Know all about 7th Pay Commission recommendations
The minimum pay of an entry-level government employee is increased from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month
The government set up pay commission to recommend changes in salary structure of central government employees and the currently it has implemented the Seventh Pay Commission.
Here are the details about the seventh Pay Commission recommendations:
Recommended minimum pay for govt employees
The minimum pay of an entry-level government employee is increased from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month. For an entry-level Class I officer, the minimum salary is increased to Rs 56,100 per month.
Recommended maximum pay for govt employees
The 7th Pay Commission also recommends increasing the maximum pay for government employees to Rs 2.25 lakhs per month for Apex Scale and Rs 2.5 lakhs per month for Cabinet Secretary-level officers.
The status of a government employee will not be decided by Grade Pay but by the level in the new Pay Matrix.
New Pay Structure
The New Pay Structure recommended by the 7th Pay Commission have included all existing levels and have not introduced any new levels.
Work related illness and injury leave(WRIIL)
The Pay Commission has recommended full pay and allowances to be granted to all employees who have been hospitalised due to Work related illness and injury.
The Pay Commission has recommended a uniform Fitment Factor of 2.57 for all employees.
Annual increment: The Pay Commission has suggested to retain the annual increment of 3% per annum.
Modified assured career progression
The 7th Pay Commission aims at improving the quality of services offered by the government and thereby focuses on individual performance. According to the report, performance benchmarks of MACP has been altered and made stricter.
They have made the performance indicator stricter by adding “Very good” performance level which was “Good” before. The report goes on to recommend that no annual increments should be given to employees who do not meet their performance level and no promotions will be given if MACP is low for the first 20 years in service, according to an extracted report compiled by the bankbazaar.com.
Military Service pay
The commission recommends MSP to be paid for defence personnel only. MSP is the compensation paid to people offering military service in India. MSP will be payable for all ranks inclusive of Brigadiers and people at the same level.
The Cabinet after examining 196 allowances, which are currently present, abolished 51 allowances and retained only 37 allowances.
House Rent Allowance
The Pay Commission has recommended that the House Rent Allowance increase of 24% HRA will increase to 27%, 18%, and 9% when DA (dearness allowance) crosses 50%. HRS will further increase and will be paid at 30%, 20%, and 10% when DA crosses 100%.
Apart from personal computer advance and house building advance, the Commission has abolished all non-interest bearing advances. House building advance has been increased from Rs 7.5 lakhs to Rs 25 lakhs.
Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme
The Commission has made some changes to the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme.
The commission recommended a Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners; and cashless medical benefit for pensioners outside CGHS area.
The commission recommends a revised pension formulation for civil employees including CAPF and defence personnel who have retired before 01.01.2016. The new formulation will focus on bringing parity between existing pensioners and current retirees.
The new pension will be calculated by placing the past pensioners on the new Pay Matrix system. Later, the pension amount will be arrived at by adding the number of increments a pensioner has earned in that level while in active service at the rate of 3% p.a. 50% of the so arrived amount will be the new pension. A pensioner will get a multiple of 2.57 times the current basic pension, the compiled report said.
The Commission recommends the ceiling of gratuity to be increased from the current Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. They further recommend that the ceiling on gratuity may be raised by 25% when the DA rises by 50%.
Disability Pension for Armed Forces
Instead of the current percentile based disability pension regime, the Commission has recommended to implement a slab-based system for disability element.