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. Also Read - India Inc Set to Give Above Average Salary Hike, Bonus to Employees in 2021, Multiple Surveys Say

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. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Govt Employees’ Salary, PF, Gratuity Going to Change From April If Centre Implements New Wage Code Bill | Details Here

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. 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

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.