Check out the different issues faced by the 7th pay panel

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.


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