The Centre extended the term of Seventh Pay Commission by four months till December 31 so as to give recommendations on revising emoluments for 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.
The commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the state government staff salaries, was given more time by the Union Cabinet a day before its 18-month term came to an end.
Headed by Justice AK Mathur, the previous UPA government appointed the commission in February 2014.
Chaired by PM Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet approved the extension of the panel for the extension of the commission’s term by four months up to December 31, 2015, said official statement.
In view of the busy stakeholders’ consultations, the commission had made apealed to the a request to the government for a four-month extension.
The government forms the commission every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and with modifications, they are adopted by the states also. As part of an exercise, discussioons are held with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.
The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.