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Sixth Central Pay Commission
The Central Government continued the previous trend of constituting the new Pay Commission and henceforth gave green signal for the formation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission. This Commission started evaluated all the associated factors and then submit a detailed report for the pay reforms to the government. It is the latest Commission which had been constituted and whose recommendation reports have already been implemented by the government on both Central and state levels for easing the employment opportunities with the multiple reforms applicable.
About Sixth Central Pay Commission
The Union Cabinet established the Sixth Central Pay Commission on October 05, 2006 with an important aim to bring reforms in the central government sector’s workers through offering them the wages they expected and to make sure that they get opportunity to work in a highly productive work culture through the zeal and motivation they are given with financial and other motivational aspects. Soon after its establishment this Commission started working extensively on that and took the steps to submit a comprehensive report on the salary revisions of all the employees working under the Central Government offices.
Composition of the Sixth Central Pay Commission
Justice B.N. Srikrishna chaired the Sixth Central Pay Commission as its chairman. His team consisted of the other members including Professor Ravindra Dholakia & Mr. J.S mathur besides Mrs. Sushma Nath to work as the Member cum Secretary of this Commission. This team worked extensively to prepare the report which was finally implemented by the Government of India recently.
Sixth Central Pay Commission was constituted with the mandate to explore, work and design a thorough strategy which would lead for the extensive reforms in the employment sector to bring drastic change. Most notable factors upon which this Commission had been mandated were as follows:-
- This Commission was mandated that it must objectively study the concerns of the central government employees
- It was asked to prepare a complete draft in the form of report about bringing total reform in the central government pay scales through their restructuring
- The Commission was asked to take into account all the related factors which would usually hamper the work progresses to tackle them by advising for the due motivation in terms of financial gains
- The Commission should advise the government for better governance system for the overall growth of the Indian economy through the equal participation of central government employees in the path of progress
The team of Sixth Central Pay Commission submitted its report to the then Finance Minister, Mr. P. Chidambaram on March 24, 2008. Central Government evaluated the report submitted by this Commission and strategically presented it before the Union cabinet for discussion before implementing it. Its report has already been implemented and approved with the slight modifications in it. Some crucial aspects which remains the zest of the recommendation reports are as follows:-
- Pay scale revisions
- Service & recruitment rule amendments
- New pay structure comprising of the Pay Band and Grade Pay options
Implementation of Recommendations
With the submission of Sixth Central Pay Commission report and the keen interest of government to discuss its multiple factors for assessment the government finally implemented recommendations in the month of August itself. Some of the major implementations are as follows:-
- Implementation of few revised pay scales to remain effective from January 01, 2006 itself for implementation purpose
- Allowances in the pay scales to remain effective from September 01, 2008 for implementation purpose
- Central Government though maintained flexibility for the dates to implement revised pays
- Recommendation for 6% dearness allowances increase got implemented to make it 22% from the earlier 16%
Suggestions for the consequential changes in several recruitment & services rules through redefining the eligibility conditions with the introduction of Grade / Pay Band scale options for revision has been brought into application through the timely implementation of reports submitted. Other recommendations which have been implemented are the thorough assessment of Department Promotion Committees, pre-revised scale regulations and implementation of the revised pay structures for the central government employees amongst others.