7th Pay Commission: April ‘disaster’ ahead, threaten govt employees

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: “It has been enough. Our demands have been made a joke. We were promised but the matter was intentionally dilly-dallied by the ruling BJP government,” said a Central government employee.

If the government will not take note of our demands, it will have to face dire consequences as we are not fools to whom one always tricked. Minister of State for Finance P. Radhakrishnan’s statement in Rajya Sabha is not an April ‘shocker’ for us rather it will prove an April ‘disaster’ for the adamant government, he said.

The reaction from the employees came following the news that the Modi government is not considering any hike in minimum pay.

What Angered the Employees?

Radhakrishnan, replying to a question put forward by Neeraj Shekhar at Rajya Sabha regarding the increase in minimum pay and fitment factor, said that the government is not considering any hike in minimum pay for the employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) at the moment.

The statement of Radhakrishnan has drawn a lot of criticisms with government employees even threatening to go on cease-work across the country.

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Besides, the Sen Times reported that the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) has threatened to go on strike. NJAC’s Shiv Gopal Mishra, who led the negotiation over 7th Pay Commission on behalf of central government employees, expressed dissatisfaction over the government’s decision and said the struggle for higher minimum pay will continue, it reported.

“The employees are agitated. There is a tremendous amount of disappointment. I can assure you that the demand to raise the minimum pay has not been forfeited. We will continue our struggle in an organised manner. If negotiations fail to bring the result, the option of agitation cannot be ruled out,” Mishra was quoted by The Sen Times.

The government employees have been demanding a hike the minimum pay from the present Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.

However, earlier, reports were that the government was mulling to increase the minimum by to Rs 21,000 under seventh pay commission against the demands of the employees.