Cassian Baliarsingh

In what comes as good news for Central government employees, the Centre has received a new proposal to constitute the 8th Pay Commission. The 8th Pay Commission will most likely revise the basic pay, allowances, pension, and many other benefits of central government employees and pensioners.

In a letter to the Cabinet Secretary, GoI, Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary of the National Council, pointed out why the Central government should form the 8th pay commission on priority.

“The central government revenue has doubled from 2015 to 2023 as per the budget statements. The central government’s actual revenue has increased by over 100%. The GST collection has also increased while income tax collections have been highest in the year 2022-23. Hence the government has more paying capacity,” Mishra’s letter read.

It further read, “The post Covid inflation is higher than pre covid levels. If we compare the retail prices of essential commodities and goods which are required for daily life from 2016 to 2023, they have increased by over 80% as per the local market, but we are provided only around 46% DA. Hence, there is a gap between the actual price rise and DA provided to the employees and pensioners.”

Moreover, the Central pay commission is typically constituted at intervals of ten years. The 7th Pay Commission was last formed by former PM Manmohan Singh on Feb 28, 2014. It submitted its report on Nov 19, 2015 and the recommendations of the 7th CPC came into effect on Jan 1, 2016.

As there is a gap of 10 years now, the 8th CPC should be implemented from Jan 1, 2026, Mishra asserted. However, the Centre has not made any official announcement in this regard.

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