New Delhi, June 17: Thousands of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers on Saturday continued their protest across Kashmir to demand implementation of recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC. Even though the state government had announced the 7th Pay Commission benefits for five lakh state government employees and pensioners, JDA employees held a protest in May demanding hike in the wages of daily wagers and withdrawal of the ‘no work, no pay’ order.

While the central government employees have still been waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, several state government have begun taking steps to provide financial relief to their employees and some are still on the way to implement it.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the protesting teachers have accused the government of showing the indifferent attitude towards their demands. “They are still not showing any seriousness,” a protesting teacher was quoted as saying in a news report. The SSA teachers have been demanding de-linking of their salary from Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

Nearly one lakh employees of 22 state-run and affiliated banks in Karnataka announced a two-day nationwide strike to force wage revision and other benefits beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

In March, Minister of State in Finance, P Radhakrishnan informed Rajya Sabha that it was not considering hiking minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

“The minimum pay of Rs.18,000/- p.m. and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration,” Radhakrishnan had told the upper house of Parliament.