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7th Pay Commission: Notification issued; central govt employees, pensioners to get increased payout for August

New Delhi: The Union government on Tuesday issued notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations related to the hike in basic pay and pension.

With the issuance of notification, 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners will get the increased payout for their August salaries. The notification is dated July 25, 2016.

The 7th Pay Commission recommendations on basic pay and pension hike will be effective from January 1, 2016, according to the gazette. The notification said as regards to the annual increment, instead of the earlier July 1, now there will be two dates of January 1 and July 1.

In a year the employee will be entitled for increment at one of these dates depending on his date of appointment, etc.

The Union Cabinet had earlier cleared the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission headed by A K Mathur on June 29 in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. However, the decision on 7th Pay Commission suggestions relating to allowances has been referred to a Committee headed by Finance Secretary.

The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

After taking into account the DA at prevailing rate (125 percent of basic pay), the salary/pension of all government employees/pensioners will be raised by at least 14.29  percent as on 01.01.2016. The entry-level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month, from the current Rs 7,000, while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from the current Rs 90,000.

As far as starting salary of a freshly recruited Class I officer is concerned, it will be Rs 56,100 per month.

Rate of increment has been retained at 3 percent. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.

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