Diwali is around the corner, and so is an increase in pay! Well, that is if you are a public university employee.
Nearly eight lakh public and affiliated university teaching staff will benefit from revised pay scales that will see their salaries rise between 22% and 28%.
The hikes are a result of the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission, as told by human resources minister Prakash Javadekar to reporters.
According to Javadekar, the move should attract and retain teaching talent in academics.
So, what is a pay commission?
A pay commission is constituted by the union government once every ten years to revise the salary structure of its employees.
The salary hikes, which are applicable from 1 January 2016, are for teachers and professors in public institutions and private aided colleges affiliated to state universities.
“The implementation of this pay revision will enhance the teachers’ pay in the range of Rs 10,400 and Rs 49,800 as against the existent entry pay due to the implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission for the pay of teachers. This revision would register an entry pay growth in the range of 22% to 28%,” the government statement said.
The central government will bear the additional cost of the states on account of the revision.
The Tamil Nadu state Cabinet was the first to agree with the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.
It also brought in parity between past and present pensioners for both civilian and defence personnel, though without explicitly correlating it to ‘one rank one pension’.