Odishatv Bureau

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forming the government once again at the Centre, hopes are high that the Narendra Modi government will now consider increasing the minimum pay of the Central government employees.

The CG employees have been demanding a hike in their present basic pay recommended by the 7th Pay Commission citing that it's not enough to meet the present market scenario or to say, it fails to put any impact on their financial position.

The Central government employees are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000, but demanding an increase of Rs 8000. Which means, they want the Centre to hike the fitment factor to 3.68 times to get a revised pay of Rs 26,000.

A good news in this regard is that, if some media reports are to be believed, the new Finance Minister of the country, Nirmala Sitharaman has been briefed about the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations and the demands of the CG employees. With this, it can be expected that the Union Minister will certainly consider the long-standing demand of the employees.

On the other hand, rumours were earlier there that the government may consider a hike in the minimum pay of the Central government employees but it would not be Rs 8000, rather Rs 6000.

It is worth mentioning that, Rajnath Singh, during his stint in the first term of the Modi government as the Home Minister, had held a discussion with officials concerned over the matter giving a hint that the Modi government was serious and concerned about the demand of the employees. However, the general elections had crushed all hopes of the CG employees then.

Now, it's to see if the demand of the Central government employees to hike minimum pay further against 7th Pay Commission recommendation is considered by the government soon.