Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Central government employees are likely to get further increase in their basic pay which is presently Rs 18,000 as per the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
As per reports, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is mulling to raise the minimum basic pay of the Central government employees to Rs 21,000 following the brewing resentment among the employees.
The employees have been demanding to hike the minimum pay to Rs 26,000 since the implementation of the 7th CPC.
If reports are to be believed, the government will implement the new salary hike with effect from January 1, 2016.
As per the recommendation of the 7th CPC, the minimum pay was hiked from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay has been hiked from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh per month and Rs 2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretaries.
However, the employees believe that the government will not consider their demand; besides, the rise of mere Rs 3,000 instead of Rs 8,000 against what they have been demanding would hardly have any impact on their financial position.
“Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said he would consider hiking the minimum pay of the Central government employees after discussions with all stakeholders, but he didn’t keep his words,” said a government employee.
“All these news are false. The hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay will remain intact. The policies of the BJP government have always been anti-employee. We have no expectations from this government,” said the employee.
“Rise in the minimum pay would have encouraged the government employees to work harder and give their 100%. If the government increases the minimum pay to Rs 21,000, it will be a solace for the employees,” said a financial expert.
The central government employees unions are demanding to increase the basic pay of Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and hike the fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.
Meanwhile, readers should take the news with a pinch of salt as no one from the government or any finance ministry official has commented on the reports of further hike in the basic pay.