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Odishatv Bureau

Since the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, demands from several quarters erupted for the implementation of the same. Centre and also state governments made necessary hikes in the recent times at regular intervals in the very interests of the government employees. Adding to the series of hikes, a new media report is making rounds that a new move of the government is likely to benefit around nine lakh army personnel.

According to media reports, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has agreed to consider the demand of army personnel, which includes the exemption of ration money, and risk and hardship allowance from taxes.

A report of news agency PTI said that if the new decision comes into force, about nine lakh personnel of paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB, will be benefitted.

In a recent letter to the home ministry, the finance ministry conveyed that the long-standing demand of forces would be examined during the ensuring budgetary exercise, the news agency reported citing a home ministry official.

On the other hand, the Central government employees still wait for the hike in their minimum pay. They have been demanding a hike in the basic salary from the present Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. While the Modi government reportedly took a few steps towards the same, the matter received a setback due to the ongoing general polls.

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