7th Pay Commission Latest News: The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has warned the central government employees of deduction in wages and appropriate disciplinary action if they observe “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.
In an order issued on Tuesday, the DoPT directed all central government employees to abstain from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave or going slow, 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. According to Rule 17(I) of the Fundamental Rules, an employee is not admissible to pay and allowances if he/she is absent from duty without any authority.
The ‘all-India protest day’ has been called by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), an umbrella body of Central government employees associations, which has demanded upward revision of minimum wage, scrapping of new contributory pension scheme and allowing Option 1 as one of the pension fitment formula.
The DoPT has made it clear that rights of an association cannot be different from that of individual members of the association. It also asked all divisional heads to forward a report including details of employees absent from duty on the day of the protest.
Meanwhile, the railway workers’ body has also threatened to go on strike today over railway workers’ conditions. The NJCA of Indian railway workers is planning to hold protests in all Indian Zonal Railways, including railways workshop.
According to the railway workers’ union, the working conditions of railwaymen are very poor. As many as two railwaymen die every day on an average in India, said a Mumbai Mirror report.
The NJCA has demanded payment of risk allowance to all railwaymen, who work in the safety categories.
The announcements of implementing 7th Pay Commission by the two BJP-ruled states, among others, have once again raised the hopes of the Central Government employees of getting a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor as per 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Their hopes were dashed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15 as no announcement was made in this regard during the Independence Day speech by him. If the demands of Central Government employees are met, the minimum pay will be increased by up to Rs 26,000 and the fitment factor will be raised by 3.68 times.
The hike in minimum pay and fitment factor for Central Government employees still hangs in balance as 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.