimum pay for Rs 26,000, with a fitment formula of 3.68 times. Including the 48 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners, the 7th Pay Commission recommendations would affect more than a crore employees.7

7th Pay Commission: New Salary Without Arrears From April
“We don’t have any faith on this government. You would have noticed, all the policies introduced by the Modi government are anti-employees. The government has failed us. But hopes are still there,” said another employee in the report.
The government might implement the new salary from April 2018, but it is in no mood to give arrears to the employees.
According to an earlier report, financial advisors to the government are of the view that arrears on higher minimum pay will bring an extra burden to the exchequer.
Recent reports have also mentioned that, for entry-level employees' basic pay may go up to

Rs 18,000 from previous Rs 7,000, while for highest level like secretary -- the pay scale could rise to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 90,000.
Moreover, basic pay of Class 1 officers is expected to start from Rs 56,100.
According to the Ministry of Finance, 7th CPC will benefit 34 lakh civilian employees and 14 lakh Defence Forces personnel . It had examined 197 allowance, recommending abolition of 53 allowance and subsuming 37 others. Also, 7th CPC recommended revised rates commensurate with Dearness Allowance.
There are still confirmations pending from the government or the department concerned or ministry with regards to pay scale and fitment factor.

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