Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: With Arun Jaitley returning as the Finance Minister, hopes have again started taking shape and the CG employees feel good news might come in their way soon. Besides, media reports are there that the concerned ministry was in wait for Jaitley to return to take up the matter.

There's no doubt that even after the Independence Day disappointment, the Central government employees look up to the Narendra Modi-government at the Centre for a further hike in the minimum pay as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

Besides, it is believed that  as Jaitley had made promise to increase the minimum pay of the employees beyond Rs 18,000, neither he nor the NDA will take the risk of facing the anger of 50 lakh employees.

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The Central government employees are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000. They are demanding a hike of Rs 8000- Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.

On the other hand, employees of the Puducherry government working in Puducherry region would now get 16 per cent of their basic pay as House Rent Allowance as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

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On August 21, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said the government had decided to enforce the allowance as per the Commission report and the staff would get the new pattern of HRA from the current month.

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He further said the employees in the other regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam would get 8 per cent of the basic pay as HRA.

As per reports, the new HRA would entail an expenditure of around Rs 6 crore every month.