7th Pay Commission

The Central Pay Commission: A Long Standing Government Scheme

Central Pay Commissions are generally introduced at a periodic interval of 10 years. The 6th pay commission was referenced on 1st January 2006. Thus the Terms Of Reference for the 7th pay commission was approved on 2014 for its commencement by 2016. All details of the Central Pay Commission has been discussed below.

7th Pay Commission

What are The “Terms of Reference”?

Terms of Reference defines a set of guidelines that govern all the central pay commissions. These terms are cross verified and revised in order to support the demands of all central government employees.

What Are The Factors on Which Central Pay Commissions are Based?

The Pay Commissions basically takes the following factors into account:

  • The basic pay scale of a central government employee.
  • The miscellaneous facilities and allowances that are provided in terms of cash or benefits.
  • Assessment of the existing pay structure along with incentives in order understands its impact on employee productivity and satisfaction.
  • The retirement schemes including the pension benefits are taken into account.

Who Are The Government Employees Benefiting from Pay Commissions?

Given below are the list of government officials who benefit from the pay commissions:

  • Members of Indian Defence.
  • Official members of Supreme Court.
  • All the regulating government bodies except the RBI (Reserve Bank of India).
  • Employees of central government who work in industrial as well as non-industrial sectors.

What Are The Factors Taken Into Account For The 7th Pay Commission?

The 7th Pay Commission, which is the latest Central Pay Commission, has various Terms of Reference that were considered before its commencement. It includes statistics like the nation’s financial scenario, economic standing as per other countries and review of benefits in the existing pay commission. The State Government follows the Central Pay Commission hence a complete economic picture of India is required. Also, before upgrading to the 7th Pay Commission, the Government calculated if there were ample funds left for the infrastructural development of the nation.

What Are The Important Factors And Latest Developments In 7th Central Pay Commission?

The Government had decided on a fitment factor of 2.57 by which the salary of a government employee will increase in the 7th Pay Commission. Also, the House Rent Allowance or HRA will be reduced from 10%, 20% and 30% to 8%, 16%, and 24%. There is a total of 196 allowances under Central Pay Commissions. Out of them, 52 has been discarded completely and 36 are under assessment. The government employees have demanded the fitment factor to be increased to 3.16.

What Are The Controversies That Surround Central Pay Commissions?

There is one particular controversy regarding the Central Pay Commission that has yet not been resolved. Mostly IAS officers have been the members of the panel that is formed to authorize the pay commissions. As a result, it is seen that IAS officers reap more benefits than the other government employees when each pay commission commences. Thus there have been demands to include members from other government organizations and civil services officers to be included among the Pay Commission members.


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List Of Government Schemes Started By Modi Government In 2016-17

The reign of Narendra Modi as the Indian Prime Minister is inspiring, eclectic and an epic stamp that will be marked in the pages of Indian history. His relentless fight against corruption has lead to the issue of a list of government schemes that has turned the face of India. 2016 has been one turning point under the Modi government. Demonetisation has taken the entire nation by storm. So, as Modi hits the bulls-eye in his fight against corruption, the citizens of India should be educated about the other schemes of Narendra Modi in the fiscal year 2016-17.

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List of Government Schemes By Narendra Modi in The Year 2016-17:

  • Startup India Scheme: 16th January 2016

This scheme aimed at building a better India by supporting the ignited minds that thought of new startup businesses. These businesses if commenced would lead to the overall benefit of the nation. Thus under Startup India, the government extended funds towards these individuals and organizations that would be recognized as a potential startup.

Read More: Startup India Loan Scheme Review

  • Goods And Service Taxes Bill: 1st April 2016

The idea of this bill was developed long back, but Modi and Arun Jaitley came together at the beginning of the fiscal year 2016 to promote its immediate introduction. This bill states that a common service tax will be issued on all products across India and completely demolish state level taxes implied on goods.

Read more: GST and its benefits

  • Start-up India Loan Scheme: 5th April 2016

This scheme aims at providing financial aid to all aspirants who dream of opening their own businesses. A primary amount of  1 crore will be furnished to them after verifying their idea and the potential returns. This mainly aims at diminishing brain-drain and enabling development.

Read more: Startup India Loan Scheme

  • Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan: 14th April 2016

It states that promoting proper governance in rural India is mandatory for the overall development of the country. Thus this scheme aims at setting up an organized rural Panchayat in order to make the villages more self-sustained.

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana: 1st May 2016

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is another welfare scheme started by Modi in order to provide LPG connections to domestic households that fall under the below the poverty line category. Basically, the scheme aims at providing a proper cooking fuel that will, in turn, improve the health of these poverty struck families.

  • Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Yojana: 9th June 2016

This scheme by the Modi government aims at providing free health checkups for pregnant women for the first 6 months of pregnancy. Also, a benefit of this scheme is a free treatment for the pregnant woman on the 9th of every month.

  • Vidyanjali Yojana: 16th June 2016

Vidyanjali Yojana has been introduced to provide equal primary education to all budding children across India. The action plan is that volunteers will provide free primary education in all rural government schools.

  • Gangajal Delivery Scheme: 10th July 2016

This scheme was launched in the state of Bihar to provide clean water of the Ganges to domestic areas via postal services.

  • Mission Bhagiratha In Telangana: 7th August 2016

The problem of safe drinking water in Telangana district was solved with the introduction of this scheme. It aims at building a proper pipeline and filtering infrastructure in order to provide clean water for drinking purposes and household use.

  • Smart Ganga City: 13th August 2016

This scheme was launched in 10 cities located on the banks of Ganga. The action plan is to provide proper sewage discharge by establishing sewage treatment plants.

  • National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme: 19th August 2016

The National Apprenticeship Scheme states that according to the government of India, a monthly stipend of INR 1500 must be paid to all apprentices by the private and government companies that employ them.

  • Railway Travel Insurance Scheme: 1st September 2016

This scheme states that an insurance of 10 lakhs will cover each passenger traveling by Indian Rail while booking a ticket if an amount of 92paise is paid. It aims at providing proper accident relief in case of any major mishaps.

Read more: Railway Travel Insurance Scheme

  • Uday Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN Scheme): 21st October 2016

UDAN Scheme aims at providing affordable aviation by making domestic flight charges economically accessible for middle-class citizens of India.

  • Urja Ganga: 24th October 2016

Launched in Varanasi this scheme aims at providing cooking gas to all houses in the town of Varanasi and its neighboring areas along the banks of Ganga. About 50,000 domestic households have benefited from the Urja Ganga till date.

  • Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat: 31st October 2016

Modi introduced this scheme to strengthen the bond between all the states, regions, and districts of India. This will involve a mandatory partnership between two states at a time and exchange of cultural and educational values between them.

  • Demonetisation-Cease of INR 500 and INR 1000 To Be Legal Notes: 8th November 2016

The end of 2016 was marked by demonetisation which collapsed the very foundation of every black money holder across India. Overnight the old 500 and 1000 rupees notes were withdrawn from the market and new currency notes of INR 500 and INR 2000 was introduced.

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana: 23rd December 2016

This scheme aims at providing LPG connection to all domestic households in Maharashtra to solve their problem of limited cooking fuel for regular use.

Read more: Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

  • Cashless Transaction Scheme: Effective From 2017

A supporting scheme for demonetisation, the idea is to promote cashless transactions via the unique Aadhar Card issued to the citizens of India. The bank account will be linked to the Aadhar card in order to enable complete cash-free transactions.

  • Union Budget Scheme: 1st February 2017

Effective from 1st February 2017, a Union Budget will be drawn by the Modi Government to support all transactions post demonetisation. This will include lower rates of interest on home loans and will largely affect the real estate sector in a positive manner. This bill will result in increased profitability for the citizens of India in other sectors as well.

Needless to say, we all see hopes for a new India under the governance of Modi.