Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: In a big bonanza for the government employees ahead of Dussehra, the Narendra Modi-led Central government is likely to make an announcement soon regarding fulfillment of the long-standing demands of the employees for a hike in the minimum pay.

If the latest reports are anything to go by, then it's time to rejoice because the Central government has already made a decision in this regard. The announcement is likely to be made any time before the festivals. Not only this, sources claimed that the DA hike is also on the cards.

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This apart, sources said the Centre is further trying to clear the arrears of its employees in September, which is reportedly pending for the last three months.

According to reports, the Central government employees have been demanding a further hike in the minimum pay in the basic pay against the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. They are presently getting Rs 18,000 basic pay, but demanding an increase of Rs 8000 to make it Rs 26,000, citing that the present pay has failed to reduce their financial burdens.

As per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, a common fitment benefit of 2.57 was applied for all employees. On the basis of this fitment factor, the minimum basic pay for central government employees is Rs. 18,000 per month, an increase from Rs 7,000 (2.57 times the basic pay of 6th Pay Commission.) However, the employees have been urging the government to raise the fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68.

It is to be noted that the CG employees are further awaiting a hike in Dearness Allowances (DA). They are presently getting 12 per cent DA, which was implemented last in January 2019. Now, they are waiting for the DA hike for the second half of the year 2019, which is most likely to be announced very soon.

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The state governments of UP, Bihar and Haryana (electricity board) have already announced DA hike for the employees, which has certainly put the pressure on the Centre.