The demand to implement the recommendations of this commission, formed in February 2016, was being sought for a long time. The tenure of this commission was increased by the Akali-BJP government and now by the Captain Amarinder Singh government every six months. The last increase in tenure of the Commission went on 30 June 2020 and the tenure of the Commission was extended till 31 December 2020.
Now Jai Singh Gill has informed the state government that the report of the Sixth Pay Commission has been prepared. Along with this, he has sought an appointment with the Chief Minister to submit the report. Now the waiting organizations are hopeful that the state government will implement the recommendations of the Pay Commission on getting the GST dues. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has also assured the employees that the government will introduce new pay scales as soon as the outstanding GST is paid towards the Center. However, as per the administrative procedure, the state government will form a committee of officers to discuss the salary commission after receiving the report, which will be decided only after the report.
Five years passed, waiting for the recommendations of the Commission
The Pay Commission was formed in February 2016 at the time of the Akali-BJP coalition government in Punjab. The government then formed a three-member panel of the Commission under the leadership of former Chief Secretary RS Mann, but only nine months passed after the appointment of its two members and both members were appointed in November 2016. After this, before the commission could start its work, the government changed in the state.
Shortly after the new government took power under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh, RS Mann resigned as the Chairman of the Commission due to personal reasons. After this, Captain Sarkar handed over the command of the Commission to former Chief Secretary Jaisingh Gill. The tenure of the Commission for Pay Scale Revision Report was continuously extended. So far, more than 600 representations have been made by various unions and other groups of state government employees before the Commission on pay scales, allowances, pay-discrepancies and other issues.
Commission work due to turtle speed
Employees’ organizations have been raising their voice since the beginning regarding the formation and functioning of the Commission. In fact, the state government did not give any office staff to the commission even after the formation of the commission and change of its chairman. This commission continued as a bus, chairman and member. In January 2019, the Commission had summoned data related to employees from all departments, but the Commission does not have staff to compile this data.
No one is ready to say anything about when the data of 3.5 lakh employees of the state will be compiled. In view of this, the government had extended the tenure of the Commission till 31 December 2019. In July 2019, the state government decided to establish the 15th Finance Commission Cell as the cell of the sixth Punjab Pay Commission. Its objective was to provide necessary information / data to the Sixth Punjab Pay Commission, on which only the officers and employees working in the Finance Commission Cell were entrusted with the job. This decision was taken after the approval of the Finance Minister.