New Delhi, December 4: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday raised his voice in favour of 48 lakh central government employees eagerly waiting for the hike in minimum wage under 7th Pay Commission. Rahul Gandhi, who is campaigning in Gujarat for upcoming assembly elections questioned Narendra Modi government’s policy on low minim wage and also demanded a hike in pay that would directly affect government employees. (Also Read: 7th Pay Commission: They Died For us, Do Not Cut Their Children’s Study Fund, Writes Navy Chief)

“Seventh Pay Commission mein Rs 18, 000 maasik hone ke bawajood fixed aur contract mahina pagaar Rs 5,500 aur Rs 10, 000 kyun hai? (Despite several recommendations made under 7th Pay Commission suggesting Rs 18,000 per month as minimum pay, why is the pay for fixed and contract workers at Rs 5,500 and Rs 10,000?)” he wrote on Twitter.

The Congress leader also shared a video on his social media account of an elderly lady speaking about the poor pay scale of teachers employed by the state government as well as centre.

Since last couple of days, Rahul has been launching a series of questions on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “ill-treatment” of central government employees and their demands.

This is the first time when a senior leader from the Opposition has joined the cause and demanded a minimum wage hike.

Most of the employees are vocal about the hike in minimum wage but union leaders believe that in last 18 months the government has never shown them any interest. Last year, the government has increased minimum wage from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month but government employees have been demanding to increase the salary to Rs 21,000 per month.

Earlier in November, trade union went ahead with a strike in front of Parliament and also kept their demand.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government on Saturday announced that it would provide a benefit under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations which will directly benefit nearly 12.5 lakh government employees and pensioners in the state with effect from January 1, 2017.

After this, there will be an additional yearly burden of Rs 10,400 crore on the government and the arrears would be paid in three instalments, state Industries Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said in a press conference on Saturday.