Will an 8th Pay Commission be set up to replace the 7th Pay Commission? The demand to replace the 7th Pay Commission rules with the 8th have been on for some time now, and the buzz is that this demand may be fulfilled next year.
Usually, government staff witness a change of pay commission rules every decade. Therefore, it is now time for the government to begin working on the same in 2024. However, no official news or confirmation has been made in this regard yet.
Earlier, there were reports that the 8th Pay Commission would be announced during the Union Budget 2023. However, that did not happen.
Now that there is some buzz once again, hopes are up and people are awaiting the announcement.
If the 8th Pay Commission is implemented, say in two years or so, employees will see their salaries increasing across levels.
Meanwhile, an increment of four per cent in the dearness allowance (DA) is on the cards for Central government staff. An increment in dearness relief (DR) for pensioners may also be expected any time. Presently, the employees and pensioners of the Central government are given DA and DR at the rate of 38 per cent. This is, of course, on the basis of the 7th Central Pay Commission suggestions. Some media reports say that the hike will be announced in a couple of weeks.