7th Pay Commission Latest News: Amid the wait of over 50 lakh Central Government employees for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the government employees of this state will be getting a pay hike from this month itself. New Year 2019 has brought a smile on the face of over 8 lakh government employees of West Bengal.

7th Pay Commission Good News: These Government Employees to Get DA at 125 Per Cent From This Month

The salary hike for the government employees of Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal comes in the wake of the hike in the dearness allowance (DA). From January 2019, these 8 lakh employees will get the DA at 125 per cent of their basic salary. An announcement in this regard was made by the Chief Minister on Thursday, January 3. However, the decision to pay DA at 125 per cent from January was taken in June 2018 itself.

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, reported PTI.

The news comes at a time when reports are doing rounds that the 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. Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan has reportedly 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, while quashing their hopes.

He had made similar claim in March 2018 as well when the minister said that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.