Published On: Mon, Dec 3rd, 2018

7th Pay Commission: Pay hike reality not as rosy as expectations

New Delhi: Central government employees pride themselves on being optimistic. But the Finance Ministry official, says that may not be such a good thing when it comes to thinking for pay hike beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.

FM Arun Jaitley’s all promises were in vain.

For many central government employees, it is proving harder than they imagined, according to the Finance Ministry official.

“The employees thinking about pay hike don’t envision any of the potential problems that the government could face,” the official says. “But the government has to face up to public ire, because it will charge the common man’s plight ahead of the 2019 general election.”

He says the main problems people of India encounter are unemployment and inflation. Every Indian says his finance is worse than before Modi government came into power; even they now report deteriorating their financial health. Such things may seem predictable.

But the goods and services tax (GST) and demonetisation were also impacted government exchequer, so government also facing protests over price rise.

Modi government neither has a backup plan nor addressing the issue of unemployment and inflation. So, anti-people and anti-poor policy to hike pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, should not happen ahead of general elections 2019, he revealed.

Modi government is gearing up for intense action as 2019 is knocking at the door and Lok Sabha polls are expected around March-April.

Narendra Modi’s party BJP has already started to connect with young voters through various social media campaigns online. “They believed that youngsters exercise their franchise on issues affecting them. The government has done nothing in the unemployment sector but they want to win their support through social media,” he said.

The rise in unemployment has driven many young people to seek change their support from BJP to other parties, pay hike of central government employees, an anti-youth policy, will provoke anger of youth. Accordingly BJP won’t take risks against youth before Lok Sabha polls, he added.

However, the central government employees unions have been demanding minimum pay Rs 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from current 2.57 times after implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised on June 30, 2016 to hike pay beyond the recommendations of 7th Commission for central government employees and he also reiterated his promise in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016 but all his promises were in vain.

Earlier, The Sen Times and other Newspapers had reported that the Modi government would raise central government employees’ pay beyond the recommendations of 7th Commission, starting in January, 2019 due to growing central government employees discontent.

TST

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