7th Central Pay Commission and the Arrears
“In the past, since the Pay Commission recommendations were enforced with years of retrospective effect, the government had refused to release the arrears for allowances”
The Pay Commission for Central Government employees is constituted once every ten years to revise their pay and allowances. The previous Pay Commission was implemented in the year 2006. The most recent one, the 7th Pay Commission, had submitted to the Central Government its report in 2015. The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are expected to come into effect from June or July this year. They are also very likely to have a retrospective effect from January 1, 2016 onwards.
In the event that it comes into effect from January 1, many are convinced that the government is very likely to not release the arrears for House Rent and Transport allowances, this time also. But, some of our readers vehemently oppose this stand.
The recommendations of 6th Pay Commission was implemented and the revised salaries were given only with effect from 01.01.2006. But the allowances are given only after 1.9.2008. It was originally meant to be implemented on January 1, 2006 including all allowances. The allowances, particularly HRA and TA were calculated from September 1, 2008 onwards. The government refused to give the 32-months arrears on HRA and Transport allowance.
This time, the slogan was “Pay Commission without arrears.” Despite it all, four months have passed. The government servants are not responsible for the delay, but they say that the government must pay the arrears on HRA and travel allowance this time from the implemented date.
This is why, in our 7th CPC Arrears Calculator, we have mentioned as two stages that the total approximate arrears and actual arrears.
Similarly, the readers have expressed their opinions about the various deductions, including CGEGIS, GPF, and NPS.
Some say that the arrear amount has to be calculated only after deducting the subscriptions of CGEGIS. And also, the arrear calculations must be made after deducting like Minimum GPF contributions and, the subscription of New Pension Scheme. We would like to state that we are making efforts to incorporate all these views. We would also like to thank our readers for giving us such wonderful and thought-provoking feedback.
The intention behind designing a calculator to find out the salaries, pensions and allowances of the Central Government employees, the serving members of the armed forces and the pensioners, is to give the readers a simple and as-accurate-as-possible method of calculation.