New Delhi, November 13: The central government employees unions which carried out a three-day relay dharna before Parliament said that their demands of the pay hike under 7th Pay Commission should be set at the level of a “living wage” to lift millions of central government employees out of poverty. The three-day relay dharna started on Thursday and ended peacefully on Saturday where more than 50,000 government employees participated. (Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: NAC to Submit Report by December 15, Minimum Pay Hike From April 2018)
The leaders representing government employees also signalled an increase in unions pay the demand for the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to set the minimum at a level that prevents poverty.
According to a report, the living wage is defined as the level allowing a low-paid employees to support themselves and their family, for which the most common measurement is Rs 26,000 per month and the leader also said to raise fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times for all employees.
A report that appeared in The Sen Times said that the current minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month “would not even come close” to the level required to pay for basic goods and services.
“No consideration was given by the 7th Pay commission to whether the base on which the minimum pay adjustment was build to fair and reasonable,” the leader said to The Sen Times.
The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice AK Mathur and committee had proposed that the minimum basic pay must be raised from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay must be raised from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.52 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times of basic pay of 6th Pay Commission has been proposed uniformly.
As per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, in June 2016 and July 2017, the government had approved a hike in salary and allowances. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay – the lowest in 70 years and raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month. Since then, most of the government employees have been demanding a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.