Acche Din for 50 lakh central govt employees!
The employees, if the panel functions as per schedule, will get their revised perks in accordance with 7th Pay Panel from 1 January 2016. The Modi-led NDA government has set a ‘timeframe’ for its implementation. The union government has directed the concerned department to start the functioning of 7th Pay Panel in the next 15 days. A source at the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) said that within next 15 days, the officials for the 7th Pay Panel would be appointed and they would be provided with all the required resources to begin its operation.
The alacrity shown by the prime minister on the matter has its roots in the alienation which Atal Bihari Vajpayee government faced when it had delayed the implementation of recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. The government employees, generally considered to be BJP supporters, had overwhelmingly voted against Vajpayee government in 2004. Modi’s move to quickly constitute the 7th pay panel is an attempt to consolidate on the goodwill of the central government employees, who voted in large numbers for the BJP in the last elections.
The Seventh Pay Commission was constituted on 28 February 2014 to examine various issues relating to emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of central government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required. Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur has been appointed as the chairman, while Vivek Rae and Rathin Roy are its members and Meena Agarwal is the secretary.