According to the 7th Pay commission there will be an increment in the salaries of the 5.5 million civil servants. The 7th Commission report was submitted with the Indian Finance minister on 19th November. This is a 900 pages report that would be functional from January 1, 2016. According to this report the minimum pay scale for a government servant would be rupees 18,000 per month and the maximum pay could be rupees 2, 25 lakhs. It recommends a 23.55% increment in the existing pay scale and other benefits of the civil servants. The Central government has also received many dissent notes for the same. The 7th Pay commission report has recommendations about equalizing the salary structure and other benefits of the civil servants with the IAS officers. With this, all these talented officers would benefit the country by delivering complex services.
These dissensions submitted to the Central Government will create differences that will impact the top level of bureaucracy of the Central Government. The retired armed forces officers are already very low paid and they have demanded for ‘one rank one pension’. This will equate the benefits that the IAS officers cherish being at a dominant position, with the civil servants. Moreover, it is also recommended that there should be an increment of 24 percent in the pensions of the retired civil servants and armed officers.
According to Dhirendra Swarup, former expenditure secretary, with this initiative the government of India can have a larger pool of talent available. He is also not an IAS officer yet became the secretary, when former fiancé minister Jaswant Singh was in power.
The Pay commission is set up by the central government after every 10 years for working on the revision of the pay scale of the central government employees. In the Fifth Pay commission also Suresh Tendulkar had put a dissent note proposing that the wages should be increased according to the performance of the bureaucrats.
In the 7th commission the dissent notes are more aggressive as they have sharpened the differences in the pay scale and promotions of the different cadres of the Central government. In all the services sectors there are less than 150,000 people of the central government who are placed high with administrative responsibility for a country with 1.3 billion population. Most of these positions are occupied by the IAS officers and hence they have a dominant position. As a result of all this there is accumulation of frustration among them.