Empowered Committee of Secretaries to give final nod to salary hike today

New Delhi: On Tuesday, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha will meet so as to decide on the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.

This salary hike would bring relief to the 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners who have been waiting for the payout to be finalized. Media reports suggest that once a nod comes from the Empowered Committee of the Secretaries, the Finance ministry would take just few more days to implement the package.

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The Empowered Committee of Secretaries is functioning as a Screening Committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the Commission in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion.

During the meet the group would discuss on recommending a 30 per cent hike in the minimum and maximum basic pay structures along with doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances.

Some time back, the government had come to a decision to set-up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha in January 2016 so as to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

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The 7th Pay Commission had suggested a maximum basic pay of Rs 2,50,000 and a minimum of Rs 18,000. A 30 percent increase would translate into maximum monthly salary of Rs 3,25,000 and minimum at Rs 23,400, respectively.