Following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission a couple of years ago, speculations were rife that the government may scrap the pay commission system and bring in some new methods to increase the salary of Central government employees.
While there is no official confirmation related to the same, reports are now there that the government may come up with a 'merit-based' system and public feedback to measure performance of employees.
What Will Be The New Method?
It is believed that the Aykroyd formula may be come into force. Earlier, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended reviewing the pay matrix periodically instead of waiting for long 10 years for revising the salary and allowances of the employees. The commission had also then suggested Aykroyd formula as an alternative.
What is Aykroyd Formula?
Aykroyd formula is attributed to Dr Aykroyd who worked on nutrition for about 30 years and was director of the Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations)
The three basic needs of human being, food, cloth and shelter, is taken into account by the Aykroyd formula while considering pay hike and salary structure.
What Will Be Post-Implementation of Aykroyd Formula Be Like?
If the Centre follows all the recommendations, the salaries and pensions of CG employees would become inflation indexed.
While this will be a welcome news for lakhs of sarkari staff, there might be sterner appraisals for the employees, reported India Today.
Besides, if the new system does come into effective in future, non-performers may get weeded out.
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Home Affairs has recently informed that as many as 1,083 lower-level staff have been sacked in the last five months.
What about Minimum Pay Hike?
The Narendra Modi government is yet to consider the demand of the CG employees who have been demanding a hike in the minimum pay. However, it is believed that the NDA government is well aware of the demand of the employees and it will soon come up with a decision in this regard.
The Central government employees are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000 (as per 7th Pay Commission recommendation), but demanding an increase of Rs 8000. Which means, they want the Centre to hike the fitment factor to 3.68 times to get a revised pay of Rs 26,000.