7th Pay Commission Latest News: At a time when over 50 lakh Central Government employees are waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, a section of employees in one Indian state have launched a strike demanding implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC.

On Thursday, the Gujarat State Transport department employees in Rajkot launched a strike over various demands, including 7th Pay Commission implementation. As a result, the bus services in the district remained affected and the commuters had to face a lot of problems.

The protest comes at a time when the Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet on Tuesday announced a hike in dearness allowance (DA) for the central government employees cum pensioners. The allowance has been increased by 3 per cent effective from January 1, 2019. The move will benefit 1.1 crore central government employees cum pensioners.

Speaking to reporters after the meet, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said,”The Cabinet has approved additional DA of 3 per cent over the existing rate of 9 per cent to government employees and dearness relief to pensioners from January 1, 2019.”

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.