In recent times, the demand for the establishment of the 8th Pay Commission has been growing among employee organizations. Despite the rising calls, the government has not yet shown any indication regarding the formation of the commission. A railway society within the sector has taken the initiative to remind the Finance Minister about the recommendations of the previous Pay Commission and emphasize the urgent need for the 8th Pay Commission. Alongside this development, government employees are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Dearness Allowance (DA) hike in July. Moreover, a proposal has been submitted to the Finance Minister, highlighting the importance of forming the 8th Pay Commission and predicting that the Dearness Allowance will exceed 50% in the near future.
The Appeal for the 8th Pay Commission
The Railway Senior Citizens Welfare Society (RSCWS) has appealed to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to establish the 8th Pay Commission. In their proposal, the society asserts that the Dearness Allowance will surpass 50% starting from January 1, 2024. This appeal is in line with the recommendations of the previous Central Pay Commissions, which suggested that salary revisions should occur when the Dearness Allowance or Dearness Relief (DA/DR) exceeds 50% of the basic salary. The memorandum containing this appeal was submitted by the society on May 30, 2023.
Current Dearness Allowance Status
As of now, the Dearness Allowance (DA) stands at 42% for Central government employees. The last increase in the DA took place in March, which became effective from January 1, 2023. With this increment, the effective DA reached 42%. It is estimated that there will be a 4% DA hike announced in July, bringing the Dearness Allowance to 46% of the basic salary. Furthermore, in January 2024, another 4% DA increase is expected, which will raise the Dearness Allowance to 50% of the basic salary. Once the DA crosses this threshold, it will signal the need for a salary review and the formation of a new commission, as per the recommendations of the Pay Commission.
The Need to Revise Salaries
The memorandum submitted to the Finance Minister emphasizes the necessity of salary revisions to counteract the impact of inflation. As the Dearness Allowance is projected to reach 50% of the basic salary from January 2024, it is crucial to review salaries accordingly. Currently, Dearness Allowance is provided to Central government employees, while Dearness Relief is provided to Central pensioners. The memorandum highlights that increasing only the Dearness Allowance is insufficient and unfair to Central government employees. Therefore, a comprehensive salary review is essential to control the impact of inflation and increase individual income.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Will the government form the 8th Pay Commission?
Answer: The government has not yet given any indication regarding the formation of the 8th Pay Commission. However, employee organizations and the Railway Senior Citizens Welfare Society have appealed to the Finance Minister to establish the commission.
2. When will the Dearness Allowance exceed 50%?
Answer: According to the Railway Senior Citizens Welfare Society, the Dearness Allowance will exceed 50% from January 1, 2024.