Published On: Mon, Apr 9th, 2018

7th Pay Commission: General elections near, pay hike for employees

New Delhi: In a major sop to central government employees ahead of general elections slated for 2019, central government to be announced shortly to hike pay beyond the recommendations of 7th Commission.

FM Arun Jaitley promised to pay hike on June 30, 2016.

“The central government employees will get the benefit of the pay hike and will be paid hiked salaries from this year,” a top government official told The Sen Times on Monday.

The official said that the government aims at providing better services to the citizen for which service provider or government employees should be contented and happy. The government may decide to provide benefit of pay hike to all employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5, he added.

The central government employees unions’ leaders will welcome this decision because it’s a long pending issue with the government.

The central government employees unions are eagerly waiting for this announcement since June, 2016 when they had called off their indefinite strike following the pay hike promise of the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Employee unions were demanding minimum pay Rs. 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 and 3.68 fitment factor for all employees and they had threatened to go on an indefinite strike over pay hike on July 11, 2016.

The unions had claimed that the approved pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years and the 7th Pay Commission recommendations of minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th pay commission.

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission got the Cabinet nod on June 29, 2016, the pay panel had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

A delegation of central government employees unions met Jaitley on June 30, 2016 to ensure hike pay beyond the recommendations of 7th Commission be announced shortly. Jaitley promised to pay hike. He also reiterated his promise in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016.

However, the government is yet to take decision on this as no pay hike has been announced till date. Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan reversed the position of the pay hike and said recently in the Rajya Sabha that government was not now considering hike in pay and fitment factor.

Contrary to Radhakrishnan, the official told us, “the central BJP government will turn over a new leaf and hope to do better for pay hike to follow the footsteps of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who recently raised the retirement age to 62 years from the current 60 as pre-election sop.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh already raised the retirement age of state government employees from 60 to 62 years in 2013 before assembly election, 2013 as part of strategy to win the assembly elections and he retained the majority in assembly and formed government consequently for the third time.”

TST

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