Centre looking at alternatives to Pay Commissions: report

The central government is looking at alternatives to the pay commissions for fixing salaries of its employees and, according to reports, future pay hikes of central staff may come without any pay commission recommendations.

Reports say there could be no 8th Pay Commission after the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are implemented, although after much deliberations and changes brought about in the original recommendations.

The Pay Commission, another relic of the Congress era, like the Planning Commission, may be on its way out as the government is planning to rule out the norm of framing any new pay commission for future, according to reports.

As things stand, recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission have been substantially revised to bring about huge increases in salaries and allowances of employees and pensioners as well as personnel of the armed forces. The year 2017 has been a great year for central government employees in terms of salaries and pensions.

Reports quoting sources say the decision regarding the change will soon be soon announced. There has been no official confirmation regarding this news.

The 7th Pay commission has made some recommendations to improve the pay matrix and allowances for the central government employees and armed forces.

The pay panel has also suggested that the use of the Aykroyd Formula to recommend the pay hike of central government employees should be implemented.

At the same time, the 7th pay Commission had made some recommendations that have upset the employees. Taken together, these could lead to the government doing away with the pay commission and rather opting for a permanent formula for revision of pay and pensions.