7th Pay Commission Latest News: The hopes of over 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent number of pensioners for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations were dashed with the announcement of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 schedule by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on March 10.

The CG employees who were demanding Rs 8,000 hike in minimum pay and an increase of up to 3.68 times in fitment factor beyond 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC were left disappointed with the announcement of Lok Sabha polls dates as the Model Code of Conduct came into force as soon as the declaration of the schedule for general elections was announced.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre had a few days back announced 3 per cent hike in the dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) for the employees and pensioners. However, it is receiving flak of over 50 lakh CG employees and an equivalent number of pensioners for not paying heed to their demand of a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The move to increase the DA and DR for employees from 9 per cent to 12 per cent was also followed by the governments in at least five states. (Read more to know more)

The Central Government employees disappointment over no hike in minimum pay and fitment factor comes in tune with Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan claim 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 by the Central Government employees. He had made this assertion not once but twice.