7th Pay Commission: What is in store for central govt employees?
7th Pay Commission: Even as the Lok Sabha elections is due next year, state and central government employees have some long-pending demands
7th Pay Commission: Even as the Lok Sabha elections is due next year, state and central government employees have some long-pending demands. Central government employees are for long demanding minimum pay and fitment factor hike beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendation. However, there is no communication in this regard from the government. Several recent reports suggest that the Narendra Modi government may take decisions on pay and fitment factor hike ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. If the government accepts demands of these employees then around 48 lakh central government employees will be benefited.
In the past one year, several government employees organisations have demanded pay hike saying that the spiralling inflation has eaten away all the benefits given by the government in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The government has increased the minimum pay of the central government employee to Rs 18,000. However, the employees demand that the minimum pay be hike to Rs 26,000. They also demand the fitment factor, which is currently at 2.57, be increased.
In a latest development, thousands of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers in Kashmir went on protest demanding implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. This came at a time when the Centre approved the salary hike for the pensioners, teaching and non-teaching staff of the central universities and deemed universities under UGC. The government's decision is likely to benefit about 23 lakh retired teachers and non-teaching staff of universities to the tune of Rs 6000 to Rs 18,000.
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Besides this development, there was no such significant announcement on the 7th Pay Commission.
However, Minister of State in Finance P Radhakrishnan this year informed Rajya Sabha that the government was not considering minimum pay and fitment factor hike.