The 7th Pay Commission may be announced ahead of time than was predicted before. Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur told PTI on August 25, “The Commission will submit its report by the end of September.”
THE OLD NEWS – The Union Cabinet extended the Seventh Pay Commission’s term by four months till December 31 to give its views on revising salaries and pensions for nearly 9.8 million central government employees and 9.9 million pensioners. The panel headed by Justice AK Mathur, whose recommendations might also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given the extension a day before its original 18-month term ended.
UPDATE – An official of the Finance Ministry, of course, speaking on condition of anonymity, had this to say, “The central government will decide execution time of the pay commission’s proposals after the pay panel submits its report, which will be possibly a pre-election ‘special package’ for West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which are all due for polls by May 2016”.
Just like the one rank one pension (OROP) was announced by the present government on the 5th of this month ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections despite huge financial burden to get majority seats in the Bihar Assembly, the sources indicate that the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission, will be implemented before the announcement of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states assemblies’ election in May 2016.
POLITICS – BJP needs to win most state elections in the next four years to gain control of the Rajya Sabha, where seats are distributed based on the strength of parties in state assemblies. So, the present government is ready to give any sop to win state assembly elections. This was indicated by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who had this to say on 30th August, “report of Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees was coming shortly”.
THE FACT – The 7th Pay Commission was given a deadline to submit their recommendations before 31st December 2015, that gives them the liberty to submit their recommendations at any date before 31st December 2015.
If you remember, The Seventh Pay Commission, which was set up by the UPA government, was required to submit its report by August end. The Chairman of the Seventh Pay Commission, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur told PTI on August 25, “The Commission will submit its report by the end of September.”
THE POLITICAL GAME – A defeat for the Prime Minister would harm his chances of consolidating power in parliament, where his reform agenda is being blocked because his party is in the minority in the Rajya Sabha. Hence the present Government needs to win most state elections in the next four years to gain control of the Rajya Sabha, where seats are distributed based on the strength of parties in state assemblies, Hence the present Government is ready to give any sop to win states assemblies elections.
THE CONCLUSION – Who cares about politics, we have our own ends to meet, the sooner the better.. we are waiting … waiting and waiting……