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7th Pay Commission: Senior officers to meet today over hike in minimum pay

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New Delhi: The second meeting of senior officers with central government employees unions leaders will be held in New Delhi today over hike in minimum pay of central government employees.

In spite of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s promise, the government has not cared to make any attempt to hike minimum pay till date.

In spite of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s promise, the government has not cared to make any attempt to hike minimum pay till date.

The meeting was scheduled on October 24, 03.00 PM to take up the issue between the senior officers head by the Additional Secretary (Expenditure), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side) JCM, which has been postponed and it will now be held at 04.00 PM on the same day.

The Finance Ministry, which informed this matter to Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary, National Council (Staff Side) JCM through a letter dated October 21.

The previous meeting of senior officers with central government employees unions leaders, had failed to arrive at any decision for hiking minimum pay of central government employees.

Mishra had earlier said, “the government has assured us they will act on minimum pay, but so far nothing has happened.”

The promise was made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to consider to hike the minimum pay of central government employees beyond Rs 18,000 at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award, when he met with representatives of central government employees unions’ leaders.

“It is most unfortunate that in spite of Finance Minister’s promise, the government has not cared to make any attempt to hike minimum pay till date,” a union leader said.

The central government employees unions had demanded for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and the and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, which was implemented by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.

If the 2.57 fitment formula is tinkered with, then salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.

The government has also formed a 22-member committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September to look into various pay related anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The government has accepted most of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, which have been implemented from January 1, 2016.

TST

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