Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Not Acceptable" : Confederation. Threatens to advance strike to July 4

The Confederation of Central Government Employees stated that the 7th Central Pay Commission implementation in current form is “not acceptable” in view of the prevailing economic conditions. It has also threatened to advance by a week an indefinite strike to press their demand for revising the hike. “In the prevailing economic conditions, the proposed hike as per the Pay Commission is inadequate. It is not acceptable to us,” M Duraipandian, General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Tamil Nadu, said. “If the government does not heed our demand (on revising the hike), we will be forced to advance the indefinite strike call to July 4 instead of July 11,” he told reporters.


No. AIRF/160 Dated: June 29, 2016

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades!

Sub: Cabinet approval on the VII CPC report

As all of you are aware that the Union Cabinet has accepted the report of the VII CPC today.

It has been noticed that there is no improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor as well, which was our hard pressed demand. Instead, wages, as recommended by the VII CPC have been accepted as it is, which is highly disappointing.

Only two committees have been formed, one to take care of the allowances and another for National Pension Scheme, which will submit their reports within four months time.

It is quite unfortunate that, our demand for improvement in the report of the VII CPC has not been considered by the government.

Therefore, it would be quite appropriate that, we should go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike”, slated to be commended from 06:00 hrs. on 11th July, 2016.

You are also advised to intensify the mass mobilization.

With fraternal greetings!


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Unions reject pay hike, threaten to go on strike

New Delhi/Chennai, Jun 29 (PTI) The Confederation of Central Government Employees today rejected the pay hike announced by the government and threatened to go on a strike next week, a decision which got support from the central trade unions.

The Confederation said the pay hike approved by the Cabinet on the 7th Central Pay Commission's recommendations is "not acceptable".

RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and other trade unions also rejected the hike, saying this is the lowest increase in the past 17 years that would increase disparity between the minimum and maximum pay.

Central trade unions have also sided with government employees and have given a call to hold nationwide demonstrations against the pay hike.

"In the prevailing economic conditions, the proposed hike as per the Pay Commission is inadequate. It is not acceptable to us," M Duraipandian, General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Tamil Nadu, said.

He added the Confederation will be forced to advance the indefinite strike call to July 4 instead of July 11, if the government does not heed to its demand of revising the hike.

Earlier in the day, its members staged a demonstration at Rajaji Bhavan in Chennai, home to several state government's offices.

All India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev said: "It is the lowest increase in last 17 years. Central trade unions will support the strike call given by central government employees." 

While, BMS said it will organise country-wide protests on July 8 against the decision, adding the government has "disappointed" the employees and it may lead to industrial unrest.

"The formula should be 3.42 instead of 2.57 as approved by the government. Similarly the annual increment should be 5 per cent instead of 3 per cent given. The disparity between the minimum and maximum pay has also been increased," BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said.

In a statement, he said the Sangh will organise protests across the country in all districts on July 8 and will discuss on the alternative of going on a strike at its national executive in August.

BMS also demanded for a uniform minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month to all the workers including the private sector.

Confederation, Odisha State CoC opposes cabinet decision on 7th CPC

Introduction of Business Reply Speed Post (BRSP) service

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NFIR Press Note : Railway employees will go on strike from 11.07.2016


Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission

Press Information Bureau
Government of India

29-June-2016 18:49 IST
Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits.   It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.

In the past, the employees had to wait for 19 months for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations at the time of 5th CPC, and for 32 months at the time of implementation of 6th CPC.  However, this time, 7th CPC recommendations are being implemented within 6 months from the due date.

The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year. 

The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.


1.     The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service. The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.

2.     All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy.

3.     The minimum pay has been increased from Rs.  7000 to 18000 p.m. Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs.  18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs.  56100.  This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.

4.     For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices. After taking into account the DA at prevailing rate, the salary/pension of all government employees/pensioners will be raised by at least 14.29 % as on 01.01.2016.

5.     Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

6.     The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.

7.     Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :

·        Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs.  10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.
·        A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.
·        Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs.  1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.
·        Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.
·        Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.

8.     The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs.  7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished.

9.     The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

10. The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.

11. The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances.  The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

12. The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees (i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and (ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.

13. Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.

14. As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.


As a consequence of wonderful success at branch/division/Circle level programme and also as because a dharna has been scheduled at Postal Directorate tomorrow on CBS/CIS issue, Member (P) and Member (Banking) invited Com. R. N. Parashar, General Secretary to meet them today and subsequently meeting held.

Based on assurances and appeal by Member (P) & Member (Banking) to readdress all the problems as soon as possible related to CBS/CIS & Finacle, Dharna/Demonstration in front of Dak Bhawan to be held on 30.06.2016 postponed.

We are also getting some positive feedback/report from Circle/Divisions. There are some improvements in CBS/CIS and Finacle problem in some areas. Some areas are still left with pains which are also to correct.

So comrades, please intimate the position of CBS/CIS in your circle to take up with Postal Directorate accordingly.

Govt. rejected all modifications sought by NJCA : NJCA will meet at 04:00 PM on 30th June 2016 to decide future course of action




NJCA will meet at 04:00 PM on 30th June 2016 to decide future course of action. Continue in full swing mobilization for indefinite strike from 11th July 2016.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General

Maximum Entry Age for GDS Posts increased to 40years

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110 001
No.17-17/2016-GDS dated 23-06-2016

      All Heads of Circles

Sub:- Selection process for engagement to all approved categories of GDS posts – Review thereof.

Reference is invited to this Directorate order No.17-39/6/2012-GDS dated 14-01-2015 vide which the revised eligibility criteria for engagement to GDS posts was prescribed.

2. It has been observed that due to maximum age limit of 30 years many of GDS engaged in their prime youth tend to leave for want of better opportunities and the needy and competent persons who have ceased the maximum age limit criteria are deprived of the opportunity.

3. Further reference is invited to this Directorate order No.17-39/7/2012-GDS dated 14-01-2015 and letter No.17-39/2012-GDS dated 16-09-2015 in para 2(b) (vii) of aforementioned letter it has been stipulated that “the authority higher to the recruiting authority will nominate a committee constituting of three members including recruiting authority with two others not below the rank of Inspector Posts. Beside the said authority will decide the date on which such committee will meet for finalizing selection”

4. The above orders have been reviewed and the following amendments are approved by the competent authority and shall take into effect from the date of issue of this letter.

(a) The entry age to the GDS posts shall be raised up to 40 years of age (further relaxable by 03 years to those belonging to OBC categories and 05 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST. Maximum age of Casual Labourers shall be 45 years (48 years for OBC & 50 years for SC/ST) subject to fulfilling other conditions of eligibility.

(b) The instructions about formation of committee consisting of three members prescribed vide para 2 (b) (viii) of this Directorate letter No.17-39/2012-GDS dated 16-09-2015 be withdrawn and the recruiting authorities may be allowed to continue engagement of GDS without formation of such committee.

Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)

Copy forwarded to :
1.Senior PPS to Secretary (Posts)
2-7.PS to Member (P), Member (Tech), Member (O), Member (PLI) and
Chairman( Investment Board), Member (Planning), Member (Banking & HRD)
8-10. Ps to CGM (BD)/PLI Directorate/MB
11.All DDsG in Postal Directorate
12.Director, RAKNPA/ Postal Training Centres
13.All Recognized Federations/Unions
14.Guard File.


From 2016 July 11th, the functioning of the entire Central Government departments, including Railways, Defence, Postal and all other Departments, will come to a grinding halt as the historic indefinite strike of Central Government employees begins at 6 AM on 11th July 2016. About 33 lakhs Central Government employees shall join the strike and about 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners will stand behind them with solidarity and Support. The Central Trade Unions had already extended their full support. The State Government employees for whom the Central pay scales are implemented have also made it clear that they will be forced to join the strike, if Government refuses to settle the legitimate demands raised by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Government Employees.

            NJCA comprising Railways, Defence, Confederation and Postal Federations, which is spear heading the struggle had already served strike notice on June 9th and country wide intensive preparations and campaign are going on in full swing. The 11 point charter of demands submitted to Government has listed the most important issues that are agitating the minds of the Central Government Employees. The 7th CPC recommendations are totally negative and retrograde. The minimum wage and fitment formula is kept at depressed stage by manipulating various factors of Aykroid formula. There are every indications to believe that the Government has intervened in the 7th CPC to make the recommendations in such a manner suit it to the “concerns expressed by the Finance Ministry”.Other recommendations like reduction in HRA rates, abolition of 52 allowances, discontinuance of all non-interest bearing advances, tightening the norms for grant of MACP, restriction imposed on salary for grant of child care leave, rejection of the demands of the pensioners including enhancement of fixed medical allowance are also totally negative and retrograde. Regarding the one and only favourable recommendation to grant parity in pension to pre-2006 pensioners, the Government has already expressed its unwillingness to accept the same for some flimsy reason like non-availability of records.

            The 7thC{C report was submitted on 19th November 2016. Already six months are over, since its submission to Government. The Government constituted an Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to study the recommendations of the 7th CPC and to submit final proposal to Cabinet for approval. The NJCA representing the JCM (National Council) Staff side expected that the Empowered Committee will negotiate with the staff side before coming to a final conclusion. Unfortunately the NDA Government led by BJP is not ready for a negotiated settlement. Empowered Committee called the staff side on 01.03.2016 and in that meeting the staff side was asked to present their view points on various issues listed in their memorandum. No discussion or negotiation was allowed. Government was not ready to disclose its mind on any of the demands raised by the staff side.

            In the above background the NJCA felt that the staff side is being humiliated by the Government and decided to give a fitting reply to the negative attitude of the NDA Government and the decision to go on indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 was declared. As far as Postal employees are concerned, noneof our demands are considered by the 7th Pay Commission. It simply rejected our demand for upgradation of pay scales of various cadres in the Postal department by saying – “There is no justification for upgrade”. Eventhough the Government and Chairman 7th CPC repeatedly refused to concede our demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC, surprisingly the 7th CPC has “carefully considered” the demand for grant of civil servant status to GDS and mercilessly rejected it. The NFPE, AIPEU-GDS and PJCA has submitted a detailed memorandum to Secretary, Department of Posts, demanding modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC on Postal employees. The PJCA has also served indefinite strike notice on 9th June 2016 and submitted the charter of demands to the Secretary, Departmental of Posts.

            Thus the battle lines are drawn. We cannot predict the attitude of the NDA Government towards the indefinite strike and we cannot rule out the possibility of Government unleashing repressive measures against the strike. Victimization and brutal repressive action by Government using even military and CRPF is not new to the Central Government employees. We are ready to face any vindictive action by the Government, but we will not and shall not go back from our decision to go on indefinite strike, until and unless the NDA Government concede the genuine and legitimate demands submitted by NJCA & PJCA. Let us be very firm and determined and unite the entire Central Government employees to ensure rock-like unity from top to bottom level and make the 11th July 2016 indefinite strike a thundering success.

7th Pay Commission : Big Hike Cleared for around 50 lakh Govt. employees


  1. Pay Commission recommended 23.55% hike in salaries, allowances, pensions
  2. The move will impact nearly 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners
  3. Many senior government officials will now draw higher salaries than MPs

                               New Delhi: A big pay hike for over a crore government employees and pensioners was cleared by the cabinet on Wednesday.

With this raise, several senior government officials will draw a higher salary than lawmakers in Parliament.

Salaries and allowances will rise by at least 23.5 per cent, which had been recommended by the 7th Pay Commission - the panel that decides on government salaries.

The hike - the lowest in the last 70 years - is expected to cost the taxpayer an additional Rs. 1 lakh crore annually, or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.

The move will impact nearly 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners. The changes will be effective retrospectively from January 1 this year.

The raise is built around a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay.
Rs. 73,650 crore of the total payout will come from the general budget, while Rs. 28,450 crore will come from the railways.

The previous pay panel had recommended a 20 per cent hike which was eventually doubled when it was implemented in 2008.

The highest pay is pegged at Rs. 2, 25,000 per month for apex scale and Rs. 2,50,000 per month for cabinet secretary and others at the same pay level.

The rise will be more than double as the current pay in this scale is Rs. 90,000 per month.

The move has led to the discontent among the lawmakers who allege disparity with government officers. To address their resentment, the government is also considering a hike in salaries and allowances of lawmakers.

The minimum pay recommendation is Rs. 18,000 per month. This too is more than double of the present Rs. 7,000.

Sources say Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made provisions for the payout.

Though the government is making an effort to increase revenue by bringing more under the tax net, the payout will reduce its kitty. The Centre also needs about Rs.70,000 crore to meet the One Rank One Pension (OROP) commitment for the armed forces.

On the flipside, the huge payout will boost demand at a time the economy is sluggish.

While some believe additional cash in the market may fuel an inflationary trend, experts say that the impact of the pay hike may become a turning point for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to trigger. 
Source :

“NATUREPEX-2016” - Philatelic exhibition on Nature and Environment

The Philatelic exhibition on Nature and Environment- “NATUREPEX-2016” is going to organized by Eastern India Philatelist’s Association at Bhubaneswar from 30th September to 2nd October, 2016. In this context, a co-ordination meeting between the office bearers of Naturepex-2016 is going to be held with the officers of Odisha Circle under the chairmanship of the Chief Post Master General, Odisha Circle on 07.07.2016 at the Conference Hall of O/o the Chief P.M.G, Odisha Circle at 15 00 Hrs.
Proposed Medal designs for the Exhibition

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Tomorrow)

Cabinet Committee May Decide 7th Pay Commission Report On 29.6.2016 (Tomorrow)

15-20 % hike likely in Seventh Pay Commission, decision on Wednesday

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

In what promises to be a big bonanza for central government employees, a hike of 15-20 per cent in salaries is expected to be proposed under the Seventh Pay Commission.

Highly placed sources have told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Finance Ministry to place the recommendations of the Cabinet Secretary’s report on the seventh Pay Commission in the next Cabinet meeting on June 29.

Sources say that government employees are likely to get a pay hike of between 15-20 per cent over their current compensation with sources saying the recommendations of the pay commission are likely to be accepted by the Modi government.

In January, the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to process the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Over 98.4 lakh government employees will be impacted by the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. This figure includes 52 lakh pensioners


Corrigendum to D R Examination for GDSs for unfilled vacancies of LDCE for LGOs(Postman/Mail Guard and MTS) for promotion to the cadre of PA/SA

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology,
Department of Posts
O/O   the  Chief  Postmaster  General,  Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar-751001.

No. RE/6-12/2016(GDS)                                               dated at Bhubaneswar   27-06-2016


               In continuation to this office notification dated 27-06-2016 in connection with conduct of DR Examination for GDSs for unfilled vacancies of LDCE for LGOs(Postman/Mail Guard and MTS) for promotion to the cadre of PA/SA and in pursuance of  Directorate   letter No. A-34012/04/2016-DE dated 24-06-2016 issuing further clarifications/ instructions/ modifications in the matter the following instructions/modifications are hereby issued .
 The DR Examination for GDSs will be held on 31-07-2016 from 14.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs for the  unfilled  LGO vacancies for  both the Years 2013 & 2014 for which the PA/SA vacancies have remained unfilled, in stead of the year 2013 as notified earlier. The vacancy position in PA/SA cadre in  respect of unfilled  LGO vacancies for the year 2014 is furnished  .
(1) The    Age  Condition  as given in Para-2  may be read as :- The Gramin   Dak  Sevaks  should be  within  30  years  of  age     as  on 01st January of the vacancy year:   (  in stead of 01-04-2013) 
(ii)    Gramin  Dak  Sevaks  belonging  to Scheduled  Caste/Scheduled  Tribe   should  be  within  35  years  of  age  as   on 01st January of the vacancy year:   (  in stead of 01-04-2013) 

(2)   The Service  Condition   as mentioned in Para-3 may be read as :- The Gramin Dak  Sevaks   must  have put  in  minimum  5  years  of  regular  and continuous service    as  on 01st January of the vacancy year:   (  in stead of 01-04-2013) 

(3) The instructions given in Para 4.1 regarding qualifying in the examination may be deleted and substituted as under:-
 Qualifying marks:
Paper-I (Aptitude Test): 40% for OC, 33% marks for SC/ST in aggregate. Minimum 10 marks for OC, 08 marks for SC/ST in each part of A/B/C/D.

Paper-II:- One passage of 450 words in English/375 words in Hindi with a speed of 30/25 words per minute  respectively and Date entry of some figures & letters. CST is of 100 marks and of qualifying nature with minimum of 40 % marks for OC, 33 % marks for SC/ST.

The sentence noted  below 4.1 as ‘ There will be no Computer/Typing Test i.e(Paper-II)’ may be omitted.
Unfilled LGO Vacancy position in  PA/SA cadre  for the Year 2014 required to be offered to GDS.

Name of RMS Divn
(Sorting Asst )

       N.B-   No vacancies in PA cadre

Assistant  Director  ( Rectt)
o/o  the   Chief  Postmaster  General
Odisha Circle.,Bhubaneswa-751001

 Copy issued for information, guidance and necessary action to
       1. The Postmaster General,Berhampur/Sambalpur Region
       2.All SSPOs/SPOs/SSRM/SRMs in Odisha Circle

Assistant  Director  ( Rectt)
o/o  the   Chief  Postmaster  General
Odisha Circle.,Bhubaneswa-751001

Govt pay hike may be implemented soon; CoS submits report

New Delhi, Jun 27 () The government is likely to soon announce the implementation of 7th Pay Commission that would hike the salaries and allowances for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners by at least 23.5 per cent.
A Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has submitted its report on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which may be accepted, a financial ministry official said.
Based on the panel's report, the Finance Ministry is preparing a Cabinet note and the issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.
"Committee of Secretaries (CoS) has finalised its report on Pay Commission recommendations... We will soon (file) draft Cabinet note based on the report,"Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said here today.
The government had in January set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.
The Pay Commission had recommended 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP.
The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
The 23.55 per cent increase includes hike in allowances.
The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.
Sources said the secretaries' panel may have recommended higher pay increase, with minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.
While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.
Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, officials said.
Lavasa said the 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1. 
Source:-The Times of India