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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Central government employees have been demanding a further hike in the minimum pay but uncertainty looms large over the fate of the demand. Further hike in the minimum pay against what was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission has been the demand of the employees but the Narendra Modi government is yet to take any decision in this regard.

Resentment is brewing among the CG employees which the Modi government is also aware of. Keeping this in view, the Centre had earlier considered increasing the dearness allowance (DA) of the CG employees.

At present, the employees are getting a DA of 9%, which was recently increased by 2%. So, an employee with the present minimum pay of Rs 18,000, will now get a DA of around Rs 1620.

Meanwhile, if media reports are to be believed the Modi government is seriously considering increasing the minimum pay as elections are around the corner and a hike in the pay can boost the prospects of the NDA government in 2019 polls.

Besides, taking into account the present market index, the CG employees deserve a hike in the minimum pay as they had also earlier said that the present pay is not enough and it fails to have any impact on their financial position.

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So, the Central government employees can expect a hike by 2019 polls. Moreover, a hike announcement by March 2019 is also expected.

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

On the other hand, rumours are there that the government may consider the increase but not what the employees are demanding, rather something less- an increase of Rs 4000.

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