Meerut, March 5: Around 5,000 agricultural scientists associated with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) across India observed a day-long silent protest on Thursday, against the delay of providing the 7th Pay Commission hike. Under the aegis of Agricultural Research Service Scientists Forum (ARSSF), these scientists went to their regular work with black ribbons tied to their arms. There are close to 100 ICAR-run institutes in the country.
“In 2016 the government had announced pay hike according to 7th Pay Commission. All other government employees cutting across departments have got the benefits of the revised pay commission and only we have been left out,” ARSSF’s all-India president Dr IM Mishra was quoted by Times of India.

Mr Mishra further added that they have been kept waiting quietly since November 2017 when ICAR took up the matter with the Union Finance Ministry and we were assured that our arrears would be cleared by January 2018.

The scientists further stated that they have also been demanding a five-day week which is more of a necessity than luxury as in their current schedule they are not able to devote time to complete their research papers.

Council’s All-India General Secretary, Dr S Manivannam, said, “So far we know that the files keep rotating between ICAR management and finance ministry and no one is able to explain anything to us the reasons behind the delay”.

Under the 7th Pay Commission, the Union Government had made several promises to regarding an increase in minimum monthly wages of government employees.

In a recent development, the state government in Gujarat and Odisha had promised to implement recommendations under the 7th Pay Commission. This move will benefit around 12 lakh state government employees.