1. For bureaucrats in India across ranks, if one thing that they are looking forward to in 2016 is the early implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission, something that is going to give them a hike in pay and allowances. The empowered committee of secretaries is being constituted and the Cabinet will take the final call on the matter. But there is no guarantee when the government will actually implement the CPC recommendations, though the effective date of January 1, 2016, is unlikely to be changed. For many, expectations are not just hike of pay, but a contentious issue of “pay parity” where the Commission’s verdict was fractured, and also mitigation of what many call “injustice” meted out to them for decades.
2. For the civil servants serving in the Central government ministries and departments, life won’t change much. It’s unlikely that the work pressure on them will lessen by any degree, and “no golf”, “no long lunch in Gymkhana” may continue during the year.
3. The Government, read PMO, is likely to be more compassionate towards the bureaucrats this year. There could be more interaction between the PM and senior bureaucrats, something that will allow well-meaning bureaucrats come closer to PM. As the PM is set now in Delhi, and he does recognize the strength and weaknesses of most senior bureaucrats, there is a strong possibility that PM will start rewarding a handful of performing bureaucrats by accommodating them in suitable positions even after retirement.
4. Many bureaucrats may however continue to be the scapegoats and find themselves in high-voltage crossfire of political rivalry, as is being seen in Delhi now. The real corrupt may go scot free whereas those who call spade a spade could become victims of political witch-hunt.
5. The states with more money in hand, thanks to the favorable formula suggested by 14th Finance Commission, is likely to the main theatre of action. More bureaucrats, particularly of the well-off states such as Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh etc. won’t be desperate to come to Delhi on deputation. Nor will there be heartburn once those in Central deputation have to go back to the states at the end of their deputation tenure.