New Delhi, March 17: Almost a year has passed after the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission was approved by the Union Finance Ministry but the Central Government employees in large number are eagerly waiting for the pay hike and increase in higher allowances. On Friday, around 5,000 nurses working at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) went on mass casual leave, or in other words, which can also be said as a strike, alleging the hospital administration of discrimination in the roll out of the 7th Pay Commission, news agency IANS reported.

7th Pay Commission: More than 5,000 nurses at AIIMS on ‘strike’, demand immediate pay hike and increase in higher allowance and a revision in their pay scale.

In last few hours, the emergency services at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences have been affected badly. However the casualty and the outpatient departments and other medical services are functioning, as usual, IANS reported.

A senior nurse present at the AIIMS was quoted by IANS, where she said, “We have clearly told the administration that if our entire pay grade is not enhanced from Rs 4,600 to Rs 5,400 then we will go on indefinite strike from March 27 onwards”. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Meeting on Higher Allowance and National Pension Scheme tomorrow, major announcement awaited

Also, the nurses at AIIMS have asked to increase their nursing allowance to Rs 7,800 and this proposal has already been sent to the Health Ministry for consideration.

Meanwhile, on Friday a high-level meeting was held on Higher Allowance and National Pension Scheme (NPS)
that was constituted a day after the approval of 7th Pay Commission.

Shiv Gopal Mishra, the chief secretary of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a joint body of unions representing the central government employees in large numbers had also threatened the Union Government to carry out an indefinite strike if their demands are not met.

This committee will also make a major announcement today after their report is submitted. The NJCA has also demanded to increase the HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. However, the 7CPC committee had recommended increasing the HRA by 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the basic pay, depending upon a type of cities.