The 7th Pay Commission recommendations have been giving government employees a hard time and that is because of a big reason – they have been due for a long time now. Many debates over the same have been sparked as the 50 lakh Central Government staff has been waiting for its complete implementation along with changes. As frustrating as it may sound, the fact that there has been no progress in the matter, was also confirmed in the Lok Sabha. There have been reports suggesting that a high-level committee is being constituted in this regard but no official confirmation has come on the same.
Recently, on the floor of the House, the Finance Ministry was asked if there was any proposal to form a pay panel for increasing salaries and allowances of Central Government employees and pensioners in future. The question asked was: “Is there a proposal to adjust the salaries of employees when Dearness Allowance crossed 50 per cent? Is the Department of Expenditure planning to regularly monitor salaries and allowances of CG employees and recommend changes.”
To this, the Minister of State for Finance, P Radhakrishnan said that the DoPT had formed the National Anomaly Committee in August. In response to the other three questions, the minister said that no such proposals were under consideration for now.
Earlier, the National Anomaly Committee was supposed to meet and decide on a variety of issues, a move that never took place. Then, it was reported that minimum pay hike and fitment factor was not an anomaly and hence would not come under the purview of the NAC.
For the last few months, some reports have been suggesting that a high-level committee would be constituted which would comprise officials and ministers from all departments and the matter would be decided further. However this proposal is still in the offering and no file to this effect has moved as yet.