Odishatv Bureau

An increase in the minimum pay against the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission has been one of the demands of the Central government employees since long. While the CG employees continue to wait for the hike, government employees of Andhra Pradesh have got something to cheer about.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday promised to scrap the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) and enhance the salaries of contract workers. The new CM also announced a slew of sops for the government employees, including an interim relief of 27 per cent.

Promising to provide good governance to the people, Reddy said that all their issues included in the election manifesto of the YSR Congress Party would be discussed in the first cabinet meeting.

Amid huge applause by the employees, he assured that the long pending demand of 27 per cent interim relief will be discussed in the cabinet meeting to be held in a day or two.

"The issue of scraping the CPS will also come up in the cabinet meeting and there will be a hike in the pay of contract workers. We will also take forward the task of regularising contract workers, depending on their experience and qualification," said Jagan.

Meanwhile, the Central government employees have high hopes with the country’s new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that she will consider their demand and soon announce a hike.

On the other hand, media reports are there that the Finance Minister has already been briefed about the demand of the CG employees. So, the for the time being, the employees will have to wait a bit longer.

The Central government employees are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000, but demanding an increase of Rs 8000. Which means, they want the Centre to hike the fitment factor to 3.68 times to get a revised pay of Rs 26,000.