7th Pay Commission: Employees’ resentment might prove costly for NDA govt

While the Central government employees’ demand for hike in the minimum pay is yet to pay heed by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, the brewing resentment across the country took the shape of a strike in Rajasthan on Monday.

Over 4,500 buses remained off the roads in the western Indian state today as the employees of the state transport corporation hit the streets over various demands, including implementation of the 7th pay commission.

Employee Unions have called for a one-day strike but it will be extended if the demands are not fulfilled, Kishan Singh Rathore, Rajasthan Roadways Workers’ Union, general secretary, told PTI in Jaipur.

“There are 4,716 buses with the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). This includes nearly 1,000 buses that are on contract, and most of them are not operating. This one-day call may be extended… “Our main demands are that our salary should be as per the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, there must be new recruitment in the corporation and new buses be purchased,” the news agency quoted him as saying.

The Rajasthan government had earlier increased its employees’ Dearness Allowance (DA) by 2 per cent, taking it to 9 per cent DA at par with the central government employees from July 1, 2018.

It is worth mentioning that the Chhattisgarh government recently announced the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations several of its employees.

Similarly, the Madhya Pradesh government also made such announcement effective January 1, 2016.

While most of the BJP-ruled states are announcing the implementation of the recommendations of the Pay Commission, resentment is still seen among employees in several states, i.e. the Biju Janata Dal-ruled eastern Indian state of Odisha where teachers have been on strike for already 31 days demanding the pay benefits among others.

However, something that is likely to prove dearer for the Modi government is the resentment among the Central government employees who have been demanding hike in their minimum pay stating that the current pay has failed to impact on their financial position.

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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.