7th Pay Commission: Enhanced incentives proposed for Central govt staff acquiring higher qualification
The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) may have recommended abolition of 51 allowances, and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances. The final decision however rests with the Centre. While this may cause concern among Central government employees, there are some surprises in store for them.
CPC has not only accepted the demand for retaining some of the allowances, but has also enhanced the amount in its recommendations.
For instance, incentives paid to Central government employees for acquiring higher qualifications. The CPC has proposed a steep hike to staff from the amount currently payable — ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000, subject to caveats and existing norms governing such payments.
“The Commission appreciates the need to encourage acquiring of higher qualifications. At the same time, it is important that the knowledge so acquired is directly relevant to the scope of the employee’s occupation,” it said in its voluminous report submitted to the Indian government on November 19, 2015.
However, the CPC refused to bring the incentives on par with those payable to defence personnel, saying it was not feasible “in view of the different service conditions, mode of recruitment and other factors.”
Pay upgrade proposed for Russian translators
Russia was the flavour of the week gone by, with India signing a slew of defence deals during the recent BRICS summit held in Goa last week. But Russian translators were of the view that they were not being paid adequately despite being assigned responsibilities similar to those engaged in translation of other languages.