Pay Matrix and 7th CPC Matrix Table Updates
The Government of India has appointed a pay commission to review and recommend desirable and possible changes to the salary structure of central government employees.
In each commission session, stakeholders present their demands regarding the change required in the pay structure. Later the commission decides the changes that need to be incorporated. The pay commission set by the Indian Government uses a pay matrix during the meeting to discuss and review the change in pay structure.
Employees can check their present pay level and future growth throughout their careers through this matrix. The latest matrix present is the 7th Pay matrix which is being followed to decide the pay level of any employee under the central Government. A 23.35% hike has been seen in the basic pay and allowances given to government employees since the 7th Pay matrix was introduced.
The 7th central pay commission (CPC) matrix has been formed while representing all 6th CPC running pay bands incorporated with the grade pay and multiplied with the fitment factor ranging from 2.56 to 2.72 in one table. The fitment character is equally multiplied by the pay matrix’s basics in each row. If we talk about the 7th CPC pay matrix, the current basic pay of employees will be multiplied by the new fitment factor. The fitment factor for the 7th pay matrix would be a pay hike of around 2.67 times for employees and pensioners.
What is the 7th CPC Pay Matrix table?
The 7 Pay matrix table was designed by the 7th pay commission of India in 2016 that depicts a rational chart to show the salary structure per the pay levels. After a complete discussion of the 7th pay commission and the stakeholders to bring more transparency in the salary structure and the same pay level for entry-level employees, the 7 Pay matrix table was introduced as a simple chart. The standard pay for employees at the entry-level, transparent pay structure, and standard treatment of similar cadres are a few of the demands considered in the purview of the 7th pay commission pay matrix.
The 7th pay matrix table is a number table with 760 cells and applies to over 30 lakh central government employees. The table contains 19 columns and 40 rows. The horizontal range is assigned numbers 1 to 18 that resemble the functional role in the hierarchy, while the vertical range specifies ‘pay progression’ within that level. The vertical range also indicates the annual progression of 3.00% within each level. The starting point of the table denotes the minimum pay as per the 15th ILC norms or the Aykroyd formula.
The overview of 7th Pay matrix table for Central Government employees:
|LEVEL 1 TO 5 (GRADE PAY 1800 TO 2800)|
|LEVEL 6 TO 9 (GRADE PAY 4200 TO 5400)|
|LEVEL 10 TO 12 (GRADE PAY 5400 TO 7600)|
|LEVEL 13 TO 14 (GP 8700 TO 10000)|
|LEVEL 15 TO 18 (NO GRADE PAY – HAG SCALES)|
Features of the 7th Pay Commission Pay Matrix in Central Government:-
- The 7th CPC recommends a pay matrix with distinct levels. In contrast, the 6th CPC has recommended running pay bands with grade pay as a status determiner.
- The whole universe of pay levels is shown in a detailed chart.
- The 7th pay matrix helps the employees see their pay level, where they fit, and progress over their career span.
- The minimum pay at each level is the entry pay for recruits of those levels. The various stages within a level move upwards at 3 percent per annum.
- The 7th pay matrix offers a clear and complete view of the payment system in the Government of India without error.
- An employee joins at a particular level and progresses within that level on a vertical range. Based on annual increments, this movement is done annually.
- When employees receive a promotion or upgrade, progress one level ahead on the horizontal range.
- The 7th Pay matrix has helped in resolving differential entry pay.
- The 7th pay matrix table offers comprehensive visibility and transparency compared to the earlier system.
- The 7th pay matrix is considered one of the most accessible administrative systems.
- The 7th pay commission pay matrix is a powerful tool to bring financial management reforms.
- The minimum payment for a government employee at the entry-level is Rs. 18,000. On the contrary, the maximum payment of government employees is Rs. 2.25 lakhs per month for Cabinet Secretary and Apex Scale, and for the other people working at the same level, it is Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
- The level in the 7th pay matrix decides the status of the government employee, not the grade pay.
- The 7th pay commission pay matrix offers full pay and allowance to employees who are hospitalized due to any sickness.
- MSP is paid to the people who work in military service in India outside the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) area. The 7th pay commission recommends increasing the gratuity from the current Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
- A health insurance scheme has been announced for central government employees. Additionally, cashless medical benefits for pensioners outside the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) area.
New Updates about the 7th CPC pay matrix
- The Maharashtra government approved a six percent hike in dearness allowance for the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees.
- As per the 7th pay matrix, Central government employees will now be allotted wards in private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).
- Under the 7th pay matrix, the salary of government employees will also increase as the fitment factor increases to 2.57.
- A 4% hike in the dearness allowance is in a plan to be increased for the state government employees in Haryana as per the 7th pay commission pay matrix.
- Under the 7th CPC pay matrix, the Dearness allowances (DA) and Dearness relief (DR) have been hiked by 4.00% from 34% to 38% for Jammu and Kashmir government employees.
- The Dearness Allowance (DA) and the bonus of permanent employees of temples have been increased by 4.00% by the Tamil Nadu Government. The DA hike applies to employees of temples under the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department.
- Under the 7th Pay Commission, Tamil Nadu increases the DA for government employees. The Dearness Allowance (DA) for public employees, including pensioners, teachers, and family pensioners, was raised from 34% to 38%.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q- Who decides the pay structure of the central government employees?
The stakeholders and the 7th pay commission decide the pay structure.
Q- What are the factors incorporated into the 7th pay matrix?
Transparency in pay structure, rationalization of pay structure as per the grade, enhancement in the Modified Assured Career Progression frequency, and many more factors are incorporated in the new pay matrix.
Q- How do I know my pay matrix level?
The horizontal range of the pay matrix table helps you locate your pay level, while in the vertical range, you can identify your grade pay level.
Q- What is the basic pay in the 7th CPC pay matrix?
The basic pay level has been increased from Rs.18,000 as per the latest update.
Q- How many levels are there in the 7th pay matrix table?
There are 19 different pay levels in the 7th pay matrix table.
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