7th Pay Commission Latest News: The Central Government employees who observed ‘all-India protest day’ on Wednesday to press for upward revision of minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and scrapping of a new pension scheme may face deduction in wages.

Notably, strict action can be expected by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) as it had earlier warned the central government employees of severe consequences and appropriate disciplinary action.

(7th Pay Commission Latest News)

In an order dated September 18, the DoPT directed all central government employees to abstain from participating in any form of strike, warning that doing so would be a violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964.

The DoPT even called all officers directing them not to approve any kind of leave to their subordinate during the period of the proposed protest.

The ‘all-India protest day’ was called by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), an umbrella body of Central government employees associations.

Meanwhile, the 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent number of retirees are still awaiting for a hike of Rs 8,000 in the minimum pay that will take their salaries up to Rs 26,000 and an increase of 3.68 times in fitment factor.

The Central Government employees still hope that the Centre will accept their demands for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations even when Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan, in March, had declared that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government employees and retirees beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.