7th Pay Commission Latest News: While over 50 lakh Central Government employees await Centre’s nod to their demand for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, a good news is in store for the employees of this state as they will now get a dearness allowance (DA) at 125 per cent of their basic salary.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that the government employees of the state will get DA at 125 per cent of their basic pay from this month, while assuring the employees of clearing all the dues by January.

The decision to pay DA at 125 per cent from January was taken by the West Bengal government in June 2018, a leader of the West Bengal State Coordination Committee informed PTI on Thursday.

In June 2018, CM Mamata Banerjee had announced a hike of 18 per cent in dearness allowance for the employees of the state government. Besides, a 10 per cent interim relief from January 2019 was also announced for them. Post the raise, the gap of DA between Central government employees with state employees stands at 23 per cent.

Meanwhile, over 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent number of retirees, who are seeking a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, may not get to hear a good news anytime soon. If reports are to be believed, Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan has again claimed that the Centre is not mulling over the proposal for an increase of 3.68 times from 2.56 times in fitment factor for the Central Government employees.

Earlier in March 2018, he had made it clear that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.