Odishatv Bureau

“It’s not a gift, neither Dussehra nor Diwali. Demand was hike in the minimum pay… While no step has been taken by the Modi government in this regard so far, extension of benefits of LTC scheme is hyped as if it will have a big impact on our financial position,” rued a Central government employee.

It has already been over a year now, but it seems no one is concerned about the woes of the employees with a minimum pay of Rs 18,000. Turning blind to demands of 50 lakh employees is a clear case of arrogance, he added.

Recently, benefits under the LTC scheme was extended by the Centre and a release of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) read that the benefits for the government staff, travelling by air to the North East Region, Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has been extended for a further period of 2 years with effect from September 26, 2018 to September 25, 2020.


The CG employees can get reimbursement of tickets for their visit to the above mentioned places along with paid leaves when availing LTC allowance. However, the employees can also travel to these places in private airline, the release further read.

Earlier, the Central government employees observed September 19 as 'All Indian Protest Day' exerting pressure on the government for a hike in their minimum pay beyond the recommendations of the seventh pay commission.

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The day was observed by the employees despite warning from the DoPT which warned deduction in wages and appropriate disciplinary action against all those who participate in the protest.

The CG employee’s, at present, are getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000 and want Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.