Panel report in, 20% pay hike likely for govt staff
The government is likely to soon announce the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission after a panel headed by the Cabinet secretary to examine the proposals submitted its report.
The Cabinet is expected to soon approve the recommendations of the panel headed by P K Sinha. “The committee of secretaries has finalised its report on pay commission recommendations…We will soon draft a Cabinet note based on the report,“ finance secretary Ashok Lavasa said.
Government sources said the proposal is likely to be taken up by the Cabinet later this week. “We will soon announce it. The increase would be a little below 20%,“ a source said. The government has said adequate provisions have been made in the 2016-17 budget to absorb the impact of the recommendations.
In November, the pay commission had recommended a 23.55% increase in pay and allowances, a 24% rise in pensions and one-rank-onepension for central government employees and paramilitary personnel. These changes were estimated to cost an extra Rs 1.02 lakh crore to the government in 2016-17.
The recommendations of the panel, headed by A K Mathur, a retired SC judge, are expected to benefit 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.
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