7th Pay Commission: Committee formed for ‘pay hike’ but not for all

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: At a time when the Central government employees have been demanding further increase in the minimum pay under 7th Pay Commission but the government at the same time lingering the issue, a news has hit the newsstands disappointing many employees.

It seems government employees will have an increase in pay but it will be applicable for only some sections, ignoring several others.

A Parliamentary committee has been formed for a revision in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariat employees’ salaries, Zee Business reported.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has reportedly announced the formation of a committee to propose revision in the pay structure and allowances of secretariats employees of both the Houses.

“The committee will advise the chairman, Rajya Sabha, and the speaker, Lok Sabha, on the changes that are considered desirable in the structure of scales of pay, allowances, leave, pensionary benefits and other amenities to the officers and all categories of employees of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha secretariats,” PTI quoted Mahajan as saying.

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Earlier, Minister of State for Finance P. Radhakrishnan said that the government is not considering any hike in minimum pay for the employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

He, replying to a question put forward by Neeraj Shekhar at Rajya Sabha regarding the increase in minimum pay and fitment factor, said that no change is being considered by the Modi government at the moment.

Govt Employees’ Reaction

Radhakrishnan’s statement angered the central government employees threatening dire consequences and cease-work.

They even said that there is a tremendous amount of disappointment as their demand to raise the minimum pay has not been forfeited and they will soon resort to stir.

The government employees have been demanding a hike the minimum pay from the present Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.