7th Pay Commission Latest News: As over 50 lakh Central Government employees and pensioners await for Narendra Modi-government’s nod for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Railway Board has made a major pay hike announcement for its employees. Also Read - India Inc Set to Give Above Average Salary Hike, Bonus to Employees in 2021, Multiple Surveys Say

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“Consequent to implementation of 7th CPC’s recommendations and notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules – 2016 (RSPR) w.e.f. 01.01.2016, the matter regarding linking of travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes/PTOs and PRCP with the ‘Pay Level in Pay Matrix’ (PLPM) has been examined in consultation with Commercial and Finance Dtes. The Competent Authority has accorded his approval for the revised travel entitlements on status (i.e. Gazetted/Non-gazetted) cum PLPM basis,” said the board in a notification. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: UPSC Jobs With Salary Up to Rs 1,77,500 Plus DA, Other Allowances on Offer | Check Details

“Accordingly, PRCP/Widow Pass travel entitlement of the railway servants retired/deceased in the interregnum shall be re-fixed by the Pass Issuing Authorities,” it added.

The news comes amid speculations that the CG employees may soon get to hear a good news regarding a hike in their salaries. Notably, Shiv Gopal Mishra, the Chief of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a few days back had reportedly claimed that the Narendra Modi government is serious about offering a hike in the salaries of the Central Government employees.

Meanwhile, the government employees of Madhya Pradesh may soon get to hear a good news in connection with the dearness allowance (DA) hike. If reports are to be believed, a Dearness Allowance (DA) hike of up to 2 per cent is on cards for them. If the proposal is passed by Kamal Nath Cabinet, the move will benefit around 10 lakh employees of the state, while incurring an expenditure of Rs 1,098 crore on the exchequer.

As for the Central Government employees, the Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan has not once but twice claimed that the government is not considering or mulling a plan to accept the demands for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendation.