Published On: Thu, Sep 20th, 2018

7th pay commission: All-India protest day ‘completely successful’ claim central employees

New Delhi: The ‘all-India protest day’ called by the National Joint Council of Action (NJAC) across the country received a mixed response on Wednesday, demanding hike of minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, scrapping of new pension scheme and allowing Option 1 as one of the pension fitment formula.

Central government employees’ unions claimed the ‘all-India protest was “completely successful”.

The organisation said the protest would continue at different levels throughout September since there was no call from the government to discuss its demands.

As part of the mission, the NCJA will stage demonstration in front of Parliament in December to create pressure on the government before the general elections, said the organisation leaders.

The NJCA, an umbrella organisation of various central government employees’ unions, including Railways, post and telegraph and Income Tax, claimed the ‘all-India protest was “completely successful”.

However, the central government has maintained that there was no impact of protest on the functioning. “There was more than 80 per cent attendance in central secretariat and over 75 per cent officers and employees were present in central government offices across the country,” said an official.

The disciplinary action under the order dated September 18 of the department of personnel and training (DoPT) would be taken against the employees participating in the protest, added the official.

The NCJA alleged that the central government didn’t not fulfil any assurance given by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

In 2016, central government employees unions decided to go on strike from July 11, but after interference of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley – strike was postponed.

According to the NCJA, the unions has postponed the strike in 2016 after the assurance was given by Jaitley that minimum pay and fitment formula would be hiked beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations. However, despite promises, it has been over two years and government hasn’t acted on this matter, they alleged.

The Union Cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations for central government employees on July 29, which impacted 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.

TST

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