State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced the recommendations made by the 7th Assam Pay & Productivity Pay Commission today on 28th November 2016. He said that the government will implement the recommendations of the 7th Assam Pay & Productivity Pay Commission from April next year. Earlier, the 7th Assam Pay Commission submitted its report to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on 18th November 2016.
He further added that the recommendations made by the State Pay Commission would be placed before the cabinet for approval in February following which it will be implemented from April, 2017. On the other hand, the dearness awareness (DA) will be increased with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.
Here's the salient features of 7th Assam Pay & Productivity Pay Commission:
1.The minimum pay has been fixed at Rs 15,900 which is around 2.62 times the minimum pay recommended by the Assam Pay Commission 2008.
2.The Commission has recommended a maximum pay of Rs 1,30,000 as fixed pay and with this the ratio of the maximum pay to minimum pay has become 8.18 as against 9.08 in case of the earlier Pay Commission
3. There will be an increase of 16.44% over the previous minimum pay. This proposed raise in pay is greater than what central government employees got following a 14.3% increase.
4. The proposed pay structure has five Pay Bands and one fixed pay while the number of Grade Pay has been reduced from 30 to 24.
5. The rate of increment has been recommended as three per cent to be added on July 1 every year and employees completing three months or above in the grade as on July 1 shall be eligible for such increment.
6. The Commission has recommended City Compensatory Allowance for employees working in Guwahati (in different slabs of Rs 100, Rs 150, Rs 200 and Rs 250 per month) and Special Allowance (in different slabs of Rs 1,000, Rs 1,250, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000 per month) for the Special Branch personnel.
7. There will be an additional 20% pension for pensioners above 80 years while family pension equal to the original pension has been recommended till seven years after the death of the pensioner or till date the pensioner would have attained the age of 67 years, whichever is earlier.
8. In case of an employee who dies before retirement, the original pension will continue for ten years with a ceiling of 67 years of age.
9. The Commission has also recommended a simplified procedure for grant of family pension to disabled children of the pensioner.
10. New salary and pension structures will cost Government an additional amount of Rs 3238.28 crore in the next financial year.
Details can be seen at finance.assam.gov.in for 7th APPPC & Assam Service ROP Rules, 2017.