7th pay panel awards to be finalised today

The long wait of lakhs of central government employees for the implementations of the 7th Pay Commission is nearing the end as the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha met today to finalise the awards after missing the earlier 11 June date.

This meeting's outcome will have bearing on the remuneration of 4.7 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries is functioning as a screening committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the commission in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion.

The government had earlier decided to set up a high-powered panel headed by cabinet secretary P K Sinha in January this year to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Media reports further state that after getting final views from the Empowered Committee of Secretaries, the finance ministry will take only a few days to implement the higher pay package for central government employees.

As per reports, the secretaries group may recommend a 30 per cent increase in minimum and maximum basic pay structures along with doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances.

The 7th Pay Commission had suggested a maximum basic pay of Rs2,50,000 and a minimum of Rs18,000. A 30 per cent increase would translate into maximum monthly salary of Rs3,25,000 and minimum at Rs23,400, respectively.