New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Central government employees, who have been demanding a hike in their minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, may have to face disappointment once again as reports are there that the Narendra Modi government is not going to hike the basic pay ahead of Dussehra.
Earlier, media reports were there that the government employees, ahead of Dussehra, would get the news regarding fulfillment of their long-standing demand of a hike in the minimum pay.
However, if the latest reports are anything to go by, there is no celebration in the offing for the Central government employees during the upcoming festive season in terms of the pay hike. This because there is no certainty related to the Modi government making any announcement related to even a hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA).
Earlier reports had claimed that the Centre would not only come up with a hike in DA but also clear the arrears of its employees ahead of Dussehra, which is reportedly pending for the last three months.
It is pertinent to mention that the CG employees are awaiting a hike in DA. They are presently getting 12 per cent DA, which was implemented last in January 2019. Now, they are waiting for the DA hike for the second half of the year 2019.
The Central government employees, as per 7th Pay Commission recommendation, are presently getting Rs 18,000 basic pay, but demanding an increase of Rs 8000 to make it Rs 26,000, citing that the present pay has failed to reduce their financial burdens.