It comes as nothing short of a major relief to these government employees as their salaries are all set to jump and that too very soon. The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday announced that it will implement the 7th Pay Commission report recommendations from April 1, 2018! Much to the joy of the staff, the government has also revealed that it will give one per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) to them from July 1. The key announcement regarding this was reportedly taken in the budget session of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.
Speaking about the same in the Assembly, Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said that he is committed to implement the 7th CPC from April 1, 2018. “I am committed to implement 7th Pay Commission Recommendations from April 1, 2018, which will be effective from 1st January, 2016,” he was quoted saying by Greater Kashmir. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.
Meanwhile, much to the concern of the sarkari karamcharis there have been reports suggesting that this could be the last Pay Commission as the government may not form a new pay panel in future for increasing salaries of central government employees. However, uncertainty continues over a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. This continues to cause anxiety and stress to employees.
“The government to follow in the footsteps of the 7th Pay Commission Chairman Justice A K Mathur for the formation of the next Pay Commission,” a senior Finance Ministry official told Sen Times when asked about new pay panel in future.
He added that the 7th Pay Commission recommended that the pay matrix may be reviewed periodically without waiting for the long period of ten years. The official said the government will discontinue the practice of appointing pay commissions in future to suggest salary structure and other perks for all central government employees and pensioners.
Earlier, Justice AK Mathur, in an interview had said that the government should review the salary of central government employees every year looking into the data available to it and based on the price index.