7th Pay Commission Latest News: Even as the Narendra Modi-government is making the Central Government employees wait for a nod on their demands of a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, a northern state has sweetened the mood of its employees by announcing an increase of 6 per cent in Dearness Allowance (DA) to its employees and pensioners. 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

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Regarded as a welcome step, the Punjab government took a major decision just two months ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 by giving its employees a pay hike. The Amarinder Singh-led Congress government has reportedly announced 6 per cent DA hike for the employees, with effect from February 1, 2019. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Govt Employees, Pensioners of THIS State to Get 3% Hike in Dearness Allowance From March | Details Here

“The Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced 6% Dearness Allowance (DA) to government employees and pensioners, with effect from February 1, 2019,” an official statement of the Punjab government said, reported Zee Business. The move will benefit nearly 3.25 lakh employees and 3 lakh pensioners and entail an additional annual financial liability of Rs 720 Crores to the state exchequer.

The news comes amid Shiv Gopal Mishra, the Chief of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), claim that the Narendra Modi government is serious about offering a hike in the salaries of the Central Government employees.

The Central Government employees are demanding a hike of up to Rs 8,000 in the minimum pay and an increase in the fitment factor from 2.57 times to 3.68 times beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Meanwhile, 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.