Published On: Wed, Aug 1st, 2018

7th Pay Commission: Modi likely to hike salary ahead of general elections

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking to win second term in April or May general elections 2019, is likely to agree to raise the salary this year, benefitting 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.

An employee needs to get salary at least the subsistence level.

Speaking to The Sen Times on Tuesday, a top government official said the long-expected hike of the salary with a fitment factor of 3.00, will happen in this year.

An employee needs to get salary at least the subsistence level, so Modi, who is widely expected to win in the general elections, wants to give the proper salary to his government employees, he added.

He also said the proposed increasing salary will be given upto December this year.

Earlier, The 7th pay panel recommended minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission and the recommendations got the Cabinet nod on June 29, 2016.

The central government employees unions were demanding minimum pay Rs. 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 with 3.68 fitment factor and threatened to go on an indefinite strike over salary hike from July 11, 2016.

The Unions movement has gained momentum—when the Official Side of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) agreed to address the anomaly of pay matrix in the NAC meeting on July 17, 2018.

The government formed NAC in September, 2016 to resolve pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations after the Unions decided to call off their indefinite strike in July following the pay hike promise of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

TST

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