7th Pay Commission: Central employees salaries to shoot up ahead of 2019 general elections

New Delhi: The government is looking to make a substantial hike in pay beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for central government employees, seen as a vote winner that helped BJP return to power in 2019, ahead of general elections next year.

FM Arun Jaitley had made promise in July, 2016 in Rajya Sabha for pay hike beyond the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission.

In a major sop to the state government employees ahead of the assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, the state BJP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced raising the retirement age to 62 years from the current 60.

“Taking a leaf from Chouhan ahead of general elections next year, The BJP-led central government is mulling to implement the pay hike for central government employees,” a senior government official told The Sen Times. “Besides, government will also consider raising the retirement age of all central government employees from the present 60 to 62 years. The decisions may be taken to achieve the aim at luring central government employees to turn voters in support of BJP.”

By doing so, the central will be able to ask BJP-led state governments to hike its employees’ pay and retirement age as pre-poll sop.

However Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan said recently in the Rajya Sabha that government was not now considering hike in pay and fitment factor.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh also said in Parliament on March 21 that there is no plan to increase the retirement age of central government employees from existing 60 years to 62 years.

Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley had made promise in July, 2016 in Rajya Sabha for pay hike beyond the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission after employees’ unions threatened strike action over government nod to the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.

It’s also note that Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister to have increased the retirement age from 55 to 58 following the 1962 war with China. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government did it a second time in 1998 and if the increasing retirement age decision is taken, it will only be the third time, raising retirement age.