New Delhi: Central government employees unions say they will be rallying their forces to resist any plan by the government not to hike their pay.
In response to DoPT letter, central government employees unions’ top leaders said their movement is uniting against Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) letter dated October 30, which is anti-employees.
Their warning came after the DoPT letter says hike in minimum Pay and fitment formula do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC), while the NAC has been formed in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.
They described several central government employees’ unions wanted to go indefinite strike from July 11, 2016 over hike in pay but Finance minister Arun Jaitley intervened in this matter in Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house on June 30, 2016, a day after the Cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations. Jaitley promised to hike their pay after discussions with all stakeholders and he said a high level committee would look into the increasing the pay scales and fitment factor.
“The High Level Committee has not yet been constituted. But we have been assured that the NAC would look into the pay anomalous,” a leader told us.
“We will serve notice to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to let him know we will not allow him to get away with mischief. Since he gave positive word of hope to us, now he has declined the pay increasing, despite promise,” he said.
The leader said lowest earning central government employees are living on monthly salary Rs 18,000 when food prices and costs have increased along with the inflation rate.
The leader said, central government employees unions leaders will attend the meeting on January 24 under Confederation Of Central Government Employees and Workers to resist anti-employees policies. He warned, “If government doesn’t hike our pay, we will have no choice but to proceed on an indefinite strike.”
He said central government employees felt “a great sense of betrayal” by the government for whom it had issued statement on July 6, 2016 to assure the union leaders that the pay scales matter raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee.
“Government is now not interested to solve the pay scales issue. This act of government has brought us together. We will not remain silent while they choke us and pull out our eyeballs. We will rock across the country by storm,” he warned.
“We warned Jaitley about the fate of the government is facing if they continue to show a disregard and disrespect for central government employees and continue to betray us about the promise which was made,” he said.
Earlier, the government gave nod the 7th Pay Commission proposal of minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th pay commission.