7th Pay Commission Latest News: At a time when over 50 lakh Central government employees and an equal number of retirees are waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, a BJP-ruled state has made some amendments in the allowances awarded to the employees. The announcement comes amid the preparations for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

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The Uttarakhand government is the latest to join the league of announcing the benefit for its employees. As per a The Times of India report, the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led government has made changes in allowances given to the employees. While, changes have been made in travel allowance, house rent allowance (HRA) and injury allowance, the dearness allowance (DA) remains the same. These amendments would mean an additional expenditure of Rs 101 crore for the state government, a state minister was quoted as saying.

The news comes at a time when reports are doing rounds that the hopes of 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent number of retirees, who are seeking a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, have been dashed. Reportedly, Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan has for the second time claimed that the Centre is not mulling over the proposal for an increase in fitment factor for the CG employees.

The minister had made a similar claim in March 2018 as well when he said that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.