Delhi 01 Nov 2018
The government employees are all set to get a pay hike. No, it is not a fluke but reality and is being treated as a Diwali gift for the government employees. As per an official statement by the Delhi government, the revision of pay scales at par with the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission has been announced. The declaration comes amid the never-ending wait of the Central Government employees for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC recommendations.
The Delhi Cabinet has approved hike in pay scales of teachers and equivalent cadres and administrative posts in universities and colleges at par with the 7th Pay Commission. Above all, the government employees will also get 34 months’ arrears under 7th CPC aegis as the revised pay will come into effect on pro-rata basis from January 1, 2016.
Another state which has brought festive cheer for its employees before Diwali is Bihar. The Nitish Kumar-led Cabinet has announced a hike of 2 per cent in the dearness allowance (DA) of state government employees, pensioners and family pensioners, which means that they would now get a total DA of nine per cent in place of the existing seven per cent. The enhanced DA would be given to the employees with effect from July 1 this year. The revision of DA would have an additional burden of Rs 419 crore on the state exchequer annually.
On the other hand, the Central Government employees are still waiting for a cheer similar to the one received by the employees of the states. Several reports are doing rounds that a positive announcement is likely for the CG employees after Assembly polls in five states and before Lok Sabha Election 2019. The Central Government employees are demanding an increase in the fitment factor and minimum pay beyond the 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC recommendations.
Demands of Central Government Employees
The Central Government employees are currently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000. They are demanding a hike of Rs 8,000 which will take up their salaries to Rs 26,000. Furthermore, they are also seeking a hike in the fitment factor, from 2.57 times to 3.68 times. Both the demands, made by the CG employees, are beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
Centre’s Stand on Raising Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor of Government Employees
Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan had in March declared that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations. ( Indian Tv )