With the festive season round the corner, the Central government employees are likely to get their long-standing demand of further hike in minimum pay beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations considered by the Narendra Modi government.
If media reports are to be believed, a big bonanza for the CG employees ahead of Dussehra is in the offing. The Narendra Modi-led Central government may make an announcement soon regarding the demand of the employees, said sources.
Reporta are also making rounds that the Modi government has already made a decision in this regard, including a hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA) of the Central government emplyees.
Moreover, if sources are to be believed, the Centre is mulling to clear the arrears of the CG employees in September, which is reportedly pending for the last three months.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Central government employees have been demanding a further hike in the minimum pay in the basic pay against the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. They are presently getting Rs 18,000 basic pay, but demanding an increase of Rs 8000 to make it Rs 26,000, citing that the present pay has failed to reduce their financial burdens.
As per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, a common fitment benefit of 2.57 was applied for all employees. On the basis of this fitment factor, the minimum basic pay for central government employees is Rs. 18,000 per month, an increase from Rs 7,000 (2.57 times the basic pay of 6th Pay Commission). However, the employees have been urging the government to raise the fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68.
Besides, the Central government are presently getting 12 per cent DA, which was implemented last in January 2019. Now, they are waiting for the DA hike for the second half of the year 2019, which is most likely to be announced very soon, said sources.
The state governments of UP, Bihar and Haryana (electricity board) have already announced DA hike for the employees, which has certainly put the pressure on the Centre. Besides, the Haryan government has also announced hike in DA of a sections of its employees.