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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Central government employees have been demanding a further hike in the minimum pay against the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. While several rumours related to the hike had been making rounds prior to the election but nothing materialised, the return of Narendra Modi government at the Centre has once again rebirth the hope of a hike soon for the lakhs of employees.

The CG employees are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000. However, they demand that the present pay is not enough to put an impact on their financial situation. And so, looking into the present market scenario, there's a need to hike the minimum pay to Rs 26,000 or a hike by Rs 8,000.

Unable to witness any headway towards their demand, the government employees had also in the past resorted to strike and to press for their 'just' demand. It is worth mentioning that then Home Minister Rajnath Singh 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 marred the faith of the CG employees.

Besides, the pay commission had earlier recommended that the pay matrix could be reviewed periodically without waiting for long ten years and the CG employees' salary can be reviewed on the basis of the Aykroyd formula which takes into consideration the changes prices of the commodities that constitute a common man's basket.

A decision is likely to taken in this regard at the earliest; it may take a month or two but it is in the offing, an official had earlier said, adding that the government is not against the employees who are an integral part of the system. "It will take time and may get late but an appropriate decision will be taken at the right time," the official had further said.

Besides, rumours were also there that an increase in the minimum pay would be considered by the central government but it will not be Rs 8,000 as demanded by the CG employees rather around Rs 2000. So, the Central government employees will now have to wait till the Modi government takes oath and come up with the announcement of pay hike beyond what was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission in the very interest of the lakhs of Central government employees.

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