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Government forms committee to implement 7th Pay Commission recommendations

The committee will be chaired by cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha

New Delhi: The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of an empowered committee of secretaries to devise a process for the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations.

The committee will be chaired by cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha, said urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu after a cabinet meeting in New Delhi.

The 7th CPC, in its report released on 19 November, proposed a 23.55% increase in emoluments for 4.7 million government employees and 5.2 million pensioners, potentially providing an impetus to the consumer economy.

The basic salary (plus dearness allowance) increase recommended is 16%, while that in housing rent allowance, other allowances and pensions are 138.71%, 49.79% and 23.63%, respectively.

The minimum pay has been increased from 7,000 to 18,000 per month while the maximum pay will be hiked from 80,000 to 2.25 lakh per month and 2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretary—the senior-most civil servant.

“The empowered committee of secretaries will function as a screening committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the 7th CPC in an expeditious, detailed and holistic fashion," a cabinet statement said.

The previous United Progressive Alliance government appointed the 7th CPC on 28 February 2014. The central government constitutes the Pay Commission every 10 years to revise salary scales of its employees and these are usually adopted by states after some modifications.

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