Currently, the 7th Pay Commission is in effect in India, and in about a year and a half, the 8th Pay Commission is expected to be implemented. The central government typically introduces a new pay commission every 10 years. Since the 7th Pay Commission was implemented in January 2016, the recommendations of the 8th Pay Commission are anticipated to be enforced from January 2026.

πŸ“ Preparation Underway:

There are speculations that the Modi government might soon start preparing for the next pay commission, with potential announcements in the upcoming budget.

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🌟 Over 1 Crore Beneficiaries:

Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary of the Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees, has written to the central government demanding the formation of the 8th Pay Commission. This commission will benefit approximately 49 lakh government employees and 68 lakh pensioners, totaling over 1 crore beneficiaries.

πŸ—“οΈ Budget Announcement on July 23, 2024:

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is set to present the Union Budget 2024-25 on July 23. The union representing central government employees is pushing for the formation of the 8th Pay Commission in this budget. They have even prepared and submitted a proposal for the same.

πŸ’Έ Expected Salary Hike:

It is anticipated that the 8th Pay Commission will lead to an increase in the fitment factor, thereby raising the salaries of employees. The fitment factor is a key formula that helps in calculating the salary and pay matrix of employees under the pay commission.

πŸ“Š Potential Fitment Factor in the 8th Pay Commission:

According to a report by Financial Express, the fitment factor might be set at 3.68 times. If this happens, the basic salary could increase by β‚Ή8,000. Consequently, the minimum basic salary for government employees would rise from β‚Ή18,000 to β‚Ή26,000. This increase, combined with dearness allowance (DA), could lead to a 25-35% hike in total income.

πŸ“‰ Fitment Factor in the 7th Pay Commission:

The 7th Pay Commission had set the fitment factor at 2.57 times, leading to a minimum salary increase of approximately 14.29%. This raised the minimum salary to β‚Ή18,000.

πŸ“ˆ Changes Expected with the 8th Pay Commission:

The 8th Pay Commission is expected to bring changes in basic pay, allowances, pensions, and other monetary benefits. Here’s what might change:

  • Salary Increase: The first noticeable change will be an increase in employee salaries.
  • Allowance Adjustments: The commission will also decide on formulas for dearness allowance (DA) for employees and dearness relief (DR) for pensioners, along with other allowances.

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