7th Pay Commission Latest News: Salary hike for government employees is here, there, everywhere these days as one more state brought smile on the faces of its staff by following the footsteps of the Centre in announcing pay hike under 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Days after Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) hike was announced by the Centre, the Rajasthan government and the Odisha government for their employees and pensioners, another state has rolled out a similar move under 7th Pay Commission. With the decision, at least 7 lakh employees of this northern state are likely to be benefited.

Latest one to join the league in announcing the salary hike for employees and pensioners is Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken at the State Administrative Council (SAC) meeting in Jammu which was held under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik. The DA and DR hike of 3 per cent is likely to come into retrospective effect from January 1, 2019 and would put a financial pressure of Rs 600 crore on the state exchequer.

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It may be noted here that Jammu and Kashmir is the first state to approve the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The decision was taken in April 2018.

A few days back, Odisha and Rajasthan governments had taken a similar decision of hiking the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for its employees and pensioners. (Full Story)

Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet had last week announced a hike of 3 per cent in DA and DR for the central government employees and pensioners. The increase comes into effect from January 1, 2019 and will benefit 1.1 crore CG employees and pensioners.

Ahead of the general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government is leaving no stone unturned in keeping the staff happy. 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.