Pradeep Singh

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Much has been said about the further hike in minimum pay of the Central government employees beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. While all are expecting these rumours to turn into reality, there’s good news making rounds that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is in close-doors discussions over the hike.

As per reports, the NDA government at the Centre is chalking out plans to appease the Central government employees by accepting their demand of a hike of Rs 8,000 against the present minimum pay as recommended by the Seventh Pay Panel.

According to a source, on the condition of anonymity, the government is well aware of the need of the hour and understands that the present minimum pay can have no impact on the employees’ financial position. And in such case, it’s necessary that their minimum pay is hiked as per their demand.

7th Pay Commission: CG Employees’ Demand & Possibility

The present minimum pay of the CG employees is Rs 18,000 but they are demanding the government to increase it to Rs 26,000- a hike of Rs 8,000.

It is worth mentioning that reports were earlier there that the government was mulling increasing the minimum pay to Rs 24,000- a hike by Rs 6,000. Adding to this, if media reports are to be believed- no arrears will be given to the employees for the further hike in the minimum pay, if happens.

Will the NDA government increase the pay? This question is in the mind of all for now. But the employees can expect the hike for some other reasons too.

Modi government has always been targeted of being anti-employees but in all the states ruled by the BJP, government employees have got the benefits of the pay hike.

What Central Government Employees Think?

“A government which has in mind to win the 2019 elections will not take risk of disappointing the 50 lakh central government employees. The government has always been in favour of the employees irrespective of inflation threats and other issues; so, it can be expected that at least eyeing the polls, PM Modi will not take the risk. Besides, the CG employees deserve it,” said a retired central government employee.

Similar was the notion of another employee who thinks it’s better not to get carried away by such rumours as the government knows when and what will be the minimum pay to be fixed and it (Centre) will take measures accordingly.

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Meanwhile, expectations are high that PM Modi will make an announcement in this regard, related to the minimum, pay hike of the Central government employees on August 15, 2018.