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Pradeep Singh

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Central government employees have had already waited much for the hike in their minimum pay under the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and it seems to get stretched a bit more as the BJP-led Narendra Modi government has not officially announced anything yet. However, a good news is expected to hit the floor soon.

If sources are to be believed, the government has no proposal on the withdrawal of discussions regarding the further hike as employees had been thinking of since the Minister of State for Finance P. Radhakrishnan ruled out any hike in the near future.

He had said, “The minimum pay of Rs 18,000/- p.m. and the fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration.”

However, good news is that the government may come up with the final call over the issue in the next few months eyeing the 2019 general elections as protests from different sections at regular intervals has hit the government hard and in such a case, it will not take the risk of drawing the irk of lakhs of Central government employees.

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7th Pay Commission: Protest and Update in Recent Times

Teachers and non-teaching employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan protested demanding implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations for them.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma discussed over the implementation of 7th pay commission assuming protest as pre-election, BJP had promised implementation of the 7th pay commission within three months after coming to power.

The Madhya Pradesh government considered increasing the retirement age of government employees from 60 to 62 years- a move that was seen as ‘politics for vote’.

Indian Railways staff, for the first time by employees of the railway, can now avail Leave Travel Concession (LTC).

The central government employees have been demanding a hike in the minimum pay by Rs 8000 from the present minimum pay which is Rs 18,000.

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