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Odishatv Bureau

While the demand of the Central government employees to hike the minimum pay beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendation is yet to be considered by the Narendra Modi government, here comes a Diwali gift for these CG employees in the form of allowance.

According to media reports, the government has decided to give Rs 1,000 as cooking allowance to confectioners and assistant confectioners working in government canteens. The allowance is effective from October 1, 2019.

Informing the same by issuing an order, the government said the hundreds of assistant cooks working in non-statutory departmental canteens in central government offices will be given risk and hardship allowance.

On the other hand, there were a lot of expectations that the Modi government will hike the minimum pay, ahead of the festive season, as demanded by the CG employees. However, no announcement was made in this regard.

7th pay commission

At present, the minimum pay of the Central government employees is Rs 18,000. Citing that it is not enough to meet the present price index and it has failed to put an impact on their financial condition, the CG employees want Rs 8,000 hike.

So, if the government considers the demand of the employees, there will be an increase in the fitment factor from the current 2.57 times to 3.68 times, which will further take the minimum pay to an increased Rs 26,000.

However, considering the present economic condition, any decision of such hike that will put extra burden on the government exchequer, is not seeming possible for the time being.

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