New Delhi, January 3: Around 48 lakh central government employees are expecting that the new year will bring cheers for the Central government employees, who had a roller-coaster ride over their minimum pay and fitment factor hike under 7th Pay Commission.
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Central government employees are feeling completely betrayed by the NDA government over their demand for a minimum pay hike to Rs 26,000 per month and fitment factor at 3.68 times.
A group of ministers, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had assured to consider the demand, and hike the minimum pay up to Rs 21,000 and fitment factor at 3.00 times.
The assurance made by three top ministers failed to fructify when the matter did not come under the purview of 22-member National Anomaly Committee (NAC). The employees also called for an indefinite strike before Parliament.
The Finance Ministry has also decided to form a high-level committee to fix a new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC. However, the employees now see a ray of hope in the year 2018.
After the recommendations under 7th Pay Commission were approved by the government, the Union Cabinet had declared two instalments of dearness allowances – 2 per cent from July 2016, and 2 per cent from January 2017.
Thus, 4 per cent was paid to the employees as of now, with 6 point increase in All India CPI-IW for the year 2016.
The Dearness Allowance due for July 1, 2017 is 1 per cent hike and it can be declared any time this month.