New Delhi, Feb 16: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday cleared the proposal of salary hike of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) chairperson as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. After President’s approval, UPSC chairman shall receive a pay of Rs 2,50,000 and each of the other members shall receive a pay of Rs 2,25,000 per mensem under the 7th Pay Commission. Before the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, chairman and members of the UPSC, a constitutional body that conducts the prestigious civil services examination, used to get a monthly salary of Rs 90,000.

“The hike in salary was necessitated due to implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s (7CPC) recommendation that has resulted in increase of salaries of all Central government employees,” a senior government official said. “The salary of UPSC chief will now be that of Cabinet Secretary and members’ monthly remuneration will be that drawn by a secretary-level officer,” he said. (ALSO READ: Committee of Secretaries might submit report on higher allowance on February 20)

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14 per cent hike in salary to government officials, which has been accepted by the government. As per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the minimum salary of a central government employees has been increased from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The salary of cabinet secretaries has been increased up to a minimum of Rs 2.5 lakh per month against the current salary of Rs 90,000. The gratuity ceiling has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

The UPSC conducts civil services examination annually in three stages — preliminary, main and interview– to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS), among others.

According to the new rules, in case of a person who immediately before the date of assuming office as the chairman or a member was in receipt or eligible for a pension (other than a disability or wound pension), then the salary would be reduced by the amount drawn by him as the post-retirement benefit.

A new provision has been made for providing pension to an UPSC member for life in case he was not in the service of the Central or state governments, any other body wholly or substantially owned or controlled by government.

The chairperson and members will also be entitled for travel allowance, medical facilities, Leave Travel Concession, conveyance allowance and such other conditions of service as are for the time-being applicable to equivalent pay in the Central government, the norms said.