7th Pay Commission hike is pending even as Centre clears Delhi government's minimum wage amendment
7th Pay Commission: This has been because the Centre has turned a deaf ear to their demands. However, even as these employees are waiting for good news about salary hikes beyond a certain level, it has emerged that Centre has cleared a Delhi government demand for hike in minimum wages through an amendment.
7th Pay Commission: At the central government employees level, 7th Pay Commission report recommendations have become a bone of contention with the Centre. This has been because the Centre has turned a deaf ear to their demands. However, even as these employees are waiting for good news about salary hikes beyond a certain level, it has emerged that Centre has cleared a Delhi government demand for hike in minimum wages through an amendment. In a tweet on Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi government's Minimum Wage (Delhi) Amendment Act, 2017 has been approved. His post said, "Finally, central government gives its approval after several months. This will act as a strong deterrent against the employers who do not pay full minimum wages. Delhi government will take strong action against such people." In his reaction a triumphant Labour Minister Gopal Rai threatened employers who do not pay minimum wages with a penalty of Rs 50,000 plus 3-year of jail term too. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government said that the Act has a provision for imposing a jail term as well as a penalty of Rs 20,000 on employers if they are caught not paying minimum wages.
While this will bring great joy to workers at large, on the central level, employees are still waiting for a fitment factor hike by 3.68 times rather than the current 2.57 times. They say that inflation eats into their salaries in a big way and that to maintain their lifestyle and ensure good education for their children, a hike in fitment factor by an amount greater than the one recommended by the 7th pay commission panel is a must. Even as the government has refsued to react to this, hopes of government employees are rising as the economy is humming and the revenues of the Centre are rising, thereby increasing the chance of a salary hike on favourable terms for them in a major way.
Notably, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that he will look favourably at this hike, but so far, no action has been initiated.