It’s neither December nor January, the new pay hike for central government employees under the 7th Pay Commission would now come into effect from April 1, 2018.
The new update has come against the backdrop of the three-day protest being called by as many as 10 central trade unions on Thursday.
While the unions continue their agitation in front of the Parliament, reports are there that they will continue their nationwide relay protest for the next four months highlighting government’s inaction to create more jobs and protect the interest of the working class.
Dubbing the Modi government as anti-people, the unions alleged that the policies of BJP has always been ‘anti-worker’ and so their ‘anti-government’ offensive will start with their three-day agitation in front of Parliament.
It’s unfortunate that the Narendra Modi-led Central government has turned blind to plight of the working community in the country, inflicting horrific miseries and hardships, alleged the unions.
Some of the trade unions that have called for the dharna are All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC); Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC); Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) and Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) among others.
Meanwhile, reports are there that the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) will submit its report to the cabinet for approval on the revision in the minimum pay by mid December this year.
With the approval of the cabinet, the new hike in the minimum pay is expected to be implemented from April next year.
The Central government employees are expecting the minimum pay to be increased to Rs 26,000. However, if reports are to be believed, the government is mulling to hike the pay to only Rs 21,000 from the existing Rs 18,000 recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.
The government has to speed up the process of increasing the minimum pay soon to save its face. No doubt demonetisation and goods and services tax (GST) seem to have posed hindrance behind the hike but the government has to come out with a solution soon to save itself from the wrath of the employees.