The Seventh Pay Commission has recommended One Rank, One Pension (OROP) for all civilian employees.
Seventh Pay Commission chairman Justice (Retd.) A K Mathur on Wednesday said it appears that the report has been accepted in toto.
He said the One Rank, One Pension is one of the peculiar recommendations made to the government which has not been given so far.
“Though the army employees used to get the One Rank, One Pension, but the civilians will also get the same One Rank, One Pension. This is a very peculiar feature. No pay commission gave that,” he added.
Justice (Retd.) Mathur said the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission will involve an additional expenditure for the government in terms of 1, 02,100 crores.
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“That will include the increase in the pay structure, allowances as well as the pension for the retired employees. The peculiar feature of this report is that we have done away with the grade pay and given an open metric system,” said Justice (Retd.) Mathur.
“It will be a very transparent system. The people will know where they stand. We have given them the entire manner in which they can find out their place in the metrics and after that they can determine their pay,” he added.
Justice (Retd.) Mathur further said there are various allowances including house rent, transport, children’s education.
“A person who enters in the government service can reasonably expect to get about Rs 24,000 per month. We have also recommended that the government employees should be covered by health insurance for everybody,” he said.
“We have also made a recommendation that the educational allowance should also be increased. We have also made a recommendation for very good allowances and perks for the army personnel. We have also given all paramilitary forces almost identical benefits as are given to the defence personnel,” he added.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the recommendations will be implemented from 1st January this year. He said, the Pay Commission covers 47 lakh government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.
The Minister said the entry level salary for government employees will be Rs 18,000 against the existing Rs 7,000 per month.
Jaitley said based on minimum pay, fitment factor of 2.57 has been approved for revising pay of all employees uniformly across all levels.
The Minister informed that Seventh Pay Commission recommendations on Allowances will be referred to a Committee headed by the Finance Secretary.