Centre admits employees not happy with minimum pay recommended Pay Commission
The central govt. has admitted that the employees who work under them are not happy with the proposed minimum pay as per the 7th pay commission. According to the employees working in different departments of the central government, the minimum pay that was set to be 18 thousand in the pay commission released in the November month of 2015 is not sufficient enough and is very low compared to other pay scales. Most employees who have shown their sadness with the pay commission decision belong to low levels i.e. D grades and they are demanding a hike in the minimum salary of a central government employee from the implementation of the next pay scale.
Initial decision of the 7th pay commission regarding the highest and lowest salary
In the report drafted by the pay commission working committee, it was decided that after the new pay commission gets implemented, the minimum salary that a central government employee or an employee working under any Govt. undertaking public organization will be Rs. 18, 000 per month. And the maximum salary that will be given by the govt. will be Rs. 2.5 lakh pr month, to the ranks of cabinet secretariats, auditor generals and defense chiefs. Earlier in the previous pay commission, i.e. the 6th pay commission, the minimum salary was Rs. 6,600 per month.
Why the Govt. is under pressure of increasing the minimum salary?
The central government is under huge pressure of hiking the minimum salary of the central govt. employees which was initially decided to be Rs. 18,000 per month. First of all, the trade unions, labor organizations and the employees associations of the various departments have shown dissatisfaction regarding the minimum salary in the 7th pay commission. Another pressure is the upcoming elections in various states and the central government does not want to lose votes on this issue. So there is a talk going on to have a balanced minimum salary.
What is the current status regarding the increase of the minimum salary?
Currently, the negotiators from the finance ministry are holding discussions and meetings with the trade organization leaders and forming a committee to come to a point and fix a new minimum salary for the employees. The demand of the employees’ unions for the minimum salary range from Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 26, 000 per month. However, the centre is keen in coming to a compromise and has not yet come to a fixed solution. Reports are there that that the centre will settle down for nearly Rs. 20, 000 a month as the minimum salary.
Problems that may arise due to hike in the minimum salary
As per economists, there is already a financial burden coming in the way of the central govt. after the new pay commission gets implemented. An extra financial burden of Rs. 1.02 lakh crore is already going to happen. If the minimum salary slab is raised further, it will be very difficult for the centre.
7th pay commission attributes
Minimum salary recommended at first
Rs. 18,000 per month
Demand of employee unions
Rs. 24,000 – Rs. 26,000 per month
Percentage hike in the basic pay
Expected minimum salary after implementation
Rs. 20, 000
Financial burden if no change in minimum salary is made
Time for some reform in the Paternity Leave Policy while considering its importance
With the Indian government all set to increase the maternity leave for women working in the private sector from the usual 3 months (12 weeks) to six and a half months (26 weeks), a strong case has now come up suggesting recommendations in the paternity leave policy.
Though the government initiative to extend the maternity leave is aimed at providing each child with exclusive six months of breastfeeding as is the norm for the baby’s proper growth.
However, there has been complete silence so far with regard to the paternity leave, especially in the private sector. The emphasis only in respect with the mother and maternity leave while side-lining the issue of parenthood indicates that the proposed change ignores the gender distribution in case of unpaid work in India.
Implementation of paternity leave policy
The paternity rule policy came into force in 1997 for males working in government service and public sector companies, allowing 15 days of paid leave for men with fewer than two surviving children. These leaves can be combined with other leaves though. Later in 2009 this provision was extended to adoptive fathers too. However, there are demands seeking to extend the period of paternity leave to 30 days, which has not been amended yet.
On the other hand, in case of the private sector, a legal policy for paternity leave is overdue for long in India. Most private companies offer the to-be-fathers with a minimum of 5 days leave depending on the organization and their policies.
Despite several reviews of law by the Labour as well as Women and Child Development Ministries persuading to introduce the concept of equal paternity leave or extending the number of days in India like in many other countries in the west, nothing much has happened so far.
The fact is, equality in paternity leaves could act as an important aspect which could change the relationships and opinions about the roles in parenting. However, because of absence of a legal framework in case of paternity leave, especially in private sector, the decision is left with individual organizations.
Why is Paternity Leave Important?
With Paternity Leaves, the expecting father can get an opportunity to create a strong bond with the baby from the time of its birth. And this can be possible only when the father is not burdened with stress related workload, deadlines and targets.
Also, this way the husband can support his wife during labour as well as post labour when his wife’s healing after childbirth. This especially benefits those living in nuclear families.
Parenting responsibility share
Parenting is a shared responsibility of both the mother and the father and when the father remains present during childbirth and while rearing the baby, it makes him thoughtful towards the particular needs of the child. This way it brings upon more caring and dedicated fathers. In addition, it also makes the bond between husband and wife stronger, while enhancing the same with the child.
Paternity leave in the West
In many European countries fathers are offered 13 to 45 weeks of paternity leave with fully paid or in some cases 55 to 80% payment facility. Sweden is the first country to initiate the concept of paternity leave in 1974.
With the practice of equally shared parenting gaining fast response in the West, India has the chance to make way for attitudinal change by enforcing certain changes on the legislature concerning paternity leave policies. This will not only allow fathers to engage equally in childcare, but also enable working women to balance their roles, both productive and reproductive.
Paternity leave table
2 weeks (Govt. & public sector)
There are numerous American, African and Asian countries who don’t follow the paternity policies, while some of them offer minimum one week to maximum 2 weeks of paid paternity leave, there are many who are yet to introduce such a policy.
No modification in the allowances, nurses to go on strike
The nurses of the government hospitals are very unhappy with the decision of the government to not consider nurses in the Seventh Pay Commission. The seventh pay commission was submitted by the finance minister with all the modifications and new facilities given to government employees. But there was no increase in the pay scale of the nurses and no modifications were made in their allowance. The reason given by the government for not modifying any allowance or pay scale of the nurses was that the Nursing Allowance are at an appropriate level and so there is no need of any changes currently.
Current Stats and the Demands
The nurses feel that the government has been unfair to them by not increasing their allowances which they surely deserve.
The below listed tables gives the current stats of allowances receiving by nurses:
Amount (Monthly Basis)
But now the nurses want a minimum of three times increase in these allowances and also demand some more addition of allowances like- risk and night duty allowances.
They say that they are eligible for all the benefits and allowances that have been given to other governments workers under this Seventh Pay Commission. The nurses feel that they have to face a lot of risk when handling patients with various infections and for this risk taken by them the government does not give them enough allowances. The government did not really give any replay for these demands of the nurses and so The All India Government Nurse Federation had decided and announced that they will go on a hunger strike, and now are on a relay of hunger strike which they say will go on till the 26th of February.
Another organization that representsthe nurses and supports these demands have decided to go on a strike from the 15th of March if the demands of the nurses are not met by then. They say that they would quit working in government hospitals until the government takes any action for meeting these demands of the nurses under the Seventh Pay Commission.
Government’s replay to this matter
The organizations say that they have being trying to negotiate their demands with the governments but there has been no response from the government’s end. The government seems to be negligent of these demands and protests and have not tried talking to the leaders of these nursing organizations.
So now one has to wait and see that how these protests take a turn and what the governments does about this issue.
7th pay commission pay scale for Primary, High School, PGT qualified, CBSC, AICET Teachers
The 7th pay commission, launched in the September 2015 will be beneficial to more than 47 lakh employees working in Central Govt. and other public units and also teachers of schools, colleges and universities. In addition to this, near about 52 lakh retired pensioners will get a hiked pension structure and other benefits associated with retirement. Not only the salary, other allowances will also be hiked under the new pay commission.
Salary revision of teachers
After this new pay commission, teachers in all primary schools, secondary and higher secondary schools, colleges and universities will have a hiked net salary of around 16 %. In addition to this, the retired teachers will get pension, 24 % more than that they are receiving at present. The yearly increment will be 3 % of the basic salary, which will be same as earlier.
What is the present salary structure of Teachers under central government?
Currently, suppose for example the Trained Graduate teachers who are employed in the primary and the high schools are getting their basic salary with pay scale of Rs. 9,300 – Rs. 34,800. In addition to this, they have a Grade pay of Rs. 4,600. This salary structure is according to the 6th pay commission. So overall, their net salary per month was Rs. 17,140 at the time of joining. There are some other allowances also that the teachers in primary schools get, apart from their salary. The revised pay commission has promised to modify the pay structures of the teachers along with other central government employees.
Salary of teachers after 7th pay commission gets implemented
According to sources, after the implementation of this new pay commission which is planned to get functional from early 2016, the salary structures of the school teachers will experience a major hike. Now, the projected salary of the trained graduate school teachers will become around Rs. 29,900 – Rs. 1,04,400 (Basic) along with grade pay of Rs. 13,800. This will make the entry net salary of the teachers around Rs. 51, 420. And the other allowances will also be gradually increased.
Other benefits of 7th pay commission for teachers
Not only the currently working teachers employed under the central government in pre – primary, primary, higher secondary schools, etc., but also the retired teachers of central government will also get a revised pension structure and other pension benefits. A steep hike of 24 % is supposed to be implemented in the pension structures. In addition to the teachers, the no teaching staffs will also get their salary structures revised under the new pay commission.
Rs. 29,900 – Rs. 1,04,400 (Basic) along with grade pay of Rs. 12,600
Primary Teachers Pay Scale :
The Primary Teachers are those who teach from classes up to fifth standard. They are aided by the state governments and therefore the payment of primary school teachers differs in different parts of the country. Normally they have a pay band of Rs. 9300 to Rs. 34800 with a gross pay of Rs. 4200. However, still on an average, the payment of the primary school teachers in India is around Rs. 195,491 annually. It takes around 20 years for someone in this position to move on to higher positions, like Headmaster or Principal.
High School Teachers Pay Scale:
Their salaries range between Rs 112,937 and Rs. 494,464 annually. This may be subject to fluctuation depending upon the area in which the teacher resides. The salaries for teachers in the urban areas and metropolitan cities are more compared to the salaries of those residing in remote areas.
The High School teachers teach students between class five to ten. These teachers are specialized in B.Ed and have to earn degrees after specializing in their respective courses. Anybody from science, arts or commerce stream can pursue a B.Ed and teach in a high school in their specialized subject.
PGT qualified teachers Pay Scale:
PGT stands for Post Graduate Teachers and since the teachers are post graduate, their pay is higher than those of High school or primary school. It has to be fitting to their skill level and also the post they have applied for. The government has a defined pay scale for the PGT teachers across several cities. Their gross income lies within a range of Rs. 9300 to Rs. 34800 with a grade pay of Rs. 4800. Punjab gives out the highest salaries to the PGT teachers (Rs. 10300 to Rs.34800+ with a Grade Pay of Rs. 4600). Based on the Grade pay prescribed by the government, the salary can range anywhere between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 – it varies according to state.
AICTE Professors Pay Scale:
The AICTE approved colleges’ Professors have a pay scale that ranges between Rs. 15600 to Rs. 39100. This is only the starting salary for the person entering as a professor in the institutes. His post is regarded as that as Assistant Professor’s and his Gross Pay is Rs. 6000. The pay band of the professors that have already been teaching and have experience was earlier Rs. 8000-13500. Now it will be changed from the pay band revision and their Gross Pay will now be under Rs. 6000. The Assistant Professor that has a teaching experience of 4 years with a PhD in the relevant course shall be assigned to a Gross Pay of Rs. 7000 and the actual pay band will be adjusted accordingly.
CBSE teachers Pay Scale:
Basically the Pay band of the CBSE teachers also follows the regulations as per the state. This means that under a CBSE board the pay band shall be as:
Primary Teachers: Pay band of Rs. 9300 to Rs. 34800 along with a Gross Pay of Rs. 4200. This means that the primary teachers will have to be paid according to this gross pay.
PGT Qualifies Teachers: The pay band that has already been prescribed that is Rs. 9300 to Rs. 34800 will be applicable to the teachers under PGT as well.
About the different types
The pay scale of each type
Normally they have a pay band of Rs. 9300 to Rs. 34800 with a gross pay of Rs. 4200.
High School Teachers
Their salaries range between Rs 112,937 and Rs. 494,464 annually. This may be subject to fluctuation depending upon the area in which the teacher resides.
Their gross income lies within a range of Rs. 9300 to Rs. 34800 with a grade pay of Rs. 4800.
Their pay scale ranges between Rs. 15600 to Rs. 39100.
Salary Of Anganwadi, ICDS Anganwadi Salary, Anganwadi Sevika Salary After 7th Pay Commission
Malnutrition is one of the major problems in India. According to Global Hunger Index of last year India ranks 20th in the world based on number of the number of malnourished children. And this problem isn’t anything new – it has existed in country since decades. To improve the situation Government of India started an Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program in 1975. The program aimed to combat malnutrition and other problems related to child development with help from special workers who’d be familiar with rural circumstances and people. The workers were given the name of “Anganwadi workers.” Four decades have passed since the beginning of program but problem of malnutrition still exists. And while there’re many reasons behind the existence of this problem, one of them is underpayment (or in some states, even no payment) of Anganwadi workers.
Anganwadi ICDS Salary
The salary of anganwadi workers is one of the lowest in country, and a pittance of what other government servants are paid in general. In other departments government assistants are paid at least Rs. 15,000 a month. In ICDS, however, helpers (known as sahayika) are paid a mere sum of Rs. 1,500 per month. The pay scale of mainstream anganwadi workers (known as sevika) is also not good – they’re paid Rs. 3,000 a month. Besides salary it can be said that these workers are provided residential facility too because they’re required to stay within anganwadi centre premises, and the government pays rent for those premises.
Anganwadi ICDS Grade Pay
The only state with provision of grade pay for anganwadi workers is Tamilnadu. It pays a grade pay of Rs. 500 to anganwadi workers and Rs. 300 to helpers. Other states don’t provide grade pay to anganwadi staff.
Anganwadi ICDS Allowances and Perks
Aside from salary and grade pay some states also provide various allowances to Anganwadi workers. However, availability of these allowances varies from state to state:
Facilities provided to ICDS workers include Summer Holidays of 15 days, pension, Provident Fund etc. depending on the state they’re working in.
Anganwadi ICDS Benefits Under 7th Pay Commission
With workers demanding better pay since years government has finally decided to increase their pay scale in 7th CPC. However, exact figures of hike have not been disclosed.
It’s also worth noting that some states (i.e. Telangana and Kerala) have already revised the pay scale of ICDS workers. Telangana did it last year in May, and Kerala has also done it a few months back in February. Based on revised pay scales current salaries of ICDS workers look like this in states where pay has been revised:
Salary of Helpers (Sahayikas)
Salary of Anganwadi Workers (Sevikas)
While not a lot, these hikes are still a lot better than the current pay scale implemented by Central government. Hopefully Centre will also learn from these states and increase the salary of ICDS workers in 7th CPC.
Planning Commission of India is considering raising the pay of the Anganwadi laborers, who as of now are earning ₹3,000 per month. “We’ve to exalt the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) workers. They are given low compensations,” Planning Commission Member, Syeda Hamid said. “Their pay was increased recently, when their pay was multiplied from ₹1,500 to ₹3,000. We’re considering expanding it further,” Hamid further said.
Syeda Hamid Is Positive to Increase Wages For Anganwadi Workers
Several different changes in the plan are being made for the 2nd year of the twelfth Plan (2013), Hamid said. “Changing the Anganwadi Scheme into a nursery school, and satisfying the needs of nutrition will be the center of the progressions we are arranging.” “Serving warm or, in any event, homely cooked meals will be additional aim,” Hamid said, including that packaged nourishment being given at a few centers of Anganwadi was not of good quality.
Syeda said that the Planning Commission’s concentration was to unite ICDS with the other projects and making it to concentrate on nutrition and general wellbeing. Components of advancing sanitation as well as clean water of drinking were likewise being included to the plan, Syeda said.
Integrated Child Development Services is a lead plan which concentrates for enhancing the nutritional level and wellbeing status of the children up to 6 years old, lessening mortality, dismalness and lack of healthy sustenance and improving the ability of the mother to take care of her and dietary requirements of the tyke through appropriate nourishment and health instructions.
Jaithley Also Interested To Increase The Pay Of Anganwadi Workers
Finance Minister Jaitley in an announcement stated that making schemes of social security available to unorganized division workers is a noteworthy challenge that the Union Government is eager to address at this crossroads where the disordered division is developing at a rapid pace.
The administration’s need is to make social security and wellbeing advantages open to unorganized area workers such as Anganwadi workers, construction workers and workers of various schemes.
National Secretary of AITUC (All India Trade Union Congress) Gurudas Dasgupta stated that it is terrible that the government turned down the offer by ILC in May to increase the salaries of anganwadi workers. Gurudas said that since individuals working in the sloppy areas are ignored for a considerable length of time, an across the country stir was inevitable. All India Trade Union Congress also arranged “gherao” of the Parliament house but their appeal was not taken for granted but this year they are positive that after 7Th Pay Commission, salaries of the Anganwadi workers will be raised.
Few Of The Important Duties Of Anganwadi Workers
To spread consciousness for healthcare & importance of healthy foods, pregnancy care, immunization
To supply medications and drugs to needy people
Coordinating with district and block healthcare establishments
Helping Pregnant women
Assisting pregnant women in various ways
Determine immunization & health check-ups.
Determining child development by maintaining child cards.
Performing preschool activities (children up to 5 years old)
Record of Births
Sharing birth records with the Gram sabha/panchayat
Double Remuneration for Health Care Workers in India
The central government made another announcement that directly affects the healthcare facility in the country. In September 2018, authorities highlighted that the incentive sum or Protsahan Rashi will be doubled from October 2018. What was Rs. 250 will not become Rs, 500. This facility will directly benefit the Asha, ANM and Anganwadi workers. Instead of Rs. 3000, these healthcare workers will receive Rs. 4500. Those who used to attain Rs. 2250 will get Rs. 3500. The Anganwadi Helpers used to get Rs. 1500. From October, they will receive Rs. 2500. This will boost the morale of these healthcare workers. More financial assistance will encourage them to take up more cases. This will develop the rural health sector easily.
No Salary Hike For BSNL Employees In 7th Pay Commission
During a period when government workers are enthusiastically sitting tight for the 7th Pay Commission, there is a terrible news for the employees of the telecommunication giant BSNL. Employees of BSNL got the news few days ago that the BSNL employees won’t get the advantages if BSNL keeps running in loss.
According to the report of Zee Media, “Chairman of BSNL & MD Anupam Shrivastava declared that the workers of the organization won’t get the advantage of the pay hike as declared in the seventh pay commission 2016 if the organization keeps running in loss.” Reportedly, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has been running in loss since the past four years. Prior, reports came to the front that 7th Pay Commission will be deferred and will be applied from June/July and subsequent to that, one more frustrating news came for the BSNL employees. Sources declared that Central government might actualize the 7th Pay Commission subsequent to the implementation of the OROP plan. However, Government of India issued notice for the pending scheme of OROP in the month of November a year ago, it is yet to be actualized. Sources said that the veterans of Army need some change into the present type of the OROP plan however Central Government has not yet acknowledged their requests.
“It is the most pivotal year ever for BSNL, on the grounds that 2017 will be the financial year when our pay will be modified as the 3rd PRC, and let me tell you … unless we’re productive the pay is not going to be modified,” Shrivastava was cited as saying. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s pay cost is about 15,000 crore rupees, which is over the top of the numerous government and private PSUs.
The Public Sector Unit, which was running on loss since the past four years, earned a benefit of about 672 crore rupees for the year 2014-15 contrasted with a loss of 691 crore rupees in the past financial. The company is hoping to earn the benefit further, and inside few years (2018-19), the company is focussing to accomplish net profit, as indicated by Shrivastava, who additionally stated that the year 2017 is an imperative year and the company needs to ensure that this financial year loss and profit account looks great.
“I have told to all my employees that their main obligation is to earn the benefit. Those days are gone when we used to sit and just sign on the files. Revenue was not your prime obligation,” Shrivastava further included. BSNL has employee strength of about 2.35 lakhs and it is really very bad news for them.
Pay commission award not to be implemented before OROP
The sources from the Finance Ministry, Government of India, have revealed that it has no plans to start the new 7th pay commission, before the proposed apply of One Rank One Pension (OROP). They have stated that their first priority is to deliver the OROP plan and after that will move on to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. The OROP is a burning issue of the nation and it needs to be addressed first.
The issue of OROP notification
The first notification regarding the new OROP came along with the declaration of the new pay commission, in November 2015. That was the time when there was a huge protest going on for the implementation of similar pension slabs for the retired defense personals, those whore have retired years ago and those who are retiring currently. The defense veterans protested some discrepancies in their pension system and pushed for same pension for same ranks. They staged hunger strikes, rallies and dharnas throughout the country. There were also instances of returning awards and gallantries by the defense veterans.
What the new 7Th pay commission have to offer?
According to the proposed 7th pay commission, the minimum salary of a central government employee will be Rs. 18,000 where as the highest salary package will be Rs. 25 lakh per month. Nearly 23.55 % of salary hike is expected after it gets implemented. The pensions of the retired central govt. employees will also get hiked by a sharp 24 %. The health insurance policies will be renewed. The gratuity after death is proposed to be doubled. For the defense personals, the differences between the pensions of past retired and currently retired defense personals will be removed and parity will be brought.
7th pay commission on the OROP issue
The Govt. is dedicated to address the OROP issue first, before staring any implementation of the new pay commission. As per the plan, the salaries and other allowances will be restructured for those who serve in the defense services. There is a proposal to hike the Military Service Pay and the Siachen allowance. The gratuity after death will also be doubled and more health benefits is supposed to be provided. The policy of the Short Service Commission in the defense force is also reorganized.
Projected pension slabs of different ranks in Defense services in the new OROP of the 7th pay commission:
Check out the different issues faced by the 7th pay panel
It cannot be denied that a huge number of central government employees are extremely curious to know about the details of 7th pay commission and its recommendations. It has been reported that there is going to be a considerable amount of hike within the salaries of central government employees and this is definitely a major factor of appreciation. But at the same time, a lot of employees are not satisfied with the 7th pay commission on the grounds that in the previous pay commission, the hike in salaries and recommendations were 35% while for this time; the hike has been only 23.5%.
Issues to be considered
There are certain issues which have been also need to be included for consideration within the present pay commission. For instance, regarding the issue of LDC-UDC, the 7th pay commission has not taken up any firms stand. It is a fact that a huge number of subordinate officers and individuals are responsible for the smooth operation of banks and many other financial institutions run by government. With this pay commission both the UDC and LDC were hoping that things might change and the problem faced by them shall be considered. But, there has not been any confirmation, that the clerks shall attain an upgradation or a pay hike.
Arguments made for the demands
On the staff side (Staff Selection Commission), though JCM have been convinced regarding the issue, a recommended merger and a hike of Grade Pay for both UDC and LDC upto Rs 2800 was hoped, but it has been observed that the government did not take up any firm stand or solution of the problem. Instead, a few confusing and misleading statements have been made for complicating the issue. The arguments made in favor of hike in grade pay cannot be ignored because, according to the LDC, the qualifications for Data entry operator (DEO) and Lower Division Clerks (LDC) are same, but the work operations of LDC are more complex than a DEO, thus, LDC deserves a hike in grade pay from 1900 to 2400. This is the major concern for the individuals of LDC which is definitely a valid one.
Response in the review
The upgradation has been demanded for certain posts like UDC, LDC, junior head clerk, head clerk, Accountant, Office Superintendant and Assistant manager. Considering the qualification requirements and the job profile, the 7th pay panel has not yet recommended any changes in the pay structure or the promotional prospects, and according to the government, there is no justification for the increment in pay for cadres apart from LDC, UDC and Accountants. It has been stated that the report for final 7th central pay commission in under review and government consideration and the follow up of reports shall be made after inputs have been received from the Union Finance Ministry and many other relevant quarters. In response to the different suggestions, Dr Sadhu Singh, the Secretary General of Government Employees National Federation stated that though the responses might vary, but a large section of employees have hailed the report.
7th CPC Implementation can happen by middle of 2016 and not be pushed out too late
On Sept. 2015 a new Pay Commission was formed under the committee bench headed by Retired Supreme Court Justice, Shree A. K. Mathur which submitted its report to the Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley. According to committee sources, this new pay commission recommendations will get implemented from 1st Jan 2016. This new pay commission will be beneficial to nearly 47 lakh central govt. employees currently serving, including employees of public units, universities, etc. In addition to this, approximately 52 lakh retired pensioners will have a improved pension structure and retirement benefits. Not only the salary structures will get revised, the basic and other allowances received by the central govt. employees will also be improvised.
According to sources, the minimum salary of a central govt. employee after the 7th pay commission gets implemented will be Rs. 18,000. The maximum salary will rise up to Rs. 2.5 lakh for the Cabinet Secretaries, which currently stands at nearly Rs. 90,000. The employees are supposed to get 23.55 % hike in basic salary and allowances and there will be sharp increase of 24% in pensions also. The overall rise in net salary is calculated to be about 16% for the current serving employees. However the old yearly increment rate is kept at 3% per annum. To give away these new pay structures, sources indicate the financial burden will be about Rs. 1.02 lakh crore. This amount will be borne by both Central Budget and Railway Budget- Rs. 73,650 crore and Rs. 28,450 crore respectively.
With new salary structures and pension improvements, the 7th pay commission also brought several other reforms. In response to the movement by defense personals for One Rank One Pension, the commission decided to bring parity between the pensions of the defense personals retired earlier to the pensions of the current retiring personals. The allowances in defense services like the Military Service Pay (MSP), Siachen special allowance, etc are hiked sharply. The officers who are under Short Service Commission in the forces may exit the force between 7- 10 years of service. The gratuity structures are also revised.
According to Rakesh Arora who is the Managing Director of Macquarie India, the new 7th pay commission will get implemented by mid 2016 only. These implementations must not get delayed further. As the financial impact due to this new pay structures will be very large in margin, the govt. is trying its level best to implement it efficiently without any rush. An extra total of Rs. 1.02 lakh crore financial impacts are calculated to happen after its implementations, so it will be wise for the govt. not to go in one shot and do it in stages. According to sources the govt. will still try to keep the fiscal deficit below 3.5 % of GDP, which is currently 3.9 %. The new pay commission announced that the salary hike will get started from January 2016 where as other allowances will get implemented later that will decrease some burden. This strategy will help the govt. to make the implementations efficiently and to keep the fiscal deficit under control.
The pay scales of the paramilitary forces depend on the current pay commission under the central govt. guidelines. The paramilitary forces are units of Indian Defence mechanism where there are seven such units who are assigned with several duties. Some are responsible to assist the Indian Army in the border areas, some are active in providing urban security to important institutions while some are for law and order duties. The pay scales of the officers and subordinates of these paramilitary units of India are determined as per their rank and the ongoing pay commission implemented by the centre. The Units referred to as paramilitary forces in India are CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, Assam Rifles, SSB and NSG. Below are the pay scales of these paramilitary forces as per current CPC:
Paramilitary force rank
Rs. 5,200 – Rs. 20,200
Rs. 5,200 – Rs. 20,200
Asst. Sub Inspector
Rs. 5,200 – Rs. 20,200
Rs. 9,300 – Rs. 34,800
Rs. 9,300 – Rs. 34,800
Rs. 9,300 – Rs. 34,800
Rs. 15,600 – Rs. 39,100
Rs. 15,600 – Rs. 39,100
Rs. 37,400 – Rs. 67,000
Deputy Inspector General
Rs. 37,400 – Rs. 67,000
Rs. 37,400 – Rs. 67,000
Asst. Director General
Rs. 67,000 – Rs. 79,000
Rs. 80,000 Fixed
Paramilitary forces Grade Pay
At present, the Grade Pay of the forces and officers of the Paramilitary units of India are given as per the recommendations of the 6th central pay commission. The grade pay is added along with the pay band of the paramilitary forces, which pay an important decisive factor in their overall monthly salary. The range of grade pays of the paramilitary forces starts from Rs. 2,000 for the ranks of constable and the highest grade pay received by the high ranked officers like the Inspector General is Rs. 10,000. But there is no provision of grade pay for the highest ranked officers like Director General of the Paramilitary forces. They receive a fixed salary of Rs. 80,000 per month.
Paramilitary forces Salary
The overall monthly salary of the members of paramilitary forces is a combination of the pay band and the grade pay which depends of the rank of the officers and forces. The pay band starts from Rs. 5,200 to Rs. 20,200 for the constables. Also the grade pay starts from Rs. 2,000 which is added with the pay band. The addition of pay band and grade pay is termed as the basic pay of the employees of paramilitary forces. These rates are as per recommendations of the present 6th pay commission. Another major factor influencing the net salary of the paramilitary forces is the Dearness Allowance (DA) provided by the central government. The present DA rate is 125 per cent of the basic salary. Several other allowances and paramilitary pay are added with the salary. However, the highest rank of the paramilitary force units i.e. the Director General (DG) get a monthly remuneration of Rs. 80,000 which is fixed.
Paramilitary forces types with pay scale
The Indian paramilitary forces are broadly divided into seven units namely the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, Assam Rifles, SSB and NSG. The rank division of these paramilitary forces of India are almost the same, which starts from constables and goes up to Director General rank. The pay scale of the rank of Director General (DG) is Rs. 80,000 which is fixed monthly remuneration. Currently the pay scales of these forces are as per the 6th pay commission, which will be revised soon after the full implementation of the 7th pay commission.
Paramilitary forces pension
After long struggle between the Govt. authorities and the units of paramilitary forces, the pension benefits for the forces serving in the paramilitary units were given. The retirement age of the paramilitary forces is fixed to 60 years after which they will become eligible to get pension benefits. The monthly pensions will be calculated as per the last withdrawing salary during retirement. The pension amount will also get affected by the annual regular increment and the dearness allowance percentage.
Paramilitary forces benefits under 7th pay commission
There are several recommendations mentioned in the new 7th central pay commission to improve the pay structures and other benefits provided to the members of the paramilitary forces in India. The implementation date of the 7th CPC is 1st Jan 2016. The pay bands and grade pays of the paramilitary forces will be hiked according to the calculation of fitment factor. It is expected to have a fitment factor of 2.57 after the full implementation of 7th CPC. Several other allowances will be added to the paramilitary forces like improved medical allowance, hard area allowance, etc. The Govt. has also agreed to revive the rates of paramilitary service pay. Also there is a recommendation on one rank one allowance for the forces.
It cannot be denied that a huge number of central government employees, military, and paramilitary forces have been waiting for a long time to gain clear insight about the recommendations for 7th pay commission. Not only the central government but also the state government employees have been looking up for the final approval of 7th pay commission from the Ministry of Finance. And according to the reports, it has been observed that there is a complete new matrix formation for risk and allowance for defense forces and security personnel. It also states that the top grade Military Service pay (MSP) will be granted solely for defense forces.
The risk and hardship allowance issue
A new “nice cell risk and hardship matrix” shall be formed along with one extra cell which will be specifically for the army troops that are deployed along Siachen Border. This is definitely justified since it is the world’s highest and coldest battlefield. Now, this allowance for Defense personnel has raised issues since this is not allotted for paramilitary personnel also. Regarding this issue, the paramilitary forces have called for a meeting with Central Armed Police Forces. The meeting is regarding the demand of paramilitary personnel for the 7th pay commission to allow them a paramilitary service pay (PSP) identical to MSP.
Compensation for Paramilitary forces
It needs to be remembered that paramilitary forces like BSF, CRPF, CISF, SSB and ITBP incorporate different retirement ages that vary from 57-60 years. The panel of 7th pay commission has suggested a separate package of for lateral entry of retired personnel or the decommissioned defense personnel within the forces apart from any other services. But that does not offer the proper allowances provided in MSP. Seeking to include more young blood within the armed forces it has been recommended by 7th pay commission that Short Service Commission (SSC) shall be entitled to a complete funding of one year course within a premier institute of higher learning.
The issue still continues
The primary objective of offering allowance and revised pension formula for defense forces is nothing more than enhancing the morale of these forces. The commission has also proposed a hike in ex-gratia lump sum compensation for the next kin of troops when they sacrifice their lives in line of duty. But one good thing is the commission finally has decided to attempt a longtime issue for granting Non Functional Upgradation (NFU) for the officers. But the “risk and hardship issue” still remains constant because MSP shall be payable for all ranks but this scenario is not similar incase of paramilitary forces. They raised issue since the paramilitary forces feel that their services are being ignored by the Central Government and 7th pay commission.