7th Pay Commission: The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission report for employees and pensioners of the central government has been implemented, but over 48 lakh staff is still waiting for a hike in their salary as well as fitment factor beyond the recommendations as the same has been promised by several Union ministers including Finance Minister and Home Minister. This pay hike demand is not limited to the Central government staff, it has also encouraged state government employees to raise their voice for pay hike. Here are the top 5 news that hit the headlines recently.
1.As many as 7,500 government employees' protest march in Tamil Nadu was thwarted by the police on Tuesday. Among the key demands of the government employees were payment of 21-month arrears as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, rectifying pay anomalies for employees and reverting to old pension scheme. Photo: PTI
2.Delhi government's alleged delay in the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations in private unaided schools is causing hardships to students, teachers, and parents, said an appeal made by a private unaided schools association to the Delhi High Court. The court, on its part, has sought a response from the Directorate of Education (DoE) on this plea. Photo: PTI
3.Indian Railway employees' union has been waiting for long for the Centre to take a favourable decision on their list of demands over salaries. That has not happened yet and now this has led to a call for action by the staff's union. The union has called for a 72-hour relay hunger strike across the country from Tuesday against the non-implementation of the provisions of the 7th pay commission. Photo: PTI
4.Aside from the above happenings, what can create a better situation for a 7th Pay commission hike in salaries as per demands of govt servants is that the government's revenues are rising. Better tax collection in indirect taxes through goods and services tax (GST) has happened. GST revenue collection has exceeded Rs 1 lakh crore in April, 2018 - the highest ever. Photo: PTI
5.Another revenue booster hint has come from the IMF, which dubbed India the fastest growing economy in 2018 and also said that growth will continue apace in 2019 too, which is an election year at the Centre. With Centre worried about impact on the exchequer over large financial outgo in case 7th pay commission pay is hiked as per staff's demands, then this news too should help to calm those fears. Photo: PTI